Doing Justice

The Social Responsibilities Committee is responsible to the Archbishop and was formed in August 2009 to provide appropriate and timely responses to social justice issues raised within the community, media, Church Commissions, and Episcopal jurisdictions.

The Committee consists of a Chair (The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt, Dean, St John’s Cathedral) and up to six members from Anglican Church Southern Queensland appointed by the Archbishop.

The Anglican Church Southern Queensland Justice Unit provides support for the work of the Committee. This includes advice on a range of social, moral, ethical and cultural issues, as well as logistical and social media support for workshops and events as required, in order for the Anglican Church Southern Queensland to be an active contributor to the proclamation of the Gospel message of social and climate justice, reconciliation and hope.

Doing Justice is a space hosted by The Social Responsibilities Committee. To stay up-to-date on justice news, resources and upcoming events and workshops please subscribe to the Doing Justice Email here.

For the latest justice news, events and inspiration follow our Doing Justice Facebook page.


Angligreen are a group of Christians from parishes, schools and agencies in the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane who “strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the Earth.”

Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network (BRASS) is a network of organisations and individuals involved in supporting refugees and asylum seekers in South East Queensland. Collaborating for change.

ACSQ Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group – practical actions which aim to build strong relationships and enhanced respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

Stop the Traffik is a global movement fighting to: prevent, protect and prosecute on behalf of trafficked people all around the world.

Australia Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is a grassroots multi-faith network that mobilises people of all faiths to take effective action for climate justice.

Queensland Community Alliance (QCA) brings together 35 member organisations, representing 1.7 million Queenslanders, to act for the common good, to change lives, transform communities, develop leadership and strengthen civil society.

Associated Bodies

Anglicare Southern Queensland is a proud member of the Anglicare Australia network. They provide support in partnership with government and other organisations in response to identified care needs throughout southeast Queensland.

Anglican Schools Commission provide strategic direction and policy development to, and monitoring of, Anglican schools of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.

Anglican Board of Mission works to see people everywhere experience the wholeness of life God offers in Jesus Christ, and supports their partners as they participate in God’s vision.

Research and policy links

Anglicare Australia is a nationwide network of locally based Anglican organisations. Its mission is to engage with all Australians to build communities of resilience, hope and justice.

The Australia Institute is a progressive think tank that conducts research on a broad range of economic, social and environmental issues in order to inform public debate and bring
greater accountability to the democratic process.

Ekklesia is an independent, not-for-profit thinktank which examines the role of religion in public life and advocates “transformative ideas and solutions rooted in theological thinking and dialogue with others”.

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is the peak body of the community services and welfare sector and the national voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality.

The Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS) aims to provide a voice for and with Queenslanders affected by poverty and inequality; lead on issues of significance to the social, health and community sectors state-wide; and contribute to a national voice on these issues.

The Jesuit Social Services Policy Unit has two key functions: research, policy and advocacy; and evaluation of Jesuit Social Services program activities and services.

Australian Policy Online is an information network and research collection specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, thinktanks, government and non-government organisations. As well as research, the site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focused on the policy issues facing Australia.

The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) is a specialist research centre at the University of NSW. It conducts research on all aspects of social policy, disseminates research findings and contributes to policy development and evaluation. The Centre is also the home of the Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Unit.

The Australian Ageing Agenda (formerly National Healthcare Journal) is an independent publication for the aged care and retirement industries in Australia.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence helps people experiencing disadvantage at all stages of life through research, services and advocacy.

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)’s mission is to deliver high quality, policy-relevant evidence for better housing and urban outcomes.

The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education is involved in a range of projects and activities across the four areas of its operation in research, community education, advocacy and networking.

Social Justice Initiatives

TEAR Australia (Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Relief) is a movement of Christians in Australia responding to the needs of poor communities around the world.

CARE Australia is an Australian charity and international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on empowering women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities.

Oxfam Australia is part of a global movement fighting poverty and injustice.

The Make Indigenous Poverty History project aims to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) do not overlook the poverty suffered by Indigenous Peoples around the world, especially in Australia.

Kiva is a non-profit organisation with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

GIVIT is a web-based philanthropic community where people donate items or time to people in need. They are a ‘targeted giving’ service that finds new lives for unwanted items with worthy recipients. They describe themselves as ‘similar to a dating agency, except that we connect those that have, with those that need’.

Thought provoking reading

ABC Online: Religion and Ethics – ABC stories, interviews and videos on religion and ethics.

Belief blog (CNN) – the faith angles of the day’s biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment.

Comment is Free: Belief – articles on religious or ethical subjects from the UK Guardian and Observer.

On Faith (Washington Post) – a forum for news and opinion on religion and politics.

Religion and belief – news about religion and belief, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.