Charity details

Charity Size
Who the charity helps
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Adults - aged 25 to under 65
Adults - aged 65 and over
Children - aged 6 to under 15
Early childhood - aged under 6
Financially disadvantaged people
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex persons
Migrants, refugees or asylum seekers
People in rural/regional/remote communities
People with disabilities
Unemployed persons
Victims of crime (including family violence)
Youth - 15 to under 25
Date established
Last reported
19 December 2019
Next report due
31 December 2020
Financial Year End

Summary of activities

In 2016, WCS’ impact in the crisis accommodation sector doubled, with the incredible support of community, philanthropy and government. Our two new shelters, the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter and The Sanctuary – Hills Women’s Shelter, opened their doors and each has now completed a full year of operations, supporting 43 women and 74 children (Sanctuary) and 39 women and 53 children (GLWS) with accommodation and case-management. With four shelters operating, we’ve become an established, essential and innovative provider in the sector. Our partnership with the NSW State Government was secured in late 2016. This partnership will partially fund our existing shelter network, and expand our network by another 3–4 shelters over the next two years. We are now embarked on exciting shelter development activities in a number of communities. Starting in late 2016, we held community forums in South East Sydney, Penrith and Orange (regional NSW), explored opportunities for the Blacktown LGA in North-Western Sydney and began discussions with a diverse range of interested groups and individuals around the State. In reflecting on the year that has passed, several key themes stand out for me. Firstly, that our shelter network is maturing and along with it, the skill in our local communities. Our Shelter Boards and their sub-committees continue to attract and retain extraordinary and diverse talent at the local level. Over the next year, we want to say thank you to these committed volunteers through the provision of extra training and networking opportunities – embedding additional skills they can invest in other projects within their communities. A further theme has been a greater enlivening of the philanthropic sector towards issues of women’s homelessness and domestic and family violence. We welcome the additional support we’ve received from our corporate partners, private donors and family foundations. We’re aware of the importance of good governance and that dollars generously given need to have impact. As we grow, we’re conscious of remaining lean, agile and effective, drawing in community assets at a ratio of 3:1 for every dollar in cash given to WCS. With four shelters, growing to six and then eight in the next two years, I’m also conscious that we have a platform to roll out new and innovative programs at the local community level, including those around education of school students, better support for homeless women and children with a disability, and evidence-based programs to support kids who have experienced the trauma of domestic and family violence. We’re also seeking to grow our Outreach program for women and children who’ve left our shelters and are now in stable housing. Maintaining the supportive connections they’ve built with our shelter staff helps keep them on the path to a better and brighter future.

Where the charity operates


Financials & Documents

Annual reporting

There are no annual reports available.


Title Date Reporting Year Download
Annual Report 19 December 2019 2019 Download
Annual Report 26 November 2018 2018 Download
Annual Report 31 January 2018 2017 Download


Responsible People

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The charity's subtype history

Purpose Start Date End Date
Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) 1 January 2014
Advancing social or public welfare 1 January 2014
Purposes beneficial to the general public that may reasonably be regarded as analogous to, or within the spirit of, any of the other charitable purposes 1 January 2014
2012 Another purpose beneficial to the community 3 December 2012 31 December 2013
2012 Public benevolent institution 3 December 2012 31 December 2013

Registration status history

Effective Date Status
3 December 2012 Registered

Enforcement action history

There have been no enforcements for this charity.