Qantas Drought Relief

Cow on drought pasture

Qantas, together with its customers, will donate $3 million to help provide relief to Australia’s drought affected farming communities.

See below how you can make a difference.

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We’ve partnered with charity Rural Aid to help fund hay bales, water trucking, groceries and mental health counsellors for farming communities struggling to survive the worst drought conditions parts of Australia have seen in decades. 

The program includes an immediate $1 million cash donation by Qantas to Rural Aid, followed by a number of Qantas and Jetstar appeal initiatives to raise another $1 million with your help. We'll match these fundraising efforts, with the aim of providing the charity with a total donation of $3 million by the end of 2018.


Rural Aid

Rural Aid was founded in 2015 to provide a holistic support program to rural Australia. The starting point for the charity was the success of the Buy a Bale campaign, which to date has distributed over $3 million worth of fodder to farmers around Australia. We understand the needs of our primary producers and aim to lend a helping hand when times are tough. With the Buy a Bale program, we know that a whole truckload of hay at once isn’t always helpful, and have committed to providing smaller deliveries more frequently. We have a number of programs designed with rebuilding and repairing in mind. These include the Farm Rescue and Weekend Warriors programs, as well as the Farm Army job board where farmers can find help that they need.

Donate to Rural Aid

Other Qantas fundraising initiatives

Qantas Frequent Flyers can use Qantas Points to support farmers, with Rural Aid being added to the list of charity redemption partners on the Rewards Store.

Qantas employees can join Rural Aid’s Farm Rescue program and volunteer their time repairing farming equipment, fixing homes and building fences on rural properties around Australia.

Rural Aid collection barrels will be place in Qantas lounges and select airports for travellers to donate and Qantas Staff Volunteers will be fundraising nationally on the 27th of September. 

We'll host a monthly “Chops for Change” pop-up at various lounges around the country where guests will be offered gourmet lamb chops in exchange for a small donation.

Important information

Disclaimer: *Due to weight restrictions at Tamworth airport, no checked baggage is allowed. Passengers may bring 1 x 115cm carry on bag per person only (7kg). In addition to your carry-on baggage allowance, you may also carry onboard one small personal item such as a handbag, laptop computer**, overcoat or small camera.

Disclaimer: ** For a laptop computer to be considered a personal item it must be carried in a slim bag. Laptops carried in large laptop bags will be counted as part of your carry-on baggage allowance. Laptop computers must conform to any applicable regulatory requirements, be submitted for security screening, and must not be used during take-off or landing or interfere with the aircraft's power supply.

Disclaimer: + Hotel allocation will be confirmed via email by Qantas Holidays one month before departure.

Disclaimer: ^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.