We are Red Cross

We are Australian Red Cross.

We are a movement of people, we help Australians act for humanity.

Each in our own way, and together with communities and partners, we give each action a far greater impact.

When disasters strike, we’re on the ground and on the phones. We help people find shelter, find support, and find their loved ones.

We walk respectfully with First Nations peoples, towards a brighter and more equitable future.

When people come to Australia seeking safety, we help them make ends meet, settle into their new communities, and search for loved ones gone missing.

We help to promote respect for the laws of war, protecting humanity in times of war and preventing the misuse of the symbol that saves lives in armed conflict – the red cross emblem.

And, we stand with people for whom life has been unjust.

Our purpose

Bringing people and communities together in times of need and building on community strengths. We do this by mobilising the power of humanity.

Our vision

Trusted as the leading humanitarian organisation, making a genuine difference in the lives of people and communities.

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What we do

Australian Red Cross is a volunteer-based organisation that exists to reduce human suffering.

With 110 years’ experience and a community of 20,000+ members and volunteers, we act locally and connect globally to deliver what’s needed, when it’s needed most.


How we work

How we work is as important as what we do. Our guidelines apply to all our programs and services and inform all our work.

How we're run

Learn more about the governance and management of Australian Red Cross. Read annual reports, social policy statements and more.

What we stand for

In all activities our volunteers, members and staff are guided by the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Inclusion and diversity

Learn how Red Cross is committed to embracing diversity and creating a more inclusive and welcoming organisation.

We're part of a worldwide Movement

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a global humanitarian network of 80 million people that helps those facing disaster, conflict and health and social problems.

The emblems

These protective symbols are central to the laws of war.

They mean Don't shoot - we are not part of the fight in every language.


Our history and heritage

View a timeline of Australian Red Cross and learn about our heritage collection.

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