Welcome to World Kindness Australia


Our Story
World Kindness Australia was founded in May 2011 as a registered Not For Profit following the success of a local school campaign in 2009 to address the issues of bystander behaviour with the “Courage To Be Kind”. This saw World Kindness Day (November13th) placed on both the NSW State and Australian Federal School Calendars by the Departments of Education resulting in 400 events in the following months. This caught the attention of the Singapore government who at the time was the Secretariat of the global body. The global campaign aims to ensure Kindness engages everyone, from our Classrooms to our staff rooms and from our Boardrooms to those residing in our corridors of Government. In Australia we saw the campaign as a way to address the fear associated to bystander behaviour in situations of bullying, however it has far more reach in a world which struggles to find the “Courage To Be Kind” and be the best it can be.

Our goal is to bring diverse communities together regardless of politics, race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age and even post codes, in a world which often finds itself being captured by a campaign of fear and hate. Harnessing the research, goodwill and ideas of many from across the nation and indeed the world, we have positioned ourselves to deliver the outcomes to bring about real change by creating a platform for collaboration based on a foundation of kindness. Engaging cities to support our member’s campaigns and activities is a key element to our charter to execute the global strategy and has already seen seen cities and local councils sign declarations of support and appoint Goodwill Ambassadors.


Following the presentation of a global strategy to change the world at the 7th General Assembly in London in September 2012, World Kindness Australia was elected to be the Secretariat to the World Kindness Movement, representing 27 nations, which saw the Kindness torch pass from the Singapore Government’s Ministry of Culture, to World Kindness Australia, an independent not for profit organisation. Her Excellency Dame Marie Bashir Governor of NSW was one of the first to lend her support and hosted a special event at NSW Government House to welcome back the Australian delegation and officially present Certificates of Membership to the Cities, local Councils, Schools, the University of Sydney and Not for Profit organisations who had already previously joined the campaign. Now with the mantel as the Secretariat our international work started in ernest. 

With Australia’s stewardship of the International Council and with assistance from foreign consulates and the Office of the Australian Prime Minister, the international membership grew to include former non member nations such as China, Malaysia, France, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Mexico, Pakistan, Ukraine and Liberia,

World Kindness Australia received recognition and independent international endorsement as Australia’s peak National Kindness Body after the motion was resolved unanimously by the World Kindness Movement’s International delegates who convened in Sydney for the 8th General Assembly in September 2014.

In 2017 having presented the Australian Prime Miniter’s Message in Seoul at the 9th General Assembly at the 20th anniversary of the international campaign, WKA succesfully presented the bid for the City of Gold Coast to become the first City to be internationally listed as a “World Kindness City”.

After serving a 5 year term as Secretariat Australia passed the “Kindness Torch” on to the new Secretariat wishing them well and whist retaining it seat on the executive continues to assist other nations and international organisations participate in the global campaign.

World Kindness Australia is not a governing body, it is a platform for national collaboration designed to encourage and support all sectors of our communities to engage in the global campaign for a kinder world. World Kindness Australia ’s membership base is not specifically for “Kindness” organisations as it seeks engagement with Cities, Government Departments, Business, Education, NFP Community Groups, Peak Association Bodies and Individuals of influence. We welcome you to join with us in this worthy endeavour as we continue to research and explore more opportunities to Inspire, Engage & Influence those with influence, on how a kinder world can be realised in our lifetime.

Immediate Past General Secretary of The World Kindness Movement

Immediate Past General Secretary of The World Kindness Movement and our Chairman and Founder, Mr Michael Lloyd-White, provides some valuable insights for all of us to consider in this candid interview removing the “Myths of Kindness” and explaining the strategies of the global campaign to create a kinder world.  Play Audio

The Courage To Be Kind

by Michael Lloyd-White Chairman - Founder World Kindness Australia | Jesse Johnson Interviews Michael Lloyd-White


The Preamble to The Declaration Of Support

Nelson Mandela held the unshakeable belief that South Africa would see an end to Apartheid despite being imprisoned for 27 years. Abraham Lincoln held the unshakable belief that “All Men Are Created Equal” despite the threat of civil war and dissention from within his own party. The Rev Martin Luther King Had a Dream, a dream to which he gave his life to. And Ghandi believed that peaceful protest would overcome brutal injustice. They all had one thing in common, they held lofty aspirations for positive change during a time of civil conflict fuelled by fear and where kindness rarely appeared on any agenda.

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WKA is endorsed as the peak national body in Australia by the World Kindness Movement and is the elected secretariat to the peak global body now serviving a second term. It was founded after the success of a kindness campaign promoted to schools to challenge Bystander Behaviour associated to Bullying. The organisation has secured support and endorsements from Australia's Prime Minister, Vice Regal, The Australian Commissioner for Human Rights, State and Federal Ministers including the Premiers of NSW and Victoria, Local government bodies representing 1.7 million residents including the City of Sydney and Gold Coast. This achievement was recently acknowledged in the NSW Parliament and in Her Excellency Professor Dame Marie Bashir Governor NSW 2014 Message. During our tenure as Secretariait, Switzerland, Thailand and Ukraine's membership have been secured to the global campaign. China soon followed suit after we delivered the Australian Prime Minister's Message at the launch of World Kindness China in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2013. Following hosting the 2014 8th General Assembly in Sydney Australia was relelected to a 2nd term and,the Prime Minister of Thailand has subsequently announced hosting the 1st World Leaders’ Summit in Bangkok (K20) to discuss global strategies to create a kinder world.
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World Kindness Australia shared World Kindness USA's post.2 days ago
Great to see organisations embracing Article 28 its something we support everyone to adopt and display on our websites, handbooks letters of appointment and legal documents. A law firm in New Zealand has already incorporated this into "Shareholders Agreements". And this was before being adopted as an amendment to the WKM constitution is Seoul.

When we drafted and sponsored this motion we knew that most people once they sign an agreement won't look at again until there is a disagreement. This is the fuse to stop things from escalating, a self audit to ask ourselves the question have we used our very best endevours to seek the kinder option. Once pen goes to paper or digit to keyboard the divide widens. This is our first, best and last defence to inoculate our organisation from developing an acute case of a toxic culture.
Imagine if this was adopted in our schools, workplaces, governments and within our communities. How different would the news look? How different would our courts look? Its a good tool in our arsenal, however.
It must be properly understood,
It must be properly evoked, used fairly and consistently.
It requires authentic intent to have kindness on the agenda.
It requires support from the leaders as well as the rank and file.
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John and Marissa are almost always the first ones out on the dance floor. Both of them have Down syndrome and met at a camp for individuals with special needs. "Being in love is kind of peaceful... Lovely," Marissa says, "Sometimes I do get butterflies in my stomach, sometimes."
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World Kindness Australia shared Janette Thomas's post.2 weeks ago
Kindness found a way. After searching for her inspiring teacher around the globe for 40yrs Ana finally connected through World Kindness as both teacher and student had connected separately to our Chairman.Firstly Mrs Jenette Thomas had met Michael Lloyd-White in 2009 at a state Parents Conference on the eve of him embarking on his journey into kindness. Ana having moved to Canada connected with Michael through World Kindness on social media in 2016, as she was passionate about the role kindness plays having these values instilled in her by her teacher when she was a young Mexican girl living in Indonesia. Kindness always finds a way. Steffi Black Jeff Turner Olivia Mcivor
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World Kindness Australia shared Michael Lloyd-White's post.2 weeks ago
The bank of talent in team kindness continues to grow.https://kindnesscard.worldkindnessaustralia.org/kindness_acts.php?card_id=0004304