Charter for Compassion Australia

The Charter for Compassion is a document and worldwide movement designed to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action, to the centre of our lives.

The Charter for Compassion was recognized by the Australian Parliament in 2010. It was the first parliament in the world to affirm the Charter.

In preparation for the launch of its strategic plan in 2021, Australia: A Continent for Compassion, the Charter for Compassion Australia is introducing initiatives including the National Day of Compassion, the Compassionate Cities Program and the Compassion Action Network.



Latest News

April 2020: What Role Can Compassion Play in Recovery: Building Our Community in a Post COVID world – Dr Lynne Reeder reflects on the challenge of maintaining our nurturing neighbourhoods post-COVID-19. Safari – 28 Apr 2020 at 856 am

October 2019: Concert for Compassion – this concert featured songs from Compassion, a song cycle by Nigel Westlake and Lior, and Samuel Barber’s beautiful Adagio. It also featured the Victorian premiere of Arts Academy Director and composer Rick Chew’s post-conflict oratorio Stari Most, for orchestra, soprano and baritone soloists and chorus. Watch the story of the concert here

July 2019: The inaugural ACC Scholars forum will be held in Sydney in late November 2019. This forum will examine the Australia research underway into compassion. It will coincide with the Australian visit of the global Director of the Charter for Compassion.

October 2018:  A Scholars Program is being established to invite compassion researchers in Australia who offer a valuable contribution to the vision of ‘Australia: A Continent for Compassion’ to share their research and findings locally and internationally through the international Charter movement.

September 2017: City of Gold Coast affirms the Charter and is awarded a grant to promote more social cohesion in the higher education sector. Find out more…

The Charter

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

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Origins of the Charter

In 2008, Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize for her wish to create a Charter for Compassion. Thousands of people contributed to the process and the Charter was unveiled in November 2009.

Since then, the Charter has inspired community-based acts of compassion all over the world. From Seattle to Karachi, Houston to Amsterdam, in schools, houses of worship, city governments, and among individuals everywhere, the message of the Charter is transforming lives.

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Participating Countries

Charter Affirming Cities

Communities with Charter Initiatives