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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.

 

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What we do

Research & evaluation

Mission Australia draws on our expert knowledge, gained from many years of experience and research findings, to bring about real and lasting change both on a personal and systemic level. We also suggest better solutions to entrenched problems to better position our leadership in the sector.

 

Policy development and advocacy

Mission Australia work with governments as they develop policies that impact the people we assist, and our senior staff regularly take part in state and territory government advisory committees and working groups, and provide input on social policy through submissions to government. We also work alongside community and advocacy groups, other not-for-profit organisations and businesses across the nation to stand up for people in need across Australia.

 

Homelessness & social housing support

Although getting people into affordable housing is a priority, there’s more to it than that. At Mission Australia we try to understand what has caused a person or family to become homeless. Then, bit-by-bit, we help them to address the underlying causes and break the cycle of homelessness.

 

Alcohol, drugs and dependencies support

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.

 

Mental well-being and disability support

Mission Australia offers a range of support to assist people with mental illness. This includes making sure sufferers are in contact with the right support agencies, and helping them to break down personal barriers, reduce feelings of isolation and increase life skills. Raising a child with a disability, chronic health condition or learning difficulties can be hard on a family. Without someone to lean on, it can take a heavy physical, emotional and financial toll.

 

Employment, skills & training

For decades Mission Australia has been helping people of all ages who have experienced barriers to employment – be it educational, personal or health-related – to gain the skills and confidence to find and keep a job. Our dedicated teams work closely with government, businesses and training organisations across the nation to change lives, families and communities through employment.

 

Youth services

Mission Australia provides youth services across the nation that support young men and women as they journey towards adulthood. Using our research, we develop and deliver support services, and stand up for young people.

 

Families & children services

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.