- Mission Australia
Mission Australia is a provider of family and community services throughout Australia. The organisation has at least 3200 staff, 1,000 volunteers and 300 services in every state and territory of Australia, and is one of the largest community organisations in the nation. It is currently headed by Toby Hall. The previous CEO, Patrick McClure, headed a major study looking at welfare reform for the Australian Government released in 2000.
Mission Australia was a beneficiary of the Australian Government's privatisation of employment services in 1998. It is a major provider of employment services in the Job Network with over 130 sites throughout Australia.
The precursors to Mission Australia, the City Missions were inspired by the London City Mission established by David Nasmith. The Sydney City Mission was established in 1862, Brisbane City Mission independently established in 1859 and Adelaide City Mission (later Mission SA) in 1867.
Mission Australia formed in 2000 as the result of an amalgamation of a number bodies, these were:
- Brisbane City Mission
- Sydney City Mission
- Hunter Mission started by Mayfield Baptist Church and David Hogg
- Mission Australia Southern NSW
- Mission Australia Group Training and Mission Employment
- Mission SA
- Perth City Mission
- Wollongong City Mission
Mission Australia provides: accommodation and support programs for the homeless; creative services for homeless youth; counselling and support programs for families and accommodation and support for people with disabilities.
Registered Training Organisation
They are also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), providing from basic skills and prevocational to vocational education (Technical and Further Education courses) Certificates I-IV and Diploma and Advanced Diploma level, they offer training in a broad range of areas, these include:
- Assessment and Workplace Training
- Community Services (Aged Care, Children's Services, Social Housing, Youth Work (including Juvenile Justice)
- Industry focussed (Construction, Horticulture, Hospitality, Retail, Transport and Distribution--Warehousing and Storage, Seafood industry)
- Homeless Services including The Rawson Centre (short term emergency accommodation) and Missionbeat (homeless intervention and service)
- English Language
- General Education for Adults
- Information Technology
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