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Commonground is a not-for-profit social enterprise that has been supporting social justice, environmental, disadvantaged and community groups since 1984.

It does this through providing its Venue at subsidised rates for social change groups; its education and training organisation, the Groupwork Institute of Australia; and its Intentional Community, who run the Commonground Social Change Festival.

intentional community

Commonground is a vibrant example of an Intentional Community where a group of people come together with a common purpose and deliberately choose to live and work together, sharing their lives and resources in an agreed manner. 

The intention for members of the Commonground community is to resource the social change movement. Accordingly, we all volunteer time to help the various Commonground social enterprises thrive. The cooperative that owns the Commonground property is crafted in such a way as to ensure that the land or assets can't be sold for individual gain.

The community is made up of people who live on site at the Commonground property and people who live offsite and help us run our various social enterprises.

We encourage people interested in our community to first explore Commonground through the following opportunities:

  • Come to one of our regular Gatherings which are part working bee, part finding out more about Commonground and part good fun. Join our mailing list to receive invitations to future Gatherings.
  • Come as a volunteer for a few days to help out and get to know us. Please add you details to our Volunteer Register and we will be in touch when volunteering opportunities arise throughout the year.
  • Come for a slightly longer (two week) ‘working holiday’ to get to know us. This is part of our long history hosting Willing Workers on Organic Farms via the WWOOF program. Mutual exchange is a great way to have people stay at Commonground.
  • Volunteer at our biennial Festival. Join the mailing list to be informed when the call for Festival volunteers goes out.

After getting to know us a bit more you might negotiate to start the Commonground membership journey.