• Organization TypeImplementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
  • Staff501-1000
  • Development Budget50 Million - 100 Million
  • HeadquartersAustralia
  • Founded1953

Oxfam Australia

Oxfam started as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief in England in 1942. The group campaigned for food supplies to be sent through an allied naval blockade to starving women and children in enemy-occupied Greece during the Second World War. Oxfam Australia was born out of a merger between two leading Australian international development agencies — Community Aid Abroad and the Australian Freedom from Hunger Campaign. Community Aid Abroad began in Melbourne’s suburbs in 1953 as a church-affiliated group called Food for Peace Campaign, founded by Father Gerard Kennedy Tucker. The group sent weekly donations to a small health project in India, and eventually, Food for Peace Campaign groups were established throughout Victoria. In 1962, a full-time campaign director was appointed and the name was changed to Community Aid Abroad. The new name reflected an aim to assist communities more broadly, rather than just providing food in order to maintain peace. Throughout the 1960s, local Community Aid Abroad groups were established across Australia. The Australian Freedom from Hunger Campaign was launched in 1961 following the launch of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation’s five-year campaign, Freedom from Hunger. This community-based campaign was aimed at raising global awareness about poverty issues around the world and provided opportunities for people to directly support anti-poverty programs in developing countries. Membership was initially open to organisations rather than individuals and these included unions and community interest groups. The campaign grew to become a national organisation in 1964 that conducted appeals for countries including India, Timor-Leste, Cambodia and Ethiopia, and supported Aboriginal issues and programs in Australia. The Australian Freedom from Hunger Campaign and Community Aid Abroad merged in 1992 to become one of Australia’s largest international development organisations. As a founding member of Oxfam International, they changed their name to Oxfam Community Aid Abroad in 2001 and then to Oxfam Australia in 2005. They believe that poverty is unjustifiable and preventable, that the present state of inequality and injustice must be challenged, and that with the right help, poor people can change their lives for the better. Vision Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty. They envisage a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities—a  world in which everyone is valued and treated equally. Purpose Oxfam strives to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. They are part of a global movement for change, one that empowers people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty. Goals They have one main goal: to bring about positive change in the lives of people living in poverty.
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Job openings over the past year

45Total posted jobs

Examples of past jobs

  • Contract Management Coordinator
  • Events Marketing Coordinator
    Australia, Australia

Staff at Oxfam Australia have experience in


  • development
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • procurement process
  • research & development
  • tertiary education


  • world bank group


  • australia
  • fiji
  • laos
  • new zealand
  • cambodia


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas


Contract Awards

Vanuatu Gender Justice, Youth, and Livelihoods (GJYL) Program

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Shifting Power, Shifting Voice Program in Fiji

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

She Can Lead: Promoting Women’s Political Emancipation in Pakistan

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) in Papua New Guinea

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Indonesian Women in Leadership for Gender Equality and Empowerment (I-WIL) Project

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Strengthening Community Livelihoods in Timor-Leste (HAFORSA)

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Resilient, Inclusive, and Innovative Cities in Bangladesh

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

UnBlocked Cash: Opportunities to Scale Blockchain for Social Good in the Indo-Pacific

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Pacific Climate Change Collaboration, Influencing, and Learning

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Company Offices

  • Australia (headquarters)
  • Carlton
  • 132 Leicester Street
  • Victoria 3053