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AGL's Energy for Life Strategic Partnerships

Marg Mitchell
21 September 2017

​​Through AGL's Energy for Life program we're investing over $3 million over six years in partnerships with The Smith Family, St Vincent de Paul Society, Cancer Council Australia and Julian Burton Burns Trust.

Recognising that energy costs can be a cumulative financial stress to those in financial hardship, AGL established these partnerships focusing on the areas of prevention and education; intervention, resource and capacity building; and crisis support.

These partnerships complement ongoing commitments AGL has made to addressing hardship through regulatory obligations, hardship programs such as Staying Connected and our overarching Affordability Initiative.

AGL's partnership with The Smith Family supports the education of 340 school-aged children from disadvantaged backgrounds through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. We also provide funding for their research program, volunteer time to mentor students through their iTrack mentor program, and volunteer time through Xmas volunteering opportunities with The Smith Family.

As well as providing financial support to St Vincent de Paul's home visitation program, AGL and St Vincent de Paul have developed 'Energy Advice Packs' which contain information about retailer hardship programs, tips on how to save energy around the home and advice about what other support is available to families in hardship. AGL has supported St Vincent de Paul Society in the CEO sleepout in Sydney and Melbourne both having senior leaders attend and fundraise, and also AGL people to volunteer at the event. AGL people have presented at a number of St Vincent de Paul conferences in the Sydney region on energy efficiency to further help the St Vincent de Paul volunteers assist their clients in hardship.

The funding AGL provides to Cancer Council Australia's Financial Assistance Program helps families affected by cancer cover necessary living costs. AGL also supports Cancer Council Australia every year by holding fundraising events, in particular, Australia's Biggest Morning teas, across the organisation.

AGL has a commitment to promote safety in the workplace and home. Recognising that scalding from hot water is one of the most common causes of burn injury in the home, our partnership with Julian Burton Burns Trust supports their work educating children throughout South Australia on burn prevention and safety through their BurnSafe Schools program.

To read more about these great partnerships, check out our Sustainability report here.