Who we are

We’re a not-for-profit Aussie charity making a real, sustainable difference in Nepali communities

A celebration with real impact

In early 1999, three young Australians – Bruce Poon, Anthony Mair and Greg Andrews, had the idea to celebrate the upcoming millennium with an expedition for young Australians to a remote and challenging environment.

They approached Graeme Kent (then the CEO of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Victoria) for help with the expedition’s staffing, logistics, and administration. The Millennium Expedition connected 80 young volunteers with a life-changing humanitarian experience in Nepal.

The success of this expedition resulted in the creation of OzQuest – Young Australian Adventures. An extension program of the Award that was open to volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

In 2011, the not-for-profit charity Aussie Action Abroad was established to continue this work, connecting volunteers with life-changing community projects throughout Nepal.


22 years

experience working with Nepali communities-in-need

70 plus

community partnerships across urban, regional, and remote areas of Nepal

over 700

volunteers have experienced a life-changing humanitarian adventure


Graeme Kent OAM

During the Millennium Expedition, Graeme witnessed first-hand the resilience of the Nepali people and the positive life-changing outcomes for both volunteers and the communities with which they worked.

Returning to Australia, he established the OzQuest program and oversaw its development into today’s Aussie Action Abroad.

His love for Nepal continues today with his commitment to our volunteers, partners and the communities where we work.