Sanctuary Institute Australia

The Sanctuary Institute Australia is the accredited Sanctuary Model training and consultancy service provider in Australia. The Sanctuary Model is successfully used across the world, in a wide range of organisations.

Sanctuary Institute Australia


What is the Sanctuary Model? Find out more.

The Sanctuary Institute Australia works with organisations to implement the Sanctuary Model and achieve Sanctuary certification, recognising the cultural, historical and place-based needs of Australian organisations and the people with whom they work.

The Sanctuary Institute Australia also provides a range of trauma informed and responsive training, delivered by experienced members of the Australian Sanctuary Faculty and tailored to specific disciplines and contexts.

Individuals, groups and organisations completing Sanctuary training become part of an Australian Sanctuary Network and the global Sanctuary Network of over 200 organisations using their common beliefs, trauma-informed knowledge and experience to improve policy and practice in their settings.

The Sanctuary Institute Australia is currently researching the impact of the Sanctuary Model in the Australian context. This will add to the breadth of international research already demonstrating the efficacy of Sanctuary. 

The Sanctuary Institute Australia was established by MacKillop Family Services in March 2016, under licence to Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial (USA). MacKillop Family Services provides a broad range of child and family services across Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia and became a Certified Sanctuary Community Services Organisation in 2015.

Australian Sanctuary Network

The Australian Sanctuary Network is part of the larger international network, connecting over 200 global organisations in a community of practice. The inaugural Australian Sanctuary Network Day was held in March 2018. Find out more about the Network and the day here.

Gerard Jones

Director Sanctuary Institute Australia
Deputy CEO
MacKillop Family Services