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.
OCA expresses its gratitude to our many supporters who have contributed throughout the year.
In the last financial year OCA has been able to send over $1.2 million to our partner colleges in direct funding, as well as provide additional contribution through the OC Network International events and the varied services of our 25 Consultants.
OCA has been increasing its commitment to support faculty study grants to upgrade the competence of the faculty. This is a key way to improve the quality of education in our partner Bible colleges. About 40 faculty members were supported during the financial year 2017-2018 and a further 5 were assisted to meet more stringent government accreditation requirements through PASTI.
OCA supports 50 Bible colleges, with a greater number of smaller colleges supported indirectly. Many are connected through broad approaches such as our Pasifika Strategy, our Africa Mile Deep Strategy, or our emerging Indonesian strategy, as well as individual Bible colleges.
Meet the board
The OCA Board meets four times a year alternating between Sydney and Melbourne. The AGM is held in Sydney in the even years, and Melbourne in the odd years.
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
WorldShare remits to the Peking University Project.
Melbourne School of Theology operates the Shenzhou Bible Commentary Series project.
Eastern College Australia operates the MA in Transformational Leadership for NGO leaders.
World Relief Australia remits to the Allahabad Bible Seminary Tailoring Project and the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary Syrian Refugee Care project.
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 also holds a NSW Fair Trading Authority to Fundraise CFN/20492.