International impact

International impact

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a global organisation.

Present in over 150 countries, the Society has 800,000 Members and 1,500,000 Volunteers worldwide. Every day, it helps over 30 million people.

Our mission commits us to help those who are disadvantaged in our local community and overseas. We fulfil this commitment by helping those in need in the Asia-Pacific region through the Overseas Partnerships Program (OPP). 

Learn more about the St Vincent de Paul Society and its international partnerships. 

The Society is an associate member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and a special adviser to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It is also part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and is aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

Overseas Partnerships Program

The Overseas Partnerships Program (OPP) is coordinated on behalf of the Society by National Council of Australia Inc. The OPP is overseen and facilitated by its the Overseas Partnerships Advisory Committee and Secretariate, working with State and Territory Councils and Conferences.  

The OPP is comprised of the following good works:  

  • Twinning 
  • Projects 
  • Assist A Student  
  • Emergency Relief


The OPP is delivered through St Vincent de Paul Society partnerships in the following regions and countries: 


Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand 


Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati and Solomon Islands 

Emerging Societies are also supported by Vincentians in Australia through the Papua New Guinea Working Group and the Timor-Leste Working Group.  

Society of St Vincent de Paul Oceania Program 

Since April 2023, the Society across the Oceania region has begun working together to establish a collaborative partnership that will be known as the Society of St Vincent de Paul Oceania Program (SSVP Program).   

A group of people standing, facing the camera and waving

Image: Attendees of the Oceania Meeting held in Sydney, 21-24 April 2023 

The aim of the partnership is to help National Councils in Oceania become sustainable and self-sustaining, by increasing their capabilities using current knowledge, expertise and partnerships across multiple areas. The National Councils of Australia and New Zealand will provide leadership, support and assistance to the SSVP Program over the next 10 years.  

Members of the SSVP Program will include:   

  • CGI (International Council General) through its ITVP-Oceania Team, Twinning and CIAD (Commission for International Aid and Development) representatives 
  • Superior Councils of the Societies in Australia and New Zealand 
  • Superior Councils of the Societies in the Pacific, including Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia – CHUUK and Timor Leste.  

Learn more about our Overseas Partnerships Program


A supportive partnership between a St Vincent de Paul Society council or conference in Australia and an overseas partner country.


We help Conferences and Councils in our partner countries undertake good works through local development projects that are sustainable and benefit their community.

Assist A Student

The Assist A Student Program recognises the importance of education as key to helping break the cycle of poverty.  

Emergency Relief

When natural or humanitarian disasters impact their country, our overseas partners or CIAD may ask Australia for assistance.

Contact us

Overseas Partnerships Program Facilitator

St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia PO Box 243 Deakin West ACT 2600

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