Where we work - Mary MacKillop Today

Where we work

We work with communities across Australia and internationally, in Timor-LestePeruPapua New Guinea and Fiji, empowering people to address the poverty and injustice they face. We focus on countries where the Sisters of Saint Joseph have left the legacy of Mary MacKillop.

Find out more about our work in the following countries:


After decades of violence Timor-Leste is slowly rebuilding itself to become a strong and stable nation. However, Timor-Leste still faces many challenges, particularly in the education sector.


While the economy has grown rapidly in the past decade, this has led to deepening inequalities. Access to safe, fair and meaningful employment remains a key challenge for many Peruvians.


While Australia has an excellent reputation globally from various economic and social development perspectives, like other developed countries, it still faces poverty-related challenges, such as access to education and financial inclusion.

Papua New Guinea

For most Papua New Guineans, accessing a fair and safe livelihood, high quality education, effective health care and other basic services remains a daily challenge.


Fiji is the second largest developing country in the Pacific after Papua New Guinea. Fiji faces challenges including high rates of poverty, gender inequality and gender-based violence and inadequate housing.