Learn about finance

How do the fees reach the children?

All funds are channelled through The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory Finance Department. This complies with The Salvation Army policy to allow centralisation of reporting for audit and government records. The children are all connected to a Salvation Army centre or program. The funds are sent to the local Salvation Army Headquarters which monitors the needs of each child in their area.

How much money reaches my child?

90% of fees per sponsorship are directed overseas. The 10% administrative fee retained partly covers the costs of postage, bank charges and printing. All other expenses are covered by The Salvation Army. 

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes. Sponsorship payments are tax deductible.

Can I set up automatic payments?

Yes. Direct Debit from your savings or cheque account is available monthly. Please contact us for a direct debit authority to set this up. Automatic credit/debit card deductions are also available. These can be set up as monthly ($35), quarterly ($105), half yearly ($210) or yearly ($420).

How can I make a manual payment?You may choose to make manual payments by cash, cheque, money order or credit card. Payments can be made as $35 per month, $105 per quarter, $210 per half year or $420 per year. Pre reminders are available if you would like to receive a reminder notice when your next payment is due.

Cash payments may be made in person at The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters, 95 Railway Road, Blackburn, VIC, Monday to Friday 8:30a.m to 4:00p.m EST. Please do not send cash by mail.

Cheques/money orders should be made payable to The Salvation Army. Please ensure that you address your envelope to: 

Attention: Child Sponsorship
The Salvation Army
PO Box 479

Please also enclose your payment slip or a note with your child’s code on it. If you get someone else to write a cheque on your behalf please make sure your name is written on the back. By doing both these things it will help us to process your payment correctly and means your cheque will be directed to our department.

Manual credit card payments can also be arranged by contacting the child sponsorship department on (03) 8878 4543 Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST or by returning your payment slip to our department with the details filled in.


Sponsors will receive a detailed payment summary for tax purposes at the end of each financial year. For one off payments a receipt will be forwarded within 5 business days of making payment. An acknowledgement will be issued for manual payments including a payment slip for your next payment.