About Dharma Care

Since 1981, Dharma Care has built networks in regional communities in northern New South Wales to identify the needs of those who are doing it tough. We can then marshal the financial and human resources to provide help.

We fill a gap in support to regional communities that is not always well serviced by city-based charities.

Dharma Care is a member of Susila Dharma Australia (SDA) and Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA). This international network gives us tremendous reach and opportunities to support well-credentialled projects around the world.

SDIA is a network of charitable organisations in 24 countries. It has consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the UN’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF). SDIA is ranked 282 among the top 500 NGOs in the world (NGO Advisor, 2019).

More information: susiladharma.org


Dharma Care is an incorporated association registered in New South Wales, Australia (Reg. No. Y09248-15, est. 9 Feb. 1990). ABN:  46 531 585 050.

Dharma Care is a charity (Subtype: Public Benevolent Institution) registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) (Reg. No. cc27907, est. 14 Mar. 1990). It has ATO Deductible Gift Recipient status (DGR900388360 issued 24 Jul 2000) and has Public Fundraising Approval in each Australian State.

Dharma Care began as a charitable foundation in 1982 when it established an aged care home in the suburb of Morningside in Brisbane, Australia.

In 1989, the aged care home was sold and 200 acres of rainforest land was purchased adjoining the World Heritage Border Ranges National Park in Cougal, northern New South Wales. Over time, and with the assistance of many local and interstate volunteers, the 100-bed Sine Cera Rainforest Retreat was built. It caters for the needs of families, children and anyone in need of rehabilitation or relaxation.

In 2016, Dharma Care expanded its reach through a focus on the needs of regional communities in Australia, and through collaborating with and funding overseas projects. Through its membership of the Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA), Dharma Care has provided assistance to projects in Java, Kalimantan, Congo, Cambodia, and Nepal.

Dharma Care has an extensive range of policies. The policies below are some examples. Please contact us if there is a particular policy you would like to see.

Child Protection Policy
Financial Management Policy
Fundraising Policy
Privacy Policy
Work Place Health and Safety Policy
DCI Safeguarding Policy.