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Strengthening Australian Civil Society

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Civil society is the beating heart of Australia

Civil Society is where we come together around a common goal. It’s where we gather with friends, colleagues, members, or neighbours to connect, play, make art, share culture, defend our rights, practice our faith and care for each other.

Strengthening Australian Civil Society brings people from across Australia together to share stories, experiences and expertise about new or different ways of doing things, bold and creative initiatives and innovations, and about what’s worked and what hasn’t – especially in the face of crises such as COVID-19 or bushfires.

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Strengthening Australian Civil Society is a collaboration between the Sydney Policy Lab, the Paul Ramsay Foundation and community leaders from across Australia.
Together, we want to build a stronger and reenergised Australian civil society. Everybody is welcome there are plenty of opportunities to participate.
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From the community

“Together we are better. As the world continues to adjust to a new way of life that secures our safety and wellbeing, we can bring back peace and compassion through our interactions and relationships with one another. By serving with kindness and hope wrapped in faith, sincerity and authenticity.”

Maha Abdo OAMCEO, Muslim Women Association

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Key themes

By focusing on these four key themes we will collect and share stories, lessons, tips and tools from across Australia that can help us emerge stronger from crises like the Covid-19 pandemic.


Community Connection

Systems & Networks

Influencing & Advocacy

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