Diabetes Australia

This evaluation was conducted in 2018. The Good Cause Co. discontinued evaluations of Diabetes Australia in 2019.


Who are Diabetes Australia?

Diabetes Australia work to “improve the impact of diabetes on the Australian community.” They do this by undertaking advocacy, providing services and tools to manage and prevent diabetes, and supporting diabetes research. 

Note: Diabetes Australia is the national body for people affected by all types of diabetes and those at risk. This is an assessment of Diabetes Australia, and other members within it’s legal reporting group, Diabetes Australia Research Limited and Diabetes Australia Research Trust. Diabetes Australia State and Territory groups are not included in this assessment.

Why do they exist?

Diabetes Australia state that diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic condition with 280 Australians developing diabetes every day. All types of diabetes are serious, complex and require daily care and management.

What do they do?

Diabetes Australia work across the following strategic areas:

  • Diabetes leadership: national advocacy, raising the profile and awareness of diabetes, and building local, national and global influence

  • Diabetes management: promoting and developing self-management of diabetes, preventing complications and building capacity

  • Diabetes prevention: developing prevention programs for those at high risk, developing diabetes risk assessments, encouraging healthy communities, workplaces and environments

  • Research: telling the research story, undertaking research funding, and influencing the national research agenda.

How do they earn their money?

Source: Diabetes Australia Financial Report for the Year Ended 30 June 2017

Source: Diabetes Australia Financial Report for the Year Ended 30 June 2017


How do they spend their money?

Source: Diabetes Australia Financial Report for the Year Ended 30 June 2017

Source: Diabetes Australia Financial Report for the Year Ended 30 June 2017


Should I donate to Diabetes Australia?

Diabetes Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They are trustworthy. They clearly describe how they are governed, by whom they are governed, and are transparent with their finances. Importantly, they indicate their Board monitors the organisation's performance. They are clear about what they are doing and their performance. They describe the problem of diabetes, their strategy to address it, the programs they are undertaking and the results of their programs.

However, in order to verify the effectiveness of Diabetes Australia, I need to see more on each of their strategic activity streams. It isn’t clear how much funding they allocate to delivering each of their activity streams. It also is not clear if or how they evaluate the effect of their activities on the lives of their beneficiaries. Finally, it is unclear how their strategic plan is executed or monitored. Understanding Diabetes Australia’s plan of action going forward is particularly important in light of significant changes in government funding in the last 12 months.

After assessing both their strengths and weaknesses, our recommendation for Diabetes Australia is neutral. They demonstrate they are trustworthy and generally effective, but we need more assurances before being able to recommend them with confidence. In order to improve our confidence with Diabetes Australia, we need to see:

  • evaluations of their various activity streams;

  • a breakdown of the cost to deliver their activity streams; and

  • more detail on their strategic plan, particularly in light of recent changes in government funding.


We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Diabetes 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 Diabetes Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.

Review of Diabetes Australia (2018)

Find out whether Diabetes 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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