What we do

We help people change their lives through support and education, and we speak out for a just society where everyone thrives.

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We’re Australia’s first charity. We’re a not-for-profit and non-religious organisation and we’ve helped people, families and communities achieve positive change since 1813.

Our vision

A just society where all Australians can live their best life.

Our purpose

To empower and educate for personal and societal change.

Helping families and kids thrive

From playgroups and parenting education to family counselling and household budgeting – we can help you build strong family relationships and be the best mum and dad you can be.

Looking after health and wellbeing

Wellbeing is a combination of physical, mental, emotional and social health factors. We provide a range of services to support you to enjoy life and deal with challenges. 

Support to maintain your independence 

We help people to live at home confidently and safely, and also provide support for carers to look after their own needs as well as those of the person they are caring for.

Learning and organisational development

For over 200 years we have worked in partnership with other organisations to improve the wellbeing of children, young people, families and older Australians, especially in disadvantaged communities. We also provide training, coaching, mentoring and consultancy services to practitioners and organisations. We believe that working with others will deliver a greater social impact for children, families and communities. In addition, each year more than 500 people across Australia work with our specialist leadership centre, Social Leadership Australia.

Social Benefit Bonds

The Benevolent Society is one of the first organisations to trial the Social Benefit Bonds in Australia. The bond funds Resilient Families, an intensive family support program designed to keep children with their families where safe, and avoid their entry to out-of-home care. Learn more about Social Benefit Bonds.

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