About Us

Sustain works for the transition to a food system that supports flourishing communities, individuals and ecosystems. We are a registered deductible gift recipient charity, based in Melbourne, Australia, and currently hosted by the William Angliss Institute. Sustain was formed in 2015, and based in Melbourne, Australia. The organization emerged out of the Food Alliance., founded in 2009. It was under the Food Alliance that the Circles of Food methodology was developed borrowing from the Circles of Sustainability methodology. 


Sustain’s mission is to catalyse meaningful and powerful connections to enable the emergence of a flourishing and healthy food system, realised through food systems events, research, network-building and consultancy servicesSustain’s two major projects are Cardinia Food Circles, principally supported by Cardinia Shire Council; and the Melbourne Food Hub, funded by an Innovation Grant awarded in December 2017 by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

Sustain was formed in 2015. It is based in Melbourne, Australia, and currently hosted by the William Angliss Institute. The organization emerged out of the Food Alliance., which itself was founded in 2009. It was under the Food Alliance that the Circles of Food methodology was developed, as were the terms of the Urban and Regional Food Declaration. These developments are now centre-pieces of Sustain’s work.


Sustain was established for the public charitable purpose of promoting health and wellbeing through a broader food-systems approach. The objects of this activity include the following:

  1. To support local governments to adopt and implement policies to protect, improve and promote the public health of their communities;
  2. To build the capacity of food system stakeholders to adopt and implement diverse changes to protect and enhance the health of all Australians;
  3. To establish and co-ordinate the Australian Food Network;
  4. To facilitate the development of communities of food-system practice;
  5. To support and publish community-engaged food systems research; and
  6. To provide food systems advice, consultancy and training services for the promotion and development of healthy and sustainable food systems.


Sustain’s work is made possible through grants received from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the Myer Foundation, as well as through the collective impact project, Cardinia Food Circles. This principal funder of this project since November 2016 has been Cardinia Shire Council, with smaller grants from RMIT University and the Casey-Cardinia Foundation’s Ripe for Change funding initiative. Sustain also undertakes bespoke consultancy and research projects as well as coordinates and hosts events and major conferences throughout the year. 

Legal Support

Sustain acknowledges the pro-bono public-interest law support of Arnold Bloch Leibler, Lawyers and Advisers. ABL came on board as Sustain’s honorary advisors in mid-2015 to help establish Sustain and achieve our charitable tax concessions. ABL continues to work with Sustain in the areas of corporate governance and taxation. Arnold Bloch Leibler is a premier Australian commercial law firm with a long history of giving back to the community. ABL offers strategic legal advice in the public interest to defend or assert rights, develop the law, or improve the administration of justice. Its clients are active in the cultural, health, religious, Indigenous and environmental sectors.

Annual Report

Read our 2019 Annual Report here.

Read our 2018 Annual Report here.

Read our 2017 Annual Report here.