Five top tips for making Collective Action happen

Sustainability Victoria

Have you been inspired by our stories of Collective Action to make a change in your community?

If you’re looking to create new connections, gain skills and experience, and improve both your mental and physical health, contributing to some collective action in your neighbourhood will tick all these boxes and more.


Tricia from the Mallacoota Sustainable Energy Group and Maylai from the Mernda Repair Café have one thing in common – they are passionate and proud volunteers in their community. Follow their lead and search for your suburb on this map where you’ll discover dozens of volunteering opportunities in your community, from advocacy to wildlife care and everything in between. Use Google or check your local council website for conservation groups you can join and other volunteering options. Or dream big and start your own!

Donate, repair and share

If your latest spring cleaning frenzy has unearthed an old printer, clothing that doesn’t fit and a bunch of books you’ve already read twice, think about whether your “trash” could become someone else’s treasure, just like the amazing volunteers at Neighbourhood Collective.

Reach out to a local charity, or join your neighbourhood Facebook group and see if anyone in your community needs the second vacuum cleaner you keep in the cupboard in case your first one breaks down. You’ll support a circular economy, free up space in your home and get a dose of the warm fuzzies by helping someone in need.

Before you give your goods away, consider whether they could use some TLC. Find a local repair cafe such as our friends at Mernda who will have your donations looking shipshape and ready for their second life.

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