Press releases

  • Australian Government must do more for Syria: World Vision says on eve of Kuwait conference

    ‘Aid agencies can’t fix Syria alone’, says World Vision 
    Increase in refugees outpacing the increase in funding by four to one

    Children facing their fifth year of war need to be the focus of a major conference for Syria this week, humanitarian agency World Vision said today. 

    Ahead of today’s donor conference in Kuwait (March 31), the humanitarian ...

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  • Aid to help Vanuatu today and tomorrow

    Humanitarian agency World Vision welcomes the Australian Government’s allocation of funds to support emergency response and recovery efforts in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) confirmed today that World Vision will receive $1.2 million in funding to respond to the needs of those impacted by the disaster.

    “This swift commitment of funding allows us ...

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  • Government’s innovationXchange case for increasing aid budget

    The Foreign Minister’s innovationXchange – to be launched today – puts forward a compelling case for maintaining or increasing the overseas aid budget, aid and development agency World Vision said today.


    World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello said speculation that Australia’s aid program may take another beating at the next Federal Budget is of deep concern to him ...

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  • Tim Costello pays tribute to visionary humanitarian Malcolm Fraser

    World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello has expressed his deep sorrow at the passing of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

    “Malcolm Fraser was a visionary politician, a genuine internationalist, and an instinctive humanitarian.  He was a great friend of Australia’s aid and development community, and an inspiration to many,” said Mr Costello.

    “As Prime Minister, Mr Fraser worked hard ...

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  • World Vision begins distributing aid in Vanuatu

    World Vision has begun distributing much needed aid in Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

    The first shelter and hygiene kits were distributed in the capital, Port Vila, Monday 16 March, ahead of major distributions.

    Additional relief supplies are being flown into Vanuatu with the generous support of the Australian Government and will be distributed by World Vision as ...

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  • World Vision welcomes Australian Government action on Cyclone Pam

    Humanitarian agency World Vision welcomes the Australian Government’s initial package of aid to Vanuatu, announced Sunday 15 March, in the wake of devastating damage caused by Cyclone Pam.

    “This has been a devastating cyclone for Vanuatu, so swift assistance of this nature is a very welcome commitment,” said World Vision chief executive Tim Costello.

    He also thanked the Australian Government ...

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  • World Vision on ground in Vanuatu after 'devastating' Cyclone Pam

    World Vision worker Chloe Morrison has described scenes of devastation in Vanuatu after the deadly Category Five Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc across the island nation.

    World Vision is working closely with the Government of Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office to plan rapid needs assessments and coordinate the distribution of relief.

    "It’s an absolutely devastating sight,” Ms Morrison said Sunday 15 ...

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  • “Terrifying” Cyclone Pam threatens Vanuatu

    Cyclone Pam is wreaking havoc across Vanuatu with winds of up to 275 kilometres per hour and heavy rain threatening the Pacific archipelago, World Vision Australia said today.

    Australian World Vision staff member Chloe Morrison, who’s on the ground in Vanuatu, said that the country has faced its largest cyclone in history with the weather being relentless.

    “At times the ...

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  • World Vision Responding to Cyclone Pam

    International humanitarian agency World Vision is assisting communities in Vanuatu in responding to Cyclone Pam.

    Vanuatu was bracing for a powerful hit Friday 13 March after the cyclone was upgraded to Category Five. The eye of the cyclone is expected to be 145 kilometres east of the capital Port Vila at approximately 8pm today as the system moves in a ...

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  • Zero growth in Australian Aid unfair and unsustainable

    Assuming billions of savings can be harvested from Australia’s aid budget over the next 40 years is not only unfair but will be completely unsustainable according to World Vision Chief Executive, Tim Costello.


    Speaking following today’s release of the Federal Treasury’s fourth Intergenerational Report, Mr Costello said planning for zero growth in Australian aid is not smart, plausible or ...

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