Policies and Submissions

World Vision believes that advocating for justice for children will transform the lives of children, their families and communities.

Our direct program and humanitarian interventions – on their own – cannot deliver sustainable change for the most vulnerable children. We advocate at the local, national, regional and global levels to reach exponentially more children.

We promote justice by working to change policies, systems, structures, practices, attitudes, citizen mobilisation and education about human and child rights.  

The policies and submissions on this page are what World Vision Australia stands for and the changes we want to see. Many of these positions are based on our strong programming experience and in-depth understanding of the needs of communities in overcoming the barriers of poverty.

World Vision makes these recommendations to governments and donors through high-level engagement and written submissions.

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Protracted crises

We view protracted humanitarian crises as development setbacks requiring an integrated humanitarian, peacebuilding and development approach.

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Displaced persons

Over 70 million people in the world are displaced, more than at any time in recorded history. We believe that the Australian Government should do more to contribute to the biggest humanitarian challenge of our time.

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We affirm the primacy of protecting human beings who have fled persecution and that the Australian Government has an obligation to do so as a States Party to the Refugee Convention.

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Humanitarian principles

We carry out all our humanitarian work in accordance with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.

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Mental health

Children are resilient, but still, millions are likely to suffer from mental health impacts because of the war in Ukraine. We must support the children of Ukraine and their communities by prioritising and sufficiently funding mental health and psychosocial support.

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Natural disaster management

Before, during and after natural disasters, we uphold the objectives of humanitarian action to strengthen preparedness; save lives; alleviate suffering; and support the right to life with dignity.

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Disaster risk reduction

We are committed to working with communities around the world to reduce vulnerabilities, mitigate the impact of hazards and help communities develop adaptive capacities.

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Australian Aid Drought Resilience Project East Timor

Climate Change

Beyond the direct environmental impacts, World Vision Australia has deep concerns over the development, economic and humanitarian implications of a changing climate for the people we work with.


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Humanitarian Access

Full, unimpeded and sustained access to affected populations is essential for World Vision to fulfil its humanitarian mandate in providing impartial assistance and protection to children and families affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.

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Child rights


Children and their rights

Children are entitled to special care and assistance and also entitled to exercise their right to participate in matters affecting them.

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Most vulnerable children

We focus our work on reaching and supporting children who live in catastrophic situations and relationships characterised by violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation, exclusion and discrimination.

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We seek improved learning outcomes, particularly for the most vulnerable children, through high-quality and inclusive education at all stages of the life cycle.

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Maternal and newborn child health

We affirm that all people, including women and children, should be well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services, regardless of where they live.

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Young people

We recognise the importance of supporting and working with young people to ensure their voice, ideas and actions have a platform and can contribute to positive change and to building peaceful societies.

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Economic development


Official Development Assistance (ODA)

We recognise that ODA is a critical resource for eliminating global poverty and building peace.

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Private finance

We see private finance as a vital complement to international development and humanitarian efforts, and call on donors and governments to ensure commercial interests are aligned with development and humanitarian outcomes when leveraging private finance for development outcomes.

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Aid for trade

We support aid for trade initiatives that equip developing countries with the right policies, capacity and infrastructure to enable trade with local and international markets, and facilitate economic development and poverty reduction.

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Economic development

Economic development is achieved when inclusive and sustainable economic growth is accompanied by the elimination of the social and economic barriers keeping marginalised people in poverty.

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Gender equality

We recognise and affirm the equal worth, dignity and rights of women, men, girls and boys and the significant role each one plays in promoting sustainable, transformational development.

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Publications, submissions and reports



Title Author Type Date Size
pdf WVA Election Policy Platform 2022

pdf Thursday, April 7, 2022 4095 KB Download
pdf Connecting on Country - Closing the Digital Divide for First Nations students

pdf Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5136 KB Download
pdf Our-COVID-Calls-WVA-2020

pdf Tuesday, September 8, 2020 6415 KB Download
pdf WVA Submission to Inquiry into Remote Education

pdf Friday, July 3, 2020 273 KB Download
pdf Children-First-in-Australian-Aid

pdf Thursday, April 18, 2019 586 KB Download
pdf WVA's Submission to Australia’s 2019–20 Humanitarian Program

pdf Monday, March 18, 2019 1775 KB Download
pdf World Vision Australia 2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission

pdf Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1121 KB Download
pdf WVA Humanitarian Intake Submission 2018-19

pdf Thursday, February 7, 2019 740 KB Download
pdf Australian Aid as a Soft Power Asset - Submission to the Soft Power Review

pdf Monday, December 3, 2018 1093 KB Download
pdf Submission to the inquiry into Aid Effectiveness

pdf Thursday, August 9, 2018 2797 KB Download
pdf Submission to Senate Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in 21st Century

pdf Thursday, August 9, 2018 854 KB Download
pdf Submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Sustainable Development Goals

pdf Wednesday, March 28, 2018 866 KB Download
pdf Pre-Budget Submission 2018-19

pdf Tuesday, December 19, 2017 329 KB Download
pdf Submission to the Senate inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa

pdf Tuesday, October 17, 2017 374 KB Download
pdf Submission to the senate inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment

pdf Monday, August 21, 2017 203 KB Download
pdf Submission on Australia’s Humanitarian Intake 2017-18

pdf Monday, August 21, 2017 134 KB Download
pdf Submission on the implications of climate change for Australia’s national security

pdf Monday, August 21, 2017 283 KB Download
pdf Foreign Policy White Paper Submission

pdf Monday, May 1, 2017 504 KB Download
pdf Social Impact Investing Submission

pdf Friday, April 21, 2017 635 KB Download
pdf World Vision Australia Pre Budget Submission 2017-18

pdf Thursday, February 23, 2017 634 KB Download



Title Author Type Date Size
pdf Pacific Aftershocks Report

pdf Friday, October 15, 2021 11087 KB Download
pdf A SHOT OF HOPE - Australia’s role in vaccinating the world against COVID-19

pdf Monday, October 11, 2021 7490 KB Download
pdf The-Silent-Pandemic

pdf Thursday, April 29, 2021 2736 KB Download
pdf Syria 10th Anniversary Global Policy Report

pdf Friday, March 5, 2021 8053 KB Download
pdf Stolen Future-War and Child Marriage in Northwest Syria

pdf Monday, February 15, 2021 747 KB Download
pdf Double Hardship - Protecting conflict-affected children in the age of COVID-19

pdf Tuesday, February 9, 2021 5669 KB Download
pdf Counting Pennies 2021

pdf Wednesday, February 3, 2021 21256 KB Download
pdf World Vision NextGen Aid Report Card 2020

pdf Thursday, November 19, 2020 1404 KB Download
pdf COVID-19 Aftershocks

pdf Monday, September 21, 2020 1580 KB Download
pdf COVID-19 Aftershocks: Out of Time

pdf Friday, September 18, 2020 4872 KB Download
pdf COVID-19 Aftershocks: Access Denied

pdf Friday, September 18, 2020 11801 KB Download
pdf CRC30-Child-And-Youth-Statement

pdf Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2148 KB Download
pdf Engaging men to end Violence Against Women and Girls

pdf Friday, December 6, 2019 472 KB Download
pdf Crisis Averted

pdf Tuesday, November 26, 2019 2322 KB Download
pdf Shockproof

pdf Monday, November 11, 2019 1359 KB Download
pdf Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Bulletin Edition 6

pdf Tuesday, August 27, 2019 3574 KB Download
pdf Unseen-Unsafe-Report- CaseStudies

pdf Tuesday, July 30, 2019 14025 KB Download
pdf Unseen-Unsafe-Report

pdf Tuesday, July 30, 2019 17503 KB Download
pdf Aid for Inclusive Trade Report

pdf Monday, July 1, 2019 5150 KB Download
pdf Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Bulletin Edition 5

pdf Friday, February 15, 2019 2224 KB Download

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