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Building sustainable futures for children close to home

To improve the lives of vulnerable children, we’ve made a special commitment to support critical, underfunded programs, here in Australia and across the Asia Pacific. These are what we call our Priority Programs, a series of sustainable, long-term development programs that work in partnership with governments, local community organisations and the private sector, to target issues of inequity to build better futures for every child in need.

Whether it's delivering programs on the ground to meet children's immediate needs or working with government partners to design and implement policy and legislation to protect children, our Priority Programs enable us to work with our nearest neighbours, and beyond, to make a direct impact. Now, and long into the future. 

You can help fund critical programs for children in Australia and the Asia Pacific region

To improve the lives of vulnerable children

UNICEF Australia’s Priority Programs focus on children in Australia, Burundi, Cambodia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and the Pacific.

Investing in the early years

Addressing disadvantage in the early years so that all children get the best start in life.

Unleashing adolescent potential

Empowering young people to reach their full potential through education and leadership programs.

Protecting children from harm

Preventing and responding to all forms of abuse and exploitation to keep children safe from harm.

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Learn how UNICEF Australia supports children and young people throughout their lives to build successful futures.

1.5 mil+

children directly reached with services and programs to help them survive and thrive*


children benefited from interventions to reduce acute malnutrition and stunting*

*UA international priority program results 2017-2020

How will my donation help children in Australia and neighbouring countries?

$1,945 can establish a community-based preschool in rural Laos and cover a full year’s operating cost.

$10,000 supports the participation of eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait students aged 15-18 in a skills development program.

$1,100 can train and support 10 health workers in Cambodia to provide quality care to children who have been subjected to violence and sexual abuse.


    How do we use each dollar donated?

  • 82¢
    last year, 82 cents went directly to program expenditure and community education, including long-term development and emergency response work.
  • 13¢
    last year, 13 cents covered the essential costs of raising public awareness and fundraising to generate more support for UNICEF’s work.
  • 5¢
    last year, 5 cents were spent on UNICEF Australia’s accountability and administration.
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You can help fund critical programs for children in Australia and the Asia Pacific region

To improve the lives of vulnerable children