Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Mary MacKillop International?

MMI is the international aid and development organisation of the Sisters of St Joseph. In the spirit of Mary MacKillop, we work with compassion to bring dignity and justice to communities overseas. We work in the areas of education, health and livelihoods.

Does MMI only help Catholic People?

No. MMI is committed to the realisation of the dignity of all. We help people help themselves, regardless of ethnicity, political beliefs, gender or religion.

What is Ethica?

Ethica Accessories is our fair trade company which specialises in producing quality products produced by women in Peru. You can find out more about Ethica here.

Is MMI a signatory of the ACFID Code of Conduct?

Yes, MMI is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. ACFID is the Australian Council for International Development and is the coordinating body for non-government overseas aid and international development organisations in Australia.

This Code identifies standards which enhance the integrity, transparency and accountability of organisations and their activities. As a self-regulatory and sector wide Code, the signing on by international development organisations is voluntary, although it is a requirement of ACFID membership. Compliance to the standards is tested predominantly through compliance monitoring of annual and financial reporting requirements, annual self-assessment and the investigation of complaints.

If you believe MMI has breached the ACFID Code of Conduct, you can lodge a complaint on the ACFID website.

How do I give feedback or make a complaint about MMI?

At MMI we encourage our supporters, program participants, partners and other internal and external stakeholders, whether in Australia or abroad, to share their feedback with us, including any complaints or concerns.

To ask a question, give feedback or make a complaint about MMI you can email us, phone +61 2 8912 2777 or post us a letter (PO Box 1646 North Sydney 2049). We will respond to you within 5 days. A copy of our full complaints policy can be found here. If you believe MMI has breached the ACFID Code of Conduct, you can lodge a complaint on the ACFID website.

I would like to work and/or volunteer with MMI. What jobs are available?

To work for us you must have a passion for justice, for people, and a belief in a world free from poverty. Head here for positions vacant and volunteer opportunities.

Does MMI send Australian volunteers overseas?

MMI is committed to utilising and building local knowledge and skills and therefore we do not normally send volunteers overseas.

What types of programs does MMI support and where?

MMI supports long-term development programs in poor and marginalised countries. Our programs are designed, implemented and evaluated by our local staff and partners who are best placed to identify the needs and problems of their own communities.

We aim to help the poorest of the poor realise their dignity through our diverse programs. Programs include: Teacher education, literacy, Health Education, Disability support, women’s leadership and livelihoods training.

Why does MMI spend money on administration?

For over 20 years MMI has demonstrated good stewardship of funds. Your funds help to support an efficient and effective organisation dedicated to keeping our administration and fundraising costs as low as possible.

Administration fees allow us to comply with Australian Government Funding, Taxation and OH&S Requirements, all of which are essential for a sustainable and accountable organisation. They also allow us to meet the requirements of the ACFID Code of Conduct. This level of accountability and transparency gives you the peace of mind to know that your donation is being used how you intended – to provide communities across the globe with life-giving assistance

Are my gifts to MMI tax deductible?

Donations of $2 and over to our International Development Projects are tax-deductible.