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What drives us

We are driven by justice, dignity and hope for all. We practice the principles of Catholic Social Teachings: human dignity, compassion and subsidiarity are at the heart of all we do.

Our Mandate

We believe that listening and responding to community needs is necessary to tackle poverty and inequality in Australia and overseas. This is why we work with our partners on locally-led initiatives to promote lasting change. 

When disaster strikes, we work with local churches and partners to provide food, water and shelter to those most in need.

We also seek to engage all Australians, especially the Catholic community, to advocate and act for equality and justice for all. 


Our Vision

A just world, at peace and free of poverty, where all people live in dignity.


Our Mission

The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4:17-19

At the heart of Caritas’ mission is our quest for the full realisation of human dignity and wellbeing for all people as the key way to end poverty and injustice. Our education, humanitarian aid and development work focuses on joining with people as they become agents of their own change.

Our Goals

Deeper Catholic Identity

To actively uphold and take leadership in living out Gospel values and Catholic Social Teaching principles in our communities and workplaces, and with our partners and supporters, the Catholic community and the Australian public.

Full Human Development

To achieve full human development outcomes by working alongside the most marginalised so that they are empowered, resilient and self-sufficient.

Justice and an End to Poverty

To advocate and act for a world free of poverty and injustice by effectively amplifying the voices and stories of the people and communities we serve.

Careful Stewardship

To be effective stewards of resources in order to maximise our program impact, and to sustainably grow our community support and carefully manage our human, financial and physical assets.

Organisational Agility

To be an agile and creative organisation that is led and supported by talented and committed people at agency, diocesan and country level and where sound practices, policies, systems and infrastructure ensure service quality, a high level of competence and a culture of continuous learning.

Our Values

Our work is shaped by the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.

The dignity of the human person

Every human being is created in the image and likeness of God and therefore has inherent dignity. No human being should have their dignity or freedom compromised.

The common good

Every person should have access to the goods and resources of society so that they can live fulfilling lives. The common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world.

Subsidiarity and participation

All people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. 


Everyone belongs to one human family, regardless of their national, religious, ethnic, economic, political and ideological differences. We are called by the principle of solidarity to take the parable of the Good Samaritan to heart (Luke 10:29-37), and to express this in how we interact with others.

Preferential option for the poor

Preferential care should be shown to poor and vulnerable people. Jesus taught that God asks each of us what we are doing to help the poor and needy: "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:40).

Economic justice

Everyone capable should be involved in economic activity and should be able to provide for themselves and their family.

Stewardship of Creation

We must all respect, care for and share the resources of the earth, which are vital for the common good of all living beings. 

Promotion of peace

Peace is more than just the absence of war. It is a positive movement towards equality and justice between all people, regardless of differences.