Keeping Watch - a charitable fund For Royal Australian Navy families

Keeping Watch is a perpetual charitable fund that provides assistance to serving members of the Royal Australian Navy and their families who are in financial need.

Keeping Watch provides assistance to serving members of the Royal Australian Navy and their families who are suffering hardship, normally through non-refundable grants. Some examples of the help that is available under Keeping Watch include financial assistance for:

  • Essential living expenses after a family crisis such as a house fire, or unexpected death or serious illness of a loved one;
  • Medical treatment or health support for situations not fully covered by Medicare or private health insurance;
  • Child care costs when the usual at-home carer is not able to look after their young family during an unexpected family crisis;
  • Education or retraining for Navy members, as well as scholarships for their dependants.

Make a Donation

Make a Donation

Keeping Watch relies on the financial support of the naval family and the broader Australian community. You can make a donation online using your Credit Card, by authorising an electronic funds transfer from your own bank, or by downloading a Donation Form and sending it to Keeping Watch at the address below.

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Do You Need Help?

Do You Need Help?

Every family’s circumstances are unique and each application will be considered on its merits. Click here to view a list examples that might warrant favourable consideration from the Keeping Watch Grants Committee. This list is by no means exhaustive and if you are unsure, you should consult your Divisional staff or Contact Us to enquire about assistance.

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Foreword Chief of Navy

Foreword Chief of Navy

Since Keeping Watch began in 2013, there has been over $193, 000 used to grant Navy people some form of financial help. This is a figure we can all be proud of. It’s a reminder to each of us to care for one another on and off duty. Keeping Watch is regularly called upon to consider assistance to a wide range of people, each with a different story to tell.

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We are KEEPING WATCH

Keeping Watch - a charitable fund For Royal Australian Navy families

Keeping Watch is a perpetual charitable fund that provides assistance to serving members of the Royal Australian Navy and their families who are in financial need.

Keeping Watch provides assistance to serving members of the Royal Australian Navy and their families who are suffering hardship, normally through non-refundable grants. Some examples of the help that is available under Keeping Watch include financial assistance for:

  • Essential living expenses after a family crisis such as a house fire, or unexpected death or serious illness of a loved one;
  • Medical treatment or health support for situations not fully covered by Medicare or private health insurance;
  • Child care costs when the usual at-home carer is not able to look after their young family during an unexpected family crisis;
  • Education or retraining for Navy members, as well as scholarships for their dependants.

Work with us

Keeping Watch is a registered charity
and as such we are always looking for volunteer
support to help with the day to day running
of the organisation. If you would like to help
and have experience working with charities
please get in touch.

Send your CV

News & Events

Keeping Watch Lends A Hand To Family In Need

Keeping Watch Lends A Hand To Family In Need

A sailor and mother of two says Navy’s Keeping Watchgrant program has saved her family from being swamped by medical bills.

Both of Able Seaman Rhiannon Walker’s young children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.

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Saying Care with a Bear

Saying Care with a Bear

WHEN the Personnel Support Unit (PSU) Organisation was established in 2012, a limited supply of 'sailor bears' was provided to each unit to send to newborn babies of Navy women posted to the unit for maternity leave.

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Steaming ahead with charitable donations

Steaming ahead with charitable donations

Navy's charity, Keeping Watch owes its very existence to the spirit and generosity of its donors and recently, Keeping Watch was the recipient of a generous donation from a group of ‘old and bold’ steamers.

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WHAT DO OUR NAVY FAMILIES SAY?

  • D Smith - Canberra

    I cannot thank Keeping Watch for helping us in our time of need. We were struggling with living expenses after a death in the family and I found out about Keeping Watch. I'm so glad I conatcted them to see how they could help. They were amazing throughout and the money could not have come at a better time. We are now moving forward positively and looking to the future. Thank you so much.
  • R James - Canberra

    I would highly recommend Keeping Watch if you need financial help and are a Navy family. We experienced an unexpected family crisis and we were struggling to meet daily living expenses and child care costs. Keeping Watch helped us through this difficult situation with a grant and offered some very valuable advise on how to deal with the loss. If you need help, contact Keeping Watch.