About Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia works in partnership with local communities in 35 countries worldwide. With an aim to end poverty and promote justice, Caritas Australia is working to uphold the human dignity of those at greatest risk and assist people regardless of their ethnicity, political beliefs, or religion.

The international aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church in Australia, Caritas Australia is part of Caritas Internationalis, one of the world’s largest humanitarian networks. Caritas is named after a Latin word meaning love and compassion – two qualities which are central to the agency’s work.

Caritas Australia has 195 long-term programs around the world and 143 partnerships throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, Indigenous Australia and the Pacific. Caritas Australia is committed to building a just world by empowering local organisations and enabling the world’s most vulnerable communities to be the architects of their own future.

The success of good development projects often hinges on the trust we build in the communities. This trust, which is developed over time, produces dynamic and fruitful projects. A commitment to working at the grassroots underpins our capacity to ensure that development initiatives reach the most marginalised populations.

Caritas Australia’s role is large and varied, and includes integral human development, emergency relief, rehabilitation and disaster risk reduction (DRR), advocacy, peacebuilding, respect for human rights, and support for stewardship of the planet’s environment and resources.

The organisation provides a beacon of hope for millions of children, men and women in times of hardship and contributes to the development of social justice in times of peace.

Our fundraisers

Join our community.

We're like-minded people making a world of difference.