Community Partners


Our Community Partners

At Mount St Benedict we believe that it is important to develop and maintain close links with our local and wider community. These links enable us to form partnerships of mutual benefit. On one level our students gain a great deal of knowledge and understanding from the experience and expertise of our community partners. At another level we hope to provide some meaningful service and support for the outstanding work undertaken by these organisations and agencies.


Some of our community partners are:

Australian Students Environment Network

The Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN) is the national network of students active on environmental justice issues. We are made up of the state environment networks, which are made of campus environment collectives. There are 37 campuses in Australia, and most have environment collectives. 

Australian Young Christian Workers (YCW) and Australian Young Christian Students (YCS) Movements

Educates, represents, and provides services for young adults

Operates autonomously for, by and with young people

Part of an international youth movement

The YCW and YCS seek to organise, educate and empower young people to be a positive change within their own lives and the community.

The type of change we make is informed by our values, beliefs and faith.

The YCW and YCS believe that both personal and collective action is the starting point for building justice, dignity and harmony.

Australian Youth Climate Coalition

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is a partnership between: ANU Law Students for a Just Community; The Australian Climate Change Education Network, The Australian Student Environment Network, AIESEC, Centre for Sustainable Leadership, Centenary Heights State High School Environmental Council – “Eco Action”, Cycle Against the Nuclear Cycle, Cycle for Sustainability, Getup!, International Young Professionals Foundation, Just Act, Law Students for a Just Community, National Indigenous Youth Movement of Australia, National Union of Students, Nature Conservation Council of NSW, OzGreen, Pedal Australia For Clean Energy, Rising Tide Newcastle, Sydney University Environment Collective, UNSW Environment Collective, United Nations Youth Association, and Wollongong University Environment Collective.

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation

ANTaR is the only national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights - and overcoming the disadvantage - of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We do this primarily through lobbying, public campaigns and advocacy.

ANTaR's focus is on changing the attitudes and behaviours of non-Indigenous Australians so that the rights and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are respected and affirmed across all sections of society.

ANTaR persuades governments, through advocacy and lobbying, to show genuine leadership and build cross-party commitment to Indigenous policy.

ANTaR works to generate in Australia a moral and legal recognition of, and respect for, the distinctive status of Indigenous Australians as First Peoples.

ANTaR is a non-government, not-for-profit, community-based organisation.

ANTaR campaigns nationally on key issues such as Close the Gap, reducing Aboriginal incarceration, eliminating violence and abuse, constitutional change, racism and others.

ANTaR has been working with Indigenous organisations and leaders on rights and reconciliation issues since 1997.

Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia belongs to an international network called Caritas Internationalis. Caritas Internationalis is one of the largest aid and development agencies in the world comprising a network of 162 Catholic relief aid, development and social service organisations working to build a better world, especially for the poor and oppressed, in over 200 countries and territories.

Reflecting the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Caritas Australia works with the local people of a particular country in all of its programs. We work in the field through our local partners. The partnership approach is central to our philosophy that international partners are best placed to identify their own community’s needs and problems. Working through local partners is central to ensuring sustainability as the local communities design and manage their own development programs in a manner, which is culturally appropriate and owned by the community. Caritas Australia does not need to spend money on building a new organisation every time a need arises because donations are more efficiently directed through these local partners.

Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education

The Edmund Rice Centre is involved in a range of projects and activities across the four areas of its operation in research, community education, advocacy and networking.

The Centre's objectives are to:

  • Conduct and encourage research into the causes of poverty and inequity in society, especially with regard to youth and Indigenous Australians.
  • Promote teaching that supports awareness, understanding and action in the areas of justice and community issues.
  • Promote experiential learning activities through organised and reflective immersion programs in Australia and internationally.
  • Encourage the development of skills in advocacy and social action.
  • Facilitate liaison and networking opportunities amongst agencies involved in social justice and community education activities.

House of Welcome

The House of Welcome, a project of the New South Wales Ecumenical Council, was initially established in 2001 to provide assistance to asylum Seekers who were released from detention on Temporary Protection Visas. A recent (March 2008) and laudable decision by the Labor Government to abolish this Visa, has had a profound impact on the lives of those seeking asylum.

However over the years new Government policies and the ongoing and complex needs of refugees and asylum seekers have led the House of Welcome to expand its services to include: those asylum seekers on Bridging Visas awaiting an immigration decision; those on Temporary Humanitarian visas; those who are in transition or their future is unresolved; and on a case by case basis, those who have received Permanent Protection Visas but who are in particular need.

Jesuit Refugee Service

Local involvement in accompanying refugees and asylum seekers within Australia

Recruiting, training, field placement and support of volunteer fieldworkers overseas

Josephite Community Aid

"If we don't, who will?" Formed in 1986, JCA is Josephite Community Aid, a group committed to aiding people who are poor and underprivileged through the dedication of young volunteers. Every day we witness poverty that seems so unreal...families sleeping on cold floors without money, beds, food or clothing. We simply try to make a difference to their lives. 

Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières is the world’s leading independent organisation for medical-humanitarian aid. Annually, more than 3,000 volunteer doctors, nurses and support staff work in trouble spots around the world helping those living on the edge of human tolerance.

Médecins Sans Frontières teams are currently in over 60 countries, working with more than 25,000 locally recruited national staff in conditions that are always challenging, sometimes dangerous.


Oxfam Australia is an Australian, independent, not-for-profit, secular, community-based aid and development organisation. 

PALMS Australia

PALMS Australia is an independent Australian volunteer sending organisation with over 46 years’ experience in recruiting, preparing, sending and supporting volunteers for work overseas and in cross-cultural situations.

PALMS responds to requests from international communities, predominantly in the Pacific, Asia and Africa by sending skilled Australian volunteers abroad as part of our skills exchange program. Exchanging skills ensures the benefits are long term and sustainable for the overseas community and the volunteer.

St Vincent de Paul

The Mission of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is to deepen the Catholic faith of its members - to go out into our nation to heighten the awareness of Jesus Christ.

We do this by sharing ourselves - who we are and what we have - with the poor on a person to person basis.

We seek to co-operate in shaping a more just and compassionate Australian community, and to share our resources with our twinned countries.

Our preferred option in this mission of service is to work with the poor in development, by respecting their dignity, sharing our hope, and encouraging them to take control of their destiny.

TEAR Australia

TEAR Australia is a movement of Christians in Australia responding to the needs of poor communities around the world. Our motivation comes from our belief that God loves all people, and in Christ offers them the opportunity of a new life. We believe that God is just, and has particular care for the poor and those who suffer as victims of injustice.

We work in partnership with other Christian groups, including churches, relief and development agencies and community-based organisations, which are working with the poor in their communities. We seek to build effective relationships with these partners, grounded in mutual respect, trust and accountability.