Caritas Australia began its activities in 1964 as the Catholic Overseas Relief Committee (CORC). CORC distributed funds that the Catholic Church had received for international relief from the United Nations Freedom from Hunger campaign. In 1966, the organization changed its name to Australian Catholic Relief. As it grows, it realizes that responding to emergencies is only a small part of the answer to poverty, and it is beginning to focus more on the long-term development and self-reliance of vulnerable communities around the world. Since 1996, the organization has been called Caritas Australia.
Through its effective relationships with 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 maintain dignity. Advocacy and education programs and initiatives promote the dignity of all persons, regardless of religious, political or cultural beliefs. We envision a world in which the children, women and men most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice are the architects of their own sustainable development.
In 2015 and 2016, Caritas Australia supported 35 humanitarian relief programs in 24 countries and 129 development programs in 29 countries, promoting the good of all people and the whole person, regardless of people’s religious, political or cultural beliefs.
In 2016, Project Compassion raised more than $11 million for the world’s neediest communities, ensuring thousands of families receive life-changing support.
Caritas Australia’s headquarters are in Alexandria, Sydney, Australia. The organization has 7 partner offices and is under the auspices of the Australian Conference of Catholic Bishops (ACBC). It conducts the operations of the entire organization in accordance with the policy and mandate of ACBC.