Until We Are All Equal

Plan International Australia is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion, and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, supporters, and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges girls and vulnerable children face. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood, and we enable children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national, and global levels using our reach, experience, and knowledge.


For over 85 years, we have rallied other determined optimists to transform the lives of all children in more than 80 countries.  We won’t stop until we are all equal.


How we work

We tackle the root causes of poverty, support communities through crisis, campaign for gender equality, and help governments do what’s right for children and particularly for girls. We are here to ignite the creativity, talent and ideas of girls in all their diversities. We are informed by evidence, and always learning.

We’ve been doing this for more than 80 years, but we don’t do it alone. We bring people together to create change that lasts. Children, families, local communities, government, schools, businesses, and you.

We do what we do so babies can survive their first 1000 days, so children can learn in safe environments, so girls can live and work without discrimination, so young people can stand up for their rights, and so all children can break free from poverty. We view the children, families and local communities we work with as our partners and our equals.

By standing with girls and supporting them to speak up, know their rights and lead, we’re working towards a better, more equal world for all. Learn more about our work and our impact.

A woman riding a bicycle with the heading: Towards gender equality



How we started

Plan International was founded in 1937 by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge, originally to provide food, accommodation and education to refugee children whose lives had been orphaned or displaced by the Spanish Civil War.

It was Langdon-Davies who conceived the idea of a personal relationship between a child and a sponsor – a model that puts a child at the centre, and remains the core of what we do.

As one of the oldest, largest and most experienced organisations in our field, we know that there is nowhere in the world where girls are treated as equals. We work alongside children, young people, supporters and partners to tackle root causes of the injustices facing girls and the most marginalised children.

We are a secular organisation with no religious or political affiliations. Poverty doesn’t discriminate, so neither do we.

Everything we do in communities, and with children and young people – whether in Australia or overseas – is based on trust and the principle of doing no harm.
  • Susanne Legena, Plan International Australia CEO.

How funds are spent

We’re committed to efficiency, transparency, and to maximising the impact of every generous donation that we receive. Read more in our annual report.

of our funding goes towards our overseas programs, program support and community-education work.
goes to fundraising to help grow and maintain our programs.
goes to accountability and administration so our experts and teams are able to continue our life-changing work.
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Learn more about the countries where we work.

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