About MacKillop

At MacKillop, we believe every child deserves the best. And the best place for children is in a supportive and nurturing family so they can heal from past trauma and develop to their potential.

Empowering children and families

Our strategic goals put families at the heart of our vision, and we are passionate about empowering communities and families to create safe and supportive home environments in which children can be loved, awaken hope in their minds and access the opportunities they need to thrive.

Our existence as MacKillop Family Services began 21 years ago, on 1 July 1997. But our history extends back more than 150 years, when the Sisters of Mercy, Christian Brothers and Sisters of St Joseph began their work in Australia, establishing homes for children who were orphaned, destitute or neglected, and for families in need of care and support.

Just like our founders, we are deeply committed to our work and we are driven by social justice. We continue to live the values of the courageous and visionary Mary MacKillop, Catherine McAuley and Edmund Rice who inspire us today. 

Our Vision

All children, young people and families are safe, thriving and connected to culture and community. MacKillop Family Services will care compassionately, respond largeheartedly and advocate courageously.

Our Work

We work across New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Our programs include:

  • Out of home care including foster and residential care
  • Disability Services
  • Youth Services
  • Education Services
  • Family Services and Support
  • Heritage and Information Service
  • Psychology Clinic

We bring our values to life with the Sanctuary Model. Sanctuary is an evidence-supported, whole-of-organisation framework that is trauma-informed, focused on safety and guides how we respond as an agency. It enables a healing community with shared knowledge, values, language and practice.

In November 2017 we released our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, our vision for the next three years. Read it here.


  • VIC Central Officeenquiry@mackillop.org.au(03) 9699 9177237 Cecil StreetSouth Melbourne VIC 3205
  • NSW Head Officensw@mackillop.org.au(02) 8881 4800Level 1, 38 Prince StreetBlacktown NSW 2148
  • WA Officewa@mackillop.org.au(08) 9250 1114147-149 Colin StreetWest Perth WA 6005
  • Foster Care Enquiry Line1300 791 677
  • Supporter Hotline1300 218 935
MacKillop Family Services' current Chief Executive Officer Dr Robyn Miller


Dr Robyn Miller is the Chief Executive Officer of MacKillop Family Services.  Read more

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Our Values

At MacKillop Family Services we commit to five foundational values, which we seek to embed in our organisational culture and practice.  Read more

Our Board and Members

MacKillop Family Services' Board has overall responsibility for the governance of the organisation. In particular, the Board oversees the achievements of organisational aims, strategic planning and review.   Read more

Our Executive Team

MacKillop Family Services' Executive Team is responsible for setting best practice standards of management and providing leadership for the organisation. We would like to thank our Executive Team for their ongoing leadership and guidance.   Read more

Annual Reports

Current Annual Report Annual Report 16-17 Financial Report 16-17 Our 20th Annual Report focuses on four key themes which are central to our work:leadership, empowerment, nurture and opportunity....  Read more

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Strategic Plan

Strategic planning is critical to MacKillop's development as an organisation and outlines the direction we will take in the coming years. It allows us to design, inform and provide the most effective services to vulnerable children, young people and families.  Read more


MacKillop Family Service's website has been written with accessibility and Web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 compliance in mind.   Read more

Privacy Statement

These privacy statements explain how we manage your personal information.  Read more

Terms and Conditions of Use of This Website

Welcome to the website of MacKillop Family Services ("the Site"). The Site is owned and operated by MacKillop Family Services including information, graphics, text and other material under the domain name "www.mackillop.org.au".  Read more

Child Safe Organisations: Prevention and Practice Beyond the Royal Commission

Inaugural MacKillop Conference

On 21 March 2018 MacKillop Family Services held our inaugural conference, Child Safe Organisations: Prevention and Practice Beyond the Royal Commission.  Read more