St Peter's Eastern Hill

Support our parish

You can support our parish by engaging in a range of parish initiatives and also by making tax deductible donations to our charitable and cultural work.

Make a tax-deductible donation

You can lower your tax liability by contributing to a charitable or cultural cause you believe in. There are three ways to make a tax-deductible donation to St Peter's.

St Peter's Eastern Hill Melbourne Charitable Foundation

This Foundation was established in 1999 to support the activities of St Peter's Church that support people experiencing poverty or homelessness.

In partnership with Anglicare Victoria, the Foundation runs a breakfast programme for people experiencing poverty or homelessness, and funds a part-time chaplain who ministers to those who attend this programme.

The Foundation is also involved in other initiatives that support people in need, and can help St Peter's directly by contributing to the maintenance and upkeep of those parts of the church precinct that are regularly used by breakfast programme clients.

Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation can be made at any time by contacting the St Peter's Parish Office at 15 Gisborne Street, or by contacting the Vicar or one of the Churchwardens. Direct payment by EFT can be made to the Foundation bank account at Westpac: BSB: 033 009, A/c No: 505 321.

Please write your name in the payer's instructions, and contact the parish office to give your details for the provision of a donation receipt for taxation purposes.

See the Foundation website for more information.

The National Trust of Victoria

The National Trust recognises that the church and other buildings of the St Peter's precinct have national heritage value so the National Trust runs a tax-deductible building fund for the church.

St Peter's is the oldest parish church in Melbourne that is still on its original site. Work to construct the church began in 1846 when the colony of Melbourne on the banks of the Yarra river was in its infancy. The buildings on the site have great historical and architectural significance but, given their age, these heritage buildings are expensive to maintain.

The building fund run through the National Trust has a specific charter to pay for much of the maintenance work required by the parish. Donations to this building fund can be made through the parish office, or by sending a cheque directly to:

National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
Tasma Terrace, 4 Parliament Place,
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002

Cheques should be made payable to 'The National Trust (Vic) – External Appeals Account', with additional notation on the back of the cheque stipulating the St Peter's Eastern Hill Building Fund. Make sure you also provide your contact details for the sending of a receipt.

Donations can also be made by EFT using the following details of the Trust's Westpac bank account: BSB: 033 000, A/c No: 937 419.

The National Trust deducts a 4% administration fee from all donations to this building fund.

The Melbourne Anglican Cultural Organisation

At St Peter's music has long been a central element of our Anglo-Catholic tradition of worship. The maintenance of this tradition is, however, expensive, and donations from those who wish to help maintain the highest standard of music at St Peter's are always welcome.

Donations to this music fund can be made through the parish office, or by sending a cheque directly to:

The Secretary, The Melbourne Anglican Cultural Organisation Inc.,
The Anglican Centre, 209 Flinders Lane,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Cheques should be made payable to 'The Melbourne Anglican Cultural Organisation Gift Fund', with additional notation on the back of the cheque stipulating that the donation is for St Peter's Eastern Hill Choir and Music.

Make sure you also provide your contact details for the sending of a receipt. The Anglican Centre may deduct a small administration fee from such donations.

For more information on supporting the choir of St Peter’s Eastern Hill see our music programme website.

Bequests to St Peter’s

Leaving a bequest to St Peter’s in your will is one way you can make a lasting contribution to the parish without significantly impacting your family and other beneficiaries.

Should you wish to include St Peter's in your Will, there are two basic forms of bequest. A bequest can be either UNRESTRICTED or RESTRICTED. These terms are defined below.

An UNRESTRICTED bequest does not specify the purpose or intention other than that the bequest be available for use by St Peter's. However, current diocesan regulations mean that 16% of unrestricted bequests must go to the Diocese once the capital is drawn down into the Parish Accounts.

A RESTRICTED bequest relates to specific purpose that a donor believes to be important: for example, a trust fund for the payment for assisting clergy and curates; for providing vestments and servers’ robes; for choral scholarships; for the purchase and maintenance of ornaments and artworks for the Church; or for some other particular purpose. Diocesan assessment is not payable on bequests that are restricted in this way.

Direct your bequest to one of our trusts or foundations

The best way to support the parish by request is to contribute to one of our charitable or cultural trusts or foundations.

This means your capital is kept in trust in perpetuity, with only the income generated being available for parish purposes. Such a provision avoids diocesan assessment on the amount of the bequest, and is an effective way for you to ensure that your bequest will continue to support the parish of St Peter's into the future. In effect, it enables you to continue a regular weekly offering for ever, even after you are dead.

For example, if you want your bequest be directed to the work of St Peter's among people experiencing poverty or homelessness, then the bequest can be made directly to the St Peter's Charitable Foundation, which was established for this purpose.

Please feel free to discuss the various options with the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens, or with the Treasurer.

suggested Forms of Bequest

I direct my executor to pay ___% of my residual estate, or an amount of ___ dollars clear of all deductions (delete as appropriate) to:

The Anglican Church of St Peter's Eastern Hill,
15 Gisborne Street
Melbourne Victoria 3002

to be held by the Parish Council of St Peter's in a Perpetual Trust, with the income being made available for the general purposes of the parish.


to be applied by the Parish Council of St Peter's for the purposes of ___


I direct my executor to pay ___% of my residual estate, or an amount of ___ dollars clear of all deductions (delete as appropriate) to:

The St Peter's Eastern Hill Melbourne Charitable Foundation for the relief of persons in necessitous circumstances, such as the homeless, unemployed and those of the district living in poverty.

In each case, the following words may be added:

AND I DECLARE that the receipt of a Trustee, Secretary, Treasurer or other proper officer shall be full and sufficient discharge to my executor for the payment of the said legacy and that my executor shall not be bound to see the application thereof. 

Funeral Planning Guide

As well as making a will, consideration should be given to what form you wish your funeral to take. A form is included below that will help lead you through the process of planning for this.

Although this form has no legal status, it is meant to help you engage in planning for your funeral, and can be kept in a safe place with your will so that your family know your preferences in this important matter.

Download the funeral planning guide [PDF 498 Kb]

The Handfield Club

Those who indicate that they have made provision for St Peter's in their Will are automatically members of the Handfield Club. This club is named in honour of the Rev'd Henry Handfield, who was vicar of St Peter's from 1854 until his death in 1900.

The Handfield Club is a small way in which the parish acknowledges the important contribution that bequests make towards ensuring the financial future of St Peter's. Members of the club meet once or twice a year for an informal lunch.