National Fete Research Project

The National Fete Research Project

The survey for this research project has now closed. You can find the final report here.

The National Fete Research Project is the very first large scale-survey of school fetes in Australia. In collaboration with The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies based at the Queensland University of Technology, this research will deliver important data for school parent committees and the organisations that support them.

This study has been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 1700000569).

In brief:

  • We invite fete/event coordinators/organisers to participate in this survey
  • This information on school fetes and fundraising will be shared freely for the benefit of all current and future fete organisers
  • One survey per school
  • Helpful but not essential to have profit table in hand
  • Approximately 20 minutes but more if a lot of detail is shared
  • Your data will remain confidential unless you elect to share


School fetes are the largest fundraiser that many schools will undertake and require an enormous commitment from parent volunteers.   Previously largely characterised by ‘reinventing the wheel’ and ‘flying blind’, fete organisers will soon have access to important data to provide insight into what others are experiencing and achieving.

The survey is currently being conducted and will continue through to the end of Term 3, 2017 with the final report shared via our website, social channels with the support of our project partners.

We expect the outcomes to be available in late 2017 and a report issued in Term 1, 2018. Comparative data will be provided to those Parent Committee Associations that have provided support to the project.

To recognise your contribution in completing the survey, your school has the opportunity to win one of 3 Vegepod container gardens worth $489 each (total prize pool of $1,496).  There is only 1 entry per school so please make sure this survey finds its way into the right hands.


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