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
- About Caritas
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.
- 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
What we do
Caritas Australia’s main functions are:
- Encourage self-reliance via development programs
- Disaster response
- Change attitudes in Australia
The ‘About us’ page of the Caritas national website Caritas national website contains information regarding the following:
- Caritas at a glance (our global network, our structure, our history and our mandate)
- Who we are
- Our values
- Careers at Caritas
- Publications and reports
- Frequently asked questions
- Be Informed
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 websitecontains information regarding the following:
- Our development approach
- Global issues
- Emergency relief
- Where we work
- Caritas blog
- Teaching resources
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.
- Contact Us
Ph: 07 3324 3134
Mobile: 0487 202 131
Community Participation Leader – Northern Region
Diocesan Director Archdiocese of Brisbane
Justice Educator QLD/Northern Region