Welcome to the Social Action Office website. We hope that you will stay awhile
and use our site to learn about our campaigns and to join
with us in taking action for justice, peace, reconciliation and the integrity of all creation.
The Social Action Office (SAO) was founded in October 1992 by the
Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, Queensland (CLRIQ)
to undertake and cultivate social action ministry. The SAO is based
in Brisbane but it serves a statewide network of Catholic Religious
Congregations in Queensland. It also works closely with Religious
Congregations across Australia and with a growing number of partners,
both individual and organisational.
The SAO Vision
We yearn to be fully engaged in
God’s transformative dream for all creation -
a world wherein an ongoing creative process
brings to life
justice, peace and the inter-connectedness of the Earth community.
In this dream
those in greatest need,
are given highest priority.
of the Social Action Office
The goal of the Social Action Office is to influence public policy
- undertaking research and analysis on the structural causes
of injustice, socio-economic inequality and violations of ecological
- providing educational opportunities on these issues in order
to inform effective social action
- collaborating with and lobbying on behalf of those affected
by unjust structures which undermine the common good and violate
dignity, rights and ecological sustainability
- networking with individuals and groups committed to the SAO’s
vision and agenda in order to foster partnerships for social
Social Action Office Agenda
Creating a Culture of Peace
a culture of peace seeks to establish right relationships
at all levels of human encounter.
- Reconciliation seeks the restoration of damaged humanity by creating
a space for:
- truth telling
- justice and
as a basis for a better future. (Adapted from Robert
The Ministry of Reconciliation, 1998)
Promoting Sustainable Living
- Eco-justice advocates policies which foster conservation and
enhancement of global resources and ecosystems now and in the future
in ways that develop a more just, participatory and sustainable
Promoting Social Justice
- Social justice has
as its core meaning "right relationships".
The four basic elements of social justice are:
- a minimum income for all
- universal human rights
- access and equity
- direct provision of assistance to the most disadvantaged
members of the community.
The SAO engages with the political process to change societal structures
which undermine the common good and violate people’s dignity
and rights and ecological sustainability.
The SAO seeks a world where relationships between persons and among
nations are based on equality, mutual respect and the interconnectedness
of human life with all of creation.
The SAO develops networks which build social trust and facilitate
coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit consistent with the
The SAO stands in solidarity with those who are economically and socially
marginalised and with all threatened creation.
The Social Action Office (SAO) was the recipient of the Mercy
Foundation's Social Justice Award for 2002. This
was awarded for SAO's social action ministry over ten years
but specifically for the marginal electorates campaign, Fair
Go Fair Share - In Income, Health and Housing, undertaken
in the lead-up to and during the 2001 Federal Election. The
SAO staff thank the Mercy Foundation for this tribute. More...