Caritas Australia is the Catholic agency for international aid and development. Caritas is Latin for love and compassion—two qualities which are central to their work. Caritas Australia is part of a global network that spans over 200 countries and territories. For over 110 years, they have worked towards the creation of a just world. Caritas began in Australia in 1964.Caritas Australia helps people help themselves regardless of ethnicity, religion or political beliefs. The support long-term development programs in impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Indigenous Australia and the Pacific—helping oppressed people to rediscover their dignity by taking greater control over their lives and overcoming poverty.

General enquiries

Caritas Australia
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
Xavier Centre
PO Box 1015 (38 Harbour Street)
Wollongong NSW 2500 Australia

Diocesan contact

Caritas Australia


Mrs Kerrie Hennessy

Caritas Diocesan Director