It all started in Melbourne

In April 1987, Overseas Council Australia began as an incorporated association in Victoria based in Melbourne. Activities soon spread to Sydney followed by Brisbane which culminated in conversion to a company limited by guarantee in July 2003, headquartered in Sydney, where it remains today.


Today, Australian Christians contribute generously through OCA to train emerging church leaders in twenty five countries throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Overseas Council Australia 

OCA staff and Board work together to determine the priorities for each year. Our aim is to match the interests of Australian donors and the need of our partner Bible colleges. We do this by educating and encouraging Australian Christians to understand the mission scene in the 21st Century. OCA does not ‘pool’ funds which are donated, but rather each donor contributes to a specific person or project as they choose. Over 200 students, 50 faculty and 30 projects are being supported at any one time so there are many different opportunities to link your interests with the need.

Global Overseas Council
Overseas Council works in five regions of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa. Approximately 200 leading Bible colleges receive support through the OC Network. The combined student body is approximately 30,000 Christian leaders.


Financial support

OCA Expenditure January - December 2020
Diagram shows 12 month figures.

OCA Financial Comments July 2019 - December 2020

With approval from the ATO and ACNC we changed our reporting period from the financial year to the calendar year. This meant we had a one-off 18 month reporting period. Hereafter we will report 12 month calendar year results.

From July 2019 - Dec 2020 we raised $2.68 mil and credited our international partners with $1.85 mil. This was made up of funds sent overseas (280k towards faculty study grants, 940k towards various educational projects, 510k towards student sponsorships), 85k in consultancy services and 20k yet to be remitted. 

OCA expresses its gratitude to our many supporters who have contributed to our ministry.

Meet the board

The OCA Board meets four times a year alternating between Sydney and Melbourne. The AGM is held in Sydney in the odd years, and Melbourne in the even years. 


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Legal Entities

Overseas Council Australia - ABN 68 092 388 746 effective from 02 May 2000.
The Australian Taxation Office has endorsed the business as an income tax exempt charitable entity (Section 50-5 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 Item 1.1 Charitable institution) from 01 July 2000.

Overseas Council Australia is a public company. It is limited by guarantee with ACN 092 388 746 commencing registration from 29 July 2003.

The Trustee For Overseas Council Fund
 - Item 2 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Ast 1997
This Ancillary Fund has trustees nominated from the OCA Board. It maintains separate accounting and bank accounts, and provides tax deductible receipts to donors. Donated funds are given to an Item 1 charitable organisation for remitting overseas according to OCA's direction. 

Ancillary Fund Partners

OCA works with the following Australian partner organisations who have Item 1 Charitable organisation status:

Eastern College Australia operates the MA in Transformational Leadership for NGO leaders. 
World Relief Australia remits to various aid and development projects from time to time. 
Australian College of Theology and its affiliate Ridley College Melbourne partner to provide numerous study opportunities to various scholars who remain in their home country.

Registration and Membership

  Overseas Council Australia is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission ABN 68 092 388 746. As such, OCA adheres to the legal requirements and guidelines of the Australian government in regards to charities and not-for-profit organisations. Please view our registration on the Charity Register.

  Overseas Council Australia is a member of Missions Interlink. This peak body of churches, ministries and missions is affiliated with the Australian Evangelical Alliance.
  Overseas Council Australia is accredited by the CMA Standards Council. The accreditation demonstrates that the organisation has been carefully assessed against the Nine Principles of Ministry Accountability, and has scored a 100% passing grade. When donors see the CMA Standards Council 'Accreditation' Seal, they can give confidently and generously, knowing that the organisation takes governance, accountability and stewardship seriously.

  Overseas Council Australia is an associate member of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE), established by the World Evangelical Alliance.

Overseas Council Australia is authorised to fundraise in New South Wales (Authority CFN/20492), Victoria (Registration No. FR0015686), Queensland (Registration No. CH3394), South Australia (License No. CCP3458) and Tasmania (Approval No. C/10581). 

Overseas Council Australia is not required to hold an authority to fundraise in Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory.