DineSmart is a hospitality industry recognised and led event. Since 2003, thousands of loyal restaurant partners and their generous diners have raised over $4 MILLION to fund essential and innovative responses to homelessness.

This year, DineSmart donations will be directed to our pandemic crisis response – distributing funds across homeless services. Types of support include, food and meals through social enterprises, material aid, emergency aid and other general services in the community.

We partner with restaurants, local homelessness charities and social enterprises.

Diners chip in a $2 donation at partner restaurants in-venue or through their digital platforms.

Money raised will provide a pandemic crisis response including food and meals through social enterprises, material aid, emergency aid and other critical services in the community.


Tasha Forgan

Tasha Forgan


"To be able to show where the money goes is a way to help people believe in it. The staff got behind it so much. It’s a really nice way to engage with your guests and your staff, and a way to refocus on how lucky we are to be working in this job.”

Sam Christie

The Apollo, Cho Cho San

“We think it is important for business to give back – and DineSmart is such a simple way to effect meaningful change in people’s lives. ”

Nicole Papasavas Stalactites

Nicole Papasavas


“We love being part of DineSmart. It's a great concept that assists small, grassroots charities. It's simple to administer and all our customers are very supportive as it gives them an opportunity to contribute, that they may not of otherwise had.”

Nick Coulter - Hanoi Hannah, Tokyo Tina and Neptune

Nick Coulter

Hanoi Hannah, Tokyo Tina & Neptune

“DineSmart is an opportunity to raise funds and awareness. When most of the press around homelessness is focused on the lack of funding, while people are really suffering - it is great to be able to positively engage - and take practical action.”

DineSmart Impact:

SmartMeals: DineSmart has helped distribute nutritious ready made meals across Australia, through our partnership with social enterprises such as Bendigo Food Share. People at risk of homelessness are being trained and gain life skills, while cooking meals for others in their local community experiencing hardship and food insecurity.

Youth – DineSmart donations have funded hundreds of youth focused programs like Youth Projects. Their diverse programs offer emergency assistance and health care for rough sleepers, to reskilling young people to build their confidence, ability, skills and opportunities around paid employment, navigating their way out of poverty and homelessness.

Women and Children Domestic violence is the leading contributing factor for people becoming homeless. Refuges, such as Kara House, are on the homelessness front line. DineSmart donations fund a wide range of support services for women and their children including crisis support, emergency accommodation, legal services, and school uniforms and supplies.

Previous Venue partners:

Chin Chin
The Apollo
Punch Lane
Cho Cho San
Hanoi Hannah
San Telmo
Belmonte Italian Cuisine
Cafe Ophelia
Clove Lane
Daylesford Cider
Hell of the North
Hotel Jesus
La Cache a Vin
LadyBoy Dining and Bar
Lagoon Dining
Pizza Autentico
Port Phillip Estate
Red Sparrow Pizza
Saint Urban
Secolo Dining
Stokers Fine Pancakes
Tokyo  Tina