About us

At Berry Street, we believe in people.

We believe that children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. As one of Australia’s largest independent family service organisations, this belief is the heartbeat of our organisation.
It defines our purpose, reflects our 140-year history and guides our future. It is a belief that unites our staff, inspires our partners and donors, and enables us to deliver the best possible outcomes for the people we work alongside. 
Our Purpose and Values

We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful.

Our Leadership
In addition to CEO Michael Perusco, we are fortunate to have a voluntary Board of Directors who are leaders in their chosen fields, as well as a highly experienced leadership team.

Berry Street is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse range of staff with a passion and commitment to delivering quality services to vulnerable people within the community.

Berry Street History

We started out in Melbourne in 1877 as the Berry Street Babies’ Home, caring for abandoned babies and mothers with no shelter or support.

Professional Development

At Berry Street we believe that sharing our practice knowledge and expertise with the broader sector improves outcomes for the vulnerable children, young people and families that we work with.


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