We believe in children

Help us end violence against
children and stop the cycle of abuse


Our vision

All children and young people have caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential. Families, children and young people are valued and supported by quality services and engaged communities.

Our mission

Barnardos Australia builds relationships between children, young people, their families and the community. We advocate for children and young people and contribute to community knowledge about their issues.

Annual Review

Barnardos aims to inform and educate prospective and existing donors, corporate's and friends of Barnardos on the many ways we work to help disadvantaged children in Australia.

Financial Report

In order to comply with the provisions of the Corporation Act 2001, the directors of Barnardos Australia present their annual report on the company at the end of each financial year.

Board and members

The Board is accountable to members and stakeholders for Barnardos performance and is responsible for the development of strategies and policies that shape Barnardos future direction and service delivery.

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Child and young people

Children and young people are our focus and must always be safe from abuse, neglect, homelessness and reach their full potential.

Strengthen families

We believe in the importance of family for children and young people’s development.

Social justice

Our work is informed by research and evidence about the ongoing damage to children’s development caused by serious disadvantage such as poverty and racism.

Never give up

When working for individual children and young people, we don’t give up. We confront challenges and aim to make a difference in the community’s response to children’s needs.

Take responsibility

Workers, managers, volunteers and Board members take their work seriously and realise the impact of their work for the long-term well being of individual children and young people as well as the agency.

Relate respectfully

We recognise the need for open and honest communication with children, young people and their families. We acknowledge and respect cultural differences.

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The work of Barnardos Australia deals particularly with the prevention of abuse and entry into care.

Incorporated in Australia in 1995, Barnardos Australia still maintains its links to the Barnardos international family.

In 1966 our name changed from Dr Barnardo’s Homes (Australia Branch) to Dr Barnardo in Australia and a Family Care Service was established

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A quick look at our history


We believe in children

Help us end violence against
children and stop the cycle of abuse.

Reconciliation Action Plan

 Barnardos Australia’s Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for

Reconciliation Statement

Barnardos Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of Australia.

Our commitment to
Aboriginal people

It is a commitment of Barnardos working in a meaningful and respectful way with Aboriginal families and communities