Our story

Our story started over 200 years ago, it’s about helping people to change their lives.


Our story is Australia’s story.

Imagine, an Australia without free legal aid, where child labour is still widespread, where there is no old age pension and no specialist maternity care. You’ve just imagined an Australia without The Benevolent Society.

Our story is the story of the nurses, the social workers and the carers who supported people in times of need. It’s the story of the thousands of people who donated time and money to help us help others and the advocates who fought for so many things we take for granted today.

Right from the start, we’ve been there for anyone who needs us, at the heart of change.

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We've helped achieve positive change for over 200 years.

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