About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Our mission is to grant the wish of every eligible child – a quest sparked by the belief that a wish is integral to a child’s treatment.

A message to our community

As COVID-19 continues to cause disruption and distress, front of our minds are the thousands of people who make up the Make-A-Wish family, including our wish kids, volunteers and supporters.

We recently estimated that the COVID-19 crisis was affecting at least one wish every day in Australia. While wishes are waiting, sadly, childhood illness is not.

Hear more from our CEO, Sally Bateman, and find out how you can help.

Our story

Make-A-Wish is one of Australia’s most trusted charities and part of largest wish-granting organisation in the world.

  • We are the only registered Australian charity focusing exclusively on wishes.

  • We've been creating inspirational, life-changing wishes in Australia since 1985 – from the very first wish by 16-year-old Shawn to see his favourite footy team in action.

Our wishes

A wish is not a fleeting gift - each child's Wish Journey is carefully planned and delivered over several stages to create a positive, lasting impact.

  • Wishes are designed to complement a child's medical treatment, working to calm, distract and inspire at a time they need it most.
  • When a wish is realised, a child discovers that despite their situation, anything is possible.

  • In this way, wishes deliver both an immediate boost and long lasting effect on the lives of sick kids, their families and communities.

Wish impact

Around 35 years of feedback from local wish families, along with a growing body of international research, shows that wishes give kids with critical illness greater strength and hope for their future.

Don't just take our word for it - watch the video to experience the goose-bump-inducing, life-changing power of a wish.

We need your help

In Australia today, the latest medical guidelines suggest more than 9,500 children have a life-threatening illness*. Thousands more are born or diagnosed with serious illnesses each year:

  • Around 3,000 babies are born with a heart condition each year (health.gov.au)
  • One in every 2,500 births produces a child with cystic fibrosis (cysticfybrosis.org.au)
  • 950 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer (Children's Cancer Institute)

While many children eventually go on to lead normal, healthy lives, everyday childhood experiences can easily get lost during the fight to survive.

There’s little opportunity for sick kids to just be kids, to use their imagination and enjoy the moments others take for granted.

*Source: Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines – Dec 2018 Paediatric Addendum

Our mission

At Make-A-Wish, we exist to bring amazing people together to grant inspirational, life-changing wishes for children with a critical illness.

As one of Australia's Top 20 most trusted charities*, we work in partnership with sick children, their families and medical teams to design and deliver wishes that are as unique as the children who imagine them.

No two wishes are alike - but every wish transforms the lives of those involved, from children themselves to their family, friends, the wish team and wider community.

Find out more about our vision, mission and values.

*Australian Charity Reputation Index, December 2018 & 2019

Join the #WishForce

With around 700 families currently on a Wish Journey, we need generous donors, volunteers and supporters to bring wishes to life.

Please, help us make a lasting impact. Together, we can give seriously ill children the anticipation and legacy of one true wish – helping them discover anything is possible.

Our People

Our Teams

Behind every child's wish is a team of dedicated specialists, committed to working making the impossible possible.

Meet our teams

Our Board

Our board provide invaluable expertise and leadership.

Meet our Board

Our Volunteers

Our amazing and passionate volunteer network give their time, energy and skills to make wishes come true all over Australia.

Meet our volunteers

Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors help raise awareness and increase our impact.

Meet our Ambassadors

Latest reports

Our Annual Review 2019 (PDF 3.1MB)

See our wishes and achievements in 2019.

Our Financial Report 2019 (PDF 6.7MB)

See our financial report from 2019.

Our Annual Review 2018 (PDF 2.4MB)

See our wishes and achievements in 2018.

Our Financial Report 2018 (PDF 2MB)

See our financial report from 2018.

Our Annual Review 2017 (PDF 761KB)

See our wishes and achievements in 2017.

Our Financial Report 2017 (PDF 5.8MB)

See our financial report from 2017.

Our Annual Review 2016 (PDF 674KB)

See our wishes and achievements in 2016.

Our Financial Report 2016 (PDF 9.3MB)

See our financial report from 2016.

Our Annual Review 2015 (PDF 1.7MB)

See our wishes and achievements in 2015.

Our Financial Report 2015 (PDF 6.5MB)

See our financial report from 2015.


For more information, visit the Australian Charities and Not- For-Profits Commission website.

Wish children whose images feature on this page:

Fraser, 6, rhabdomyosarcoma - I wish for a black baby dog named Ziggy.
Aedan, 10, cerebral palsy - I wish to feel the wind in my face and different motions .
Dara, 7, Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma - I wish for the ultimate puppy experience.
Archie, 6, congenital heart disease - I wish to be Australia’s newest Cricket Captain.
Audrey, 6, retinoblastoma - I wish to go to the snow in my own rocket.