Augustinian Volunteers Australia acts at the margins of society, standing with those in need, to help bring about global human development. Our volunteers build towards a more inclusive and caring civil society, partnering with communities to address the needs of young people and their families.


The Augustinians in Australia commenced in 1838 under Irish priest, James Alypius Goold OSA, later Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne. They now operate a number of parishes and schools around Australia and are part of an international religious order. The rule of Augustine is quite possibly the oldest monastic rule in the Western Church, dating from the third century. 

Founded by The Augustinians in 2008, Augustinian Volunteers Australia trains and places volunteers from all walks of life to work collaboratively with communities in need.

We seek to model best practice of community development by partnering with local organisations and attempting real, long term change on the ground.