Making financial contributions by credit card or direct debit is a safe, easy, convenient and cost-effective way of getting more money to where it’s needed: the children.

Automatic financial contributions are preferred as it saves Compassion a significant amount of money in handling, printing and postage costs. By participating in the automatic contribution system, you allow us to pass on more funds to the children.

You can arrange for us to direct debit your bank, building society or credit card account (Bankcard, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club) at a frequency that suits you, for example, monthly, quarterly, biannually or yearly.

If you prefer to make your contributions by cheque or by money order, consider helping minimise administrative costs by making contributions three, six, or even 12 months at a time. Cheques and money orders should be made out to: “the Compassion Overseas Aid and Development Fund”.

Please be aware that parent or guardian consent is required if you lack legal capacity or are under the age of majority.

The terms and conditions below include:

  • Credit Card Automatic Contribution Agreement

  • Direct Debit Automatic Contribution Agreement

  • General Terms and Conditions

  • Website Usage Terms


For further enquiries, please contact us on 1300 22 44 53 or

Credit Card Automatic Contribution Agreement

We will arrange for funds to be drawn under this automatic contribution arrangement for credit cards as authorised by your payment request, or as subsequently agreed or established. Some slight variation in the day of drawing can be expected, for example, when a drawing is scheduled for a weekend or holiday the drawing may instead occur on the next business day.

By entering your credit card details for the recurring payment, you authorise Compassion Australia ABN 67 001 692 566 to charge your credit card as agreed. You understand that this authorization will remain in effect until you cancel it, and you agree to notify Compassion Australia of any changes to your account information or termination of this authorization at least 5 business days prior to the next billing date. You certify that you are an authorized user of the credit card provided and that you will not dispute the scheduled payments with your credit card company provided the transactions correspond to the terms agreed.

We welcome you directing enquiries to Compassion Australia, rather than to your financial institution. It is helpful if you can provide us with your supporter number when making an enquiry by email.

Direct Debit Automatic Contribution Agreement

This is your direct debit service agreement with Compassion Australia ABN 67 001 692 566, Direct Debit User ID 012178, (“Compassion Australia”) and outlines our obligations to you as well as your obligations. It explains your rights, our commitment to you and your responsibilities in relation to the arrangements, including where you can go for assistance. Please keep this agreement for future reference. It forms part of the terms and conditions of your direct debit request and should be read in conjunction with your direct debit request authorisation.

Drawing arrangements

  • By you submitting a written, verbal or online request to us to debit funds from your account (“direct debit request”), you have authorised us to arrange for funds to be debited from your account. Your direct debit request and this agreement set out the terms of this arrangement between us and you.

  • As well as covering your initial request when you add your account details as a payment method, this same arrangement covers any subsequent direct debit request where you ask for additional donations to be made via the same payment method.

  • We will arrange for funds to be debited from your account as authorised by your direct debit request, or as subsequently agreed or established. Please note there can be delays in direct debits occurring and/or being recognised by our system, particularly where debits are due after the 28th of the month or are impacted by weekends or public holidays. For example, when a drawing is scheduled on the 29th it is likely it will not occur until the first business day of the next month.

  • We will give you at least 30 days' notice in writing when changes to the initial terms of the arrangement are made. This notice will state any changes to the initial terms and will be sent to the preferred email or address you gave us in your direct debit request.

  • You can cancel or suspend your direct debit request or change, stop, or defer an individual debit payment at any time by giving at least 5 business days’ notice. To do so, contact us directly by calling 1300 22 44 53 during business hours, or email Alternatively, you can add a different form of payment such as a credit card and transfer your direct debit requests to that payment method. You can also contact your own financial institution, which must act promptly on your instructions.

  • Please also contact us if you wish to discuss any changes to the initial terms.

Changes to the arrangement

If you want to make changes to the drawing arrangements, contact us at least five (5) business days prior to the next due drawing date. These changes may include: deferring the drawing; altering the schedule; stopping an individual debit; suspending the automatic contribution; change of account details; cancelling the automatic contribution completely.


We welcome you directing enquiries to Compassion Australia, rather than to your financial institution. It is helpful if you can provide us with your supporter number and tell us at least five (5) business days prior to the next scheduled drawing date. All personal customer information held by us will be kept confidential, except that information provided to our financial institution to initiate the drawing from your nominated account.


  • If you believe there has been an error in debiting your account, you should notify us directly on 1300 22 44 53 during business hours or by emailing

  • We will arrange for your financial institution to adjust your account (including interest and charges) if our investigations show that your account was incorrectly debited. We will also notify you in writing of the amount by which your account has been adjusted.

  • We will give you reasons and any evidence if our investigations show your account was not incorrectly debited.

  • You can also contact your financial institution for assistance, including if we have been unable to help you or if you are unhappy with our response.

Your commitment to us

It is your responsibility to ensure that:

  • Your nominated account can accept direct debits (your financial institution can confirm this).

  • On the drawing date there are sufficient cleared funds in the nominated account.

  • You advise us if the nominated account is transferred or closed (for ongoing contributions only).

  • If you are under 18 years of age, you have consent from your parent or guardian to make automatic financial contributions.

If an automatic contribution item is returned unpaid by your financial institution due to insufficient funds, we will contact you for permission to re-submit this item. We will do our best to resolve any issues promptly as you may be charged a fee and/or interest by your financial institution and you may be charged reasonable costs incurred by us on account of there being insufficient funds. We reserve the right to cancel your automatic contribution if two (2) or more direct debits are returned unpaid by your financial institution. We will advise you to arrange an alternative contribution method.

Contacting each other

If you wish to notify us in writing about anything relating to this agreement, you should write to Compassion Australia, 30 Warabrook Blvd, Warabrook 2304. We will notify you by sending a notice to the preferred address or email you have given us in your direct debit request and any notice will be deemed to have been received on the second business day after sending.

General Terms and Conditions

Child Sponsorship

Recurring Donation.

To ensure your donations are not interrupted, you must provide us with one or more Payment Methods. “Payment Method” means a current, valid, accepted method of payment, as may be updated from time to time, and which may include payment through your account with a third party. If you agree to a monthly donation, your donation will be charged to the Payment Method you provided monthly until you contact us to cancel and, if selecting a Sponsorship Plan, you agree that the Payment Method on file will be charged the donation amount then in effect on a recurring basis without any further authorization from you. Your specific monthly payment date (“Billing Date”) may be determined by the day or month you sign up and will be indicated on your “Account” page. Visit the website and click on the “My Account” link and the “Your Commitments” link. The terms of your payment may be determined by agreements between you and the financial institution, debit/credit card issuer or other provider of your chosen payment method (your “Payment Method Provider”). For some Payment Methods, the Payment Method Provider may charge you certain fees, such as foreign transaction fees or other fees relating to the processing of your Payment Method. Check with your Payment Method Provider for details (see also “Cancellation” below).

Different Child Sponsorship Plans.

We may from time to time offer a number of different Child Sponsorship or donation plans, each with different donation amounts which will be disclosed at the time of your selection or in other communications made available to you. You can find specific details regarding your sponsorships and other donations by visiting the website and clicking on the “My Account” link.

Additional donations.

We may offer a number of alternative donation opportunities from time to time, including one-time donations and recurring donations. Details will be disclosed at the time of your selection or in other communications made available to you. You can find specific details regarding the additional donations you have committed to by visiting the website and clicking on the “My Account” link.

Updating your Payment Methods.

You can update your Payment Methods by going to the “My Account” page. We may also update your Payment Methods using information provided by or with authorization from your Payment Method Provider. Following any update, you authorize us to continue to charge the applicable Payment Method(s).


You can cancel your recurring donations to Compassion at any time, this includes your Child Sponsorship plan. Donations are not, however generally refundable. To cancel, please provide at least 3 working days before your Billing Date to avoid any future charges by visiting My Account or calling 1300 22 44 53.

Changes to the amount of Child Sponsorship plans.

While we work hard to keep the cost of our programs low, there are rare times where we may need to increase the rate of our Child Sponsorship plans. This is generally due to inflation increasing the cost of providing care to the children we support. While we know that most supporters recognize this challenge and support these rate rises, we also understand that some of our sponsors are already giving at their maximum, and we appreciate that! If we need to take this step in future, unless stated otherwise in a particular communication, we will provide you at least 30 days notice and provide you an opportunity to opt out of the increase.

Child and Youth Protection and Appropriate Conduct Standards

As a child and youth focused organization, Compassion cares about the treatment of all children and youth. As such, it is expected that all supporters must comply with Compassion’s Child and Youth Safeguarding standards (as outlined below) and any periodic updates made to them. Failure to comply with these standards may result in immediate suspension and possible termination of a sponsorship or other engagement.

General Commitments

These are the behavioural expectations that Compassion expects regarding the treatment of all children and youth, regardless of their affiliation with programming or status as a participant.

  • Demonstrate respect for all children and youth and not engage in behaviours or use language (including in the form of suggestions or advice), that is verbally, emotionally or spiritually abusive, sexually suggestive, degrading, humiliating, belittling, shaming, coercive, harmful or is otherwise culturally inappropriate.

  • Recognize that a supporter is accountable for their response to a child or youth’s behaviour, even when a child or youth initiates inappropriate behaviour.

  • Recognize that it is never appropriate for an adult to engage in a romantic relationship, marriage or sexual/sexually suggestive behaviour (including in-person and digital/virtual interactions) with anyone under age 18, even if it is legal according to local law.

  • Never condone or participate in illegal, unsafe, coercive or abusive behaviour of any child or youth, including physical or sexual assault, emotional abuse, in-person or online exploitation, trafficking, harmful traditional practices, and spiritual or ritualistic abuse.

  • Never hire or compel a child to engage in any form of work that is mentally, physically, socially, or morally dangerous and harmful to children or youth, or that interferes with their education. Ensure any employment of a child or youth, supports his or her development and complies with all local laws regarding the employment of minors.

Commitments relating to participants, former participants, and their families

These are the behavioural expectations that Compassion expects from supporters regarding the treatment of all participants, former participants, and their families.

  • Always uphold the trust and confidence placed in you as a child and youth advocate to protect children and youth and serve their best interests. Conduct yourself in a way that safeguards participants from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

  • Never share or publish personal or private information about a participant, former participant, or their family without the person’s permission, unless when done in compliance with required child protection related reporting or as mandated by law. The principle of keeping participant information confidential applies even if a supporter no longer has any affiliation with the participant, child and youth development centre, Compassion International, and/or Compassion Australia.

  • Recognize that in some circumstances, particularly those related to inappropriate physical or digital behaviour, a breach of these Child and Youth Protection and Appropriate Conduct standards may also be a breach of law and therefore subject a sponsor or donor to serious legal consequences.

  • Ensure all written and digital communications with participants is healthy and respectful, following all Compassion guidelines about written and digital communication with participants.

  • For the best interest of all parties, only communicate with a participant through Compassion’s established communication processes.

  • Never visit a participant or their caregiver(s) independent from Compassion or otherwise outside the bounds of what has been arranged on a Compassion trip or visit.

Protection and Safeguarding Commitments when participating in trips, visits or other programmatic engagements:

In addition to the behaviours outlined above, these are the expectations for behaviours in the context of participating in programming, trips, or visits at the child and youth development centre and/or with program participants, regardless of age.

  • Always uphold the trust and confidence placed in you as a child and youth advocate to protect children and youth and serve their best interests. Conduct yourself in a way that safeguards participants from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

  • Treat all participants with dignity and respect, regardless of their gender, age, race, religion, social background, culture, special needs or disability. Contribute to creating an environment where children or youth are respected and encouraged to discuss their concerns and rights.

  • Only engage in activities and relationships with participants that are in line with biblical principles, and appropriate to their age and developmental abilities.

  • Understand that sponsorship and other forms of monetary support may create a dynamic of power and authority that can affect participants and their caregivers. Avoid situations where these dynamics could be abused for personal advantage.

  • If made aware of any actual or potential abuse, neglect or exploitation of participants, immediately follow Compassion’s process for raising concerns and respect the privacy of everyone involved.

  • Engage in program-related activities with participants only in open or visible places. In the event that an activity needs to take place in an enclosed space, follow the “two adult rule,” and ensure that at least one other approved adult is present.

  • Submit to the lawfully permitted background or police checks as requested prior to any real-time (in-person or digital) contact with participants or access to their personal information.

  • Seek guidance about what is locally appropriate when taking photos or videos. Always follow Compassion and church dignity standards and will respect the wishes of people captured in the photograph or video.

  • Respect that participants’ and their communities may have different expectations and cultural values around appearance, language, expressions of affection and other actions and ensure that my behaviour demonstrates that respect. Follow any recommendations provided by Compassion.

  • Respect that everyone’s personal boundaries and comfort with appropriate physical affection is different. Avoid any kind of physical contact with participants, their families or others unless they are comfortable.

  • Do not use any kind of violence, physical discipline or physical punishment with participants or program staff.

  • Do not travel alone with a participant except in an emergency where circumstances require immediate movement to protect against serious physical injury or death. If a life-threatening emergency occurs, make all possible efforts to continue implementing child safeguards.

  • Comply with the specific obligations and expectations Compassion provides for each specific trip or visit.

Suspension and Termination

Where a sponsor or supporter breaches the Child and Youth Protection and Appropriate Conduct Standards, Compassion may elect to suspend or terminate a sponsorship.

Website Usage Terms

Conditions of Use

Compassion Australia provides these services described to you subject to the conditions contained within this document. If you visit our website you accept these conditions. Please read them carefully. In addition, when you use any current or future Compassion Australia website, service or visit any entity referenced by Compassion Australia in its website, you also will be subject to the guidelines and conditions applicable to any such entity.


All content included on this site, such as text, graphics, logos, photographs, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the sole and exclusive property of Compassion Australia or its content suppliers and is protected by Australian and international copyright laws. The compilation of all content on this site is the exclusive property of Compassion Australia and protected by Australian and international copyright laws.


Compassion International, Inc.’s trade names, trademarks, trade dress, and service marks, including those marks indicated on our website are the sole and exclusive property of Compassion International, Inc., including, without limitation, designs, logos, page headers, button icons and scripts (“Marks”). Compassion International, Inc.’s Marks and trade dress may not be used in connection in any way not expressly authorized in writing by the Compassion International, Inc. or in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among the public, or in any manner that disparages or discredits Compassion International, Inc. All other trademarks not owned by Compassion International, Inc. that appear on this site are the property of their respective owners.

License and Site Access

Compassion Australia grants you a limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, and revocable license to access and make personal use of this site and not to download or modify it, or any portion of it, except with express written consent of the Compassion Australia. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of this site or its contents; any collection and use of any information, images, content or photographs or any derivative use of this site or its contents; any downloading or copying of information for the benefit of another; or any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools. This site or any portion of this site may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express written consent of Compassion Australia. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any Marks, photographs, content or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of Compassion Australia’s website without express written consent. You may not use any meta tags or any other “hidden text” utilizing Compassion Australia’s website name or Marks without the express written consent of Compassion Australia. Any unauthorized use terminates the permission or license granted by Compassion Australia to access this site.


Site policies, modification, and severability

Compassion Australia reserves the right to make changes to this site, policies, and these Conditions of Use at any time. If any of these conditions shall be deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that condition shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition.

Effective Date: 25/11/2023