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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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Latest News

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A day at the soccer for Karingal participants

Fifteen participants from Karingal South West will celebrate International Day of People with Disability by cheering on Melbourne City as they play Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Sunday 7 December.

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Unemployment being tackled head-on by job agency

Victoria's high unemployment rate is being tackled head-on by local employment service provider MatchWorks through an innovative initiative called Destination Work,which has been rolling out across the state since June this year. This ground-breaking program aims to assist long-term unemployed and over 45 year old job seekers from Cranbourne and Sunshine back into work through support to overcome individual barriers.

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Taking workplace volunteering to new heights

On Friday 14 November young Karingal participants will have an action-packed day abseiling and bushwalking at the You Yangs Regional Park alongside volunteers from Geelong-based health insurance provider GMHBA during a Karingal BacLinks (Business and Community Links) facilitated event.

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Pioneering awards for people with a disability

Karingal has partnered with the City of Greater Geelong to help strengthen the region's status as a disability leader through the introduction of the Geelong Awards for People with a Disability 2015.

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Premier opens Karingal Kommercial Facility

Karingal Kommercial welcomed special guest, Premier of Victoria Dr Denis Napthine, to open its state-of-the-art facility that provides ongoing employment opportunities for people with a disability. 

Pictured: Karingal Board Chair Rod Payne unveils the plaque with Premier Napthine

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A crucial period for MatchWorks

MatchWorks is in the midst of an exciting yet challenging period that will help shape the organisation's growth.

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Legendary artist Archie Roach to perform for Karingal’s Music to a Tee

Legendary Australian singer songwriter, Archie Roach is the latest musician to join Karingal's Music to a Tee concert series to raise funds for the Eastern Geelong Community Centre (EGCC) Appeal.

Pictured: Music to a Tee poster featuring Archie Roach, Gina Williams and Guy Ghoose

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Rabby and Andy finalists in NESA awards

A MatchWorks employee and a former job seeker have been recognised at this year's prestigious National Employment Services Association (NESA) Awards for Excellence gala dinner, held on 28 July.

Pictured: Rabby (back row, fourth from left) and Andy (third from right) at the gala dinner

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A landmark decision for supported housing

The City of Greater Geelong's decision to donate land in Ocean Grove to a supported housing project is welcome news for people with a disability.

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Upcoming Events

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Geelong Awards for People with a Disability Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 Karingal has partnered with the City of Greater Geelong to help strengthen the region's status as a disability leader through the introduction of the Geelong Awards for People with a Disability 2015.
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