Jesuit Social Services


Identity, Vision, Mission, Purpose, Values:

Jesuit Social Services core statements


Jesuit Social Services is a social change organisation with a vision of building a just society. We believe that working collaboratively with others is key to achieving this vision. Accordingly, we seek to influence hearts and minds to that end - our program participants, staff, volunteers, government and key decision makers, community, business, church, and the wider community.

Our origins as a community service organisation forming robust, respectful and purposeful relationships with the most disadvantaged people in our community continue to determine our priorities and remain the focus of Jesuit Social Services. This engagement gives us both the mandate and the responsibility to use what we learn on the ground to articulate and disseminate our findings (including information about both emerging and entrenched problems and models of effective practice), to build capacity, to develop leadership for justice, and to advocate for change.

We believe that fundamental to the building of a just society is the opportunity for all people to reach their full potential. In keeping with our tradition, we believe that all people seek meaning and purpose in their lives and that all our activity - our service delivery and our influencing work - must take account of this imperative.

Jesuit Social Services began in 1977 and is the work of the Australian Jesuit Province operating under an independent Board of Directors as an incorporated organisation.


Our vision of building a just society leads us to work with those most in need, where others are not in a position to respond and where we can make a real, sustainable difference.

Our belief in the inherent dignity of every person, lies at the core of our commitment to building a just society and guides how we work.

The intention that we bring to our work leads us to see the opportunity and potential in circumstances and people that others often do not.

The approach that we take to our work helps make sure that we are respectful and responsive in how we work with others.


Standing in solidarity with those in need, expressing a faith that promotes justice.

Our work comes out of the Ignatian and Jesuit tradition and draws on Catholic Social Teaching.

  • We act in a way that is grounded in and reflects a faith that promotes justice and a belief in the dignity of every person.
  • We seek to reflect those values and behaviours in all that we do.
  • We strengthen and build respectful relationships with others.
  • We act in a way that respects the value of creation and the environment in which we live.


We work to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential - by partnering with community to support those most in need and working to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.


In all we do we strive to be welcoming, discerning and courageous. These values guide how we run our programs, how we work with each other, how we run our organisation, and how we work with our external partners.


We intentionally seek God (the good) in all things and in so doing automatically bring an open, respectful, strengths based approach to our work.

  • Our behaviour, our practices and our processes demonstrate our respect for the human dignity of each person and our commitment to the care of the environment.
  • We are faithful in our relationships, standing in solidarity with those in need.
  • We affirm and celebrate each other's strengths and contributions.
  • We are open to new ideas and ways of doing things.
  • We value diversity and are committed to inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue


We take into account the context in which we work and the experience that we and others bring when determining what we should do and we use a reflective process to guide and inform our actions.  

  • We look for and promote what is good and life-giving.
  • We foster imagination and creativity.
  • We reflect on our experience and share what works.
  • Our priorities are guided by our deepest values informed by our heritage.
  • We are strategic about where we can have the greatest impact
  • We pursue excellence


We work where the need is most great and where we are likely to help deliver an outcome that is broad reaching and enduring.

  • We are hopeful and accountable.
  • We express our solidarity in words and actions.
  • We look for the gaps and trial new models.
  • We advocate structural change for justice