ActionAid's 40 Year History

Delve into our history spanning nearly 40 years as an international organisation, and 10 years since ActionAid Australia was founded.

ActionAid Australia was originally founded as Austcare, an NGO dedicated to defending rights of people seeking asylum and protection in emergencies. In 2009, Austcare joined the ActionAid Federation. 

Since then, ActionAid Australia has sharpened our expertise in human rights and poverty eradication, with a focus on supporting women in low-income communities around the world to campaign for their rights.

Over the past five years, we have firmly established ourselves in Australia as a global women’s rights organisation, supporting women living in poverty and exclusion around the world. We have also begun campaigning in Australia and across the globe to address the structural causes of injustice and inequality, using an intersectional feminist lens.

About our Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA)

Watch this video and find out more about the four elements that make up our approach to everything we do across programs, campaigns, and fundraising.

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