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.
Here you’ll find a wide selection of policy papers and submissions we’ve published. Each paper draws on our experience working with disadvantaged youth, families and communities.
Submission to the Competition Policy Review
This submission by Jesuit Social Services considers competition principles as they relate to human services, and was made to the Competition Policy Review....
Submission to the Inquiry into the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014
This submission expresses Jesuit Social Services' serious concerns about the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 ('the Bill')....
Taking action to support people with mental illness and other complex needs
This position paper is one of four produced by Jesuit Social Services as part of our 2014 Victorian State Government Election Platform....
Youth Justice: Strengthening our approach
This paper identifies eight initiatives to improve the Victorian youth justice system, with a focus on opportunities to intervene and divert vulnerable children and young people from the justice system....
Action to tackle educational disadvantage
A criminal justice system that builds a safer community
Submission to the Review of Australia's Welfare System
This submission responds to the Australian Government's 2014 Review of Australia's Welfare System....
Strengthening Prisoner Transition to Create a Safer Victoria
This paper considers the reforms and investment needed to achieve a reduction to reoffending in Victoria....
Submission to the Intentional Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in Children Inquiry
This submission responds to the 2014 National Children's Commissioner Inquiry into Intentional Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in Children....
Submission to the AHRC National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention
Jesuit Social Services joined Wesley Mission Victoria, MacKillop Family Services and Catholic Care Melbourne in making this submission to the Australian Human Right Commission (AHRC) National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014....