"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist."

Dom Helder Camara



About this page

Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) Victoria

The OPA advocates for disabled people and their carers. We are honoured to have been chosen to produce the OPA website and their online volunteer resources area. If you are interested in protecting and promoting the rights of people with a disability in our community, become an OPA volunteer.

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network

The MYAN is the nationally recognised policy and advocacy body on multicultural youth issues.

The MYAN works in partnership with government and non-government agencies at the state and national levels to ensure that the particular needs of multicultural young people are recognised to support a coherent and consistent approach to addressing these needs in policy and service delivery.

Victorian Youth Mentoring Network

The VYMA does a wonderful job improving youth mentoring programs across the state. The VYMA website tells their story; behind the log in, it also provides online tools to improve the quality of mentoring programs.

Why it's important

Our work in the Community is based on the belief that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. And yes, we are quoting Martin Luther King Jr.

Australian society seems to be at a crossroads of fear. People of many different political persuasions are concerned, but seem hesitant to act:

  • the plight of many of Australia's indigenous citizens
  • how we treat refugees
  • whether we can act decisively to curtail dangerous climate change.

Every time you compromise your values out of fear, you diminish your self-respect and dilute your ability to make good judgements.

We started Boojum in order to have done with fear, and to find firm ground once again beneath our feet. And we hope that we are helping our customers to change the world.