Australia is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Its geography and climate are diverse – a narrow, heavily populated eastern coastal strip; mountain ranges; grasslands; and a large desert region covering much of the centre and the west. There are still areas of significant poverty across the country, particularly amongst indigenous people, and although unemployment is low by world standards, it adversely affects young people.
Mothers’ Union in Australia was formed in 1892, among the first nations to adopt Mothers’ Union outside of the UK. Today, by supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, more than 6,000 members of Mothers’ Union in Australia are tackling the most urgent and pressing needs that are challenging relationships and communities.
Projects and activities across the country include:
Support for refugees
Court hospitality - Coffee & Care to the Children’s Courts
Northern Outreach Fund supports clergy families in isolated communities
Practical support for new mums
School breakfast clubs
Holidays for disadvantaged families
“Granny for a day” befriending project
Practical support for the homeless
Marriage enrichment workshops
16 days of activism against gender based violence
Mothers’ Union members are looking forward to joining in the global Mothers’ Union Listening, Observing, Acting (MULOA) process when it is launched in the Pacific Region in August 2018 with members from Papua New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Zealand, and Tonga coming together.
Community Development Coordinators (CDC’s) are professionally trained community development staff, employed by local Mothers’ Union’s to help and support members as they engage with their churches and wider community.