Bible Society Australia is committed to giving access to the Bible to those who ask across the world – in a language they can understand, in a format they can use, and at a price that they can afford (which is often for free). Alongside this we advocate for and engage Australians here at home with the Bible.
Established in Sydney in 1817, we have always been closely tied to the leadership of the nation, with governors, business leaders and senior clergy featuring in the Society’s history.
Bible Society Australia’s activities take place as part of the United Bible Societies, a fellowship of 146 societies operating across 200 countries. We are one of the most extensive mission groups in the world and do our work in partnership with churches, providing resources and Bible-focused campaigns and community programmes.
In return, we enjoy the support of churches across all denominations and partner with other organisations in areas of publishing, literacy development (such as UNESCO) and youth Bible engagement.
Our mission is to lighten people’s hearts with the message of unconditional love found in Jesus Christ, the living Word and the Bible, the written Word.
In order to pursue our mission, Bible Society Australia undertakes a range of activities in Australia and overseas:
Translation and Translation Support – We support the ongoing task of translating the Bible into the world’s languages, including in our own Indigenous Australian languages.
Bible production – we produce highly subsidised mission-priced Bibles and Scripture portions for giving away, custom Bibles for church denominations, as well as Bibles for the armed forces and chaplains. We are working across three areas of publishing: Bibles, Bible engagement aids, and Bible advocacy resources, while moving carefully through the contours of the digital revolution.
Distribution of Bibles and Bible products – there is still a huge need around the world and within Australia to alleviate Bible poverty, made easier now through digital means. The print and digital world are both important to fulfilling our mission
Bible engagement campaigns and ongoing programmes (especially literacy) – this is an area of great need in both Australia and overseas. Less than 20% of Australian Christians engage regularly with the Bible. A key area of engagement work is overseas and indigenous literacy programmes. We also prioritise youth Bible engagement resources globally
Bible advocacy – in many ‘post-Christian’ countries, we need to advocate for the beauty, truth and goodness of the Bible, convincing people to take it seriously. We do this by engaging the media, universities and schools, and prominent think tanks.
Want to explore and discover more? – Visit our website www.biblesociety.org.au/projects