Community Engagement

Perth Airport considers our relationship with the Western Australian community an essential part of our company values. We are committed to long term relationships, working with communities to build an effective working relationship and contributing to a wide range of initiatives.

Throughout the year, Perth Airport undertakes a range of initiatives to achieve effective community engagement on airport matters.

The following groups ensure the community is kept well informed and can provide feedback where appropriate:

Perth Airport Community Forum (PACF), previously the Perth Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG)
In 2012, Perth Airport established a Community Aviation Consultation Group to ensure the broader community is informed of any major issues and provided with an opportunity for appropriate input.  In 2014, the format was revised and the Perth Airport Community Forum emerged as the preferred model of consultation.  The PACF is independently chaired by the Chair of the Perth Airports’ Municipalities Group, and its role and purpose is to exchange information on issues relating to airport operations and their impacts, and enable issues to be raised and discussed.  The PACF is advertised in Community Newspapers, and community members are encouraged to attend.

Planning Coordination Forum (PCF)

Supports effective engagement between Perth Airport and Commonwealth, State and Local government agencies on strategic planning issues, including land use and aircraft noise impacts.

As an essential touch point for many Western Australians, Perth Airport plays a role in the community through various means, including facilitating travel and employment, and connecting distanced communities. With this in mind, Perth Airport is committed to being actively involved in supporting the community in which we operate through a sponsorship and donation program that provides funding to over 70 organisations each year.

In 2011, Perth Airport made the commitment to invest in grassroots community initiatives, through a Community Partnership Program, where we provide support to local community groups, schools, businesses and organisations in neighbouring communities.

Our community partnerships focus on the following areas:

  • Youth and Education
  • Community and Culture
  • Environment

Perth Airport takes the opportunity to support community programs and sponsorships, resulting in positive, sustainable benefits to communities. If you or your organisation would like to apply for a Community Grant, please download and complete the application form which can be found here.

Here are some recent examples of initiatives which Perth Airport has engaged with the community.

Auctioning items for Princess Margaret Hospital

Perth Airport continues its strong partnership with the PMH Foundation, by donating funds to purchase necessary equipment to assist children and their families. 

Over the last six years, we have raised more than $110,000 to purchase vital equipment for Princess Margaret Hospital by auctioning items such as sharps, lighters and tools that cannot be taken on board aircraft. Most recently, we purchased a jet ventilator for the Neonatal Ward to help new babies with fragile lungs who are suffering from chronic lung disease.

In the past, donations have included a 3D Distraction Unit, which is used in the emergency unit to engage young patients and relieve anxiety, a syringe pump and a physiotherapy bench seat to improve the treatment of children in the Intensive Care Unit and those who need physical therapy as a result of spinal injuries and other neurological conditions.

The funds donated are a result of an initiative introduced in 2009. Under the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005, passengers cannot take prohibited items (such as scissors, knives, fishing equipment etc) through Security Screening Areas. Items surrendered in Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are sent to a public auction house and the funds raised are matched by Perth Airport. Following consultation with PMH staff to determine the items they most required,  funds are then used to purchase items through the PMH Foundation.


Perth Airport was delighted to donate $100,000 to Telethon in 2014, which raised a record $25.3 million.

The Channel 7 Telethon Trust is a registered charitable trust dedicated to raising funds to improve the lives of children and young people throughout Western Australia. Its philosophy is to financially support the medical and social welfare of children and young people, and to fund research into children’s diseases.

Perth Airport is proud to support Telethon and looks forward to providing ongoing support into the future. 

Brad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport  with Channel 7
reporter Angela Tsun discussing Perth Airport's support of Telethon.

Foodbank WA's new warehouse

As the State’s largest food relief charity, Foodbank WA plays a significant role in supporting vulnerable families.

Perth Airport’s partnership with Foodbank WA began in 2011, with the aim of supporting the State’s largest food relief charity’s continued growth. As one of our major charitable partners, Foodbank receives support through Perth Airport’s staff volunteer program and a funding commitment of $1.05 million over seven years to support their work in the community.

Located on Abbott Road within the Perth Airport estate, Foodbank WA’s new 6,000sqm Centre for Hunger Relief was officially opened on Friday 1 May 2015 by Premier Colin Barnett and it will enable timely, convenient distribution of food resources. 

Click here to learn more about Foodbank WA.

Foodbank WA's new warehouse at Perth Airport opens its doors

Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches, Foodbank WA Chairman Peter Mansell, BHP Billiton President Iron Ore Jimmy Wilson, WA Premier Colin Barnett and Foodbank WA CEO Greg Hebble officially open Foodbank WA's new warehouse on the Perth Airport estate. 

Youth Focus

Perth Airport is a proud supporter of Youth Focus, a Western Australian not-for-profit organisation that supports young people to overcome issues associated with suicide, anxiety, depression and self-harm. 

This year, we again sponsored a team of five riders in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth event and, with the help of our partners and stakeholders, raised $48,000 to donate to Youth Focus. This annual event began in 2003 and involves 140 riders cycling 700km between Albany and Perth over five days to raise vital funds. 

Click here to learn more. 

Perth Airport Hawaiian Ride for Youth team

          The 2015 Perth Airport Hawaiian Ride for Youth team. 

Perth Airport Achiever Awards 2015 - Department for Child Protection

There are over 3,000 children in Perth living in foster care and Perth Airport is proud to be the naming sponsor for these awards. These inspirational awards provide financial assistance to young people, aged 16 to 25 years, who have been in the care of the Department for Child Protection and who are pursuing further education. 

In 2015, there were 43 winners across three categories and we congratulate all entrants and winners for their impressive achievements.

Perth Airport Achiever Awards 2015

The 43 young recipients of the 2015 Perth Airport Achiever Awards.

Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

As the gateway to Western Australia, Perth Airport plays a critical role in supporting tourism in Western Australia.  We are very pleased to again be the naming rights sponsor of the 2015 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards in recognition of the diversity and vibrancy of tourism in our vast State.

These awards recognise tourism excellence and reflect the passion and professionalism of tourism operators in WA.

 Fiona Lander presenting to the Core Cider House

Fiona Lander, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs presenting the 2014 Gold Award to the Core Cider House.

Regional Achievement & Community Awards

For the fifth year, Perth Airport is sponsoring the Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards, which recognise the valuable contributions that individuals, communities and business make throughout regional and rural Western Australia.

With Perth Airport being the gateway to regional Western Australia, we are again pleased to be sponsoring these important awards.

Click here for more information about the Awards.

Fiona Lander, EGM Corporate Affairs & Organisation Development with winner of Regional Awards, CinefestOz represented by David Barton.

 Fiona Lander, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development, congratulates the
2014 Regional Achievement & Community Awards winner, CinefestOz represented by David Barton.

World Press Photo Workshops 

As part of the World Press Photo exhibit visiting Perth in July 2015, 15 young people from the City of Belmont’s Youth Centre have taken part in workshops led by World Press Photo winner Brenda Ann Kenneally and part-funded by Perth Airport.

The workshops were held over four days from 15 June to 19 June, with students producing scrapbooks of images using digital cameras exploring their past, present and future selves. The impressive work is being exhibited at the Ruth Faulkner Public Library in Belmont from 24 June to 24 July to raise the self-esteem of participants and awareness of the social issues facing young people in our modern, digital world. 

Perth Airport supports the World Press Photo Perth photo workshops
Perth Airport Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Fiona Lander, with
students of the World Press Photo Workshops.

Role Models and Leaders Australia

Perth Airport was pleased to support Role Models and Leaders Australia’s 7th Annual Academy Showcase which brought more than 120 Indigenous female students together from all over Western Australia to participate in an intensive basketball competition on 2 and 3 June 2015 at Curtin University.

The students, from 10 of Role Models’ Girls Academies including Kununurra , Broome, Fitzroy and Kalgoorlie, and more locally Clontarf, were selected to attend the two day event as a reward for their high school attendance rates and school results. The Showcase gave the students the opportunity to meet each other, build connections and learn values such as teamwork.

Role Models is a not-for-profit organisation that provides leadership, sports and education programs to assist Australian youth, particularly Indigenous youth, who suffer from poverty, sickness, misfortune, or a disconnect from their community. 

Click here to learn more.

Students participating in the basketball competition
Role Models and Leaders Australia students participating in the basketball competition.

Redcliffe Junior Football Club

Twenty young, aspiring football players from Redcliffe Junior Football Club fulfilled their dreams of playing at the holy-grail of Australian sport - the MCG - and Perth Airport was proud to help them look the part. 

The boys, aged 11 and 12 years, played a 20 minute AFL Auskick game during half-time of the Essendon and Melbourne clash on 11 July 2015. 

Funding was given to the Club for new uniforms through our Community Partnership Program and it was very rewarding for Perth Airport to play a role in giving the young boys the opportunity to get a taste of what they can achieve if they choose to persevere with their sports. 

Perth Airport's Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Fiona Lander, with members
of the Redcliffe Junior Football Club before they flew to Melbourne.

Women's Powder Room 

Perth Airport was proud to help The Women’s Powder Room, a not-for-profit organisation providing community services for women of all ages, nationalities and cultures in the Kalamunda area, to get up and running.

The centre – which was officially opened on Friday 22 May – provides an opportunity for women to meet, have a coffee and make new friends, take part in discussions and seminars or learn new skills.

Perth Airport is proud to support the Women's Powder Room at Maida Vale
Women's Powder Room members meet to discuss upcoming events.

Australian Hotels Association Western Australia

In support of the important role hospitality suppliers make to our State, Perth Airport sponsored the Metropolitan Hospitality Service Provider Award at the 2015 WA Hospitality Suppliers Award. The awards acknowledge the companies that strive to present outstanding and innovative products and services to Western Australia’s hospitality industry.

Winners of the Perth Airport sponsored Metropolitan Hospitality Service Provider Award 2015
Lazo Njecgich, David Barrett and Scott Parry from NPB Security being presented the 2015 Metropolitan Hospitality
Service Provider Award by Perth Airport’s Fiona Lander, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs.

Fairholme Disability Support Group

Perth Airport provided support in the form of a grant to Fairholme Disability Support Group, a Guildford-based not-for-profit organisation that aims to enrich the lives of people with disability and mental illness. 

The grant went towards their ‘Artist by the River’ project, a 20-week workshop and exhibition that introduced people with moderate to severe disabilities to a range of art mediums such as sculpture, painting and sketching. In addition to expanding their artistic abilities, forty artists learnt skills to help them form relationships and connect socially with others during the workshops. 

Their inspiring artworks were recognised at an exhibition on Tuesday 14 April. 

Artist by the River project

Perth Airport is proud to have supported Fairholme Disability Support Group's Artist by the River Project.

Christmas gifts donated to Foster Care WA - 2014

As part of Perth Airport’s Community Partnership Program, almost 300 staff donated gifts for children who live in foster care across Western Australia. 

The gifts were presented to Director of Foster Care Association of WA, Fay Alford, who said Perth Airport is a good example of how private companies can engage their staff to support the community.

With more than 4,000 children in State care across WA, we are hoping that our gifts will bring some joy to children this Christmas. 

Fiona Lander with Fay Alford from Foster Care WA

Fay Alford, Director of Foster Care Association of WA and Fiona Lander, Perth Airport's Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development.

Annual School Christmas Tree Decorating Competition 2014

Once again, five local primary schools participated in Perth Airport’s 2014 School Christmas Tree Decorating Competition.

Each school was given $200 to contribute towards making the decorations. The students then came to the airport and decorated their Christmas trees, which were put on display in Terminal 3 (T3). Over four weeks the public voted for their favourite tree.

Congratulations to Maida Vale Primary School for winning this year’s competition and $1000  towards craft supplies for the school. 

Maida Vale Primary School with their decorated tree
Talented students from Maida Vale Primary School who won the 2014 Christmas Tree Decorating Competition

City to Surf 2014

Fifty Perth Airport team members along with their family and friends participated in the 2014 City to Surf.

As participants in the City to Surf, Perth Airport supported the Activ Association, one of Western Australia's leading community organisations which have been providing services and support to people with disability since 1951.

Perth Airport team members competing in the 2014 City to Surf. 

Belmont Small Business Awards

The Belmont Small Business Awards recognise the efforts of business excellence and  Perth Airport is proud to be recognised as one of the inaugural sponsors. There were 24 award categories in this year's program with small business entries being accepted from across Western Australia. Perth Airport continued to support two categories, and would like to congratulate Bianca MacDonald, a Perth Airport Gold Coat volunteer, who won the Volunteer of the Year Award, and Kart Koort Wiern winner of the Indigenous Business of the Year Award.

Autumn Festival

Perth Airport is a proud annual supporter of the Autumn Festival which is a series of community events taking place within the six councils of the Eastern Metropolitan Region – City of Bayswater, Town of Bassendean, City of Belmont, Shire of Swan, Shire of Mundaring and Shire of Kalamunda, at a variety of locations over a six-week period. Some of the events included the Cycle the Trails of the Hills and the Bickley Carmel Harvest Festival.                                                                                           

Celebrating Book Week 2014

To celebrate Book Week 2014, Perth Airport and Dymocks Children's Charities donated $5,000 worth of new library books to both High Wycombe Primary School and Edney Primary School.

In the past five years, Perth Airport and Dymocks Children's Charities have proudly donated $50,000 to schools to update and expand their library collections with new books of their choice for the benefit of local children.

Perth Airport's Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development, Fiona Lander,
with High Wycombe Primary School students as part of Book Week 2014.

Perth Airport Helps Local Kids Get New 'Natural' Play Space

Perth Airport was pleased to give the Foothills Information and Referral Service (FIRS), a not-for-profit community organisation, located in Forrestfield, a donation towards building a 'Nature Playground', as part of the Community Partnership Program.

The playground is made of recycled elements and has been carefully designed to give young children the opportunity to get in touch with the outside world.

Hon Donna Faragher MLC, Cr Sue Bilich, FIRS' secretary Noreen Townsend, Perth Airport's Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development Fiona Lander,

Nathan Morton MLA and Hon John Day MLA at the playground's official opening.

Collection boxes for United Way

Six collection boxes are located in Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to raise vital funds for United Way. Small change donations from travellers provide a big change for others as the funds raised are assigned through United Way WA's Grants Program. Funds raised paid for a free Healthy Cooking program in the community, to encourage parents to explore health food options for young families.

Participants in the United Way Healthy Cooking program.

Legacy Australia collection - 2014
Perth Airport provided Legacy Australia the opportunity to collect donations at Domestic Terminals 2 and 3. Eight Legacy representatives were well received by passengers and visitors, raising valuable funds for the charity. Legacy Australia is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service.

Legacy collection in Terminal 3 2014
Legacy Australia collecting donations in Perth Airport's Terminal 3

Conservation Walk Trail

A conservation walk trail is open to the public near the International Terminal at Perth Airport. The trail is 900 metres long, takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and provides visitors with an overview of the flora and fauna that can be found on the Perth Airport estate. Located on Tarlton Crescent, just off Horrie Miller Drive, the walk trail features a viewing platform, boardwalk and a gazebo with seating which overlooks a constructed wetland.

Click here to view of a map to assist in finding the Conservation Walk Trail.


Kwenda Marlark conservation walk trail at Perth Airport.

Conservation Walk Trail at Perth Airport.

Annual Schools Planting

Perth Airport has been inviting school children to participate in the annual Schools Planting program since 2006. Each year, school groups are invited to visit over a one week period, planting more than 10,000 native seedlings in permanent conservation areas. A representative from the Department of Environment and Conservation – Aboriginal Heritage Unit and an Eco-education Officer attend each day to provide further information on Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Children participating in the Perth Airport Schools Planting Week 2014.

Partnership Agreement 

In 2009 Perth Airport, the traditional owners and other Aboriginal Elders entered into an historic Partnership Agreement, to engage in good faith, for the ongoing development of Perth Airport and Aboriginal cultural heritage and reconciliation. The Agreement provides the foundation for the parties to discuss airport planning issues, while also proving direct financial support through community sponsorships and tertiary scholarships.  Perth Airport established a program to award $90,000 of tertiary Indigenous scholarships over five years to students at Edith Cowan University.

City of Belmont Art Awards 2014

Perth Airport was proud to continue our support of the 2014 Belmont City Art Awards.The winning artwork for the Acquisitive Prize, was Bushland by Naomi Grant.

NAIDOC Week celebrations

Each year Perth Airport celebrates NAIDOC Week and in 2014 Perth Airport was proud to display Indigenous artwork within Terminal 2. Brochures were distributed to visitors to the Terminal which acknowledged the traditional custodians, the Noongar people, and our appreciation of the connection that local Indigenous elders have to the land which the Perth Airport estate is located.     

Artwork acquired by Perth Airport for NAIDOC Week 2014 -  'When I walked long way with my family' by Biddy Timbanah.