Caritas Australia is part of Caritas Internationalis, an international network of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working to build a better world, especially for the poor and oppressed, in over 200 countries and territories. We help people regardless of their religion, race, gender or ethnicity.
We support communities through long-term development programs in Africa, Asia, East Timor, Latin America, the Pacific and with First Peoples here in Australia. Our focus is on providing integrated development through water and sanitation, housing, education, health, literacy, women's empowerment, income generation and sustainable agriculture.
Caritas works hard to make sure that as much aid as possible reaches those who need it. The administration/aid ratio of Caritas Australia is one of the best in the world. We keep our administration and fundraising costs at or below 10% of our income. This means that 90-92% of all money raised during an emergency appeal is sent to that country.