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.
Virgin Australia is proud to partner with Service NSW, which was established by the NSW Government in 2013. The key objective of Service NSW is to make everyday government transactions more accessible to the general public, providing streamlined customer service across the digital channel www.service.nsw.gov.au the 13 77 88 call centre and more than a dozen service outlets across the state. Since launch, Service NSW has served close to three million customers with customer satisfaction rates tracking at 98 per cent. The partnership involves Virgin Australia sharing training materials, service framework and standards, employee engagement and cultural development activities to take Service NSW’s credentials to even greater heights. To date, Virgin Australia’s customer journey has been shared with more than 400 new Service NSW recruits with a further 150 due to benefit in the coming months.
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.
In 2015, ACO will celebrate its 40th anniversary as well as Artistic Director Richard Tognetti AO’s 25 years of leadership. The ACO’s unique artistic style encompasses not only the masterworks of the classical repertoire, but innovative cross-art form projects and vigorous commissioning programs. This year they will take on 450 years of music by 28 composers from 11 countries, performed by more than 30 guest artists and the 17 core musicians for 9 national tours across 87 countries and 8 cities. Virgin is delighted to be the National Tour Partner of the inimitable The Four Seasons which will bookend the season in February and December. Joining the concert will be award-winning oud player Joseph Tawadros, who will bring the sounds of the east with a selection of original works.
For more information or to find out why the Chicago Tribune has called them “….one of the most precise, cutting-edge virtuoso string ensembles to be found anywhere in the world”, visit www.aco.com.au.
Australian Centre for Moving Images (ACMI)
ACMI is a world-leading centre for experiencing the moving image in all its forms – film, television, internet, games and digital culture located in Federation Square, Melbourne. It is one of Australia’s major cultural, learning and tourism destinations and in 2013, ACMI celebrated its 10th anniversary year. Virgin has been its airline partner since 2013 supporting the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series of Hollywood Costume (2013) and DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition (2014,) with both exhibitions attracting more than 425,000 visitors. Since its opening in 2002, ACMI has had more than 1.368 million visitors making them the highest-attended film/moving images centre in the world and the second highest attended gallery in Australia. For more information visit www.acmi.net.au.
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 27 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.
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:
Future Beauty; 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
1 November 2014 until 15 February 2015
‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ explores the tremendous innovation of Japanese fashion designers from the early 1980s to the present. With over 100 garments featured in the exhibition, ranging from the classic and elegant to outrageous, this will be a fascinating experience and rare opportunity to view these unique creations first hand.
David Lynch: Between Two Worlds
14 March – 7 June 2015
Alongside his esteemed career as a filmmaker, David Lynch has worked as a visual artist for 50 years, producing an extensive body of paintings, photography and works on paper. Developed closely with the Artist, the exhibition features more than 200 works and is a rare opportunity to consider Lynch’s entire creative vision and the relationship between his practice as an artist, filmmaker and musician.
For more information, visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au.
Queensland Ballet is a vibrant, creative company which connects people and dance across Queensland. Founded in 1960 it is the premier ballet company of Queensland based in Brisbane. It is one of only three full-time professional ballet companies in Australia. Led by Artistic Director, Li Cunxin, the company engages renowned choreographers and designers from around the world and nurtures emerging local talent by presenting new works in an intimate studio series. Their annual program offers diversity in style, audience focus and geographic reach, with up to 100 performances in Brisbane and tours to regional Queensland.
Virgin Australia is proud to be Official Airline and Major Partner of The Queensland Ballet.
Strictly Ballroom The MusicalStrictly Ballroom had its global premiere on 12 April 2014 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. Based on the much-loved 1992 Australian film, this brand new musical has audiences dancing in the aisles in a kaleidoscope of colour and fun. Directed by by Baz Luhrmann and featuring costumes and set design by Academy-Award winner Catherine Martin, it features classic songs from the film including Love is in the Air, Time after Time and Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann created as a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1984, and the film version won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the AFI’s and BAFTAs and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. The production will open at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne on 17 January 2015, book your holiday packages on www.virginaustralia.com/strictlyballroom.
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 celebrated 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.
West Australian Ballet
Established in 1952, the West Australian Ballet is the first and oldest ballet company formed in Australia that is still in existence today. Since its formation, it has developed a reputation for superior classical and contemporary ballet and contemporary dance of the highest level. Its repertoire of classical ballet which forms the foundation for the Company’s vocabulary is combined with a distinct contemporary outlook on the artform. Based in Perth, the company’s extensive program tours regionally, nationally and internationally and has an extensive education program and other community activities including choreographic workshops.
Virgin Australia is a National Tour Partner of La Fille Mal Gardee for its Canberra tour and proud Supporting Sponsor of West Australian Ballet.