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Our vision, values & goals

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 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.

Our goals

We have one main goal: a just and sustainable world without the inequalities that keep people in poverty.

More about our goals and how we plan to achieve is outlined in our 2020 – 2025 Strategic Framework. You can also view our strategic plan on a page.

To achieve our commitment to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, we’ve developed a detailed Reconciliation Action Plan in consultation with Reconciliation Australia and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Program staff.


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