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Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia began in 1964 as the Catholic Overseas Relief Committee (CORC). The focus of the CORC was to distribute funds the Catholic Church had received for overseas relief from the United Nation’s “Freedom from Hunger” campaign. In 1966 the agency changed its name to Australian Catholic Relief, and as it grew, it began to see that responding to emergency situations was only a small part of the response to poverty and began to focus more on long-term development and self-sustainability in vulnerable communities worldwide. Since 1996, the agency has been called Caritas Australia and in 2014 they celebrate 50 years.

Through effective relationships with the Church, partners and communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and Australia, Caritas Australia helps to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Caritas Australia currently supports over 190 humanitarian relief and development programmes promoting the good of every person and of the whole person, regardless of people’s religious, political or cultural beliefs.

In 2012, Project Compassion raised over $10.5 million for the world’s poorest communities, breaking its own record and ensuring thousands of families are guaranteed life-changing support.

Caritas Australia’s head office is in Alexandria, Sydney, Australia. The organisation has 7 partnership support offices and sits within the auspices of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It conducts operations across the agency in accordance with ACBC policy and mandate.

Caritas Australia engages in 143 partnerships in 35 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, Indigenous Australia and the Pacific.

Caritas Updates from Australia

  • Oceania on the frontline of climate change

Oceania on the frontline of climate change

  • 17 November 2015
Global temperatures averaging almost 1oC above normal. For people in some parts of the world, this might still seem like a technical measurement, or a future concern. For us in Oceania, it is rapidly becoming a matter of life or death.
  • Heartbreaking scenes in Nepal

Heartbreaking scenes in Nepal

  • 27 April 2015
Lilian Chan, Caritas Australia Online Editor, was working in Kathmandu when the earthquake struck. She shares her experience of being thrown into a major humanitarian emergency.
  • Cleaning up Vanuatu after the storm

Cleaning up Vanuatu after the storm

  • 17 April 2015
Groups of locals have taken to the streets of Port Vila, Vanuatu to help clean up the neighbourhoods hardest hit by Cyclone Pam as part of Caritas relief efforts.


Caritas Australia Info


Postal Address 24-32 O’Riordan Street
NSW 2015
Telephone +61 2 8306 3400
Fax +61 2 8306 3401
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