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What we do

The Prince’s Charities Australia supports the development and delivery of innovative, high impact projects that align with the charitable interests of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

These projects support Australian communities The Prince of Wales has connected with for over 50 years.

The Prince of Wales is President of The Prince’s Charities Australia (PCA) and is actively involved with our program portfolio.

Focus areas

The Prince’s Charities Australia has a number of project areas across the following categories:

DEFENCE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

PCA has established The Prince’s Lead Your Own Business (P.L.Y.O.B) program to support Australian Defence members in transition from full-time military service through to civilian life in establishing and managing their own small business.

P.L.Y.O.B is a hands-on 12-18 month program designed with the needs of our transitioning Defence members in mind including comprehensive mentoring support from our partner organisations and flexible learning support from our education partner.

PCA welcomes applications from Australian Defence members who are 24-months either side of their transition date. There has been a diverse range of businesses and participants from across Australia participate in the program – many who have gone on to run highly successful small businesses.

Applications are now open – click through to download an application form.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

PCA partners with EON Foundation as a supporter, and an advocate to help raise awareness of the impactful work the Foundation carries out. PCA seeks to raise funds enabling EON to work with more communities to address the disparity of health outcomes in these remote communities compared to the rest of Australia. EON is a West Australian-based not for profit organisation that engages with remote Indigenous schools and communities in a long term capacity to construct and maintain edible gardens, and deliver a program encompassing gardening, nutrition education, cooking and hygiene.

Another aspect to our Health and Wellbeing portfolio is our work in the mental health space. In partnership with PCA, Phoenix Australia – Australian Centre for Post-traumatic Stress, is leading an international consortium of mental health researchers in the development and evaluation of a newly developed evidence-based recovery program post natural and man-made disasters (InterPAR). This program aims to reduce distress, improve quality of life, and increase social and occupational functioning, thereby minimizing the long-term personal, social and economic impacts.

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Light pollution increases globally every year. It impacts a myriad of birds and animals by disrupting safe feeding times, circadian rhythms, and other critical functions. One species critically effected by this issue is the endangered Loggerhead turtle whose hatching habitats lie on the coastal boarder of the Bundaberg region, and the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Partnering with Greenfleet and Disney Corporation, PCA seeks to facilitate a place-based solution for the community of Mon Repos, Bundaberg and the surrounding communities in Queensland in developing a low-glow community to shape a better understanding and more harmonious existence with the natural environment, creating a sustainable future for the region and its inhabitants.

THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Working in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, SA Renewal and Defence Housing Australia, PCA is developing the first residential six-star green-star rated building in Bowden, South Australia. The Prince’s Foundation teaches and demonstrates sustainable development placing community engagement at the heart of our work.

We believe that sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of life of everyone who’s part of them. They help us to both live better at a local level and start dealing with the broader global challenges of urbanisation and climate change.

YOUNG PEOPLE

If you are a young person not in employment, education or training, it can be difficult to develop the appropriate skill-set employers are seeking. PCA is currently undertaking a pilot program of The Prince’s Trust Get Into program in the Adelaide region with local not-for-profit SYC which has a focus on employment, training and youth services.

Over the past 10 years, The Prince’s Trust in the UK has supported 18,000 young people through the Get Into program across a variety of sectors. We are working with SYC to pilot the program in the Adelaide region and adapt the program to the local context.

RURAL AND REGIONAL

If rural and regional communities are not better prepared and more resilient to disasters, what will happen? How can communities acquire the necessary capability to ensure they are Disaster Resilient: Future Ready? There is a recognised gap in identification of the indicators that support increased resilience and adaptive capacity following natural disasters and critically, limited evaluation of effective methods for communities and individuals to build their resilience.

We have partnered with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (F.R.R.R) on a pilot program which intends to establish a road-tested model of community-led disaster preparedness that can be adopted and adapted by other communities in Australia and potentially overseas.

ARTS AND CULTURE

The Encounters exhibition of 2015 featured rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum and National Museum Australia that were collected from 1770 onwards. The unique exhibition revealed the voices, emotions and stories connected to the powerful objects displayed. The Prince of Wales was the Patron of the Encounters exhibition displayed at both the British Museum and The National Museum Australia (N.M.A).

A major legacy from the Encounters exhibition is the creation of the The Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarship Program delivered in partnership with N.M.A. Piloted in 2016, the program enabled six Indigenous cultural workers from regional and remote communities to take part in an intensive three-month scholarship, providing them with the opportunity to develop cultural, creative or heritage sector skills and capabilities.

Our projects

Established in 2013, The Prince’s Charities Australia (PCA) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a coordinating presence for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ charitable endeavours in Australia. PCA assists the development and delivery  of innovative, high impact projects that support Australian communities and align with His Royal Highness’ charitable  interests.

Our work involves identifying or creating programs to address specific  social challenges, brokering partner relationships, as well as providing  financial support to our partnership programs.

At the heart of our projects is our collaboration and partnering with highly regarded Australian organisations to enable evidence-based programs to be delivered efficiently and effectively at both a local and national level.