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.
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....
Rising suicide rates show prevention remains a crucial part of mental health service mix
New data published this week showing suicide in Australia has reached a decade-high rate is an important reminder that suicide prevention is one of the most crucial elements of our response to mental health, says Jesuit Social Services....
Lack of secure housing for people with disabilities the key factor behind re-offending
With the treatment of prisoners a key issue across the country following revelations from within the Northern Territory’s youth detention system, a group of people with acquired brain injuries (ABIs) and contact with the criminal justice system have cited a lack of housing and support for people...
Mental health services need long-term funding certainty
Recent Federal changes to mental health funding have created a rushed transition to a new model and insecure, short-term funding solutions, says Jesuit Social Services....
Suicide risk cannot be dealt with in isolation
New research showing the suicide toll exceeded the road toll in 28 electorates across the country is crucial in urging our country’s leaders to commit to a national suicide prevention program. But in many areas of Australia, the suicide risk cannot be dealt with in isolation from a complex web of...
Postvention support crucial in addressing rising suicide numbers
An increase in the number of people who took their own lives in 2014, as revealed in new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, is evidence that further funding and support is needed to tackle the crisis....
Focus on vulnerable people crucial to Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan
Jesuit Social Services welcomes the Victorian Government’s 10-year Mental Health Plan, and in particular its commitment to ensure all Victorians can achieve “good mental health… particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable”....
Commitment needed to fix mental health mess
The redesigning of mental health services in Victoria by the previous state government has proven disastrous for vulnerable people and Jesuit Social Services welcomes the Andrews Government’s commitment to ‘work with service providers to fix the mess and ensure Victorians who most need help can...
Federal Budget provides welcome support for some, leaves others behind
The 2021-22 Federal Budget makes some vital investments in mental health and the prevention of family violence, but leaves many vulnerable Australians behind, particularly at a time when the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are still being felt, says Jesuit Social Services....