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The staff at Australian Mercy volunteer their time, energy and resources. Full time or part we welcome new participants and associates


Australian and International

Australian Mercy is uniquely placed to serve those in need both in Australia and other countries. We have offices and teams based around the world.


Relief and Development

Australian Mercy works with the poor and disenfranchised both within Australia and overseas. We seek sustainable solutions.

Australian Mercy is an Aid and Development Agency that partners with people from all walks of life.

Registered Charity

If you have a dream of serving those disadvantaged, whether in Australia or overseas, talk to us about turning your ambitions into reality.

Australian Mercy exists with the express purpose of providing direct relief to persons in any country who are suffering distress, misfortune, destitution, helplessness or are in other types of necessitous circumstances.

Through sustainable partnerships we seek to address the causes and consequences of injustice and poverty within Australia and the Developing World.

Australian Council for International Development

Australian Mercy is a full member of the Australian Council for International Development ACFID and has been a signatory to the ACFID Code Of Conduct, since 2000.

Governing Status

Australian Relief & Mercy Services Ltd is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI), an endorsed tax concession charity (TCC), and the trustee of ARMS Overseas Aid Fund. (Item 9.1.1)


“I count it a privilege to work with such a diverse team of wonderful people. With projects all over the world it is amazing to see the good that people can do when they set their mind to service ”

David Skeat
David Skeat

Common Questions


Mostly Australian Mercy relies on the generosity of churches, the corporate sector, small business, and the general public for the finances needed to perform its ministry.

We do receive funds from grant giving institutions. At this time Australian Mercy does not receive any AusAID funding.

What about faith?

Australian Relief & Mercy Services Ltd (Australian Mercy) is a Christian Aid and Development Organisation that seeks to reach out to the poor and the needy with the love and compassion of God.

We hope that the things we do will reflect the faith we have in Jesus and Gods compassion towards all of humanity.

Tax deductability

Australian Mercy has tax deductibility status through the Australian Tax Office for all its projects within Australia and overseas. Tax deductible funds are not used for religious activity.

Donations made by donors in the United States and Canada are also fully tax deductible.

YWAM relationship

Australian Mercy is independently constituted but is also the preferred mercy ministry arm of Youth With A Mission Australia.

We frequently utilise the international resources of YWAM to provide humanitarian relief and developmental assistance to anyone in need regardless of religion, race, gender, age or political persuasion.

As a Public Benevolent Institution Australian Mercy is required by Australian law to submit to a yearly audit of all its financial dealings to the Australian Government.

As a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, Australian Mercy has all its books audited once a year to the standard laid out in the code.

All audits are submitted to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and other peak bodies such as ACFID and Missions Interlink for their perusal and comment.

A synopsis of our audit is published online as part of our Annual Reports

We use SSL Certificates to offer secure communications by encrypting all financial data to and from the site.

Australian Mercy information is included in the SSL certificate. This enables you to check the site´s validity yourself.

The Australian Mercy Board has stipulated that if an Australian Mercy appeal is oversubscribed;

Once the appeal has been balanced off, the extra funds are to be passed on to a similar kind of project run by Australian Mercy in another nation; or to an Australian Mercy project in the same country.

This stipulation recognises that moneys donated for tax deductible purposes must only be used on projects that qualify as tax deductible.

Very little – As a volunteer organisation Australian Mercy pays no wages to its staff or volunteers.

Australian Mercy does take 5% from all project donations and 10% from all grants and sponsorships in order to help cover the costs of its administration.

There are several ways that you can become involved. You can pray for our work. We need all the prayer support we can get.

Secondly you can give, support one of our many projects, or send a general donation to help us cover the costs of doing the work that we do amongst the poor and the needy.

You could train with us, do a school that will help you to make a difference in some one else’s life.

Finally you could come on an Australian Mercy team to a location where there is need, we need lots of people with lots of varying skills to help us to serve the poor.

If you would like to submit a project for consideration please complete the initial project application form.
Australian Relief & Mercy Services / Australian Mercy / ARMS

Australian Relief & Mercy Services is the registered business name, ARMS is simply an abbreviation and Australian Mercy is a trading name.

In fact they are all one and the same organisation!

Australian Relief & Mercy Services Ltd was first registered as a charity in Canberra Australia on August 23, 1988.
Our ABN is 84 008 643 258 and our ACN is 008 643 258.
Australian Relief & Mercy Services Ltd has been set up to care for the poor and the needy both within Australia and overseas.

It is a company limited by guarantee that is a Public Benevolent Institution and an endorsed tax concession charity (TCC).

Australian Relief & Mercy Services Ltd is also the trustee of ARMS Overseas Aid Fund. (Item 9.1.1)

The ARMS Overseas Aid Fund (item 9.1.1) is a public fund established by Australian Relief & Mercy Services Ltd that is used solely for the relief of people in countries that have been declared by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to be Developing Countries.

Donations of $2.00 or more that are made to projects registered under this fund are tax deductible to Australian donors.

In order to operate this fund Australian Relief & Mercy Services Ltd has gone through a stringent application process and has been declared to be an approved organisation by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The fund was gazetted on August 15, 2012.

Yes. Australian Mercy is the mercy ministry arm of Youth With A Mission Australia. It is also a signatory to the Australian Council For International Development (ACFID) code of conduct. Australian Mercy is a member of Missions Interlink and is also affiliated with the Micah Challenge

Australian Mercy also works closely with many other agencies and government bodies including the United Nations in order to accomplish its goals.

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