About Mission Australia
Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 155 years.
Every day we support people nationwide by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.
We’re generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible.
Together, we stand with Australians in need until they can stand for themselves.
The power of US
Our goal is to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities across Australia.
Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God.See more on our Christianity
Our strategic plan
Driven by our purpose and led by our values, 3 strategic directions guide our organisation as we pursue our goal:Download our strategic plan
Our core values underpin all that we do. They are:
Our integrated services across Australia help people find safe and affordable housing, support disadvantaged children and families, empower troubled young people, assist people with mental illness and disability, and much more.
Mission Australia is able to stand alongside people in need thanks to the generosity of a host of government departments, corporate partners, trusts and foundations, as well as tens of thousands of everyday Australians.
Our staff and volunteers are at the centre of everything we do. Each plays their own special part, applying their unique skills to the pursuit of one common goal: to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities across Australia.
Our Annual Report covers the achievements of the last year and is a way of being accountable to our supporters, the people we help and the wider community.
Although Mission Australia is not a listed company, our Board adopts the Stock Exchange (ASX) Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations as part of our commitment to good corporate governance and transparency.
With a history of helping Australians in need for over 155 years, Mission Australia is an enduring presence in the fabric of Australian life. Our journey so far has been shaped by our Christian foundation and our values of compassion, integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration.
Our story began in 1859 with the Brisbane Town and Country Mission responding to community needs at the grassroots level. At this time in Australian history the needs were great, with many people struggling to stay fed, clothed and housed. It wasn’t long before other missions were created.
In 1862 Benjamin Short established the Sydney City Mission to help the city’s homeless and vulnerable. Adelaide City Mission soon followed in 1867. For decades these missions met immediate needs, giving out food and clothing. By the middle of the 20th century, however, they recognised the importance of joining together to find long-term solutions to disadvantage.
In 1997 nine missions across the nation officially came together as Mission Australia. We stand side by side with Australians in need to help them achieve independence. It's an ethos that's bound us together for more than 155 years, and remains at the heart of our work today.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me… just as you did to one of the least of these… you did it to me.
- Matthew 25:35-40
Homelessness & social
We believe every person in Australia should have access to safe and secure housing.
& family services
Early intervention and prevention allows us to address issues before they become major setbacks.
Mental health, alcohol
& other drugs
With the right support, people can improve their mental health or break the cycle of addiction.
Disability, visible or not, shouldn’t prevent a person from being active in their community.
Employment can benefit a person's health and wellbeing, as well as their financial situation.