Supporting seriously ill children and their families

4 Houses
3 Family Rooms
3048 Families stay a year

RMHC VIC & TAS history

Welcome to Ronald McDonald House Charities Victoria & Tasmania. 

We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing vital programs for families with seriously ill children.

About Our Chapter

Since we opened our very first Ronald McDonald House in Victoria in 1986, our Chapter has expanded to provide essential services in Melbourne, regional Victoria and Hobart. We have supported sick children and their families for over 30 years. Through our accommodation and support services, we strive to keep families together when life gets turned upside down due to a child’s illness. Our Ronald McDonald Houses and Programs are run by a tirelessly hard working team of staff and volunteers, aided by the generous support of our donors, sponsors and corporate partners.

RMHC VIC & TAS is a charity registered with the ACNC and a company limited by guarantee.


Peter Bishop

Our Board Directors

Garry Thompson      Board Chair

Adele McIntosh

Alice Gilbertson

Dr Ben Jones

Ben Westover

Claire Richards

Corey Mingari

Danielle Smith

Jason Wall

Julia Reid

Kelly Nardella

Patrick Moloughney 

Sarah Connolly 

Contact us

PO Box 9 Canterbury VIC 3126

ABN 88 762 184 608

ACN 623 266 946

Keeping our families safe 

Continuing to provide a safe and supportive environment for families of seriously ill children at our Ronald McDonald Houses and Programs is our absolute priority.

Major Partners

Almax Family Trust

Our Impact in 2019

Our Impact in 2020

Our Impact in 2021

Our Impact in 2022

Our Impact in 2023

Our programs

We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing vital programs for families with seriously ill children. Our chapter run a range of support programs across Victoria and Tasmania including our Houses, Family Rooms and Learning Program. 


Our Houses provide a homely and inviting place to stay for parents, guardians, carers and their siblings while their child is undergoing treatment in Victoria or Tasmania.

Family Rooms

Our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are exclusively for the families of children undergoing treatment in a nearby ward. Run by our friendly volunteers, our Family Rooms are welcoming spaces where you can take time out from the clinical environment of the wards, have a tea or coffee, freshen up with a shower or find a quiet space for a much-needed nap. Our Family Rooms also have dedicated play areas so the siblings of seriously ill children can have a bit of fun.

Learning Program

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program assists school-aged children with serious illnesses and injuries to catch up on missed education following treatment and recovery. Providing a suite of educational support services, including therapy sessions and one-on-one tutorials with experienced teachers, our Ronald McDonald Learning Program is tailored to students’ individual needs. We aim to build each child’s confidence and self-esteem in preparation for their return to the classroom. All services are free to families thanks to funding from our generous RMHC supporters.

How you can help

Make a donation

Support the charity or your local house

Become a volunteer

See the openings in your area

Other ways to help


Fundraise for RMHC VIC & TAS

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, it can have a devastating impact on families. As well as the uncertainty and fear, there is the added stress for families who don't live close to the medical care their child needs.

Without your support, we would be unable to keep our doors open to families in, 365 days a year. Thanks, to the public, we have been able to continually expand our operations to help more families.

See how you can get involved today!

Become a corporate partner

At RMHC VIC & TAS we strive to create mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations who are committed to our mission of support ever-changing needs of seriously ill children and their families.

To help us bring comfort and care to more families then contact our corporate partnerships manager at victas@rmhc.org.au for more information on how to get involved.

Leave a Gift in your Will

A bequest is a wonderful legacy to leave for future generations, that anyone can choose. It's a powerful way to make a positive impact tomorrow, without affecting your finances today. Our online partners, Safewill, offer a simple Will writing option. Click here to get started or learn more.

Whenever the time is right for you, please consider Ronald McDonald House Charities Victoria & Tasmania in your Will. Your gift will provide love, care and support for seriously ill children and their families whenever they need it. And please tell us you’ve left RMHC VIC & TAS a gift in your Will so we can thank you!

For further information email bequest.victas@rmhc.org.au

Adopt A Room

Adopting a room is a unique opportunity to assist us in providing the highest level of comfort possible to our families. The proceeds of your adoption allow us to cover the costs associated with that room, including linen, electricity, maintenance, etc. 

Your adopted room will bear a plaque with your name on it, and we will keep you up-to-date with news, events and invitations to the exciting things happening at our Houses. 

For more information, please contact victas@rmhc.org.au

Volunteer with us

Our volunteers are an invaluable asset to our Houses & Family Rooms and are actively involved in a number of roles from housekeeping to administration, special events and cooking meals for our families.

Alternatively, please contact volunteering.victas@rmhc.org.au 


Become a House Hero

Times are tough for everyone at the moment but for sick children and their families the new uncertainty we all face is nothing new. Let's show sick children and their families that we are here for them by making small regular donations.

Sign up for our House Hero Program today so we can continue to care for sick children and their families 365 days a year.

Adopt a Pantry

Each family staying at a Ronald McDonald House is assigned their own pantry in one of our nine kitchens across our four Houses.

We are offering the exclusive opportunity to Adopt a Pantry to help us support families who need to stay at Ronald McDonald House to be close to their child in hospital.

We will create a personalised plaque with your name or logo to be displayed on your adopted pantry in one of bustling kitchens at the House of your choice. For more information on this exclusive offer, contact victas@rmhc.org.au

Group Volunteering

Our Group Volunteering experience is a unique opportunity for the wider community to give practical and monetary support that directly makes a difference to the lives of families with a seriously ill or injured child.

Bring your team to one of the Houses to cook for our families or participate in a working bee. Experience first-hand the positive impact that volunteering at Ronald McDonald House has on both your team and the families staying at the houses.

For more information and to make a booking, contact victas@rmhc.org.au

Sign Up To Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving is a simple and convenient way for you to donate to RMHC VIC & TAS, directly from your pre-tax salary. It’s easy to set up through your payroll team and gives you that charitable buzz with every payslip!

By becoming a Workplace Champion you become part of our family, sharing in the life of RMHC VIC & TAS and how your support makes a huge impact to families with seriously ill children. Not only will you receive an immediate tax benefit from your pre-tax donation, you can start, stop or change your donation at any time - Work Place Giving is as flexible and adjustable as you need it to be.

We can’t do it alone, we need Workplace Champions like you!

For more information contact us at victas@rmhc.org.au

Upcoming Events

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