Terms & Conditions

By accessing this Website and/or registering for the Event, you are deemed to have read and accepted and agreed to comply with these Terms and Conditions and the Society’s Online Privacy Policy.

This page sets out the terms and conditions regarding:

  • access to the Society’s website (the Website); and

  • participating in the Vinnies Community Sleepout (including any associated fundraising) (the Event),

(collectively, the Terms and Conditions). Please note that the Society may change the Terms and Conditions from time to time. You should periodically visit this page to review the Terms and Conditions.

The Terms and Conditions are subject to the laws of Australia.

Information contained in this Website is as up-to-date as our resources permit and has been provided as complete and in good faith without any express or implied warranty. The Society is not liable for any costs or losses you incur through your use of the Website (including by accessing links to third party websites from the Website).

Website Terms and Conditions

The Website may contain bulletin boards, chat rooms, forums or other communication facilities. By using and accessing the Website, you must not do any of the following:

  • post, communicate or transmit any unlawful, criminal, threatening, abusive, defamatory, libellous, contemptuous, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane or indecent material including any material that would materially or adversely affect the reputation of the Society;

  • post, communicate or transmit material which violates or infringes the rights of any other person or party or infringes any law;

  • inhibit or restrict any other user from using the Website;

  • interfere with the computer systems which support the Website, overload a service, engage in a denial-of-service attack or attempt to disable a host;

  • post, communicate or transmit any file which contains viruses, worms, “Trojan horses” or any other harmful, contaminating or destructive features;

  • access or attempt to access information resources you are not authorised to use;

  • impersonate or falsely represent your association with any person or organisation or otherwise provide false or misleading information;

  • attempt to modify, adapt, translate, sell, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble any portion of the Website, including the use of automated tools;

  • post, communicate or transmit or use any material of any kind for commercial purposes, or which contains any promotional material or advertising;

  • delete, circumvent or alter any author attribution, legal notices, rights management information or technological protection measures; or

  • post, download, communicate or transmit any file or material posted by another user of the Website if you know, or reasonably ought to know, that the file or material cannot legally be downloaded or communicated in that manner.

All logos and slogans used on this Website are owned by the Society and, along with all information, text, graphics, advertisements, audio and multimedia found on this Website (in whole or in part) are not to be copied, reproduced, reused, reposted, repurposed, transmitted, adapted, republished, broadcast, distributed or uploaded, except for the purposes of promoting the Event, without the Society’s written authorised permission.

The information on this Website has been provided for personal, non-commercial use only.

Event Terms and Conditions

The Event

The Event is hosted by the Society and is intended to raise money and awareness about homelessness and poverty by introducing participants to the experience of homelessness for one night.

The Event requires participants to sleep:

1. outdoors without shelter;

2. exposed to the elements including rain; and

3. without bedding other than a sleeping bag, pillow and a cardboard sheet.

There may be significant media interest around the Event. Your name, photograph and/or footage could be used for promotional or advertising purposes. If you do not wish your involvement to be promoted or your photo or footage not to be used, please make this known to the Event team upon registration.

The Event is a ‘dry’ event and absolutely no alcohol will be allowed.

The Event is not a social gathering and participants are asked not to invite friends, family or pets to visit them at the Event.

The Society reserves the right to determine eligibility for participation of registering individuals and organisations for the Event.

Your Participation

As a participant in the Event:

  • you agree not to represent that your actions are on behalf of the Society. To the extent that you make representations for fundraising or Event purposes, the Society, takes no responsibility for those representations;

  • you acknowledge that you participate at your own risk and that you are not, to the best of your knowledge, suffering from a condition which would prevent and/or render you unfit to participate in the Event. You agree to take all reasonable measures to protect yourself from the risks of participation;

  • you are responsible for all property that you bring to the Event and you acknowledge the Society accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to this property;

  • you agree to not cause any loss or damage to property at the Event;

  • you release the Society (including its directors, officers, employees, volunteers, contractors, sponsors and/or agents) (collectively, the Event Organisers) from any claim and from any liability (to the maximum extent permitted by law) for, or as a result of, any loss, injury or damage suffered by you in relation to your attendance and participation in the Event, however caused, including any claim or liability which arises due to any negligence of the Event Organisers; and

  • you agree that you will comply with the reasonable directions of the Society and its authorised representatives and that the Society may remove you from the Event at its sole discretion.


While sleeping out in the cold is not a comfortable experience, the risk of serious injury or illness is relatively low. However, by taking part you are acknowledging that accidents may occur and accept all risks relating to or arising from your participation in the Event and release the Event Organisers and all related persons associated with the conduct of the Event from all liability relating to or arising from your participation in the Event.