As Australia’s first charity, our vision is a just society where everyone lives their best life. We’ve been supporting people with disability, children, families, older Australians and carers since 1813.

Not-for-profit and non-religious, we’re committed to people. Through a dedicated team, a network of service providers, partnerships and volunteers, we change lives.

Young Boy smiling The Benevolent Society Early Years Centre

Here when you need us 

We support you and your loved ones to thrive. We're there so children get the best start, people with disability live their best life, and older Australians can stay in their homes. We're there for the families and carers. 

In the face of challenging times, we want to reassure you that we are still delivering our services across all disciplines.

The safety, health and wellbeing of our people, clients and community is our utmost priority at The Benevolent Society.

Learn more about our response to COVID-19

Matthew gargening

Speaking Up

Running our own campaigns and partnering with other organisations is part of how we transform communities.

Free legal aid, aged pensions, specialist maternity care and an end to child labour. These are just some of the changes we helped Australians make.

We speak up to create a society that’s just and fair. And we always will.

Be inspired


Our Acknowledgement of Country

The Benevolent Society acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders past, present and emerging.

Our website features images and voices of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders. Respecting traditional practices, we will remove images or video from the website which may feature deceased individuals as soon as we're notified by the community.

View our Reconciliation Action Plan

Resilient Families to launch in South Australia in July 2021

We are set to deliver the highly successful Resilient Families Program in South Australia from July 2021. Funded by the South Australian and Commonwealth Governments using a pay by results model, Resilient Families will provide intensive support and evidence-based therapeutic interventions to create positive home environments for up to 300 vulnerable families over the next five and a half years.

Learn more

You can read more about our plans here.