Communities at Work provides a range of early education and care services and community services in the ACT and Capital region. Our services and programs make a positive contribution to the lives of Canberrans and create a social impact in our community. People are at the heart of everything we do. We go above and beyond in delivering high-quality services so that you can experience positive educational outcomes for your children, find a helping hand in times of need, enjoy an enhanced quality of life, and engage with positive social change.
Communities at Work is a public company limited by guarantee and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We employ over 600 employees, engage over 100 self-employed Family Day Care and In-Home Care educators and harness the passionate commitment of almost 100 volunteers to help us carry out our mission of enriching lives today and shaping better futures tomorrow.
As a people-focused for-impact organisation, Communities at Work is committed to creating a sustainable future for the Canberra community. Our surplus-for-purpose philosophy enables us to invest every dollar we earn right back into the Canberra community, including the provision of much-needed essential support such as food, clothing and accommodation assistance to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community.
The following six program areas provide important services for everyone in the Canberra and ACT region.
Your children are in the hands of our highly skilled and qualified educators who deliver high-quality education and care services at our Early Education and Care (Child Care) Centres, Out of School Hours Care (before and after school care) services, School Holiday Programs, and with our supported self-employed Family Day Care and In-Home Care educators.Read more
Seniors and Disability Services
Whether you are a senior member of our community, or a person living with a disability, we support you in an environment characterised by trust and respect, to enhance your independence, social inclusion and well-being. Our focus is on life skills and social and recreational opportunities.Read more
Support Services (for people experiencing hardship)
For vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our community, and for anyone experiencing hardship, our community pantries, clothing program, accommodation programs, crisis support services and other community support services, provide essential assistance, relief and guidance.Read more
Qualifications and Professional learning (CPLE)
Our Centre of Professional Learning and Education (CPLE) is an award-winning vocational education and training provider (RTO 88148). We kickstart and accelerate careers with nationally recognised qualifications in the Early Childhood and Business sectors, and provide year-round training workshops for professional development and upskilling.Read more
The Galilee School
Our registered, independent special assistance school inspires positive learning outcomes in disengaged, at-risk and vulnerable young people (years 7-12) in an alternative schooling environment. We help young people flourish with growth opportunities in both personal and academic spheres.Read more
Our Community Development program draws people together and encourages them to make longer-term meaningful connections with their communities. We empower people to utilise their existing assets and skills to help them build the community they want to live in.Read more
Communities at Work has adopted the following policies, applicable to all our employees, clients, volunteers, and members of the Canberra community: