About Us

The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded by a 20 year old student named Frederic Ozanam in 1833. It was established by like minded individuals who wished to put their faith into action.

This compassionate outlook, enthusiasm and vision continues today in Australia. There are thousands of people who every day share their time, care for humanity and energy to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people all around Australia.

Who does the Society help?
The St Vincent de Paul Society’s members and volunteers reach out to the most vulnerable in our community through our Conferences, Special Works and Vinnies shops. Members and volunteers assist people in need and do not discriminate against cultural, religious or political beliefs.
How do I get help?
Anyone requiring assistance can contact the Society
How big is the St Vincent de Paul Society?
The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international organisation operating in 153 countries and has over 800,000 members worldwide. The Society has a presence on every continent in the world with the exception of Antarctica perhaps.
How is the St Vincent de Paul Society staffed?
The Society’s work is carried out by members and volunteers and is supported by a small number of professional staff.
Can I join the Society or become a volunteer?
Yes. Our members and volunteers enjoy a wide range of activities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can contact your local Conference through the nearest Vinnies shop or call the St Vincent de Paul Society in your State.
How many people does Vinnies assist annually in Australia?
Approximately 200,00 across Australia each year.