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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

  • New tech solutions for HIV

New tech solutions for HIV

  • 28 July 2014
New technologies offer hope to sick people living in poverty. At an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, four scientists associated with Catholic institutions discussed ways to measure HIV infections and treat them.
  • To end AIDS by 2030

To end AIDS by 2030

  • 28 July 2014
UNAIDS is moving from a strategy of ‘zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, zero discrimination’ to one where 9 out of ten people who are living with HIV know their status, receive therapy and that the virus is surpressed in their bodies.


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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