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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

  • Church critical role in cyclone response on Vanuatu

Church critical role in cyclone response on Vanuatu

  • 19 March 2015
Caritas Australia and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand are leading the Caritas Internationalis response in Vanuatu with the Catholic Church after the Pacific island nation was devastated by Cyclone Pam.
  • Vanuatu counts cost of Cyclone Pam

Vanuatu counts cost of Cyclone Pam

  • 16 March 2015
Up to 90 percent of buildings on one of Vanuatu main islands have been destroyed or damaged as aid workers rush to help survivors of Cyclone Pam. Caritas has sent emergency staff to Vanuatu to link up with local church structures.
  • 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.


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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