Virgin Australia Sponsorship
Sponsorship plays a valuable role in the promotion of Virgin Australia and support for the communities in which our airlines operate.
Each year the Virgin Australia group of airlines receives many requests for assistance. As we only have limited resources available, it is unfortunate that we cannot support all applications. Only proposals that deliver commercial or community benefits that align with the direction of our airline progress to evaluation.
For more information on becoming a Virgin Australia sponsored partner, please refer to our sponsorship guidelines.
The Virgin Australia group of airlines has an established program of community and philanthropic partnerships, with a specific focus on indigenous Australians and youth at risk. Virgin Australia team members are actively involved in these partnerships, which include:
Surf Life Saving Australia
Virgin Australia has partnered with Surf Life Saving Australia to take their important surf safety messages to our international and domestic travellers. Surf Life Saving has been looking after beachgoers for more than 100 years through patrols, public safety campaigns, and education and training. We are proud to support SLSA by doing our part to remind all guests to swim between the red and yellow flags while enjoying Australia’s beautiful beaches.
Virgin Australia proudly supports the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) – a mentoring program that partners university students in one-to-one mentoring relationships with Indigenous Australian high school students.
Virgin Australia is a wish-granting partner of the Starlight Foundation – an Australian charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, and their families, throughout Australia. Virgin Australia flies Starlight children and their families across our domestic network to a range of popular tourist destinations.
Brisbane Youth Service
Virgin Australia team members are actively involved in supporting the Brisbane Youth Service via a six-month leadership program known as the Business Champions. The Brisbane Youth Service is a community-based organisation that works with homeless or at-risk young people, providing long-term assistance to help them understand their situation and make more positive choices.
Foodbank is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks and distributes food and grocery industry donations to welfare agencies which feed the hungry. Virgin Australia supports Foodbank nationally by helping to raise awareness of the charity and its aims and providing flights.
Australian Football League
Virgin Australia is proud to be the Official Airline of the Australian Football League (AFL), supporting all AFL team flight requirements across Australia and abroad throughout the year. The AFL is one of the most popular sporting competitions in Australia, drawing its strength from more than 700,000 Australian members of AFL clubs each year.
The Gold Coast SUNS
As the clubs Official Airline and Sponsor, Virgin Australia takes great pride in supporting the Gold Coast SUNS – from match day presence at their home ground Metricon Stadium to support in the air, servicing all flight requirements and team travel logistics. As a proud sponsor and one of the SUNS biggest fans, we wish the team the very best of luck in their season.
Virgin Australia is proud to be the Co-Major Partner of the Greater Western Sydney Giants. The GWS Giants were founded in 2009 and competed in their first AFL Premiership Season in 2012. Virgin Australia supports the club not only in the air but also at their home ground on match day. We look forward to working with the Giants as they celebrate more successes in coming years.
Virgin Australia is proud to be a partner of Australia’s premiere motor racing body. As the Official Airline Partner to the V8 Supercars Championship, Virgin Australia supports all team flights across Australia and abroad throughout the championship season. V8 Supercars is currently the world’s leading Touring Car category and the third best motorsport category in the world, behind Formula 1 and NASCAR.
National Basketball League
Virgin Australia proudly supports the National Basketball League (NBL) as Official Airline, ensuring all eight teams reach their destination during the 23 week season each year. Staged between October and April, the NBL is played in nine venues across regional and metropolitan Australia and New Zealand.
Women's National Basketball League
Virgin Australia is the Official Airline of the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). Now in its 34th season, basketball fans can see all nine WNBL teams playing 24 home-and-away games across 19 rounds, running through to February.
Team Gardner Racing
Virgin Australia is the Official Airline Partner and Sponsor of Team Gardner Racing. Team Gardner Racing is a high performing Australian motorcycle riding family. The team consists of former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and touring car racer Wayne Gardner and his two sons Remy Gardner and Luca Gardner.
Arts and Entertainment
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Virgin Australia is proud to be the first ever Principal Partner of the ACO, one of the world’s most distinguished touring ensembles. As part of its National Concert Season, each year the ACO undertakes up to 10 National Tours, performing over 100 concerts across 8 cities for its 10,000 loyal subscribers. Virgin Australia was delighted to start 2013 as the National Tour Partner of the Tognetti’s Mozart tour and in 2014 presents Timeline - a “kaleidoscopic surge through 42,000 years of music, where life flashes before your ears” – touring across Australia from 19 May to 3 June.
Founded in 1975 and under the inspired leadership of Artistic Director Richard Tognetti AO since 1989, the ACO’s unique artistic style encompasses not only the masterworks of the classical repertoire, but innovative cross-artform projects and a vigorous commissioning program.
For more information, to book tickets, or to find out why this is the Orchestra the Sunday Telegraph in London has called “the finest string ensemble on the planet” visit www.aco.com.au.
A Murder is Announced
Virgin Australia is proud to be the Official Airline Partner for the all-Australian production of A Murder is Announced, as Christie’s classic ‘whodunit’ featuring Miss Marple tours around the country commencing the season at Sydney Theatre. It is the fourth of twelve novels to feature the character of Miss Marple and the first of Christie’s works featuring the “sensibly heeled” sleuth on stage or screen. A stellar Australian cast including Judi Farr as Miss Marple bring Christie's 50th mystery to life in a critically acclaimed production. Following the success of the 2012 tour of The Mousetrap and due to strong public demand, this is the 2nd Agatha Christie performance Virgin Australia is supporting.
For more information on its national tour, go to www.amurderisannounced.com.au.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
The two-site Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) connects people and art through a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibitions that showcase works from a diverse range of historical and contemporary artists. Located just 150 metres apart, within the Cultural Precinct at Brisbane’s South Bank, the two vibrant galleries offer distinct, yet complementary experiences.
An innovator in programming and audience development, the Gallery welcomes visitors of all ages — with exclusive international exhibitions, night viewings and live music, acclaimed programs for children, its own cinémathèque, cafes and modern dining and sophisticated retail areas.
Virgin Australia is proud to be the Media and Tourism Partner of their major exhibitions:
California Design 1930–1695: Living in a Modern Way
Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)
2 November 2013 – 9 February 2014
The first Barbie doll, classic Levi Strauss 501 jeans, innovative furniture by Charles and Ray Eames and the unmistakeable film posters of Saul Bass are among the works featured in this major exhibition of mid-20th century Californian design on display at the Queensland Art Gallery.
Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
23 November 2013 – 11 May 2014
Featuring large-scale installations by one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang, this spectacular exhibition at GOMA will present a beautiful, thought provoking vision of our relationship with the earth and with each other.
For more information, visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au.
National Library of Australia
Virgin Australia is a proud sponsor of the exhibition Mapping our World. Mapping our World is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see rare and unique cartographic treasures from around the world. Discover how European explorers unravelled the secrets of the great south land.
Highlights of the exhibition include the magnificent Fra Mauro Map of the World; the remarkable Boke of Idrography presented to Henry VIII; an intricate world map by the Benedictine monk Andreas Walsperger (1448); a fifteenth-century Ptolemy manuscript; magnificent and controversial ‘Dieppe’ charts; one of only four surviving copies of Mercator’s groundbreaking 1569 projection, and original manuscript charts by Pacific navigators including Louis de Freycinet, James Cook and Matthew Flinders.
For more information, please visit www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/mapping-our-world.
Sydney Dance Company
Virgin Australia is proud to sponsor the Sydney Dance Company - Australia’s leading contemporary dance company. Employing a full-time ensemble of sixteen dancers from around Australia and overseas, the company is led by Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela, and celebrates its 45th year in 2014.
Sydney Dance Company commissions, presents and tours contemporary dance that inspires audiences and dancers alike. The Company thrives on an ethos of collaboration and excellence – working with the most exciting and engaging artistic talents both nationally and internationally.
In addition to an ambitious touring schedule, the Company is focused on developing new audiences for contemporary dance through an education program that includes school matinees, in-school workshops and vocational intensives for aspiring dance professionals. Sydney Dance Company is also renowned for being a strong training ground for dance. Our studios, located at our home in Walsh Bay, offer open classes taught by leading industry professionals in a range of styles to over 70,000 participants each year.
For more information, please visit www.sydneydancecompany.com.
Virgin Australia is proud to sponsor Circus Oz - Australia’s premier, internationally acclaimed circus company. Credited with revitalising a traditional artform in a uniquely Australian way, Circus Oz is a rock ‘n’ roll, animal-free circus that has influenced the development of circus arts around the world since its foundation in 1978. Since then, Circus Oz has taken its self-crafted performances of wit, grace and spectacle to 26 countries across five continents to over 3.5 million people.
Expect two hours of breathtaking agility, death-defying stunts, awe-inspiring acrobatic performances, irreverent comedy and a spectacular live band.
For more information, please visit www.circusoz.com.