Together we can drive systemic and lasting change

People with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty, and people living in poor communities are more likely to have or acquire a disability. People with disabilities face stigma, violence and discrimination. Additionally, they lack or are denied access to their human rights to education, health care, rehabilitation, assistive devices, safe and accessible living environments, and work opportunities.

CBM is recognised globally as a thought and practice leader in disability inclusive development. People with disabilities are at the heart of our work as beneficiaries, and even more importantly, as active agents of change and transformation in their own lives.

Every year, CBM transforms the lives of millions of people with disabilities, their families and communities.

The difference you can make

Our focus is to empower people with disabilities, their families and communities by providing practical assistance including skill development, aids and equipment, treatment, and access to education. We do this in three key ways:

Health care and rehabilitation

CBM works with local partners to prevent and treat avoidable causes of blindness such as cataract, river blindness and trachoma, and treat conditions like club foot to avoid permanent impairment.

Equality and opportunity

Our work opens the door for people with disabilities to gain an education, open a business, earn a living, make friends and be part of their community, often for the first time in their lives.

Influencing and advocacy

Positive societal change happens when people with disabilities are free from unfair obstacles. This means changing attitudes, beliefs as well as physical environments, systems and policies.

Where you can direct your support



Eye health

Humanitarian action

Who is CBM Australia?

CBM Australia is the only international development organisation in Australia dedicated to empowering people with disabilities.

CBM works alongside people with disabilities in the world’s poorest places to fight poverty and exclusion, and to transform millions of lives each year. With over 100 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.

We believe in an inclusive world where all people with disabilities can enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

CBM Australia is part of the CBM Global organisation.

Partner logos; 

  • Australian department of Foreign Affairs
  • Overseas Aid
  • Registered Charity
  • ACFID Member

How your contribution helps

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

Our commitment to you

  • A dedicated Relationship Manager to answer any questions that you may have.
  • Personalised Impact Reports — Bi-annual ($20,000+)
  • Invitations to CBM Australia events such as round table with CEO Jane Edge, Reports from the Field, etc
  • Funding opportunities based on personal preferences

We’d love to hear from you

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Renae Johnston,
Head of Philanthropy and Relationships
0477 600 055

Other ways to support

Major Donations

By choosing CBM Meaningful Gifts you will be helping people with disabilities living in poverty in some of the world’s poorest places.

Corporate giving

Support or partner with CBM Australia to discover the many ways that your organisation can positively impact lives.

Gift in Will

Through your Will you can leave a legacy of hope that will impact generations. 


Disability advocacy is central to our mission of transforming the lives of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest communities.

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.

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