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Our organisation

Colin’s lived on his own for the last 20 years and loves it that way. So our volunteers ring him every day to check how he’s doing, and he repays that kindness by being a great conversationalist. Whoever calls him says it’s the highlight of their day. Photo: Australian Red Cross/Aysha Leo

Our vision

Human dignity, peace, safety and wellbeing for all.

Our purpose

We support and empower people and communities in times of vulnerability. Our purpose is to reduce suffering across Australia and internationally through mobilising the power of humanity.

We believe in the power of humanity. We want people to support each other and communities to thrive. It’s what we stand for.


We focus on best practice in all our policy and regulatory compliance.

Fundraising industry compliance
As a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA), we are bound by – and act in accordance with – its Principles and Standards of Fundraising Practice. We actively participate in special interest groups, including the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PRFA) and the FIA Sustainability Task Force.

Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
We are a member of the Australian Council for International Development and are committed to full adherence to its Code of Conduct for Non-Government Organisations, which sets minimum standards of governance, management and accountability. Adherence to the Code is monitored by an independent Code of Conduct committee.

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
Red Cross is registered with the independent national regulator of charities, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, under ABN 50169561394.

Legislative compliance
Red Cross complies with all relevant state, territory and federal laws with the oversight of the Legal & Policy Unit which provides comprehensive legal advice and support to the Board, the CEO, senior management and Red Cross staff. The Unit covers all governance and operational activities, ensuring we work ethically and achieve best practice.