Welcome to the

Institute of Community Development!

Transformative Learning  -  Transformative Communities 

Critically empower your communities - join us for workshops, short courses and mentoring programs.

Or engage with us for community development program designs, evaluations, studies and analysis. 

Upcoming Short Courses

Community Development Short Course


Become more confident in designing & facilitating community development programs & activities.


Jim Ife, Prominent Community Development & Human Rights international author, and

Jacques BouletCo-Founder of Borderlands Cooperative and former Head of School RMIT Social Work.


Thu 18 and Fri 19 June, 2015 (two-day workshop)

9.30am - 5.00pm, at the Augustine Centre, Hawthorn, Vic., Australia.



Introduction to Community Development


This course will suit people who have not studied Community Development before or have studied it but want to revisit core principles. Rather than being a descriptive how-to guide, it will deal with community development as a job and community development as our way of being.


Recent Publications

Anthill: A Place of Knowledge About Community Work & Community Management

By Neil Stuart, John Rule, Kate Nolan, Roy Bishop & Gael Kennedy.



There is a continuous emerging of communities and a continuous dying of communities. Each emergence is its own singularity. Some, perhaps many, emergent communities have been and are seen by part or all of contemporary society as unwelcome transgressions, even monstrous, something to be limited, tamed, even done away with.

What will be the landscape of community work in the ‘not yet’ time? We don’t know. But there will be rupture in the relationship between the state and newly emergent communities and reshaped emergent communities of our now time. Control will be transgressed. We can be certain of that. There is already rupture – communities emerging, resistant to colonisation by government, Anthill prefigures that time.

- Anthill Mob


People, Power, Participation: living community development

A memoir and reflections on community development

by Mary Lane

marylanecoverThis book contributes to a history of community development in Australia and to debates about its future as a strategy for social change. The author's lived experience, told through stories of activism, practice and teaching from the 1960s on, is a means for identifying changes in community development theories/practices and factors influencing those changes. Highlighted are positive outcomes for disadvantaged people as well as tensions and contradictions, notably those arising from government patronage.