Campaigns for change

Advocacy is at the heart of what we do

It's not just our services that make a difference. We’ve been boldly campaigning for a just society for all Australians for over 200 years.

We helped pioneer maternal and infant health care, we advocated for legal aid and abolishing child labour and led the campaign to introduce Australia’s first age pension.

We’ll always speak up for an Australia where everyone can live their best life.

Campaigning for change

Fairness, justice and no one left behind. That’s why we raise our voice through advocacy campaigns. We campaign on issues affecting children, families and older Australians. Our focus is on creating real funding, policy and legislative change so all Australians live their best life.

Systems Leadership for Child and Youth Wellbeing

In 2020/21 Every Child and the Australia New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) partnered on an innovative project to explore how a systems approach could improve outcomes for children and young people. Centred on the lived expertise of senior leaders across the public and community sectors, with First Nations leaders, and representatives from the tertiary, philanthropic and corporate sectors – the project sought to map, learn and strategise how to address systems level opportunities and barriers to every child reaching their potential.

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Where we’ve come from

Learn more about how we’ve campaigned for social change for over 200 years.

Our Campaigns

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The Benevolent Society is proud to be part of Alliance20 that brings together Australia’s most influential disability service providers to shape the NDIS for a future that enables choice; ensures value; minimises complexity and delivers better outcomes. Collectively Alliance20 supports around 75,000 people with a disability in every state and territory, has over 30,000 staff working directly in disability services and represents around $2 billion in funding for disability services.

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Every Child

For healthy development, children need life to stay on an even keel: strong support, stable relationships, and a safe place to call home. But right now, children and young people are being harmed because, as a society, we don’t give families stability and support when children need it most.

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EveryAGE Counts

If you’ve been discriminated against or treated unfairly because of your age, you’ve experienced ageism. Your job prospects, finances, health and quality of life can all be affected. We’re joining forces with others to address ageism in Australia and change our attitudes to getting older and to older Australians.

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Fix Pension Poverty

The Age Pension isn’t keeping up with the real costs of living. The 1.5 million older Australians who rely on it as their main income source are being denied a decent standard of living. Could you survive? Join us to call on the government to fix pension poverty.

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Index of Wellbeing for Older Australians

The Index of Wellbeing for Older Australians is produced by The Benevolent Society in partnership with the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra. It provides policy makers and governments with a better understanding of complex factors contributing to the wellbeing of people aged 65 and over, broken down by small geographical location.

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