Policy development & advocacy

Backed by our research and frontline expertise, we will continue to speak up for what’s right and use our national voice to change government policy and public perceptions.

With over 150 years of field experience, coupled with the expertise of our people, Mission Australia has a strong knowledge base to advocate for a fairer Australia for all. We use our influence in the sector, with government and business representatives, our media profile and community connections, to stand up for disadvantaged Australians.

Social policy is one of the tools we use to influence government policy.

It’s our way of telling governments what they can do better to improve the lives of disadvantaged Australians, including people experiencing homelessness, long-term unemployment, drug, alcohol and mental health issues and family breakdown.

Sometimes we can make more of an impact on the lives of those we support by changing public policy rather than delivering another service.

Position Statements

Mission Australia has also prepared several policy statements, which outline our views on issues such as homelessness, early learning, employment, housing and youth justice. 

Policy Submissions

Our social policy team seeks to affect change to public policy by preparing responses to State and Federal Government inquiries, consultations and legislative reviews.

Community development

Our aim is to empower people to meet their own needs and those of the community. We do this by advocating for funding and programs that help communities to identify their needs and evaluate local support programs.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Our Reconciliation Action Plan or RAP is an agreed strategy of how Mission Australia intends to contribute to the huge task of reducing the disturbing gap in living standards between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal Australians.

Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Want to learn more?

For more information about our work, contact Mission Australia National Office.

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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'