Annual reports are one way we report on our activities and demonstrate our accountability. Read and download our current and previous annual reports.
Jesuit Social Services is a work of the Australian Jesuit Province. We operate under an independent Board of Directors as an incorporated organisation.
Our tradition is based in Jesuit Mission, with its focus on seeking what matters, finding God in all events and people, and on faith and justice.
Like our work in programs, research and advocacy, our impact is far reaching. Learn about the positive difference we create in communities around Australia.
Our leadership role within the global Jesuit community reflects our Jesuit and Catholic foundations. Learn more about a number of activities we lead in cooperation with others in the Catholic community.
Our vision for Reconciliation is for an Australia of equality where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians can walk side-by-side, acknowledging the past, but looking to the future.
Our underpinning principle is to build and promote healthy relationships between the interconnected ecosystem of people, place and planet which, when damaged, lead to disadvantage, poverty, inequality, prejudice and exclusion.
Our programs connect with the natural and social environments in which they operate. They recognise that the natural world can play an important role in healing, and seek to nurture the relationship between people and their environment.
Jesuit Social Services is committed to being safe and inclusive for LGBTIQA+ participants and has achieved the Rainbow Tick.
We work to keep people out of prison and help them to get their lives back on track. We also work to ensure that people leaving prison can successfully transition back into the community.
We assist people to reduce harm to themselves and others, establish healthy social connections, and engage in their community.
Not everybody has the same access to education or employment opportunities. We support people who have had limited access to learn, study and work.
We work with communities we are
invited into, building connections
with people seeking asylum, newly
arrived migrants, First Nations people, and
those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Feeling safe, confident and comfortable at home is a crucial aspect of supporting every person to become their best self.
The Men’s Project supports boys and men to live respectful, accountable and fulfilling lives.
Partnering with communities across Australia, the Centre for Just Places supports place-based approaches to social and ecological justice. For us, pursuing ecological justice means acknowledging and working within the interconnected web of relationships between people, place, and planet.
The inequalities in our society are layered and complex. Research and advocacy helps us all to understand, empathise, and act: from community members to the Commonwealth Government.
For the child whose mum can’t find a stable home. The young woman struggling after a close friend’s suicide. The father looking for his first job, hoping to support a family. Your donation will help build a just society where all people can live to their full potential.
Your bequest will help us fulfill our vision of building a just society, where everyone has the opportunity to flourish, reach their full potential and make a meaningful contribution to the community they live in.
If you’re passionate about building a just society, then help us transform lives by becoming a Jesuit Social Services volunteer. Volunteers are a fundamental part of what we do, making a highly valued contribution to our programs and service delivery.
Find out more about opportunities to work with Jesuit Social Services. Together, we can make real and positive change in the community for those who need it most.
Join leading organisations, authorities, researchers and change-makers to help us address critical issues, explore ideas, and more.
There are a range of ways your school can get involved with our work, including volunteering, fundraising with us, or having a speaker present to your students.
There are a range of ways your business can get involved with our work, including volunteering, fundraising with us, or booking a speaker from our Just Voices Speakers Program.
We take students on placements through partnership arrangements with specific universities that teach social work and youth work.
A rich and detailed longitudinal research project, Dropping Off The Edge examines entrenched, location-based disadvantage. By deeply understanding local challenges, we inform action and advocacy for change.
In addition to supporting disadvantaged people and communities, we offer a strong voice to advocate for long-term, tangible change. It's not enough to simply shine a light on issues: we need to illuminate a path to progress.
Our published research addresses themes such as communal disadvantage, support after suicide, youth issues, settlement and community building, and life satisfaction.
Jesuit Social Services supports a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament. We have collected a range of resources to help facilitate informed discussion on the Voice leading up to the referendum.
Hear our official position on a wide range of social justice considerations, with expert perspectives from people living and working in close proximity to the issues.
Read messages and articles from people involved in our mission, along with event recaps, think pieces, and more.
Building a just society means elevating everyone, by supporting people to reach their full potential. Every success story is crucial; because none of us can flourish, until we all do.
Our quarterly newsletter showcases the hands-on work we do and highlights our policy, advocacy and research achievements.
Investments for young people will support meaningful change
The Northern Territory Government’s $1.75 million investment into after-hours youth services in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, announced today, will help to create cohesive and ultimately safe communities, says Jesuit Social Services....
Mental health funding welcomed
An expansion of mental health support for people in, or at risk of entering, the criminal justice system will ultimately help to create safer communities, says Jesuit Social Services....
Territory can’t revert to punitive approach in dealing with vulnerable young people
Jesuit Social Services says the majority of young people in youth detention should not be punished with more severe security restrictions for the actions of a few, following an incident in which two boys escaped from Don Dale Youth Detention Centre....
Mandatory sentences won’t improve community safety
The introduction of mandatory sentences for a range of offences, proposed by Victorian Opposition leader Mathew Guy, will not improve community safety according to Jesuit Social Services....
Royal Commission interim report reveals failings of NT’s youth justice system
The interim report of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory has shown how the Territory’s youth detention system has further entrenched the issues behind youth crime, says Jesuit Social Services....
Isolation of young people undermines community safety
The use of isolation in Victoria’s youth justice facilities is counter-productive and risks entrenching rather than correcting poor behaviour, says Jesuit Social Services, following a new report by the Commissioner for Children and Young People....
Horror revelations from Barwon Prison show we’re going the wrong way to fix the system
Jesuit Social Services says Victoria’s besieged youth justice system is heading in the direction of the Northern Territory before the Royal Commission was announced, following new revelations from the Human Rights Law Centre about the treatment of young people in the adult Barwon Prison....
Relocating children and young people to adult prison is no magic fix
News of another incident involving young people at Barwon Prison is evidence that detaining children in an adult prison does not improve community safety, says Jesuit Social Services....
Investment into Group Conferencing will create safer communities
Jesuit Social Services welcomes the Northern Territory Government’s $18.2 million annual investment of a suite of measures that aim to prevent young people from offending and prevent re-offending among young people who have contact with the justice system....
Adult prison is unequivocally unfit for children
Jesuit Social Services has thrown its support behind the Human Rights Law Centre’s fresh legal challenge against the detention of children in Barwon Prison....