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Community

Young person with Salvation Army OfficerThe generous support of donors, partners and the Australian public enables The Salvation Army to give specialised care, offer holistic support, respond to disasters and care for over one million Australians each year. The Salvation Army often refer to its partners as ‘the army behind the Army’. It is the community that is the lifeblood of The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory enjoys relationships with many businesses who share in the vision, passion and work of the Army. The following section highlights some members of the corporate community who support The Salvation Army. Relationships and engagement with organisations however, goes beyond those mentioned here. A full list of acknowledgements is included in the last pages of this report.

The Salvation Army is a not-for-profit organisation and does not have shareholders. Instead, it has members with whom it regularly communicates. This principle necessitates regular and timely disclosure of relevant information about the life of The Salvation Army to its stakeholders through electronic avenues and other means. The annual report and annual financial report are two such modes of communication and are made available for public viewing online. The Salvation Army’s territorial homepage is regularly updated, and the weekly national publication Warcry and fortnightly territorial publication On Fire all seek to expressly inform the organisation’s members of the events and updates occurring within The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory.

For the purposes of transparency and accountability, The Salvation Army’s external auditor attends the meeting of the Territorial Finance Council at which its financial report is presented for signature and approval. In addition, leadership of The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory is available to answer board members’ questions about the conduct of the audit and the preparation of the content of the auditor’s report.