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 65 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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Natural disaster management

Before, during and in the aftermath of natural disasters, we uphold the objectives of humanitarian action to strengthen preparedness for natural disasters before they occur; 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 Goal Kickers - World Vision Australia's Sustainable Development Goals Report

pdf Tuesday, September 25, 2018 4008 KB Download
pdf Inclusive Market Systems Development Paper

pdf Tuesday, June 26, 2018 1158 KB Download
pdf Children and the Global Compacts - Policy Briefing

pdf Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1136 KB Download
pdf Aid for Trade paper

pdf Friday, August 11, 2017 477 KB Download
pdf Counting Pennies report

pdf Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4162 KB Download
pdf Syria advocacy fact sheet

pdf Wednesday, March 15, 2017 306 KB Download
pdf A_matter_of_taste

pdf Thursday, March 17, 2016 1242 KB Download
pdf Channels of Hope for Gender evaluation brief - Feb 2016

pdf Tuesday, March 8, 2016 951 KB Download
pdf The Cost of Conflict for Children report - online version

pdf Tuesday, March 8, 2016 2598 KB Download
pdf 7757_RAP_Plan_2016_18

pdf Friday, February 26, 2016 3840 KB Download
pdf 7757_RAP_Report_2014_15

pdf Friday, February 26, 2016 2475 KB Download
pdf Sounding the Alarm

pdf Wednesday, December 9, 2015 1305 KB Download
pdf Policy-Report-Child-Labour-2015

pdf Thursday, August 13, 2015 8480 KB Download
pdf Fuel-efficient cooking stoves: a triple win for child health, development and the environment

World Vision Australia pdf Tuesday, June 30, 2015 585 KB Download
pdf Water and Sanitation in Asia and the Pacific

pdf Friday, June 26, 2015 144 KB Download
pdf Tackling Child Labour

Three policy measures for the Australian Government to consider to reduce child labour

World Vision pdf Thursday, June 11, 2015 1754 KB Download
pdf WV Trafficking Report 2014

World Vision Australia pdf Monday, December 15, 2014 3437 KB Download
pdf Fearing Wrong (Australia)

An examination of attitudes towards violence against children in Australia pdf Tuesday, December 2, 2014 840 KB Download
pdf Fearing Wrong Report

A global survey of 11,000 in 28 countries about the violence children face.

World Vision pdf Tuesday, December 2, 2014 4876 KB Download
pdf Gender Equality Study 2014

World Vision pdf Friday, October 17, 2014 4734 KB Download

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