The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia, with more than 12,000 members. It was formed as a national association in 1946. AASW (NT) currently has 220 members across the Territory and is the smallest of the Associations nine branches. A vibrant community of committees and practice groups support the work of the Association, we cater for the professional needs and interests of our social work members practising in a diverse range of fields, employment and locations.
Vision: Working together for professional excellence and social justice.
Purpose: To promote the profession of social work, advance social justice, uphold standards and build capacity of members.
Pillars: In order to achieve our Mission, the AASW will:
- Promote and advocate for the profession of social work and AASW members
- Be a strong voice for social justice
- Build the professional capacity of members
- Uphold responsibilities for regulation of the profession
- Advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work
- Collaborate with international colleagues
- Provide responsible governance and management
Vinnies Opportunity Shops
Provides financial support to the agency through the sale of second-hand clothing, furniture, household goods and bric-a-brac, all at affordable prices.
FPNT provides comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care, education and training.
We strive to provide appropriate, affordable and accessible services to those most in need.
FPNT is a non-government organisation, not for profit, responsible to a governing board of
Our health clinics are open Monday to Saturday in Coconut Grove and Palmerston. Visit our website for further information: http://www.fpwnt.com.au
COTA NT is the peak body for seniors in the Northern Territory advocating on their behalf and dedicated to promoting their well-being since 1969.
Now in its 50th year, COTA NT provides services, support and information including NT Seniors Card, Age Care Navigators, Seniors Month activities, multicultural programs and events including Seniors Expo
Sport & Recreation Programs
Provides sport and recreational opportunities for adults, young people and children over 9 years old with intellectual, psychiatric or physical disabilities or acquired brain injury. Services include adult group programs, youth programs and individual programs that assist with gaining access to chosen sports.
Programs focus on developing independence.
Vinnies Opportunity Shops
Provides financial support to the agency through the sale of second-hand clothing, furniture, household goods & bric-a-brac, all at affordable prices.
A service to assist and guide older Australians and their families to make informed choices about their aged care needs and to get the best outcomes from the aged care system.
For people who need information about aged care options, or help to access aged care supports.
The Childbirth Education Association Darwin is a community based organisation which provides information and support for women and their families and promotes self- reliance and confidence in pregnancy, birth and parenting. CEA provide support through education sessions, pre-natal and post-natal exercise classes; library and general resources. Childbirth Education Association is also a community advocate for birthing services.
Top End Mental Health Consumer Organisation Supports people living with mental illness through friendship and understanding.
TEMHCO promotes mental health & wellbeing and encourages life-skills development and the reduction of stigma surrounding mental illness.
Centre-based and community-based activities are offered in partnership with other service providers.
Education, information and advocacy are also provided.
The Balunu Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organisation focused on the healing of Indigenous youth and people and is based in Darwin, Northern Territory. In particular, Balunu seeks to instil a cultural identity among Indigenous youth at risk through a culturally
appropriate healing program which builds self belief and self esteem whilst assisting Indigenous youth to overcome the wide range of challenges they face as young Indigenous people in today’s society.
Balunu is focused on addressing the social challenges faced by Indigenous people and youth through a healing centred engagement approach. Although the program is Indigenous specific the program has achieved great success with non Indigenous youth who have attended the program.
Through a deliberate and purposeful program Balunu aims to provide hope for Indigenous youth and families by breaking the cycle of disadvantage through good health, education, life skills, opportunity, training, employment and most importantly healing. Identity plays the most crucial factor in strengthening the youth’s sense of self and the healing allows for the individuals to free their pain enough to take advantage of opportunity that exists to move forward in the new world, whilst maintaining a strong connection to culture and identity
Palmerston Men’s Shed
The Palmerston Men’s shed welcomes Men and Women over the age of 18 yrs.
Australian Men’s Shed Association provides space for rehabilitation, socializing, companionship and gremlins getting into trouble. We do many community projects, shed projects and personal projects.
We have a large variety of woodwork tools and machinery as well as welding plant and various other metal work tools for members to use onsite. Members are welcome to make their own things. Tools are not lent out.
Annual fee of $50 cover your insurance The Men’s Shed provides support and friendship to all.
Child Wise is a social enterprise that provides child safety training, consultancy and accreditation services to organisations where children and young people spend time. Our purpose is to build the capacity of management, staff and volunteers to keep children safe in their care according to the highest standards. Established in 1991, Child Wise has over 25 years of experience specialising in preventing, and responding to, child abuse. In Australia, Child Wise pioneered the use of Child Safety Standards as a best practice model based on the principles of capacity building and prevention, that aim to create and maintain a culture where child safety is front of mind. We work with organisations of all sizes, across a range of different industries to achieve our mission.
Arts Projects & Workshops
Corrugated Iron undertakes projects, workshops and performances in areas such as dance, drama, music, circus and video to develop engagement with the arts and production & presentation skills.
Corrugated Iron undertakes partnerships with communities, indigenous agencies, schools [primary and secondary], and councils to develop creative projects and programs that develop young people’s creative capacity, self-expression and confidence.
Training & Mentoring
Corrugated Iron trains and mentors young creatives who wish to become teaching artists, graphic designers, and project workers, as well as mentoring artists developing community engagement capacity to work in urban, regional and remote settings.
Services provided by Kidsafe NT (Child Accident Prevention Foundation) include advocacy & advice on the safety of children in the home, water and road including; community education; training presentations & resources including fact sheets, brochures, posters & DVD’s on road safety & general child accident prevention information (eg burns, poisoning, falls etc). Equipment for hire includes all types of child car restraints from birth to 8 years to comply with current NT legislation introduced in 2013.
Child car restraints and safety products such as latches are available for sale and a child car restraint fitting and checking service is also available.
The MS Society of SA & NT (MSSANT) helps to minimise the impact of multiple sclerosis on individuals, their families, carers and the community, whilst supporting research into improved treatments and ultimately finding a cure.
Volunteering NT is community spirited, inclusive, innovative and promotes a culture of learning. We
work with individuals, organisations and communities who are interested in volunteering to:
• provide a credible and informed voice in volunteering;
• be the centre of knowledge and expertise in volunteering;
• position volunteering as a core component of a high quality of life;
• work with volunteers and volunteering communities to enrich the volunteering experience
• increase volunteering;
• encourage self-reliance in volunteer management, recruitment, retention and recognition of
Volunteering NT provide a range of services including advice to government, training for volunteers
and volunteer involving organisations, volunteer referrals, research and policy development. They are
active in advocacy, promotion, research and development, effective volunteer management and
practices, provision of products and services and developing volunteering pathways.
GROW Support Group
Provides self-help and support groups for adults with mental health or emotional problems. Groups follow a structured program and provide support for participants in a positive and non-threatening setting. GROW groups are voluntary, anonymous, confidential and non-denominational.
NAPCAN’s programs promote every child’s right to be safe and addresses the underlying issues of child abuse and neglect.
NAPCAN’s activities include the following:
- Supporting child-friendly & child-safe practices in organisations, businesses and communities to promote the wellbeing & welfare of children & their families.
- Building community and school capacity in order to support young people in developing respectful relationships.
- Support, advocacy and development of resources including brochures, posters and audiovisual materials around child safety and wellbeing.
- Coordination of the National Child Protection Week in September and
- Coordination of Children’s Week in October.
Check the NAPCAN website Training Calendar for available workshops otherwise contact NAPCAN for a quote. All workshops can be customised to suit urban, rural and remote communities.
Mandatory Reporting and Child Abuse Prevention
- This workshop is designed to ensure that staff, volunteers and community members understand their mandatory-reporting legal & ethical obligations as well as increasing confidence in knowing when & where to report abuse or neglect.
- Participants learn about indicators of harm as well as comprehensive assessment of risk and protective factors.
- Discussions include practical strategies to reduce the risk of harm to children in families, organisations and communities.
- The workshop can be individually tailored to urban and remote participants.
- Workshops are available at no cost to organisations funded by Dept. of Children and Families and are available in Darwin and Alice Springs every 6 months.
- Advanced bookings are essential.
Tools & Resources for Engaging Vulnerable Children & Families
- This is a fun & interactive workshop that introduces a wide range of local, national and international child abuse prevention tools and resources for working with vulnerable children and families.
- Through practical application, participants gain confidence & competence in using the resources in their work places.
- The workshop can be tailored to urban and remote community services and for those working with newly arrived migrant or refugee families.
- This workshop provides information, research and practical resources to support agencies to improve their work practices with children and young people
- Policies, protocols and processes are identified to assist agencies to assess, evaluate and introduce child-friendly and child-safe practices.
- Organisations have an opportunity to identify risk and protective factors within their own practices and within their organisation
- NAPCAN staff can review current child protection and mandatory reporting policies
- Sample policies are made available for all participating agencies.
Respectful Relationships Programs – including Love Bites (Violence Prevention Programs)
NAPCAN delivers training in respectful relationships programs for children and young people from 3 to 17.
- All Children Being Safe – Protective Behaviours program for 3 – 6 years (Key Theme: Community Responsibility for child safety; Safe people; Safe places; Safe/Unsafe feelings)
- Growing Respect 7 – 12 years (Key Themes: Managing feelings and behaviours; Problem Solving in friendships; Listening skills; Managing fights / arguments; Asking for Help
- #friends 11 – 13 years (Key Themes: Relationships and social media; Power in relationships; Jealousy; Communication)
- Love Bites Junior 12 – 15 (Key Themes: Popularity and power; Power and control in relationships; Bullying, Jealousy; Homophobia; Sex, love and control; breaking up; Supporting friends.
- Love Bites 15 – 17 (Key Themes: Relationship violence and sexual assault; Respectful vs abusive behaviour; Power and control; Myths; Consent; Being a bystander
Check the NAPCAN training calendar for dates of training or contact NAPCAN to arrange for additional workshops.
Venture Housing Company Ltd (‘Venture’), a company limited by guarantee (ABN: 19 154 969 963) is a ‘For Purpose’ (not-for-profit), housing provider of safe and affordable housing options for Territorians.
Venture focuses on providing rental housing for low to moderate income earners in the Territory who are struggling to find a home. There is a strong emphasis on targeting key workers vital to the Territory’s economy, such as those in the retail, hospitality and trade sectors.
Venture also provides and manages housing for seniors and is working towards innovative solutions to the provision of housing for disadvantaged groups in the community. To achieve this, Venture works with a number of stakeholders including the Northern Territory Government, the private sector and other non-government organisations through partnerships to deliver housing projects
Identifies workplace issues for women in order to raise awareness, lobby for change and provide informed public comment. Interpreters can be arranged. Individual Client Service Provides information, advice and appropriate referral relating to workplace issues for Northern Territory women. Longer term casework assistance and support are also available. Interpreters can be arranged.
Provides information for women about their legal rights in the workplace; awards & agreements; workers’ compensation and health & safety; work & family issues; discrimination and harassment in the workplace; workplace bullying; dismissal; and other issues of concern for women in the workforce. Interpreters can be arranged.
Training & Information Sessions
Training & information sessions on industrial relations for women are provided for groups or targeted work places.Topics may include workers’ legal & moral rights and workplace bullying. Interpreters can be arranged.