Who we are

Catholic Earthcare Australia is the ecological agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference. We were established in May 2002 and received our present Mandate in 2003.

Our vision is for an ecologically sustainable and resilient Australia, where Catholic communities play an active part in the holistic care of social, human and environmental ecology.


What we do

Catholic Earthcare Australia’s core business is to foster a life-long journey of ecological conversion – being attentive and responsive to God and Creation at every moment. We bring together faith and science to offer initiatives, programs and practices to care for and protect our planet.

As an executive agency of the Bishops’ Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development (BCJED), Catholic Earthcare acts as an advisory agency to the BCJED on ecological matters, including the safeguarding of the integrity of Creation, environmental justice and ecological sustainability. 

Catholic Earthcare is mandated to give leadership in response to Blessed Pope John Paul II’s call for ‘ecological conversion’ of the world’s peoples.

This includes:

  • Carrying out research, from the perspective of scripture and the Church’s environmental and social justice teachings
  • Developing national networks, with a view to initiating, linking, resourcing and supporting ecological endeavours within the Church, and extending the hand of friendship and cooperation to other like-minded groups working in the broader community
  • Undertaking initiatives by encouraging a reverence for Creation, a responsible stewardship of Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems, and providing a voice for the victims of pollution, environmental degradation and injustice
  • Providing educational materials and services to Catholic schools, organisations,congregations and parishes – particularly information to assist in the carrying out of environmental audits and the implementation of more ecologically and ethically sustainable practices

For more information please see our Mandate for Catholic Earthcare Australia and our Statement of Strategic Intent 2016

What’s happening with our communities and projects


ASSISI Animator Program 2014

ASSISI Animator participants 2014

 ASSISI

ASSISI (A Strategic, Systems-Based, Integrated Sustainability Initiative) is our major initiative that enables individuals and organisations to become ecologically sustainable. Changing an organisation is challenging. That is why, through ASSISI, we have created a framework, formation programs, models and resources informed by the best available social science concepts, methodologies and tools.

ASSISI is currently being implemented in schools, agencies, hospitals and religious orders around Australia.

Find out more about ASSISI


NEEN Learning Community Workshop

National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN)

NEEN is a dynamic, member-based network that provides the community sector with the inspiration, guidance and support to become more energy efficient, sustainable and resilient into the future.

Visit the NEEN website


Our team

Important Announcement

Catholic Earthcare is the part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

Caritas Australia is the Church’s international aid and development agency.  As part of the global Caritas confederation operating in 190 countries, it works alongside marginalised communities in many countries and with 11 First Australian agencies here in Australia.  Promoting the principles of Laudato Si is at the centre of the global confederation and of Caritas Australia.

This website is being refined to reflect the new administrative arrangements for Catholic Earthcare Australia. For all enquiries in relation to the work of Catholic Earthcare Australia or to request assistance, please call  1800 024 413 or email CatholicEarthcare@caritas.org.au.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Earthcare Australia and your commitment to combating climate change and protecting the environment and ecosystems from degradation and pollution.