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What we stand for

We're building a better society based on people helping people. We save lives and support people before and after disasters strike. We work to alleviate suffering during wars and conflict and promote the laws of war. And we work to assist our most vulnerable community members - no matter their circumstances.

 CEO Judy Slatyer with Emergency Services volunteers and staff
CEO Judy Slatyer with Emergency Services volunteers and staff


What We Stand For booklet

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We work with politicians, policy-makers, organisations and the public to improve the situation of the most vulnerable people in Australia and around the world.

We advocate based on direct experience and evidence, and empower people to speak out and take action to improve their lives.

We will always focus on the needs and perspectives of vulnerable people, in our areas of expertise.

We are bound by our Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary service, Unity and Universality.

We won't make any public statements that jeopardise our Principles or the ability for us and our movement partners to continue to alleviate suffering wherever it may be found, in Australia or overseas.

If you'd like to read more, please take a look at our social policy statements or find out more about our roadmap for the future.

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