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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 any form of 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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Latest News

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Moving out of home a new beginning for Amanda

From yoga to surfing, Amanda Morphy has discovered a new sense of self since moving out of home.

The 39-year-old has always wanted to move out of home and have her own place. Amanda moved into a unit in East Geelong in August last year. The transition from living with her parents in her family home to living independently in one of Karingal's McIntyre units was helped by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which provided Amanda with funding arrangements to fulfill her goal.

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Community comes together for Karingal Karnivale

Families flocked to the Karingal Karnivale on March 14, with the all-inclusive fair bringing the community together for an evening of fun and festivities.

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Feathers fly at M~M2014 launch

Geelong Mayor Cr Darryn Lyons officially launched the M~M2014 on March 13 at Deakin's Waterfront Campus. Sporting an impressive set of wings made for the inaugural M~M event in 2009, Darryn set the scene for the unique event known as Geelong's 24 hour extreme Arts Walk alongside Parkour experts and a selection of community representatives.

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Douro Street marks a new dawn for Karingal

The countdown is on to the opening of the new Karingal Kommercial building, with construction expected to finish later this month, ready for staff and supported employees to move into in May.

It is an exciting period for the branch and will consolidate the three areas of operation it offers - business solutions, food services and environmental solutions.

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New SPINES group to look out for the carers

Two special guests helped helped launch the SPINES (SPinal Injury Networks Education and Support) carer support group, with London Paralympian Sam McIntosh and acclaimed singer Tim McCallum speaking about the crucial role that carers play.

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MatchWorks and Heart are street smart

According to former Australian Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, 'everyone needs to wake in the morning with a goal' - a focus of the Community Street Soccer program.

Melbourne Heart and MatchWorks helped deliver this important message to homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people by holding a special clinic in February.

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Living and Learning launched

Cooking a roast chicken, getting motivated to complete domestic tasks and learning what a balanced diet consists of - these are some of the goals that participants have set in the new Living and Learning course.

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A thirst to help

Following the launch of its Little Creatures Brewery in Geelong, leading food and beverage company Lion paid a rewarding visit to Karingal Kommercial.

Karingal BacLinks organised for a small team of people from Lion to participate in a hands-on experience with Karingal's business services branch on February 4, with 18 employees taking up the opportunity.

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Glowing reviews for Work...My Way project

You only have to hear Cassie Callander's thoughts to realise how successful the Work… My Way project was.

On February 27, Cassie was one of 14 females from Karingal Participate that took part in the program.

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Upcoming Events

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Best Foot Forward Wednesday, 30 April, 2014 Partnered by BPW (Business and Professional Women Geelong), this project is aimed at women who are looking to return to the workforce after being long-term unemployed.
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M~M2014 - Geelong's 24hr Extreme Arts Walk Friday, 9 May, 2014 M~M2014 is Geelong's 24hr Extreme Arts Walk – an 80km biennial journey in 12 stages that creates a contemporary songline across the municipality of Geelong.
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Volunteer Presentation Thursday, 15 May, 2014 Annual event which recognises Karingal volunteers for their contribution.
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