About Us

JEDO in the Record


What is the Justice, Ecology and Development Office?


Our Mission

The JEDO mission is “to serve God for justice, peace and ecology.” This means that the office is concerned with defending individual human dignity, promoting solidarity, and fostering the common good, as well as working to cultivate personal and social responsibility, and standing with the marginalised to actively safeguard the integrity of all creation.

Our Purpose

  • To work closely with the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) through the Bishops’ Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service (BCSJMS) and through the associated organisations: the Office for Social Justice (OSJ), Caritas Australia and programme Catholic Earthcare Australia (CEA).
  • To promote Justice, Ecology and Development through projects and activities based on the social teachings of the Catholic Church.  These projects include:
      • Educational opportunities and resources to promote a deeper understanding of and commitment to the Church’s social mission amongst the people of the Archdiocese;
      • Collaborative action to assist parishes and Archdiocesan agencies and organisations to address concrete challenges in the areas of justice and peace; and
      • Advisory activities to enable the Archdiocese to respond to social issues from a Catholic perspective.
  • To support local Catholic action groups concerned with social disadvantage.
  • To work with other faith communities, civic and professional groups concerned with justice.


Download a copy of the JEDO vision mission statement here

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Who Are We?


JEDO Committee of Management

The JEDO Committee of Management is appointed by Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB, Catholic Archbishop of Perth. They are governed by the endorsed Constitution which provides its brief to operate the Justice, Ecology and Development Office. The Committee members provide support and guidance to the JEDO Director who is appointed to manage the day to day affairs of the Office.

The Justice, Ecology and Development Office (of the Archdiocese of Perth) is mandated to assist the Archdiocese in fulfilling its responsibilities in furthering the Mission of the Church in accordance with the beliefs, values, traditions and social teaching of the Catholic Church.


Peter Higgins                           (Chair)

Fr Kelvin Barrett  (SSC)           (Member)

Sr Jacinta Unger (RGS)           (Member)

Bernadette Dell                        (Member)

Clare Cole-Carter                     (Member)

Dcn Paul Reid                          (Member)

Damian Walsh                          (Archbishop Costelloe’s representative)

Carol Mitchell                          (JEDO Director)

Beryl Rahman                          (JEDO Project/Admin Officer)

Bibiana Kwaramba                  (JEDO Project/Admin Officer)


jedo-logo-stacked-initials_png-fullcolourWhat does the logo image mean?

The image of the water flowing from the broken pot represents humanity and the hands of God capture the water regardless of where it is flowing from.  This is a representation of the cyclic fall and growth of the soul.

God’s love is shown with the two hands that signify healing and growth.  The Lord is with us in the free flowing of the water demonstrating the Alpha and the Omega of God’s love being with us at all times.

The image of the tree is biblical, representing the Cedars of Lebanon.  These trees grow extremely large. The image of the tree and the incredible shade it provides represents God’s shelter and love for all humanity by feeding, nourishing and enabling us to grow.


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