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Community organisation training

The City of Melbourne provides free training for local community organisations to build their capacity to better manage and run their organisations.

General information
Current training opportunities
Feedback on training program
Other community training opportunities

General information


To be eligible to attend this training you must be from:

  • a not-for-profit community organisation
  • an organisation that is located in or provides services to City of Melbourne community.

Who should attend

Community organisation representatives (committee members, workers and volunteers) that have limited experience in the areas of topics offered are encouraged to attend, for example sports clubs, multicultural groups, resident groups, service organisations and arts organisations and agencies.




Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Victoria 3000 (opposite Queen Victoria Market).


Bookings are essential as participant numbers to all sessions are limited. People who have not booked will not be allowed entry.

There is a maximum of two (2) participants per organisation per course.

If there is not adequate interest in the sessions they may be cancelled. If there is adequate interest there may be additional sessions held.

If sessions are full, you will be placed on a waiting list.

Cancellations are essential as sessions do fill – you can send a delegate in your place. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the session is held.

Failure to attend a session that you have booked for will mean that future bookings from your organisation will automatically be placed on the waiting list.



Please include in your email:

  • the name and date of the training session you wish to attend
  • your full name
  • contact phone number
  • which organisation you represent
  • the suburb in which your organisation is located.

Phone:  03 9658 9901

Current training opportunities

Setting up and running a successful community organisation

This practical session will provide participants with a simple picture of the not-for-profit legal environment and alert them to key legal issues.

Outline of session:

  • Choosing the best legal structure for your organisation.
  • Understanding what incorporation means.
  • The importance of an organisation’s legal purpose and governing documents.
  • The legal duties of committee or board members.
  • Whether the organisation is, or could be, a charity.
  • The basics of tax concessions for not-for-profits.

Presented by: Justice Connect

Date: Thursday 20 February 2014, from 9.30am to 12.30pm

Safety, risk and insurance for community organisations

Understanding the laws about safety, risk and ‘duty of care’ takes away the guess work and allows people to confidently go about their activities.

Outline of session:

  • Whether and how occupational health and safety (OHS) laws or negligence laws apply to an organisation.
  • How to identify the key risks for organisations.
  • Options for managing risk.
  • The role of the board or committee in managing risk.
  • What protections are available.
  • Types of insurance for community organisations.

Presented by: Justice Connect

Date: Wednesday 5 March 2014, from 9.30am to 12.30pm

Legal issues in managing volunteers

This session steps participants through the components of a successful and legally compliant volunteer program

Outline of session:

  • The legal differences between a volunteer, an employee and an independent contractor.
  • The importance of volunteer insurance.
  • The volunteer selection process and equal opportunity laws.
  • The importance of screening and background checks.
  • How to meet the ‘duty of care’ your organisation owes to volunteers.
  • An organisation’s legal responsibility for the actions of its volunteers.
  • Imbursing or paying volunteers.
  • Volunteers’ personal information and privacy.
  • Reviewing volunteer performance and having difficult conversations.
  • Ending the volunteer relationship.
  • Recent developments in volunteer case law.

Presented by: Justice Connect

Date: Thursday 20 March 2014, from 9.30am to 3.30pm (light lunch will be provided)

Strategic planning

This session will help your organisation to understand about strategic planning and the importance of this preparation to take your organisation in a clear and defined direction.

Outline of session:

  • When is it time to ‘re-vision’ your organization.
  • Client/member value proposition development.
  • Stakeholder mapping.
  • Relating strategy to delivery, don’t leave that vision and strategic plan on the shelf!
  • The framework for the plan.
  • Costing the plan.

Presented by: Matrix on Board

Date: Wednesday 26 March 2014, from 9.30am to 4.00pm (light lunch will be provided)

How to apply for grants

This session will cover the following areas:

  • where to look for grants
  • how to understand what grant bodies are looking for
  • common questions and how to approach them
  • preparing your grant budget
  • responsibilities when managing your grant.

Presented by: Maureen O’Keeffe, Adult Multicultural Education Services

Date: Thursday 1 May 2014, from 10.00am to 4.00pm (light lunch will be provided

Grant writing – Project planning

Bring your project to life! This workshop will focus on taking your project from the idea phase to on the ground implementation to evaluation. Learn some practical tips on how to:

  • get the community involved
  • engage partners

Presented by: Debby Maziarz

Date: Thursday 8 May 2014, from 9.30am to 12.30pm
Thursday 29 May 2014, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Grant writing – Building a project budget

Come along and prepare a budget fit for any funding application! Learn all there is to know about the many components of building a project budget:

  • income
  • expenditure
  • salary breakdown
  • in-kind support
  • what to do if you don’t receive all the money you asked for!

Presented by: Debby Maziarz

Date: Thursday 15 May 2014, from 9.30am to 12.30pm
Thursday 5 June 2014, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Grant writing - How to build meaningful evaluation into your grant application

Behind every successful grant application should be the process to evaluate the impact of your project. This workshop will provide you with the tools to help you decide how you will conduct your program evaluation and articulate the impact your project has had on the community.

Topics covered will include:

  • Planning an evaluation
  • Choosing evaluation methodology
  • Gathering data
  • Data analysis
  • Acquitting your outcomes to your funding partner

Presented by: Matrix on Board

Date: Wednesday 21 May 2014, 9.00am to 12.30pm
Wednesday 11 June 2014, 9.00am to 12.30pm

Feedback on the community training program

If you have any ideas for training that you would like us to know about, please email your suggestion to

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