Strategic Directions 2013 – 2018

Caritas Australia is building an agency that will be a recognised leader in the international aid and development sector and Australian community. We will do this through placing children, women and men living in poverty and with injustice at the heart of our work - giving them voice and agency so that they can tell the stories of change that have come about through the solidarity of Caritas Australia.

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."
Jeremiah 29:11

Our Strategic Directions 2013-2018 aim to:

  • create a more agile agency, capable of responding to the needs of the poor as they change and emerge;
  • deliver programs that are effective, efficient and ultimately lead to the independence of the poor; and
  • build relationships that empower people living in poverty to be agents of their own change, tell their own stories and shape and influence Caritas.

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In summary

Over 1,500 community members, partners, peers, supporters and staff have drawn on their circumstances and aspirations to contribute their desires for the future of Caritas Australia.

The fruit of their deliberations has been expressed in the 5 goals of Strategic Directions 2013-2018. These goals form the cornerstone of the Agency’s efforts to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

The goals are:

  1. Deepen Catholic Identity
  2. Build Stronger Relationships
  3. Strengthen Programs and Advocacy
  4. Develop Organisational Agility and Competence
  5. Fund Sustainable Growth

This is a plan that challenges us to give those who are voiceless the opportunity to participate in the decision-making processes, so that they will be authors of their own development.

We will be an international aid and development organisation that makes a greater impact on the lives of the poor. We will tell the story of that change in more accountable and engaging ways for the communities we assist and the ones here in Australia who wish to continue to support our work.

We will see an agency that uses its rich intellectual, philosophical and spiritual tools to make a distinctive contribution to overcoming poverty and promoting justice nationally and internationally.

Those who dwell on the margins have so much to offer. Let our work and service place children, women and men experiencing extreme poverty and injustice at the centre of all that Caritas Australia is and does.