This activity is best explained by some general examples of the activities a charity may undertake within this category. The examples are not an exhaustive list. They are presented as a guide. A charity’s experience or interpretation of the category may be different. See Charity Activities.
Child welfare, child services and day care – Includes adoption services, child development centres, foster care, infant day care centres and nurseries.
Example: an organisation provides day care services for children.
Youth services and youth welfare – Includes delinquency prevention services, teen pregnancy prevention, drop-out prevention, youth centres and clubs and job programs for youth.
Example: a youth centre provides a range of services for young people in their local area including counselling, homework help, and school holiday programs.
Family services – Includes family life/parent education, single parent agencies and services and family violence shelters and services.
Example: an organisation provides a support group for single parents to assist them with parenting alone.
Services for people with a disability – Includes homes, other than nursing homes, transport facilities, recreation, and other specialised services.
Example: an organisation provides a range of transport options for people with disabilities and their carers.
Services for the elderly – Organisations providing geriatric care; includes in-home services, homemaker services, transport facilities, recreation, meal programs and other services geared towards senior citizens.
Example: an organisation runs a food delivery service to provide meals to people with a disability and to elderly people who can no longer cook for themselves.
Self-help and other personal social welfare services – Programs and services for self-help and personal development; includes support groups, personal counselling and credit counselling/money management services.
Example: an organisation provides financial literacy training to people experiencing financial need that have had problems with servicing consumer credit debt.
Supporting disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians – Includes advancing economic opportunities in remote communities, and reducing general disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Example: an organisation provides assistance to a remote Aboriginal community so that they are able to access electricity and clean drinking water.
Promoting greater understanding and respect between groups of individuals within Australia – Includes cultural exchange groups, cultural awareness groups, groups organised to eliminate discrimination, promoting conflict resolution, promoting equality and diversity. Example: an organisation promotes gender equality and respect for all people, regardless of their gender.
Integrity, honesty and unbiased assessment are at the core of Giving Guide’s mission. The charity sector is important to the economy and culture of Australia, We believe independently assessing the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of the sector beyond what is currently available is important to it's future.
Giving Guide anticipates enhancing the level of governance and transparency in the Australian charity sector. An independent charity advisor would benefit the sector by helping charities consider exceeding the existing governance standards of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to the benefit of donors.