Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) advocates for the Church’s social service ministry and is the peak body for Catholic social service providers. We envision a fairer, more inclusive Australian society that reflects and supports the dignity, equality, and participation of all people.
We work in partnership with Catholic social services organisations and other like-minded people who advocate for social justice and support those who are vulnerable in our communities.
CSSA’s members are organisations that operate under the authority of a diocesan bishop or a religious order and from Catholic lay associations. Our Member Agencies deliver a broad range of services, including child and aged care, NDIS services, relationship support services, and homelessness services.
CSSA supports our members in their work by advocating to the Federal Government on issues affecting the social services sector, providing government relations support to member agencies, and hosting forums for our network to gather and share information.
CSSA works with Member Agencies, the Bishops of Australia, leaders of Religious Institutes, and the broader Church, partnering with like-minded Catholic agencies, including Caritas, Catholic Health Australia, the National Catholic Education Commission, and St Vincent de Paul Society.
For over 65 years, we have worked collaboratively with governments and all people of goodwill to shape social change by advocating for compassionate socio-economic policies to support vulnerable people in our communities.