Charity details

Wharf 4 15 Hickson Road
Dawes Point NSW 2000
Address For Service email
Charity Size
Who the charity helps
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Children - aged 6 to under 15
Financially disadvantaged people
Youth - 15 to under 25
Date established
Last reported
28 July 2020
Next report due
30 June 2021
Financial Year End

Summary of activities

Gondwana Choirs is the voice of young Australia. Through the artistic leadership of Lyn Williams AM, we create and present innovative new choral work and drive collaborations that redefine how audiences perceive choirs, and what they are capable of. Our performing ensembles include the Sydney Children’s Choir and Young Men’s Choir, Gondwana Voices, Gondwana Chorale, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, and the newest Indigenous performing ensemble, Marliya. These are supported by the regular and seasonal training programs, engaging up to 1000 young people nationally each year. Gondwana presents a range of concerts each year, enjoying strong co-presentation relationships with City Recital Hall and the Cairns Regional Council. We have an ongoing collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and provide children’s choruses for Opera Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Our artistic projects are daring and challenge what choirs are capable of stylistically. Marliya, made up of Indigenous choristers from Far North Queensland, performed Spinifex Gum, a new full-length stage work at the Adelaide and Sydney Festivals. Written by singer/song writer Felix Riebl, Spinifex Gum challenges audiences to consider confronting social issues such as Indigenous youth incarceration. National Choral School gathers young choristers from every state including regional and remote areas to form Australia’s national youth choirs. The season culminates in a four day Festival of Summer Voices and includes a comprehensive series of elective studies which develop their skills as artists. Gondwana Choirs engages the best Australian choral conductors, pianists, guest artists and composers. Since 1989, 48 Australian composers have been commissioned to write over 250 new works for the choirs, a substantial body of work which has made a significant contribution to the artform. We also lead choral training and professional learning for educators, developing extensive teaching resources of works primarily by Australian composers, to promote quality singing in the classroom and creative music making. Many emerging and established Australian composers develop their craft and receive commissions through Gondwana Choirs and many alumni have pursued successful careers as composers because of their positive experience in the choirs. Our alumni perform in orchestras, bands and opera companies worldwide. As composers, conductors, music teachers, pop artists, and arts workers, they are also the next generation of audiences and advocates for the arts.

Where the charity operates


Financials & Documents

Annual reporting

Title Due Date Date received Download
Financial Report 2021 30 June 2022 Pending
Annual Information Statement 2021 30 June 2022 Not yet submitted
Financial Report 2020 30 June 2021 Not yet submitted
Annual Information Statement 2020 30 June 2021 Not yet submitted
Financial Report 2019 31 August 2020 28 July 2020
Annual Information Statement 2019 31 August 2020 28 July 2020
Financial Report 2018 30 June 2019 24 July 2019
Annual Information Statement 2018 30 June 2019 24 July 2019
Financial Report 2017 30 June 2018 5 July 2018
Annual Information Statement 2017 30 June 2018 5 July 2018
Financial Report 2016 30 June 2017 8 June 2017
Annual Information Statement 2016 30 June 2017 8 June 2017
Financial Report 2015 30 June 2016 26 May 2016
Annual Information Statement 2015 30 June 2016 26 May 2016
Financial Report 2014 30 June 2015 4 June 2015
Annual Information Statement 2014 30 June 2015 4 June 2015
Annual Information Statement 2013 30 June 2014 30 June 2014
Financial Report 2013 No due date Not required


Title Date Reporting Year Download
Annual Report 17 June 2021 2019 Download
Annual Report 5 July 2018 2017 Download
Governing Document 18 June 2018 Download


Responsible People

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The charity's subtype history

Purpose Start Date End Date
Advancing culture 1 January 2014
2012 Another purpose beneficial to the community 3 December 2012 31 December 2013

Registration status history

Effective Date Status
3 December 2012 Registered

Enforcement action history

There have been no enforcements for this charity.