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Mission Australia (1996 - )

Care Provider, City Mission and Records Access Service

Mission Australia was formed in 1996 when Sydney City Mission, Mission SA, Wollongong City Mission, Perth City Mission, Brisbane City Mission, Mission Australia Northern New South Wales, Mission Australia Southern New South Wales, Mission Australia Group Training and Mission Employment all joined forces. It provides a range of welfare services, although it no longer conducts residential care for young people or children. It manages the records of Sydney City Mission.


Mission Australia was formed in 1996, and was the new name for the Sydney City Mission. The Sydney City Mission was founded in 1862, by Benjamin Short, a new arrival who was appalled by the poverty he witnessed in city. It provided a range of services to the disadvantaged.

Mission Australia runs community and employment services across Australia, delivering youth and children's programmes, jobseeker programmes, homelessness services and skills training. It has offices in every state.


Records of the homes run by Sydney City Mission are under the control of Mission Australia. Some are lodged in the Mitchell Library, which is part of the State Library of New South Wales.


 1862 - 1996 Sydney City Mission
       1996 - Mission Australia


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Sources used to compile this entry: Mission Australia, 'Submission 104: A response to 'Submission to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations': Inquiry into Employment: Increasing participation in paid work', House of Representatives, Parliament of Australia, January 2004,; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998,

Prepared by: Naomi Parry