Annual Plan FY20 - Message from Judy
We’ve achieved a lot since we started our ambitious Strategy 2020 in 2016. Our collective hearts, minds and energies continue to deliver incredible work every day.
We’ve built strong foundations: from co-designing solutions with clients and communities, to launching new ways to support those going through tough times and adopting new ways of working. At the same time, Red Cross staff, volunteers and members have supported millions of Australians. All the while, we’re grappling with the impacts of climate change, declining trust in institutions, widening inequality, a tight budget and a challenging fundraising environment.
This year we will carry out our vital work with clients and communities, alongside considering changes we must make to be future fit. The work we do in Australian communities every day will continue – touching base, checking-in, visiting, responding to disasters, raising funds for those in times of disaster, and bringing people together to help, wherever help is needed. Our international work will centre on 14 sister National Societies in the Asia Pacific.
We have ambitious targets this year: encouraging 300,000 people to take humanitarian action in their communities; equipping 1 million Australians for disasters; engaging a further 25,000 financial supporters. Along with this, we are making savings to corporate costs so more dollars can be directed directly to our humanitarian outcomes.
We also have critical objectives to deliver in our programs and services, such as the Community Home Support Programme, Community Visitors Scheme, Lady Lawley Cottage, Support for Trafficked People Program, Asylum Seeker and Refugee Assistance Program, and Humanitarian Settlement Program.
We will be expanding our REDxYouth network, and working on new ways to support those made vulnerable by technological advancement through initiatives like Humanitech and the Identity Project; supporting those most vulnerable through a safety net for migrants who fall through the gaps; and increasing disaster resilience by advocating for investment in mitigation and climate change adaptation.
All the while, we’ll stay true to our Fundamental Principles – focussing always on those in most humanitarian need and supporting and enabling anyone going through tough times without taking sides.
Thank you to every volunteer, member and staff member for your extraordinary commitment. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together this year.