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Centre for Sustainable Leadership

sustainable project development

At the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, we understand that to build a better future we need everyone to get smarter at what they do – people, companies and communities. Since 2005, our award winning Fellowship Program has been arming people with passion, potential and commitment with the training, skills and networks they need to create the future they envisage.

From flexible, low cost programs built around our online platform Leadership Rewired, to the transformative in-depth Fellowship Program, with access to leading speakers and mentors, and using experienced facilitators and trainers, our aim is to ensure real world outcomes and success. All CSL programs are based on an award winning curriculum and approach, covering topics including: using economics and sustainability to create growth; principles and practice of leadership, behaviour and social change; understanding your personal leadership style; managing personal sustainability; problem mapping and solving; design and systems thinking.

Level 13, 190 Queen St Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9078 7378

CERES Community Environment Park

permaculture, sustainability and artisan crafts

CERES Community Environment Park is model of sustainable urban agriculture and they want to share their secrets with everyone. As a Registered Training Organisation, CERES runs Vocational Education and Training programs, as well as PDC (permaculture design certificate) courses and all kinds of workshops on sustainability, from organic gardening and bee keeping to energy efficiency and basket weaving. Short courses include The Complete Urban Farmer, The Complete Urban Chef - Mastering Sustainable Food, Environmental Education and Sustainable Gardening.

Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East VIC 3057
03 9389 0100

Gluepot Reserve

ecology, bird monitoring, botanical illustration, painting and photography

Gluepot is Australia's largest community operated conservation reserve situated 64km north of Waikerie and the River Murray in South Australia's Riverland. Comprising 54,000 ha of prime mallee country, the reserve is maintained exclusively by volunteers and is home to 18 nationally threatened species of birds and 190 recorded bird species. Short courses are usually held over two or three days and cost $99 to $110. Courses included: vegetation id, ecology, bird watching and monitoring, botanical illustration, nature painting and photography. See full 2016 program.

PO Box 2098 Berri SA 5343
(08) 7070 4766

Green Steps

sustainable work practices

The Green Steps flagship is a hands-on program that bridges the gap between knowledge acquired at university and skills required to create environmental change. The Green Steps @ Uni program is delivered to selected groups of students at universities around Australia and incorporates work experience through sustainability internships to give participants the opportunity to work on real-world projects.

Through a combination of training, work-based placements and projects, Green Steps equips participants with the tools and confidence to be effective change-agents working within organisations towards sustainability.

Our impact on organisations and our inclusive training methodology have been recognised with a number of prestigious awards, including the national Banksia Environmental Award, Victorian Premier's Sustainability Award and the United Nations Association Education Award.

03 9902 0736



Milkwood is a social enterprise dedicated to teaching good stuff. We thrive on sharing practical skills and knowledge that can help individuals and communities move towards a mode of living that’s ethical, abundant, and deeply hands-on. At the moment we do this in two ways: with short courses held in both in Sydney and nearby farms, and with free online how-tos and resources.

We work with the best teachers we can find. People who are not only walking the talk, but are also skilled, humble and awesome communicators, who can empower folks to make the most of their new knowledge. As well as accredited Permaculture Design Courses, we run workshops on things like farming, bee keeping, mushroom cultivation, market growing, fermentation, natural building and lots more.

PO Box 3157, Kiama Downs NSW 2533
02 5300 4473

Peppermint Ridge Farm

sustainable land management

The eight hectare Peppermint Ridge property has been transformed into a living classroom that demonstrates a sustainable approach to land management. With a focus on the value of indigenous plants in property design, Peppermint Ridge Farm provides educational experiences for schools, universities, private landholders, community groups and local government. Our events include organic vegetable growing workshops, native garden tours and self guided bushfood tours and tastings.

540 Tynong North Rd Tynong North VIC 3813
03 5942 8580
0400 420 570
email available via website

Southern Cross Permaculture Institute


Southern Cross Permaculture Institute is dedicated to providing high quality permaculture education programs. We conduct permaculture design courses on our site and others, tours of our property, training packages for organisations, site consultancies for people who have land or are looking to buy a property, and regularly speak at sustainable lifestyle events. Read more about our background, and contact us to talk about how we can assist you.

7710 Bass Hwy Leongatha South VIC 3953
03 5664 3301

Very Edible Gardens

sustainable gardening and urban agriculture

VEG - Very Edible Gardens offer weekend and evening courses aimed mostly at food gardening beginners. We have developed teaching styles and strategies to help fast-track people on to the road of good health and sustainability through fun workshops which mix theory with hands-on practice delivered with good humour and genuine passion. VEG run permaculture introduction courses, edible weeds walks and workshops on composting, soil, raising chickens, organic gardening and lots more. Prices range from $15 to $2,000 for a Permaculture Design Certificate.

Courses offered around Melbourne's norther suburbs
email via website contact form


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