Centacare Professional Family and Community Services was established in Bathurst by the Bishop and Trustees of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst in June, 1988 to provide a range of social welfare services to children and families across the region (which extends from Lithgow in the south to Coonamble in the north, Cowra in the west and Rylstone in the east - this is an area of some 100,000 square kilometres).

Centacare has offices in Bathurst, Coonabarabran, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Lithgow, Orange and Wellington. A range of counselling, mediation, education and community program services are offered to the surrounding areas from these centres.


Centacare also has Indigenous Development Program Centres in Bathurst, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra, Orange and Wellington. These services help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families find services in their area that meet their needs.


HIPPY Bowenfels and HIPPY North Dubbo is for the Lithgow and Dubbo area and is a Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters. Portland Family Resource Centre is a project aimed at improving the outcomes and wellbeing of families with young children by providing support for parenting, facilitating informal support groups and access to appropriate services.


Centacare Bathurst manages two Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) sites within the Diocese of Bathurst where child care is provided for children ages 5-12 years. Qualified staff create a fun and safe environment where children can play, socialise and learn through a wide range of activities suited to their ages and interests.

Services are funded by State and Commonwealth Governments, the Catholic Church, Bequests, Benevolent Trusts, Private Donors and client fees.