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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 



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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City Pathways combines wellness and employment

Melbourne City Football Club and MatchWorks launched their third employment program collaboration this week - City Pathways.
City Pathways assists people to gain a holistic approach to managing wellness and links this with their approach to finding work.

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Jess Trengove inspires guests at MatchWorks breakfast

More than 40 employers, community representatives and Employment Department officials enjoyed an inspiring talk from Olympic marathon runner Jess Trengove at a MatchWorks business breakfast in Adelaide.

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Youth employment programs kick off in Queensland

MatchWorks launched two youth employment programs in Queensland this week, aimed at helping young people build their confidence and skills ahead of gaining ongoing employment.

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Aspiring leaders share ideas at Eastern Hub

Aspiring leaders throughout Karingal participated in the Introducing Great Leadership Program at Eastern Hub yesterday.
The blended learning program was aimed at providing participants with an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and gain a better understanding of their capabilities as leaders.

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MatchWorks disability employment sites deliver results

MatchWorks DES sites in Victoria and South Australia have received their performance results for the end June 2016 Star Rating period.

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Standing up to bullying

Taking a stand against bullying was the talking point at Karingal Training's Werribee office after a visit from Brodie's Law founders Damien and Rae Panlock on Tuesday 6 September.

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Melbourne business supports transformed job seeker

Melbourne's Justin Andrews has put his troubled past behind him after reconnecting with employment with help from MatchWorks and Karingal Training.

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Young Werribee artist set to shine

Karingal Training Werribee student Penny Keomanivong says she's found the guidance she needed to set her artistic goals and find a path to success.

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Joining forces to restore mental health location

Karingal's mental health program, Transcend, will receive a much needed revamp to their Marshall location this Thursday 25 August thanks to GMHBA workplace volunteers.  

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Upcoming Events

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Karingal Big Night Out Friday, 18 November, 2016 Save the dates for the 2016 Karingal Big Night Out, which has The Roaring Twenties as this year's theme.
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Hundred Hole Hike 2017 Friday, 20 January, 2017, 5:00 AM The Hundred Hole Hike is on! Walk 100 holes of golf in a day to raise money for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or join us for an evening of music at Music to a Tee.
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