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About Us

Karingal is a not-for-profit organisation that commenced services in Geelong in 1952.

It was established to improve the quality of life for people with a disability by providing and promoting valued services, care and supports in:

  • Personal development
  • Education programs
  • Vocational placement, training and support services
  • Accommodation and associated support services and
  • Aged care and related services.

To ensure these services and supports are delivered in a timely and effective manner Karingal undertakes to:

  • Promote the organisation, its services and purpose
  • Encourage partnerships with all levels of government, businesses and potential funding bodies
  • Undertake ventures and business enterprises that promote Karingal's purpose and
  • Promote membership of the Association to the Karingal community.

Karingal is an Aboriginal word meaning 'happy home' or 'happy hut'.

Today Karingal comprises of a nine member Board, over 1500 staff and over 150 volunteers.

Karingal provides:

  • Accommodation, respite, home-based and day activities for people with a disability and their families across the Barwon South West of Victoria and in the Mornington Peninsula
  • Aged services and mental health support across the Barwon Region
  • Employment in a supported environment in an Australian Disability Enterprise across a range of Geelong locations
  • Employment services, including disability employment services, in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, including a specialist service for people with a disability, from a total of 57 locations.
  • Accredited and non-accredited training throughout Victoria, specialising in training for the Community Services sector and foundation skills courses
  • Community engagement brokerage services in Geelong and Portland 



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Karingal Inc. (Vic) Limited Liability
Reg. Assoc. A0038261E | ARBN 158 375 903 | ABN 97 468 305 401

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MatchWorks Peninsula Jobs Festival a success

Frankston region job seekers and employers connected at the first MatchWorks Peninsula Jobs Festival organised in partnership with CWA Employment Services.

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Media release - Valued Community Award Winner

Soon to be resident of Barwarre Gardens Retirement Village, Lynette Denbesten was presented with the Veteran Community Award at the recent Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

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A dream come true for Drisana

For Drisana Thornhill, it was incredibly important that she move into a new home with her dog Roxy, before she loses more of her vision.

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Culinary class on show

Budding chefs got a taste of what it was like to present a restaurant-quality three-course menu during the 'Y' Chef Cooking Challenge.

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Colleen a class above

Karingal Participate manager Colleen Kennedy believes the Leaders for Geelong program has given her valuable insights into how she can continue to develop as a leader.

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NDIS rollout: Karingal ready to support expansion

Karingal is preparing to expand its services following the historical announcement of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout plans for Victoria.

As announced on September 16, the scheme will be introduced progressively across the state over the next three years, starting 1 July 2016.


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Top honour for Irene at NESA Awards

MatchWorks Indigenous Employment Consultant Irene Sazdov took home a national award at the prestigious National Employment Services Association (NESA) Awards for Excellence gala dinner, held September 28.

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Karingal Foundation event season begins: Musicians and golfers unite for a great cause

Karingal Foundation event season begins: Musicians and golfers unite for a great cause.

The Music To A Tee 2015-16 season has been announced with some of Australia's finest musicians performing for Karingal. In the lead-up to the major Hundred Hole Hike and Music to A Tee on January 22, some incredible acts will take to the stage.

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From the CEO: Thanks for the warm welcome

It's been more than three months since I started as Karingal's Chief Executive Officer - and hasn't the time flown.

I would like to thank you all - staff, clients, families, Board members, business partners and community leaders - for welcoming me into the organisation. In a short amount of time I have seen first-hand how friendly and compassionate the Karingal community is, and I'm honoured to be a part of it.

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