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Who are RSPCA Australia?
The RSPCA is an independent, non-government community-based charity providing animal care and protection services. They seek to “prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.”
RSPCA Australia is a federated organisation made up of the eight state and territory RSPCA Societies. RSPCA Australia establishes national policies and positions on animal welfare issues, and works with government and industry to ensure these issues are addressed.
RSPCA Australia are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 99668654249.
Note: This assessment is for RSPCA Australia only. The results of the assessment for RSPCA Australia may or may not be consistent with the results of State and Territory RSPCA Societies. RSPCA member Societies do much of the hands on work traditionally associated with the RSPCA such as the operation of shelters and the Inspectorate plus community education and fundraising. Please contact us if you would like to see evaluations of any of the RSPCA Societies.
Why do they exist?
RSPCA have a vision "to be the leading authority in animal care and protection.” 
What do they do?
RSPCA Australia’s National Office is home to a science and campaigns team, with a particular focus on farm animal issues. RSPCA Australia is responsible for facilitating many of the national events and campaigns, and promoting the interests of animal welfare with Government and industry.
RSPCA Australia also facilitates the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme’s animal welfare standards. The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme is an independent accreditation scheme that approves products from animals raised in accordance with animal welfare standards. It currently has standards for layer hens, pigs, meat chickens, turkeys, farmed Atlantic salmon and dairy veal calves.
How do they earn their money?
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Should I donate to them?
Do not donate.
RSPCA Australia do not demonstrate basic indicators of trustworthiness or effectiveness. We cannot verify that donations are used to deliver on their mission.
We cannot verify that RSPCA Australia is trustworthy. While they present their audited financial report and show how they prevent the misuse of funds, they do not present critical indicators of trustworthiness, that is: we were unable to identify the executive team or understand how the board monitors performance.
We cannot verify that RSPCA Australia is effective. There is insufficient information to know if they delivered on their mission in the last financial year. They present overarching objectives on their website, but we were unable to find a report of the activities and results that RSPCA Australia delivered in the last financial year that demonstrated progress against those objectives.
In order to recommend RSPCA Australia, we suggest they:
describe the individuals/positions that make up the executive team
describe how the board monitors the charity’s operational performance
clearly outline the activities undertaken in the last financial year
clearly outline the results of activities undertaken in the last financial year.
To reiterate, this is an assessment for RSPCA Australia only. Recommendations for RSPCA societies may be different. Please contact us if you would like an evaluation for a State or Territory RSPCA Society.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of RSPCA Australia and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and whether there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also examines whether the charity can demonstrate that they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendations for potential donors and the reasoning behind them.
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Find out whether RSPCA Australia is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on the findings of our analysis.