About Mission Australia
Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian community service organisation that has been helping people to regain their independence for over 155 years.
Independence is something we all strive for, but life rarely turns out as planned. We’ve learnt the reasons behind a loss of independence and the paths to regaining it are different for everyone. This informs the way we work to achieve our goal of reducing homelessness and strengthening communities across Australia.
We offer a wide range of integrated solutions over the long term, through homelessness initiatives and affordable housing, early learning and youth services, family support, and employment and skills development. Our nationwide team of over 3,500 staff uses different approaches, often applied in unison and inspired by Christian values.
We’re joined in our work by governments, our corporate partners and everyday Australians who provide their generous support. Together, we stand with Australians in need until they can stand for themselves.
Our goal - Our goal is to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities across Australia.
Our strategic plan - Our strategic plan 2014-17 outlines key strategic directions to achieve our goal.
Our purpose - Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God.
Our Values - Our core values underpin all that we do. They are:
- Compassion - We are sensitive, understanding and caring in our service of all people.
- Integrity - We are honest, accountable and transparent in our work and relationships.
- Respect - We treat people as we ourselves expect to be treated, offering love, acceptance and a voice of support in the face of life’s challenges.
- Perseverance - We are dedicated to serving people and helping them overcome the challenges they face, no matter how hard it is.
- Celebration - We recognise and celebrate the efforts and achievements of the people we help, volunteers, supporters and staff.
What we do
Our integrated services work together to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities across Australia, by helping people secure jobs, receive an education, find housing and develop important life skills.
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How we are funded
Mission Australia is able to stand alongside people in need thanks to a range of funding partners, including government, corporate partners, trusts and foundations and individual supporters.
Our staff 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 stand together with all Australians in need until they can stand for themselves.
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Our Annual Report
An Annual Report is much more than just a legal obligation for Mission Australia. It’s a way of being accountable to our supporters, the people we help and the wider community.
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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.
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With a history of over 150 years of helping Australians in need, Mission Australian 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 150 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 25:35-3
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Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'