Our Origins

The late Mr Frank Crean, former Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

It is with great honour that our organisation heralds its beginnings to the dedication, work and support of the late Mr Frank Crean. Former Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Crean was the Founding Chairperson of the New Hope Foundation.

The values and principles that drive the work of this organisation were established by Mr Crean and his legacy continues through our work. There are few people of whom it can be said that the world is a better place because of them; in Frank Crean's case, this is a fitting epitaph.

The New Hope Foundation has its origins in the Migrant Resource Centre Prahran, which was established in 1981. In response to the 1978 Galbally Report, migrant resource centres were established across Australia in areas with significant populations of migrants, including the inner Melbourne suburb of Prahran.

We currently have our head office in Prahran, from where our organisation’s humble beginnings expanded to respond to the growing needs of migrants and refugees across Melbourne. Over the years our services grew to incorporate offices and programs across the Southern suburbs of Melbourne, followed by the delivery of programs on the Mornington Peninsula. More recently, the New Hope Foundation established office locations in Melbourne’s inner suburbs and across the western suburbs’ growth corridor.