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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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Karingal art competition helps canvas local talent

Fifty talented local artists who have a disability or mental illness will display their work in the annual Karingal KarnivART exhibition to be launched on the evening of Wednesday July 2 at Karingallery in Geelong.

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Media release - Karingal East Geelong celebration day

Karingal East Geelong's past and present employees, participants and families will enjoy a celebration day on Friday 4 July to reflect upon and celebrate its history and look forward to the future.



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Media release - New initiative has job seekers on target to reach Destination Work

New initiative has job seekers on target to reach Destination Work

Karingal BacLinks (Business and Community Links) will join together with employment provider MatchWorks to help give a group of job seekers from Greensborough the confidence and skills they need to re-enter the workforce with a new initiative called Destination Work that kicks off this week. 

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Ambassadors sing with One Voice for Karingal Appeal

Karingal has announced the With One VoiceGeelong choir will be the final performers to share the stage with world renowned artists Eddi Reader (MBE) and Tim McCallum at the Karingal Appeal Launch concert on Wednesday June 25.


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Media release - Together We Work graduation

MatchWorks will celebrate the graduation of 32 Together We Work program participants on Wednesday 18 June 2014 at the Mercure Hotel Geelong.

MatchWorks General Manager Michael Wasley said the Together We Work initiative is a six month pilot program to trial a joint employment assistance approach for people with a disability and their carers as active participants and partners in the journey to employment or further education.

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Eddi Reader adds amazing voice to Karingal Appeal

The Karingal Foundation is excited to announce that one of the world's finest vocalists, Eddi Reader (MBE) has officially become an ambassador of Karingal and will perform in an extraordinary concert on June 25 to launch the Karingal Appeal - Eastern Geelong Community Centre.

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Karingal and Deakin team up for new research

Karingal has partnered with Deakin University to conduct ground-breaking research into how the closures of companies that demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility impact on the community sector and the support it provides to the community.

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Melaluka a great match for Wendy

Some mornings Wendy McCall (pictured) wants to pack her bag ready for an overnight stay at Melaluka - even when she isn't booked in. It shows how much she has enjoyed her transition to respite, much to the delight of her mother Audrey McCall.

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Peter joins taxi advisory committee

Karingal participant Peter Mackay has been selected to be a member of the Disabled Persons Taxi Advisory Committee (DPTAC), offering valuable input on the performance of taxi services.

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Upcoming Events

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Brain Injury Awareness Week Monday, 11 August, 2014 Brain Injury Awareness Week is from August 11 to 17. Various events, details to be released soon!
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Navigating the System Thursday, 14 August, 2014, 1:00 PM Panel Discussion: “Navigating the System” – A guide to finding your way around the ABI sector for services and funding.
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Changing Places, Changing Lives conference Thursday, 11 September, 2014 This forum will showcase world’s best practice in accessible toilet and bathroom solutions through Changing Places and will feature leading edge Australian examples.
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