Staff giving FAQs
Every donation, no matter what size, has an immediate impact on the ability of the University to promote intellectual discovery and development. Donations of more than $2 are tax deductible.
If you are a continuing or fixed-term staff member, you have the additional option of giving regular cash support via payroll deduction. You just need to provide instructions to the HR Service Centre (the University’s payroll department) to deduct an amount of your choice from your net salary every month.
You can give any amount you choose. Even a small regular donation, when combined with others, can make a big difference.
- Download the staff giving program gift form (PDF, 0.1MB) if you wish to donate by payroll deduction.
- You can vary the amount or cancel the donation at any time by completing the amendment to payroll deductions form (Word doc, 0.2MB).
Regular contributions are deducted from your net pay. In this way, you have the benefit of a tax deduction. The University will provide you with an annual tax receipt which you can use to claim your tax deduction when you complete your tax return.
What happens if I set up a regular donation and I want to vary the amount of my donation or cancel it?
To vary or cancel a donation that is set up as a payroll deduction, download the amendment to payroll deductions form (Word doc, 0.2MB).
If I choose the payroll deduction as a payment method, can I indicate the value of my gift as a percentage of my salary (instead of a fixed amount)?
No, you need to specify a regular dollar amount to be deducted from your pay every fortnight. To vary or cancel a donation while you are paying via a payroll deduction, download the amendment to payroll deductions form (Word doc, 0.2MB).
Donors who make a one-off gift of $2 or more via cheque, credit card or money order are issued with a tax receipt when the gift is received.
Donors who make regular gifts using any payment method (including payroll deduction) are issued with an annual tax receipt in July of each year, itemising their donations during the previous financial year.
If you have any questions about tax receipts for your donations, email or call on +61 2 8627 8807.
Our donors can choose any area to support – see our online gift form for options.
If you are using the staff giving program gift form (PDF, 0.1MB), you are invited to select an option when you complete the form.
If the area of the University you want to support is not listed in the gift form, contact the Sydney Development Fund on +61 2 8627 8818 or to arrange a donation to an area of your choice.
If you do not have a preference, your gift will be allocated to our Student Support Fund – to help students in financial need. This is a priority, as we believe that financial constraints should not prevent an outstanding student from going to university.
100% of the money you give will go towards the area(s) you select.
Yes. Please contact the if you would like your gift to be anonymous.
No. While the University appreciates your generosity in supporting a variety of charitable institutions, our Staff Giving Program has been designed to make a difference within the University community.
The University asks you to provide your address so we can send you an acknowledgement letter and a tax receipt. We may also use this information to keep you up to date with University news and upcoming events, inform you about our services, and offer advice on ways that you can support our work and achievements.
What happens if I set up a regular donation via payroll deduction or credit card and I leave the University?
If you are donating via payroll deduction, the deduction will cease with your last pay. If you are contributing via credit card, you can vary or cancel your donations at any time by emailing the
Yes. You can tick more than one box in the staff giving program gift form (PDF, 0.1MB) and the amount of the gift will be split in equal parts. Similarly, if the areas you are interested in do not appear on the gift form, please contact the to indicate your preference.
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