Community group management support

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Community Governance Training Program 

Are you a volunteer or work for a not-for-profit community group or are interested in starting or joining a community group, such as a local club or committee? Then this program will be suitable for you.

Join the Brimbank Community Governance Training Program to get all the tips and tricks required to make your community group or organisation a success.

We provide a series of community governance training sessions plus ongoing access to a range of resources to assist with continued learning for community groups and small organisations in Brimbank.  These training sessions can support your group with planning, operations, and decision-making.

Get involved

  • There is no cost to attend these workshops, however registration is required
  • Participants can attend one or several sessions.
  • Sessions will be run face to face or online via zoom based on public health guidelines.
  • Training details will be emailed to registered participants before the sessions.

For more information email: or phone: 03 9249 4000. Information on the 2024 program will be available early in the year.

For insight into the topics sometimes covered in the Community Governance Training program download a copy of the February to June 2024 training session calendar (PDF 174KB).


Upcoming Community Governance Training-February to June 2024

Starting and Governing a Community Group

Establishing and or governing a community group is rewarding.

Currently, your group might be just a few people who work together to meet the needs of your community OR you may be considering options for starting a new group.

This session will help you determine how you could start or grow even larger and work better.

Date: Thursday, 15 February

Time: 10am to 1pm

Booking Link: Starting and Governing a Community Group

Gender Equality – Why is it important in Governing a Community Group or organization

The Gender Equality Act 2020 has been in operation since 1 July 2021 but what does it mean for our community?

What are we expecting to happen as a result of the Act?  Gender equality is everyone's business and communities have an important role to play in it's promotion.

This session will help build the capability of individuals, organisations and communities around advancing gender equality


Date: Wednesday, 1 May 

Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Booking Link: Gender Equality – Why is it important in Governing a Community Group

Emergency Management Awareness

As a community group, what do you need to know or be aware of in emergencies such as fire, heatwaves, strong winds, tree fallings, etc.

This is an introductory emergency management awareness training that will provide participants with the knowledge and skills on how to respond in times of natural or man-made hazards.


Date: Tuesday, 12 March

Time: 10am to 1pm

Booking Link: Emergency Management Awareness

Supporting Your Community’s Wellbeing

Mental health is crucial in any community as it directly impacts the overall well-being and productivity of community members.

By prioritizing mental health awareness, communities can foster resilience, empathy and understanding, creating a supportive environment where members can thrive, contribute and lead fulfilling lives.

Date and time:

Thursday, 18 April – 5.30pm to 8.30pm

As a volunteer, the focus is on helping others; particularly those in need. Volunteers want to make a difference and enjoy the rewards however if they are dealing with people who are difficult or those living with multiple levels of disadvantage, organisations need to provide adequate support to your volunteer workforce. 

This workshop will provide the volunteering team with the skills to handle some of those challenging volunteering ups and downs, placing them in a compassionate role whilst always being aware of their own health and self-care. It will equip them with the tools to handle challenging behaviours and situations which can draw energy, then enable them to disengage at the end of the day and appreciate their community contribution.


  • Topics include:
    Strategies of good customer service when dealing with difficult people
  • Being able to handle difficult situations and not hold on to negative or challenging behaviour
  • Offering support strategies for handling conflict Introducing strategies to help participants deal with complaints effectively
  • Managing self-care and utilising organisational support

Booking Link: Supporting Your Community’s Wellbeing


Date and time:

Thursday, 16 May – 10am to 1pm

This training session will help you to increase awareness and build capacity within community groups to effectively support the mental well-being of their members.

You’ll explore the prevalence of mental health issues and the impact they can have on individuals within a community. And you’ll learn how to recognise signs of mental distress and foster a stigma free environment. There will be a focus on practical strategies for creating a mentally healthy community, including promoting open communication, active listening skills, and offering resources for mental health support.

Participants will engage in group discussions and case studies to enhance their understanding and communication skills. The training highlights how empathy, inclusivity, and providing a supportive network within community groups can positively impact the mental health of all members.

Booking Link: Supporting Your Community’s Wellbeing

Legal Liabilities for community groups

Tips and tricks community groups need to know regarding legal requirments and liabilities of their groups


Date: Wednesday, 22 May

Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Booking Link: Legal Liabilities for community groups

Community Showcase Event

Opportunity for community groups to showcase their activities, stories and achievements. This will help build trust, engage and motivate communities to connect.


Date: Thursday, 20 June

Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Booking Link: Community Showcase Event

Grants Writing Workshops

This session will provide community groups and organisations' grant writers with information, skills and knowledge to prepare and apply for grants from a variety of funding sources including the Brimbank Community Grants.


Dates and time:

Monday, 25 March - 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Wednesday, 8 May – 10am to 1pm


Booking Link: Grants Writing Workshops

Brimbank Community Grants Information Sessions and applying for grants online via Smarty Grants

Our Community Grants Information Sessions and applying for grants online via Smarty Grants


The  Community Grants information session will run for two hours and provide a structured overview of the grant application process. This includes how to apply for the community grant through SmartyGrants. Grants information sessions will be offered during the Community Grants application period and can be tailored to specific target groups such as youth, seniors, non-English speaking communities, etc.


There is no cost to attend any of these sessions however, registration is required.


Email to register your interest to attend session and get details:


Dates to be updated soon

Community Grant Application Assistance

Each year Council supports groups with community grants based on categories that reflect the council plans and vision.

Information sessions and grant writing workshops are held prior to each round of grants to help applicants understand requirements so their submissions are complete and ready for review. Information sessions cover all the aspects of the grant application process and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Workshops are opportunities to get one-on-one support with grant applications.

There is no cost to attend any of these sessions however, registration is required.

Email to register your interest to attend session and get details:

Community Governance Handbook

The Community governance handbook (PDF 2.0MB) is a great resource designed to help our local community groups and organisations to function properly.  It will assist to better understand the legal responsibilities and how to ensure your organisation succeeds.

Community groups user guide

We've developed our first Community groups user guide (PDF 599KB) for all regular groups using our facilities. 

This guide:

  • provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of Council and community groups;
  • enables a better understanding of the processes guiding the usage and hire arrangements of Community Facilities; and
  • provides directions to community groups on how to hire and manage Community Facilities. 

How to start a community project in 10 steps


More useful resources for community groups

  • Volunteer West
    Information about training, advice and support to volunteer coordinators and people working with volunteers. 
    Ph: 03 9398 1233
Last updated: 18 March 2024 - 4:45pm