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Borderlands provides space, resources and support to a diverse range of Co-operators (NGOs). We work in partnership to ensure our collective range of knowledge, expertise and experiences brings mutual benefits to everyone involved; by sharing resources and information, supporting one another when faced with dilemmas, running forums and events together and most importantly, joining in friendship, solidarity and determination to create a better world!

Our market economy often prohibits many small NGOs from being sustainable and undertake their important work. By maintaining a commitment to maximising our resources with our collaborators, we not only support their work but also share in the joy and mutual benefits that cooperation brings.

Here’s a snippet of information about our Collaborators.

New Community Quarterly

New Community Quarterly is an Australian journal of community development with a history spanning over twenty years. Their website provides information about ‘New Community Quarterly’, including subscriptions, contributions and availability of back issues as well as an archive of most of the previously published ‘Community Quarterly’ by issue and subject. 

East Timor Women Australia

ETWA is a member-based volunteer organisation supporting women in East Timor. As long-standing friends of Borderlands, we recently decided to further utilise the resources (both material and intellectual) available at the Borderlands office.  We’ve found the energy, support and acceptance of the Borderlands crew inspiring and the new computers have made our work so much easier! Probably the best thing about being at Borderlands is the way people freely share their knowledge and experiences, which for us ,new-comers to the world of international development, helps reconcile some of the dilemmas of working across oceans and cultures. As we try to integrate social and a market– based approaches to helping the women we work with in East Timor, the knowledge base at Borderlands helps us to do this with integrity and conviction. A massive thank you to all!

Third Way Theatre

Third-Way Theatre invites the living community to use theatre as a tool to give voice to social struggles around hard-to-address issues such as bullying, gender violence, poverty, suicide, alienation, domestic violence, stigma, drug and alcohol addiction, racism, queer parenting, anorexia, obesity, homophobia, transphobia, mental health, climate justice and more.

Third-Way Theatre generates ‘inter/active’ plays. Interactive theatre (FORUM Theatre) stems from the heart of Augusto Boal’s, Theatre of The Oppressed. This use of ‘theatre as a laboratory,’ provides an opportunity to critically reflect on the motivations and consequences of actions within a social and political context before acting out in the “real world.” It also assists in dismantling social silences ingested both personally and culturally, by unpacking the way in which certain voices are marginalised reinforcing the dominance of others. The analysis of this mechanism, and our participation in it is imperative in the work of restorative justice.
is a member-based non-profit association established in 1981 to promote the sustainable development of Melbourne.
The Habitat Uniting Church brings together the Augustine Centre in Hawthorn and St. David’s Uniting Church in Canterbury. The community includes the Habitat Congregation and the Habitat Partners. Habitat has its roots in the Christian tradition with a broad scope and spirit for dialogue and exploration.

Since its inception in 2001, CLC has been raising funds for the Cambodian-based Children and Life Association (CLA), which implements holistic programs on the ground to assist children, families and villages build their own capabilities to escape poverty and improve their lives.

Footprints Entreprise Inc.
“R3presentin` Inclusive Communities” Footprints Enterprises Inc. was
developed in order to ‘create spaces to bring about social change through the creative arts.’ We believe that a young person’s story is important to them and if they choose to express it, the guise of art offers an opportunity for this story to be told in a way that crosses human barriers of understanding.
Footprints seeks to support young people’s exploration of their identity through the use of creative arts in a supportive, likeminded community. By using the tool of reative expression as the bridge we hope to inspire and educate – addressing racial tensions in Australia. Footprint`s works from the premise that social inclusion is a mutual goal that both the local community and newly arrived communities must work towards. Through this process all groups involved must negotiate what social inclusion means to them and what they are prepared to do to make it happen for everyone.

This Action Research Centre (ARC) website is the fourth program of action research resourcing initiated by the Action Research Issues Association Inc. (ARIA) since its inception in 1988.

The Action Research Issues Association (ARIA) that runs ARC is a small community-based organisation incorporated in the State of Victoria, Australia. Its approximately 25 members are mostly Victorian-based but several are interstate or overseas.

As part of the work program of ARC, the Association auspices a state-wide network of around 300 people called SPIRAL (Systemic● Participatory● Inquiry● Research● Action● Learning). SPIRAL has had a regular monthly e-newsletter and an annual program of popular dinner seminars.