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Who are The Salvation Army Australia
The Salvation Army Australia are a “Christian movement dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus”. They do this by caring for people, creating faith pathways, building healthy communities and working for justice.
The Salvation Army Australia are made up of the following registered charities with tax-deductible status:
The trustee for The Salvation Army (New South Wales) Social Work ABN 46 891 896 885
The trustee for The Salvation Army (Tasmania) Social Work ABN 23 860 168 024
The trustee for The Salvation Army (Victoria) Social Work ABN 18 730 899 453
The trustee for The Salvation Army (South Australia) Social Work ABN 45 781 882 681
The trustee for The Salvation Army (Western Australia) Social Work ABN 92 646 174 644
The trustee for The Salvation Army (Northern Territory) Social Work ABN 34 413 960 392
The trustee for The Salvation Army (Queensland) Social Work ABN 22 035 976 360
The trustee for The Salvation Army (Victoria) Housing ABN 85 133 724 651
The trustee for The Salvation Army Housing Limited ABN 59 608 346 934
The trustee for The Salvation Army (Australia) Self Denial Fund (For Overseas Aid) ABN 52 609 689 893
The trustee for The Salvation Army (Australia) Self Denial Fund (For Overseas Aid) ABN 15 562 601 404
The Salvation Army Community Housing Service Limited ABN 47 152 257 728
Salvos Legal (Humanitarian) Limited ABN 36 147 212 940
Why do they exist?
They have a vision that “wherever there is hardship or injustice, Salvos will live, love and fight alongside others to transform Australia one life at a time with the love of Jesus.”
What do they do?
The Salvation Army Australia focus areas are:
Homeless and accommodation services, including family and domestic violence
Recovery from alcohol, drugs and other addictions
The Doorways program (guidance through the process of engaging with internal and external service providers)
Strategic disaster management
How do they earn their money?
Note: On 1 December 2018, The Salvation Army formed a single Australian territory. Prior to that, and in the last financial year (2017-2018) The Salvation Army operated and reported across two separate territories:
The Australia Southern Territory, comprising Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory.
The Australia Eastern Territory, comprising NSW, Queensland and Overseas Aid.
A financial summary for each territory is presented below.
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to The Salvation Army?
We cannot verify that your donation to The Salvation Army will be used as stated, that is, to care for people, create faith pathways, build healthy communities and work for justice.
There is insufficient information to verify that donations are used in pursuit of the charity's mission. While we recognise that they present a suite of trustworthy attributes – their audited financial reports are presented, they show generally how funds are used and they describe leadership roles, critically, we were unable to identify basic information that is necessary for us to verify the trustworthiness of the charity. Firstly, it is not clear which of The Salvation Army Australia’s registered entities collects donations. Secondly, we could not identify if there are any policies in place that help to prevent the misuse of funds (e.g. conflict of interest policy).
Having said that, The Salvation Army Australia demonstrate they are effective. They highlight their strategic goals and show the activities and results that they have delivered in the last year. In addition, they have recently developed an outcomes measurement framework that allows them to systematically measure their progress against their mission and strategy.
While the Salvation Army Australia present a range of positive attributes, until they address the following, we recommend that you do not donate:
clarify which ABN collects donated funds
clarify the policies used to prevent the misuse of funds (e.g. conflict of interest policy).
Want to learn more?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of The Salvation Army 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 The Salvation Army Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.
Find out whether Salvation Army 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.
 The Salvation Army Australia Annual Report 2018
 The Salvation Army Australia Annual Report 2018
 The Salvation Army Australia Impact Report 2018