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Donate the smart way - straight from your pay

It’s a great feeling when you accomplish something big at work. And it’s a great feeling when you do something that helps make the world a better place. Now’s your chance to do both at once.

One in two people will be directly affected by cancer in their lifetime. And heart disease, Australia’s number one killer, will take half of us – often far too soon. Finding medical answers to the diseases that impact our families takes time.

By joining your Workplace Giving program and making regular gifts from your salary to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, you’ll be supporting research into the hardest-to-treat-cancers, heart disease, diabetes and rare genetic disease. And you’ll be helping to keep families together for longer.

We’ve prepared these frequently asked questions about Workplace Giving to help guide you through the process of donating regularly to support medical research in WA.

What is Workplace Giving?

Workplace Giving (or Payroll Giving) is a way to donate to the Perkins directly from your pay before tax is calculated.


To make a payroll donation, talk to your payroll officer about deducting your gift from your salary and paying it directly to the Perkins.


If your organisation doesn’t offer a Workplace Giving program, please talk to your management or payroll department about setting one up so that you, and your colleagues, can help find the answers to these devastating diseases. You’ll find some useful Workplace Giving information for employers on our website.

What are the benefits of Workplace Giving to me?

When you make a Workplace Giving donation, you receive the tax benefit of your donation immediately – it is deducted from your pre-tax income, so you pay less tax.


At the end of the financial year, your employer will include the total amount you donated in your payment summary, letter or email. You don’t have to worry about direct debits or credit card payments, or wondering where you saved the receipts when you need them at tax time.


This example, above, is from Good2Give, a social enterprise that helps connect employers to charities. You can also visit their website to use their donation tax calculator to see how you can save money donating through your payroll.

How does Workplace Giving benefit researchers at the Perkins?

Researchers in WA receive around 3% of national medical research funding. If funding runs out, their research projects end. Years of work could be shelved. Researchers at the Perkins rely on community support from people like you to give them peace of mind.


Workplace Giving results in regular, reliable income for researchers in WA. Your regular donation means they can spend more time at their bench working on finding the next medical breakthrough – one that could save your life, or the life of someone you love.


Even a small regular contribution can make a significant difference to a researcher.


If you want to keep medical research alive in WA, there really is no simpler way to make a difference.

How can I set up Workplace Giving at my place of work?

Setting up your regular donations from your pay is quite easy:


  1. Ask your employer to enter into a Workplace Giving arrangement with the Perkins.
  2. Nominate the Perkins as your preferred charity.
  3. Inform your employer that you wish to make a regular donation (for example weekly, fortnightly, monthly or whenever you are paid) and the amount you wish to donate. They will make the payment directly to the Perkins on your behalf.

At the end of the financial year, your employer will include the amount that has been deducted from your pay and donated to the Perkins in your annual payment summary.


Throughout the year, the Perkins will also provide information about how your donations are being put to work to find the answers to the diseases that impact our families the most, so you can see how you are helping to keep families together for longer.

How will my privacy be protected?

Your privacy will always be protected by the Perkins. You can review our Privacy Policy here.


When you sign up for Workplace Giving, you will have the option to share your data with us or remain anonymous. If you prefer to let us know who you are, we will keep you informed about how we are putting your generous donations to work. You’ll receive a copy of our Perkins News magazine twice a year, and at the end of the financial year, you’ll receive an impact report, showing what a difference you have helped to make for the health and wellbeing of West Australians.


You can choose to end your donations or opt out of sharing your information at any time, by informing us of any changes through your payroll officer.

Do you have information about Workplace Giving for Employers?

If your place of work does not have a Workplace Giving program in place, it is easy to set up through their payroll system. You can contact Celia in our Corporate Partnerships team for some information to share, or you can find useful Workplace Giving information for employers on our website.

Visit the Australian Taxation Office website and search ‘Workplace Giving’ for information, rules, guidelines and tax implications.


Contact Us

Not sure where to start? Ask your payroll team if they have a workplace giving scheme set up and if they can organise a pre-tax gift for you. For more information on workplace giving and how you can become involved, contact:


Celia Byatt
Corporate Engagement Partner
Email Celia
Telephone +61 420 802 119