Who is CBM Australia?

CBM Australia is the only international development organisation in Australia dedicated to empowering people with disabilities. Each year, CBM transforms the lives of millions of people living with disabilities in the world’s poorest places. With more than 110 years’ experience, and driven by Christian values, we strive to:

  • Break the cycle of poverty and disability
  • Treat and prevent conditions that lead to disability
  • Build inclusive communities where everyone can enjoy their human rights.

CBM Australia is part the CBM Global Disability Inclusion alliance.

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Why support CBM Australia today?

Inequalities and injustices exist. However, for people with disabilities living in poverty around the world, these inequalities and injustices are immense. And with the added complications of COVID-19, catastrophic.

around the world have a disability

people with disabilities live in poverty

people are marginalised and often invisible

of the world’s poorest people have a disability

Partner now: There has never been a more important time

We know the impact of COVID-19 is catastrophic for people with disabilities who lack access to critical public health information, health care and medicines including vaccines.

Further compounding this health crisis is loss of income to support their families, increased violence and reduced access to disability support services required by many to live independently.

This is on top of existing dire circumstances already acknowledged by governments around the world who have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Everyone agrees that widespread action is needed.

CBM Australia has the expertise to advise those crying out for help to do something, but it requires the financial investment to sustainably build this capacity.

With COVID-19, continued failure to act now will result in the loss of valuable lives through the denial of fundamental human rights and destroy previous gains in this area.

How can you support CBM?

  • Tax deductible donation:
    • Company donation
    • Corporate Foundation donation
    • Personal donation
  • Workplace giving
  • Cause-related marketing activity
  • Charity partner
  • Conference Charity partner
  • Staff fundraiser, e.g. coffee and cake, casual/ dress up day, BBQ, fun run, etc
  • ‘Miracles Day’ Sponsorship
  • Adopt a project
  • Boardroom Event Host
  • Corporate communications
  • Advocate and practice disability inclusivity
  • Pro bono professional support
  • Volunteering
  • Workplace giving
  • Christmas charity of choice
  • Conference charity partner
  • Host a boardroom event
  • Donate corporate facilities, e.g. access to board or meeting rooms
  • Promote CBM to staff and customers
  • Advocate for disability inclusivity 
  • Pro bono professional support
  • Volunteering

Where you can direct your support



Eye health

Humanitarian action

Interested in becoming a partner?

Please contact Renae Johnston today to discover the many ways that CBM Australia and your organisation can positively impact lives.

Alternatively, complete the enquiry form and we will be in contact shortly.

Renae Johnston
Head of Philanthropy and Relationships
0477 600 055

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"Throughout these difficult times, CBM and our generous supporters have remained committed to our goal of transforming the lives of 10 million people each year by tackling poverty and exclusion."

Jane Edge - CEO, CBM Australia

Frequently Asked Questions

Australia is often referred to as “The Lucky Country” and most of us are fortunate enough to have been born or immigrated here. However, for the almost billion vulnerable and forgotten people with an existing or acquired disability living in poverty, they are often denied their most basic human rights, including access to services such as education, health, etc that could assist, empower and transform their lives. 

It is a fact that supporting international programs will achieve greater ‘bang for your buck’ when compared to the return on investment within Australia. For example, the cost of a cataract operation in Nepal or Bangladesh is a mere $33 compared to approx. $4,300 in Australia for the same corrective surgery. 

Another example is the eradication of Neglected Tropical Diseases such as trachoma and river blindness where essential medication is readily available yet requires distribution. Once again, a small investment can have a massive impact.

In 2020, for every dollar given to CBM Australia, 73 cents supported programs and 20 cents generated funds to support future programs, leaving 7 cents to deliver accountability and administration. For every dollar CBM Australia spent in 2020 on fundraising, $3.73 in income was generated from the Australian public.

73% Programs

20% Fundraising

7% Accountability & Admin


As seen in the 2020 annual report.

Here at CBM, we believe in our hearts that our mission is to try to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our mission to help improve the lives of people with disabilities living in poverty. We feel called to build a more inclusive world for some of the most disadvantaged people in the world and are absolutely focused on the double disadvantage of disability and poverty. Quite often we find the people we go to help are of different religious backgrounds and we don’t engage in missionary or evangelical work in the field. CBM follows the model of Jesus by assisting all people who need help regardless of their religious, cultural or faith backgrounds.

We are fortunate to live in a country where we have access to public health care, as well as having wonderful domestic organisations who are focused on helping Australians in need. At CBM, we are working hard to help the world’s most vulnerable people in the poorest places, those in the cycle of poverty and disability. If you’d like to know more, please call us on 1800 678 069.

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