United Way Australia

United Way Australia delivers evidence based programs to communities to improve literacy, and school and work readiness


United Way’s vision is that every Australian community thrives. We believe that the postcode we are born in should not determine our destiny, and that causes of entrenched community disadvantage are complex and no single organisation can solve these issues alone. We understand that we must work together to achieve change. For 70 years’ United Way Australia (UWA) has focused on building cross sector coalitions to improve outcomes in areas where children and young people experience disadvantage and vulnerability.

Our purpose is to unite community, business, philanthropy, government, and social purpose organisations in collaborative action to improve education, employment, health and housing outcomes in communities experiencing disadvantage. We believe these priority areas are the building blocks for thriving communities, and as such are the focus for our work.

United Way Australia is part of United Way Worldwide, an organisation with 130 years’ experience supporting communities around the world.

UWA delivers evidence-based programs for children and young people in communities experiencing disadvantage to improve school readiness, literacy, and work readiness.

UWA’s Early Childhood Development program Born Learning, improves resilience and pre-literacy for young children (0 to 5 years), building the skills and confidence to succeed in the early years of school.

Since 2013 we have been the Australian licensee of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL), providing free, monthly, age appropriate books to children 0-5 years, parent/carer early learning resources, and mobilising communities to tackle issues specific to early childhood development.

UWA’s Youth Employment program works collaboratively with youth, schools, government and businesses to increase the number of school leavers engaging in pathways to meaningful employment. Currently operating in ten high schools across NSW and Victoria, students from Year 7 to Year 12 take part in programs that build confidence, knowledge and skills to equip them for employment or further education.

Our Projects

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