Achieving our mission to fight the cycle of poverty and disability

CBM Australia is a Christian international disability development organisation. 

Our disability inclusive advocacy ensures people with disabilities are empowered and included in planning and decision making. We keenly advocate for justice and a generous Australian aid program.

We are driven by our vision for an inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

We do this because people with disabilities living in poverty face stigma, violence and discrimination, and have reduced access to health care, rehabilitation, assistive devices, safe and accessible living environments, education and employment. In emergencies, people with disabilities are often the worst impacted and face a higher risk of being injured or losing their lives during a disaster.

Find out more about the link between poverty and disability

We build authentic partnerships with the Disability Movement

We draw on more than 110 years of experience, seeking out the most effective and innovative approaches to realise our mission. 

We create concrete and sustainable change for and with people with disabilities, their families and communities through our three vehicles of change: field programs, external advisory and advocacy.

We practise and promote disability inclusion in contexts ranging from humanitarian preparedness and emergency response to long-term development and system change.   

We are partnership based, working in authentic partnership with the disability movement and with other key organisations at the local, national, and global level. 

An overlapping circle diagram showing CBM's three vehicles of change - field programs, advocacy, external advisory - underpinned by authentic partnerships with the disability movement.

In partnership with and accountable to the Disability Movement

  1. Advocacy: Achieving systemic change
  2. Field Programmes: Enabling community transformation
  3. External Advisory: Helping others make inclusion a reality


Disability advocacy, both in the field and in Australia, is central to CBM Australia achieving its mission of transforming the lives of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest communities. Our disability rights advocacy service ensures CBM Australia can make an even greater impact.

Field programs

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world had been making progress in tackling poverty. Despite this, people with disabilities were being left behind. The pandemic now threatens to undo progress towards ending extreme poverty and is revealing the extent of the exclusion and discrimination experienced by people with disabilities.  

External advisory

We partner with the disability movement to influence organisations, institutions and systems to realise the rights of people with disabilities. We believe that tailored input, communicated effectively, with the right people at the table can help make inclusion a reality.

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How our Christian faith and values guide our work

We are Christian; our values reflect the teachings and example of Jesus Christ: 

  • We Strive for Justice
  • We Champion Inclusion
  • We Embrace Partnership
  • We Pursue Excellence
  • We Live with Integrity

CBM Australia’s Annual Report 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic and long-lasting impact on people with disabilities, their families and communities. CBM Australia’s response saw swift and wide-sweeping adaptations to the delivery of key programs, increasing disability inclusion advisory support to the Australian Government and other aid organisations, alongside supporting local partners to deliver urgently needed medical and humanitarian supplies during the height of the COVID-19 disaster. 

We thank the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), who allowed flexible use of our Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) grant.


Mick Turnbull a member of the CBM Board of Directors.

Mick Turnbull, CBM Board

“St John’s gospel underlines that Jesus Christ came among us that we might have life in abundance. This is an invitation to live life to the full, in the here and now, no matter what. 

“Across all the disruption, anxiety, suffering and grief of 2020’s COVID-19 experiences, this principle resonates. Uncertainty and constant change are not new, and the pandemic has shone a light on these realities as a health and humanitarian disaster that continues to be deeply challenging for all countries where CBM works.”  

As seen in the 2020 Annual Report.

Jane Edge, CEO 

“The impact of COVID-19 on those we serve in 2020 was dire. A global study has found there were catastrophic failures to protect the lives, health and rights of people with disabilities. This meant we doubled down on our efforts to amplify the voices and needs of people with disabilities in every forum possible.  

“Looking back on 2020, I’m incredibly grateful for God’s presence; the determination and adaptability of CBM Australia staff and volunteers; the steadfast belief of the Board and Members; and the extraordinary generosity and trust of our faithful supporters and partners. Together, we make transformative change happen.”

As seen in the 2020 Annual Report.

Jane Edge Chief Executive Officer of CBM Australia.