Community building NATIONAL NETWORk     

A NATIONAL NETwork of community builders

The Network connects community initiators and leaders, support practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and others who are interested in authentic community building work.

Ideas and experiences, papers, project reports, case studies of local and overseas innovations, and progress reports in advocacy are posted online and shared.

There is no cost to join.

Register Here to Participate in the Network

A National Co-ordinating Group for the Network has been established. If you would like to express an nterest in joining this National Co-ordinating Group, we would like to hear from you.

Express your Interest in the National Co-ordinating Group

We are especially interested in the following initiatives:

Click on each initiative for further information and to register your interest.


Following the National Symposium on Community Building: Critical Voices, Alternative Strategies in 2007, a national network of community builders was formed.

The five key recommendations of the 2007 Symposium were:

  • Community builders need to influence government policy and agendas in a pro-active way, not wait for governments to lead. A network of community builders that is independent of government is needed for this task.
  • Funding reform is critical - governments should overhaul their funding methods to enable communities and projects to act with more autonomy and flexibility, with longer time frames, and with access to pooled funds from various programs and jurisdictions.
  • Regulatory reform is urgent - governments should overhaul their regulatory and reporting requirements for community building activities to ease the regulatory burden.
  • Measuring community building is important - community builders should develop appropriate ways of measuring their achievements through effective evaluation methods, not wait for governments to impose these from without.
  • Empowerment and devolution are essential for community building - governments should enable community strengthening and social capital development, not control its form or dictate its direction.

The network aims to influence the policy agenda in these directions and support good community building.

Register Here to Participate in the Network

Further information:

Vern Hughes
03 5629 8400
0425 722 890


  Centre for Civil Society 2007-2013