Caritas Australia is committed to delivering aid and development in a highly efficient and cost effective manner focusing on sustainability by working with local partners who are best placed to identify their own community’s needs and problems.
Caritas Australia, as the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development, gives expression to the Gospel imperative to pursue justice and to help those suffering from poverty and disadvantage.
The work of Caritas Australia is reflective of the life of Jesus Christ and shaped by the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching principles, in particular:
- Preferential Option for the Poor
- Human Dignity
- Stewardship of the Earth’s Resources
Caritas Australia belongs to the international network Caritas Internationalis which is one of the largest aid and development agencies in the world. It comprises a network of 162 Catholic relief aid, development and social service organisations working to build a better world in over 200 countries and territories.
Caritas Australia is committed to delivering aid and development in a highly efficient and cost effective manner focusing on sustainability by working with local partners who are best placed to identify their own community’s needs and problems. Caritas works to help people help themselves regardless of race, political beliefs, gender or religion and recognises the structural nature of poverty and the need to challenge these structures. We support programs for human development and self-reliance including improving health, overcoming illiteracy, reducing environmental damage, conserving cultural identity and providing training for better agricultural practices.
Caritas Australia has education and advocacy programs within Australia, working to help Australians become aware of the causes of injustice and poverty and encouraging people to take action.
There are many things that you can do that will help to make a real difference to the billions of people in the majority world who are disadvantaged:
- Support our work
- Be informed
- Get involved
- Student support
The ‘Act’ page of the Caritas national website will help you with this topic.
What we do
Caritas Australia’s main functions are:
- Encourage self-reliance via development programs
- Disaster response
- Change attitudes in Australia
The ‘Learn’ page of the Caritas national website will help you with this topic.
Helping impoverished communities overcome injustice and move towards sustainable development starts with being well-informed about the issues they face. Keep up-to-date with the latest aid and development news from around the world and what Caritas Australia is doing to help.
The ‘Learn’ page of the Caritas national website contains information regarding the following:
- News from the field
- Caritasnews magazine
- Media releases
- Global issues
- Multimedia resources and downloads
- Teaching resources
- Project Compassion stories
- Justice and education programs
- OzSpirit e-magazine
- Caritas Australia Movie and Book Club
- Caritas policy documents
By making a donation to Caritas Australia you will help to create positive change by alleviating poverty and bringing hope, life, peace and justice to many disadvantaged communities throughout the world, including Indigenous communities in Australia.
The ‘Donate’ page of the national Caritas website will help you further with this topic.
Ph: 07 3324 3134
Mobile: 0428 259 439
Fax: 07 3324 3198
Regional Co-ordinator Community Engagements QLD
Diocesan Director Archdiocese of Brisbane
Global Education Advisor Queensland