All children deserve a happy, healthy start to life. Mission Australia’s job is to help families provide the security, care and support that is so vital to a child’s development. At the heart of our work is early intervention and prevention, which means we address issues before they become major setbacks for families. We support mums and dads to be the very best parents they can be.

We run playgroups, literacy and financial education programs and other activities that help families – including grandparents and other carers – to feel they are part of a community.

Our community services also work with families to help them deal with those challenges that can tear people apart, such as problem gambling, domestic violence, drug and alcohol issues and long-term unemployment.

Early Learning & development

Mission Australia’s Early Learning Services give kids the chance to learn and play in exciting natural environments, with vegie patches, bubbling streams and trees to explore. We also lay the path for children to develop a love of learning and make a smooth transition to school.

Early learning

Support for carers & parents

Our community services also work with families to help them deal with those challenges that can tear people apart, such as problem gambling, domestic violence, drug and alcohol issues and long-term unemployment.

Carers and parents

Domestic & family violence

For many of us it may be inconceivable that Domestic and Family violence (DFV), is anywhere near us. But the reality is it is likely to be in every suburb in Australia.

Domestic violence

Housing support for families

Mission Australia knows homelessness can have a devastating impact on young lives. This is why we do our utmost to help families keep a roof over their heads and create nurturing homes for the next generation of confident, capable and independent Australians.

Homelessness and social housing
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For help with early learning and development, please visit our early learning website

If you, or someone you know are in crisis, encourage them to call Lifeline Line on 13 11 14.

If you think their, yours or the life of any other person in the family is in danger, the best thing to do is to call 000.

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