Address: 24-32 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, NSW 2015, Australia
Postal Address: GPO Box 9830 – Sydney NSW 2001
Telephone: +61 2 8306 3400 Fax: +61 2 8306 3401
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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.

Through effective relationships with the Church, partners and communities in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and Australia, Caritas Australia helps to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Our programs, advocacy and education initiatives promote the dignity of every person, regardless of religious, political or cultural beliefs. We envisage a world in which children, women and men most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice are architects of their own sustainable development.

In 2015-16, Caritas Australia supported 35 humanitarian relief programs in 24 countries and 129 development programs in 29 countries promoting the good of every person and of the whole person, regardless of people’s religious, political or cultural beliefs.

In 2016, Project Compassion raised over $11 million for the world’s poorest communities, 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.

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