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Who we are

We are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, with tens of thousands of members and volunteers across the country. We are independent of government and have no political, religious or cultural affiliation. Our work in Australia and further afield is focused on improving lives and reducing vulnerability: from reconnecting families and finding out the fate of loved ones torn apart by war or disaster, to providing around 750,000 nutritious breakfasts to school children each year. And when disaster strikes around the country, we are among the first to arrive and last to leave.

Our Vision

To improve the lives of vulnerable people in Australia and internationally by mobilising the power of humanity.

Our mission

To be a leading humanitarian organisation in Australia, improving the lives of vulnerable people through programs delivered and promotion of humanitarian laws and values.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service

The Blood Service is a division of Red Cross and plays a central role in the health system of Australia, funded entirely by the governments of Australia.

We are there for people in need, regardless of nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

We promote mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all.

We are impartial, neutral and independent of government.

We are a voluntary relief movement and give priority to the most urgent cases of need.

Australian Council for International Development Code of Conduct

Australian Red Cross is a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development Code of Conduct and is committed to full adherence to its requirements. The code aims to improve international development outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency and accountability of signatory organisations. Complaints against a signatory agency or inquiries may be initiated by any member of the public at

Let us know what you think

Red Cross invites any feedback you may have regarding our Year in Review 2011/2012. Contact the editorial team by emailing Any feedback or complaints about the work Red Cross does can be registered at or by calling 1800 811 700.