Getting Ready Together for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The Getting Ready Together Aboriginal Disability Gathering will be held at the Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay on 24-25 May 2016.

The Gathering is for Aboriginal people living with a disability, their families and supports workers (carers) who reside in the Goulburn Mulwaree, Yass Valley, Queanbeyan City, Cooma Monaro, Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shire.

Getting Ready Together (GRT) will feature key presenters from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and Ageing Disability and Home Care Service (ADHC).

There will also be practical workshops on support planning, self-managing funds, path planning and NDIS terms and languages.

Community Members:

The Gathering is FREE for Aboriginal people living with a disability, their families, carers and community members.

Gathering organisers will help with transport, accommodation and other special needs.

Registrations can be made by downloading and submitting the attached registration form to

Alternatively registrations for community members can be made online by clicking on the following link: 

Sector and Government Employees: 

Registrations for sector workers and government employees can be made online by clicking on the following link: 

For more information to hold a stall to promote your services dowlnload and complete the Stallholder EOI form that is attached and send through to the Event Coordinator, Stephanie Rooney by emailing

To Summarise:

What: Getting Ready Together Aboriginal Gathering (National Disability Insurance Scheme)

When:  24 to 25 May at Coachhouse Marina Resort Batemans Bay

Contact: Stephanie Rooney, Ph 02 4228 1585, 0437 400 133,


Online Registrations: 

Community rego forms

Stallholder form

Reviving the Co-op Movement

National Conference and Design Lab
Melbourne  |  May 23 2016

Australia once had a flourishing social movement of co-operatives, mutuals and community self-help. It embodied our CAN-DO spirit and egalitarian ethos.

Where is the movement now? Can it be revived?

An Invitation to Participate

In the 1880s, Australia was known as the ‘social laboratory of the world’. We were perhaps the most innovative, egalitarian and democratic country on earth. Community self-help through co-operatives and mutuals, and an early achievement of parliamentary democracy, combined to drive this reputation.

Large parts of Western Queensland, the Riverland in South Australia, and rural NSW were developed through community settlement cooperatives – member-owned, community-oriented property development associations backed by their own supportive colonial/state legislation. Today, we allow nouveau riche property developers to dictate community settlement patterns on the fringes of our cities and to bankroll political parties to protect their business model. Australians are not quite as innovative and egalitarian as we used to be.

From the middle years of the nineteenth century, Australia had a flourishing social movement of credit unions, housing societies, bush nursing associations, community pharmacies, adult education centres (mechanics’ institutes), retail stores, mutual insurance societies, farmer-owned businesses, community clubs, musical and arts societies, building societies and subscription-based medical care. Today, this social movement has all but disappeared.

Many of the societies and businesses still exist, but the movement has not. Some societies were captured from without in the 1980s, through takeovers and demutualisations. Most, however, were conquered from within, through management capture of the operations and then culture of the societies, in part to satisfy external regulators who were unsympathetic to the mutual model, and in part to ‘fit in’ with the managerial ethos of the wider business world. Strong leadership from the societies to represent their distinctive cultures to governments, politicians and journalists who were immersed in the binary world of public sector/private sector identities, was all too rare.

And yet, Australians, like citizens and communities around the world, are now crying out for businesses that integrate financial sustainability and social obligations, and create market advantages for local communities. Policy makers are now searching for approaches to social and economic reform that are anchored in communities, build ownership and mutual responsibility, and generate social capital. At the very time when our cooperative movement is most needed, we are unable to find it.

This conference will explore what happened to Australia’s once flourishing movement of cooperatives, mutuals and community self-help, and examine how this social movement might be revived. It will explore initiatives and strategies which can drive a revival. It’s format is part conference and part design lab, with an emphasis on strategic initiatives for change.

Call for Papers and Contributions

Papers, presentations, workshops and strategic proposals are invited which address the conference theme, including the following topics:

  • Conceptual understandings and theorisation of cooperatives and mutuals
  • Solidarity enterprises and online platform cooperatives
  • Social movements and enterprise
  • Leadership in the cooperative sector
  • Member governance and its challenges
  • Management capture of cooperative and mutual organisations
  • Co-operation, neo-liberalism and managerialism
  • Emerging demand for cooperative and mutual models
  • New models for representation
  • The impact of consultancy businesses on social movements
  • External regulation and cooperative cultures
  • External investment in community and cooperative ventures
  • Rural regeneration and cooperatives
  • Urban and suburban cooperation

Expressions of interest in presenting a paper or workshop or proposal should be forwarded, in no more than 300 words, by 30 April 2016, using this online form.



Two Days in May 2016

This conference on Monday 23 May 2016 forms part of a series of reform events hosted by Civil Society Australia in 2016. Two events will be held in May 2016. Participants may attend one or both of these as they wish.

Monday 21 May 2016
Reviving the Co-op Movement
Cooperatives, Mutuals and Community Self-Help

Tuesday 22 May 2016
Red Tory, Blue Labour and Australian Politics
Political Parties and Civil Society

CLICK HERE for further information.


The Angliss Conference Centre is located in the Melbourne CBD, on the corner of LaTrobe and King Streets, on the fifth floor. It is close to train and tram services. Flagstaff railway station is one block away in LaTrobe St, and Southern Cross station is three blocks away in Spencer St. Trams 23, 24, 30, 34, and City Circle run along LaTrobe Street.

There are numerous accommodation options close by, to suit all budgets.

Start and Finish Times

Both events begin at 9.15am, finishing at 5.00pm.

CLICK HERE to register for one or both of these events.

Further Information

CLICK HERE for further information.

CLICK HERE for Civil Society Australia website.

Enhance your personal, professional and community’s wellbeing

The NTI Wellbeing Series is a collection of half day seminars designed to enhance your personal, professional and community’s wellbeing.  All are based on Buddhist philosophy, providing a range of evidence-based approaches and tools that can be directly applied to your everyday life and career.

Personal and professional development
Each seminar focuses on a specific area within health or the community – providing valuable information for professional development and enhancing your personal wellbeing.

Upcoming seminars


17 March 2016

Learn about the importance of leisure and recreation activities in a process termed ‘Brain-Training’.

Recent medical research has highlighted the ability of the brain in people of all ages to ‘change itself’ by growing and reforming through a process known as neuro-plasticity. Leisure and recreation activities are known to impact on this process. Learn how in this exciting seminar.


21 April 2016

This workshop is designed for those working in the aged care industry, or who are caring for older people in their home.

Workers in the Australian aged-care system are known to experience burnout, compassion fatigue and high levels of stress. Learn how to integrate mindfulness-based stress-reduction techniques into your daily life, and to use these methods to assist others.

Specialist teachers
Experienced and highly qualified educators – specially selected for their skill and knowledge in the unique subject area – share their knowledge.

A taste of the Health and Social Wellbeing Masters
NTI Wellbeing Series seminars will give participants a sample of the unique and powerful learning available in NTI’s Health and Social Wellbeing (HSW) postgraduate courses. Individual subjects within these courses are also ideal to study for professional development and/or personal interest.

A city for people – Wollongong City Council Online Survey

Did you know that Wollongong City Council has been partnered with internationally renowned  Gehl Architects to study how people use public spaces in the Wollongong City Centre?

So far, we have gathered important insights about where people walk, where they choose to spend time and what they would like the City to be in the future.

Our draft report ‘A city for people’ shares a Vision for the future of the city and six projects for improving public space in our City.

We’d would like to hear your thoughts!

As part of our community engagement for ‘A City for People –public spaces public life’, we have put together an online survey to get feedback on our document and also to hear the communities ideas! There are 9 questions in total and it shouldn’t  take you more than 5 minutes. Each response will act as a formal submission, and puts you into the draw to win one of five $100 gift vouchers!

It would be awesome if you could forward this to anybody (friends and family) you think would be interested in sharing their ideas for the future of the City Centre. We recognise the greatest catalyst for change comes from the community voicing their opinions and sharing all their great ideas!

Thank you for helping out  and contributing to the great city we live in. To complete the survey follow the link below;

The survey is open until Friday 11 March 2016.