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Back in December, 63 community-minded venues joined forces with their generous diners to take action against homelessness in Australia.

Help us scale our impact response by donating online now.

What is DineSmart

Dine Out

DineSmart is a hospitality industry recognised and led event that takes place every December. Since 2003, thousands of loyal restaurant partners and their generous diners have teamed up to make a difference in their local communities. Participating venues add a voluntary $2 donation on every bill during the month, giving their diners an easy opportunity to give back during the festive season.

Where do the funds go?

When you dine at a DineSmart restaurant during December or chip in online, your donations are pooled and mapped with hundreds of others to address the current homelessness and housing crisis. You’re helping boost funding for a variety of community services in your region, so that those in need can be supported.

Donations help provide immediate and ongoing support including: emergency accommodation, food security programs, tenancy support, material aid, youth and young parent support, legal support and much more.

How DineSmart Makes a Difference

Dining out with DineSmart helps…

  • keep community pantry and food relief services stocked and running
  • street outreach programs provide medical aid, showers, and social connection
  • people experiencing homelessness to set up new, safe, homes
  • to deliver up-skilling, training, and educational programs that empower

Why Now?

Currently, nearly a quarter of Australians are going hungry and demand for homelessness services is peaking beyond capacity. We know the cost of living has affected many this year, but for those who can, chipping in this DineSmart will help those most in need who are without shelter, food, or support.

Our DineSmart 2023 Venue Partners

Media Partner

Meet our DineSmart Ambassadors

“From day one DineSmart has been built on the generosity of restaurateurs and diners and action by hospo staff.  To end homelessness, and provide care to people in crisis, takes a whole of community approach, and DineSmart is a simple idea that empowers us all to come together and chip in to fund some of the solutions.” – 

Adam Robinson, Founder and Chief of Impact, StreetSmart Australia (Photo Arianna Leggiero, Broadsheet)

If you have any questions or wish to talk to us about DineSmart 2023 please contact

We’re dishing up a new model of DineSmart in 2024. Stay tuned to find out more