In Victoria today, we have more than 12,000 members and volunteers providing assistance to people whose daily struggles can include providing food on the table, paying essential utilities, ensuring their children remain at school and obtain an education. Each person needing assistance is provided with care and compassion.

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The St Vincent de Paul Society’s members and volunteers provide practical support, advocacy and friendship to the most vulnerable in our community.

The majority of assistance provided by the Society is through local groups, known as conferences, our soup van services and Vinnies Shops. However, the Society also provides assistance to asylum seekers and refugees seeking to rebuild their lives in a new country, as well as supporting individuals and communities in developing countries.

The Society’s members, volunteers and employees reach out and serve the most vulnerable in our community through:


When we speak about social justice we go to the heart of what the St Vincent de Paul Society stands for. We are called, as Vincentians, to feed, clothe, house and assist our brothers and sisters who are forced onto the margins of society. We are also called to ask why they are left out and pushed out?

We follow the teachings of the Scriptures:

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
protect the rights of those who are helpless.

Speak out and pronounce a sentence of justice,
defend the cause of the wretched and the poor.”
(Proverbs 31:8-9)

In assisting people who are denied equality and dignity we make a prophetic statement about the dignity and equality of all people in God’s sight. In asking the simple question about the causes of injustice we issue a prophetic call to all people of good will to work creatively to build equality and justice into our society.

Especially through our national and state councils we give voice to those who are voiceless, standing with them and advocating for them. As Vincentians we do not close our eyes to the growing division in Australia and the world between the increasingly prosperous and the increasingly poor.

The accumulation of wealth on the one hand is connected with the accumulation of poverty on the other, characterised by oppression on the basis of class, race, gender, age, disability, and mental and physical illness; forced migration, homelessness, unemployment, insecure and poorly paid work; and declining levels of social security and public infrastructure.

We seek to share both bread and hope with our brothers and sisters, recognising Christ in their painful stories and witnessing to the Good News of justice and compassion. They entrust a little of their lives to us. We honour this trust by speaking the truth of their stories and calling on the people of our nation to address the structural causes of poverty and inequality.

For more information, read our National Social Justice and Advocacy Committee Policy Statement