Catholic Social Services Australia
Chairperson: Rev Joe Caddy
PO Box 326
Curtin ACT 2605
T: (02) 6285 1366
F: (02) 6285 2399
Bishops Commission for Health and Community Services
Catholic Social Services Australia envisages an Australian society that reflects and supports the dignity, equality and participation of all people. As the Catholic Church’s peak body for social services, Catholic Social Services Australia promotes a fairer, more inclusive society that gives preference to helping people most in need.
Catholic Social Services Australia carries out its Mission by interacting with Catholic organisations, governments, other churches and all people of goodwill, to develop social welfare policies, programs and other strategic responses that enhance the human dignity of every person and work towards the economic, social and spiritual well-being of the Australian community.
Catholic Social Services Australia is a national federation of Catholic social service organisations that provide social services to over a million Australians a year delivering services in local communities in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.
Catholic Social Services Australia is an agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and is responsible to the Catholic Bishops through a Board of 9 persons appointed by the Conference. The members of the Board include persons drawn from the Conference, the Member Organisations, the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes and those with special expertise in the social sciences.
Membership of Catholic Social Services Australia is drawn from Catholic social services organisations operating under the authority of a diocesan bishop or a religious order and from Catholic lay associations. Individuals and other Catholic social policy organisations that operate at the state or local levels are eligible to become Associate Members of Catholic Social Services Australia. The reach of the network encompasses the whole of Australia.
In pursuit of its mission, Catholic Social Services Australia seeks to embody and promote the core principles of Catholic Social Teaching:
- Dignity of the person
- Common good and community
- Preferential option for the poor
- Rights and responsibilities
The National Office of Catholic Social Services Australia exists to implement the Objects of the national organisation and the directions of the Board. The National Office operates a policy and research unit that is informed by an extensive service delivery network. This includes over 500 programs nationally. Catholic Social Services Australia manage a number of government contracts including Job Network, Personal Support Program, Disability Open Employment Services and we also support a number of Family Relationship Services programs.
The National Office is located in Canberra and is under the leadership of the Executive Director, Mr Paul O'Callaghan.
From July 2001 Catholic Welfare Australia and Centacare Australia replaced the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission. Then in April 2006, the name was changed to Catholic Social Services Australia.