ChangeMaker Professional Development Training

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A professional development series delivered by Family Life in partnership with the Tamarack Institute outlining how to design and deliver community change initiatives.

ChangeMaker Professional Development Training

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ChangeMaker Professional Development Training provides professionals with oversight and understanding of the 5 pillars of Community Change work: the principles and practice that can be applied in the design and delivery of existing and new community change initiatives.

Diagram above adapted from Tamarack Institute, Canada.

Topics include:

  • Understanding of the principles and practice frameworks of the 5 pillars: collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, community innovation, evaluating impact
  • Review literature and research on each topic
  • Development of leadership and change maker skills and knowledge to progress this work more confidently
  • Explore the practical strategies needed to support the design and delivery of community change projects
  • Understanding of problems and pitfalls associated with each element and how to address them.

What you will learn:

  • Development of knowledge and understanding of the 5 Pillars (phases and stages) of community change work
  • Exploration of the principles and practice necessary to design and deliver community change initiatives
  • Development of skills, knowledge and qualities necessary to mobilise community change
  • What to include in projects to ensure it reflects community change principles and practice. This will be done through the design of an incubator project or through an existing project participants are working on.

Best suited to:

Mid-level managers, team leaders, para professionals from community organisations and government that are keen to understand community change principles, theory and practice.

Participants may have commenced or be considering developing a community change initiative or wish to apply the theory or practice in existing projects.


Future dates to be advised

The course will be delivered over 6 weeks:

  • 5 x interactive virtual sessions that will run for 3 hours
  • 1 x small group coaching session will be offered halfway through the training for 1.30 hours


Training will be delivered online via Zoom and includes:

  • digital training manual including handouts and research papers
  • opportunity to participate in a small and large group discussions
  • coaching session for groups of 4-5 participants.


  • $700 AUD (excl. GST) Early bird
  • $800 AUD (excl. GST)


Acceptance into this program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. Bookings details to be advised.

Delivered by: 

Allison Wainwright, CEO, Family Life has over 20 years of social work experience spanning government and not for profit sectors in senior and executive management roles. She has expertise in the areas of community change, family violence, children, youth and family services both in Australia, and overseas.

Allison’s specialist skills focus on programmatic design of community change and therapeutic systems that provide trauma informed interventions and family sensitive practice including crisis services, residential care, child protection, family support and community-based models.

She has provided international leadership over collective impact, community change and primary prevention initiatives. Designing place based and community centred models around HIV/AIDS prevention, family violence prevention, sexual health and place-based responses to vulnerable families and children.

Allison Wainwright


Liz Weaver, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre has a focus on advancing community change efforts and does this by focusing on five strategic areas including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum and leads a collective impact capacity building strategy with the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Prior to her current role at Tamarack, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables develop their frameworks of change and supported and guided their projects from idea to impact.

Liz Weaver

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