About Us

Catholic Social Services Australia

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) is the Catholic Church's peak national body for social services in Australia. Our 56 member organisations provide social services to hundreds of thousands of people each year, delivering services to local communities in metropolitan, rural, regional and remote Australia.

CSSA works with Catholic organisations, governments, other churches and all people of good will, to develop social welfare policies, programs and other strategic responses that work towards the economic, social and spiritual well-being of the Australian community.

CSSA is a commission of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and reports to the ACBC through a Board of nine persons.  Each Board member is appointed to their position by the ACBC.

The National Office is located in Canberra, while two State Branches are in operation; CSS NSW/ACT and CSSV.

PM Gillard and Bishop Pat Power

(Above) Former Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard and former CSSA Board Member, Bishop Patrick Power at the 2011 Tax Forum.