Oxfam Australia

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Who are Oxfam Australia?

Oxfam Australia are an international human rights organisation. They believe “no-one should live in poverty”. They deliver immediate aid in emergencies as well long-term solutions that address the root causes of poverty, by working directly with communities and undertaking political advocacy.

Note: Oxfam Australia is one of 20 Oxfam affiliates around the world that form the Oxfam confederation. This assessment is for Oxfam Australia only. Results may or may not be consistent with other organisations within the broader Oxfam confederation. 

Why do they exist?

Oxfam Australia describe that more than 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day, and that many of those die from preventable hunger and disease.

What do they do?

Oxfam Australia deliver 139 long-term development, campaign and advocacy programs and 38 humanitarian response programs. These programs are designed to align with their strategic goals, listed below.

  • The right to be heard
  • Gender justice
  • Saving lives now and in the future
  • Sustainable food
  • Fair sharing of natural resources
  • Finance for development

Oxfam Australia work in the East Asia, Pacific, South Asia, and Southern Africa regions. They also work with Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

How do they earn their money?

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission


How do they spend their money?

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission


Should I donate to Oxfam Australia?

Oxfam Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They describe their vision and goals, are clear about the programs they deliver and their outcomes, describe their people and are transparent with their finances.

Notably, they provide evidence that they are an effective charity. High quality evaluation is deeply embedded in their organisation. They have developed a 5-year strategic plan that identifies specific goals for the organisation and their activities and evaluations are consistent with this strategy. They are transparent and share the results of their program evaluations, including program weaknesses and areas for improvement. Their focus on evaluation and openness demonstrates a genuine interest in solving social problems. 

Oxfam Australia demonstrate they are both trustworthy and effective. Based on our analysis, we believe your donation will be used carefully and strategically to achieve their mission. It is for this reason we give a ‘donate with confidence’ recommendation. 


We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Oxfam 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.

Download our complete evaluation of Oxfam Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.

Oxfam Australia

Find out whether Oxfam 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.

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