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Oxfam continues to make progress implementing stronger safeguarding policies and driving cultural change

Oxfam staff are more aware and challenging of unacceptable behaviors as the organisation continues deep and wide-ranging reforms of its safeguarding work and culture, under its Ten-Point Plan. Oxfam publishes its fourth ‘quarterly progress’ report today against this plan. Oxfam’s new Standard Operating Procedures are improving the timeliness and consistency of its safeguarding reporting, including […]

Budget a hollow commitment to Australia’s First Peoples

Commenting on the Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples’ Program National Manager Ngarra Murray said: “This Budget fails to address the great needs of Australia’s First Peoples in the critical areas of health and housing. “Oxfam is concerned that in responding to the Closing the Gap Refresh, the Government has addressed – in a questionable […]

Budget blind to dual crises of inequality and climate change

This year’s inward-looking Federal Budget does little to tackle growing inequality in Australia or the world, Oxfam Australia said tonight. “This is an extremely disappointing Budget.  There’s been no improvement in Australia’s policies to tackle climate change, we’ve seen a continuation of cuts to Australian aid, and aid funds are being diverted from Asia to […]

Aboriginal-led solutions the key to “Close the Gap”

Responding to the 2019 Close the Gap Campaign report released today – on National Close the Gap Day – Oxfam Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ National Program Coordinator Jimi Peters said: “Today’s Close the Gap report highlights the urgent need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to be front and centre in […]

Helen Szoke announces retirement

One of Australia’s most powerful advocates for foreign aid, international development, human rights and equality, Dr Helen Szoke, is retiring, Oxfam Australia’s Board Chair Dennis Goldner announced today. Dr Szoke started as Chief Executive in January 2013, after serving as Australia’s Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. Her outstanding […]

Ground-breaking research reveals how our clothes are Made in Poverty

The systemic failure of big Australian clothing brands to bring an end to the payment of poverty wages is denying the workers who make our clothes even the basics of a decent life, ground-breaking research released by Oxfam today has revealed. The report, Made in Poverty, the first in-depth investigation of its kind into the lives […]

Oxfam welcomes interim report of Independent Commission on safeguarding

Oxfam International welcomes the publication of the Independent Commission’s interim report as an important step that will help it tackle the root causes of abuse, including issues arising from power imbalances within its confederation. The report is published today as Oxfam sets out further progress towards its Ten-Point Plan, announced in February 2018, of which […]

Oxfam applauds Labor’s commitment to lift Australian aid

Responding to commitments in the ALP National Platform that Labor will boost Australia’s overseas aid program by a percentage of gross national income (GNI) every year it is in government if successful at the next election, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Today’s commitment made at the Labor Party National Conference is the […]

Dr Helen Szoke’s leadership acknowledged by the Australian Institute of International Affairs

Responding to the announcement that she has been honoured as a 2018 Fellow of Australia’s foreign policy think tank, the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke AO said: “It’s an honour to be recognised by the Institute. These awards not only acknowledge my contribution to the international development […]

Oxfam Trailwalker: done and dusted

The last superstar walkers from the Oxfam Trailwalker Perth event crossed the finish line at 3.20 this morning at Forrestfield, wrapping up another spectacular Oxfam Trailwalker weekend. More than 600 participants trekked through the gorgeous Perth Hills from Friday to Sunday, raising more than $450,000 for Oxfam’s work tackling poverty in communities around the world. […]

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