About Us

About CatholicCare

CatholicCare Tasmania is the primary social services agency of the Catholic Church across Tasmania. We have 60 years’ experience delivering a wide range of services and support to improve individual, family and community wellbeing.

We employ more than 450 staff across the state and offer a variety of programs and projects across key areas:

  • Children
  • Family
  • Housing
  • Multicultural Services
  • Counselling
  • Emergency Relief

Our services are available to people of all backgrounds, religious beliefs and circumstances, and focus in particular on children, young people and families.

Our History

In 2020, CatholicCare Tasmania celebrates 60 years of exceptional and compassionate service to Tasmanians. Under the leadership of Fr Clem Kilby, we began in Hobart in 1960 as the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau. Our founding service was marriage, family and relationship counselling, a provision which remains at the heart of our mission.

Under the direction of inspirational people, such as Sr Phillipa Chapman, CatholicCare has continually assessed the needs of Tasmanians, and responded with diverse services which foster a love for the poor and the vulnerable, a spirit of humble service, of mercy and compassion for all.

In 2020, Archbishop Julian Porteous DD, Archbishop of Hobart launched The Archbishop’s Charter for CatholicCare as a guide to inspire our work at CatholicCare, as an instrument of the Church’s compassionate care for those in need. The Archbishop’s Charter articulates CatholicCare’s Mission and Identity.

Mission and Identity
Our Mission

CatholicCare engages to further the healing and saving mission of Jesus Christ in the world by conducting works that enable healing of the whole human person. We seek to enhance the human life of people by offering the full Christian vision for human life. CatholicCare seeks to foster a love for the poor and the vulnerable, a spirit of humble service, of mercy and compassion for all.

Our Identity

As a work of the Catholic Church in Tasmania our services are inspired by the faith of the Church. Our specific identity is grounded in Catholic faith and teaching, and stands in the long tradition of Christian service to those in need. CatholicCare offices and materials reflect this Catholic identity.

Catholic Social Teaching and Values

Our values are informed by the teachings of the Catholic Church, in particular Catholic Social Teaching which provides a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living our lives amidst the challenges of modern society.

Our Values:

  • Respect for the life and dignity of every human person as created by God
  • Promotion of the family as the fundamental cell of society
  • Compassion and service.
  • Mercy, the love of self and love of neighbour
  • Solidarity and fraternity in pursuit of the Common Good
  • Preference for the poor and the vulnerable
  • The dignity of work and the rights of the worker
  • Stewardship and care for God’s Creation
  • Honesty, integrity and faithfulness
A Social Impact Approach

CatholicCare has developed a social impact approach to inform how it designs, delivers and connects services. The social impact approach focuses on the integration of internal services and the strengthening of external partnerships, with a particular emphasis on place-based support. CatholicCare works to improve individual, family and community wellbeing. CatholicCare offers a range of complementary services, allowing for cross- service planning that is critical to effectively supporting the needs of people experiencing vulnerabilities. The integration of services means an improvement in access and outcomes.

Wellbeing and change at the community level is complex. To address these complexities CatholicCare works across seven interconnected domains:

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Safety
  • Economics
  • Health
  • Spirituality
  • Community Engagement

The objective of the social impact approach is to improve outcomes across the seven domains that form the basis of our evaluation of effectiveness. The social impact framework is aligned to the Tasmanian Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Framework.

Our People

Our people bring their experience, professionalism and compassion to improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Coming from all walks of life, our staff and volunteers are united by a shared commitment to make a positive difference to the people and communities we serve.

To deliver our services CatholicCare requires the support of a range of Church Office Services, which bring advice and guidance to operations, based on a shared understanding of The Archbishop’s Charter and the Strategic Plan. These Offices include: Finance and Payroll, People and Culture, Information and Communications Technology, Media and Communication’s, Property and Fleet and Governance, Risk & Compliance.

CatholicCare Leadership Group

CatholicCare's Leadership Group is responsible for leading our daily operations and managing the delivery of our strategy. They work with our people to design, implement and monitor services to as we continue our 60 year history of exceptional and compassionate service to Tasmanians.

Andrew Hill
Chief Executive
Lily Balfour
Executive Coordinator & Board Liaison
Cody Burdon
Chief Finance Officer
Belinda Clarke
Executive Manager Social Impact
Michael McKenna
Executive Manager Community, Family & Children's Services
Ben Wilson
Executive Manager Housing / CEO Centacare Evolve Housing
CatholicCare General Management Group
Andrea Guiver
General Manager Children's Services
James Norman
General Manager Housing Operations
Kevin Preen
General Manager Family & Community Services
David Sakko
General Manager Business Systems and Analysis
Sarah Steel
Regional Manager North West
Andrea Witt
General Manager Housing, Homelessness & Youth
Board of Directors
Otto Henfling
Chair
Ray Brown
-
Director
Marica Duvnjak
-
Director
John Hills
-
Director
Diana Hutchinson
-
Director
Elizabeth Lovett
-
Director
Chris Ryan
-
Director (ex officio)
Ben Smith
-
Director
Ron Ward
-
Director
Otto Henfling
Chair
Ray Brown
Director
Marica Duvnjak
Director
John Hills
Director
Diana Hutchinson
Director
Elizabeth Lovett
Director
Chris Ryan
Director (ex officio)
Ben Smith
Director
Ron Ward
Director
Acknowledgements

About Us

About CatholicCare

CatholicCare Tasmania is the primary social services agency of the Catholic Church across Tasmania. We have 60 years’ experience delivering a wide range of services and support to improve individual, family and community wellbeing.

We employ more than 450 staff across the state and offer a variety of programs and projects across key areas:

  • Children
  • Family
  • Housing
  • Multicultural Services
  • Counselling
  • Emergency Relief

Our services are available to people of all backgrounds, religious beliefs and circumstances, and focus in particular on children, young people and families.

Our History

In 2020, CatholicCare Tasmania celebrates 60 years of exceptional and compassionate service to Tasmanians. Under the leadership of Fr Clem Kilby, we began in Hobart in 1960 as the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau. Our founding service was marriage, family and relationship counselling, a provision which remains at the heart of our mission.

Under the direction of inspirational people, such as Sr Phillipa Chapman, CatholicCare has continually assessed the needs of Tasmanians, and responded with diverse services which foster a love for the poor and the vulnerable, a spirit of humble service, of mercy and compassion for all.

In 2020, Archbishop Julian Porteous DD, Archbishop of Hobart launched The Archbishop’s Charter for CatholicCare as a guide to inspire our work at CatholicCare, as an instrument of the Church’s compassionate care for those in need. The Archbishop’s Charter articulates CatholicCare’s Mission and Identity.

Mission and Identity
Our Mission

CatholicCare engages to further the healing and saving mission of Jesus Christ in the world by conducting works that enable healing of the whole human person. We seek to enhance the human life of people by offering the full Christian vision for human life. CatholicCare seeks to foster a love for the poor and the vulnerable, a spirit of humble service, of mercy and compassion for all.

Our Identity

As a work of the Catholic Church in Tasmania our services are inspired by the faith of the Church. Our specific identity is grounded in Catholic faith and teaching, and stands in the long tradition of Christian service to those in need. CatholicCare offices and materials reflect this Catholic identity.

Catholic Social Teaching and Values

Our values are informed by the teachings of the Catholic Church, in particular Catholic Social Teaching which provides a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living our lives amidst the challenges of modern society.

Our Values:

  • Respect for the life and dignity of every human person as created by God
  • Promotion of the family as the fundamental cell of society
  • Compassion and service.
  • Mercy, the love of self and love of neighbour
  • Solidarity and fraternity in pursuit of the Common Good
  • Preference for the poor and the vulnerable
  • The dignity of work and the rights of the worker
  • Stewardship and care for God’s Creation
  • Honesty, integrity and faithfulness
A Social Impact Approach

CatholicCare has developed a social impact approach to inform how it designs, delivers and connects services. The social impact approach focuses on the integration of internal services and the strengthening of external partnerships, with a particular emphasis on place-based support. CatholicCare works to improve individual, family and community wellbeing. CatholicCare offers a range of complementary services, allowing for cross- service planning that is critical to effectively supporting the needs of people experiencing vulnerabilities. The integration of services means an improvement in access and outcomes.

Wellbeing and change at the community level is complex. To address these complexities CatholicCare works across seven interconnected domains:

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Safety
  • Economics
  • Health
  • Spirituality
  • Community Engagement

The objective of the social impact approach is to improve outcomes across the seven domains that form the basis of our evaluation of effectiveness. The social impact framework is aligned to the Tasmanian Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Framework.

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Our People

Our people bring their experience, professionalism and compassion to improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Coming from all walks of life, our staff and volunteers are united by a shared commitment to make a positive difference to the people and communities we serve.

To deliver our services CatholicCare requires the support of a range of Church Office Services, which bring advice and guidance to operations, based on a shared understanding of The Archbishop’s Charter and the Strategic Plan. These Offices include: Finance and Payroll, People and Culture, Information and Communications Technology, Media and Communication’s, Property and Fleet and Governance, Risk & Compliance.

CatholicCare Leadership Group

CatholicCare's Leadership Group is responsible for leading our daily operations and managing the delivery of our strategy. They work with our people to design, implement and monitor services to as we continue our 60 year history of exceptional and compassionate service to Tasmanians.

Andrew Hill
Chief Executive
Lily Balfour
Executive Coordinator & Board Liaison
Cody Burdon
Chief Finance Officer
Belinda Clarke
Executive Manager Social Impact
Michael McKenna
Executive Manager Community, Family & Children's Services
Ben Wilson
Executive Manager Housing / CEO Centacare Evolve Housing
CatholicCare General Management Group
Andrea Guiver
General Manager Children's Services
James Norman
General Manager Housing Operations
Kevin Preen
General Manager Family & Community Services
David Sakko
General Manager Business Systems and Analysis
Sarah Steel
Regional Manager North West
Andrea Witt
General Manager Housing, Homelessness & Youth
Board of Directors
Otto Henfling
Chair
Ray Brown
-
Director
Marica Duvnjak
-
Director
John Hills
-
Director
Diana Hutchinson
-
Director
Elizabeth Lovett
-
Director
Chris Ryan
-
Director (ex officio)
Ben Smith
-
Director
Ron Ward
-
Director
Otto Henfling
Chair
Ray Brown
Director
Marica Duvnjak
Director
John Hills
Director
Diana Hutchinson
Director
Elizabeth Lovett
Director
Chris Ryan
Director (ex officio)
Ben Smith
Director
Ron Ward
Director
Acknowledgements