About us

Hyderabad, Pakistan: Samreen shares her experiences of Oxfam’s She Can Lead project with her community. Samreen plans to stand for Council election when she turns 18. Photo: Khaula Jamil/OxfamAU

At Oxfam Australia, we believe all lives are equal and no-one should live in poverty.

We believe that in a wealthy world, poverty is unjustifiable and preventable, that the present state of inequality and injustice must be challenged, and that with the right support, people can change their lives for the better.

Our vision

A just and sustainable world without the inequalities that keep people in poverty.

Our purpose

We relieve and eliminate poverty.

Our history

By helping people claim their basic human rights, we’ve been tackling poverty and empowering communities to build better lives for themselves for more than 67 years.
Lusaka, Zambia: Teacher Kangunda Chandera teaches sanitation in his class in Lusaka, Zambia. The school have recently had water tanks and a new washing facility installed, an initiative by Oxfam in an effort to tackle cholera. Photo: Georgina Goodwin/OxfamAUS
Yet the world around us is changing and so are we. We believe that inequality holds people back from taking control of their lives and escaping poverty. From unequal income, economic opportunities and access to basic services, to the unequal impacts of climate damage internationally, inequality causes poverty.

We tackle inequality because poverty in the 21st century is less a problem of scarcity, rather the result of how resources, opportunities, and protections are distributed and wielded.

That’s why we are part of a global movement of people working together to eliminate poverty by tackling inequality.

We do this on three fronts:
We provide support and relief to communities in developing countries to protect and rebuild their lives in times of crisis.
We work with people and communities experiencing poverty and disadvantage to find sustainable ways to build fair and independent lives.
We mobilise people to stand up and speak out, to influence those in power to ensure that people living in poverty have a say in the critical decisions that affect them, their families and communities.

Our values

Accountability: Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and we believe in mutual accountability with those we work and partner with.

Empowerment: Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam Australia, from our team and supporters to people and communities living in poverty, should feel they can participate and make change happen.

Equality: We want to create a fairer, more equal world where the rights of all people are recognised. We achieve this through our work around the world and our own internal practice.

Inclusiveness: We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Sustainability: Our focus is on long-term change to effectively challenge the structural causes of poverty. To ensure organisational longevity, as well as that of the environment, we believe in acting sustainably across all aspects of our work.

Join us

Together, we can create a more equal world where everyone can live in dignity and free from poverty.
Oecusse, Timor-Leste: Sabina Foni and Mateus Elo hold the fruits of labour in their permanent garden. The couple said their harvest is significantly increased since working with Oxfam. Photo: Kate Bensen/OxfamAUS