Support for Not-for-Profit Groups

Noosa Council’s Community Development Department provides a range of services for Not-for-Profit groups and organisations in our community including:

  • Providing grants and assistance with grant applications
  • Facilitating workshops
  • Support and advocacy for community groups
  • Maintenance assistance for Council’s assets used by community groups
  • Linking community groups together for partnerships and efficiency
  • A bimonthly e-news with resources, news, and opportunities called Noosa’s Community Connections.

Workshop and Event Calendar 2020

Please note: 

This timetable is subject to change. Council will do our best to update and inform community of these changes. Download a printable version of the calendar. Calendar last edited 17.3.20.

Date and Time Workshop/Event Location Bookings

Tuesday 28 April (postponed - new dates TBA)

Saturday 9 May (postponed - new dates TBA)

Heart Week First Aid Course, free first aid course for Noosa Shire volunteers

Noosa Coast Guard HQ, off Garden Grove, Noosaville

Postponed to later in the year due to COVID-19.

Register your interest here for later in the year

Tuesday 19 May, 3.30 - 5.30pm Volunteer Recruitment, Retention and Rewards in National Volunteer Week, with Leisa Donlan CQU University, 90 Goodchap St, Noosaville Book now 
Wedensday 10 June, 3.30 - 5.30pm Conflict Resolution for Community Groups and Volunteers CQU University, 90 Goodchap St, Noosaville Book now
Wednesday 22 July, 3.30 - 5.30pm Social Media, Marketing, Sponsorship and Fundraising for Community Organisations and Volunteers The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads Bookings open May 2020
Wednesday 12 August, 3.30 - 5.30pm Community Events Planning and Delivery The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads Bookings open June 2020
Wednesday 19 August, 3 - 5pm Come N Try Sports Afternoon Noosa Tewantin Sports Fields, Butler St, Tewantin Bookings open July 2020
Wedensday 2 September, 5.30 - 7.30pm Grants Network and Nibbles Night The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads Bookings open August 2020
Friday 4 December, 9 - 11am International Volunteers Day Celebration Noosa Woods Park, Claude Batten Drv, Noosa Heads Bookings open November 2020

* Additional workshops and events may be added to this program throughout the year.

Previously held workshops

  • Fraud Workshop for Community Organisations - this workshop provided preventative measures to protect your hard earned funds from temptation. Check out the presentation slides from Leisa Donlan & Office of Fair Trading.
  • Workplace Health & Safety Workshop - In this workshop we covered new legislation that has come into play, what not for profits need to understand and are responsible for to keep their members and volunteers safe. Check out the presentation slides here [3.73MB].
  • Secretaries' Meetup and Workshop - In this workshop we covered the huge role of the secretary within the law and within the organisation itself. Check out the presentation slides here [2360KB].
  • Presidents' Meetup and Workshop - In this workshop we covered all aspects of meetings and how to make them actually work for your organisation, and the legal changes you need in your processes to make sure you are legally compliant. Check out the presentation slides here [1454KB] or recommended templates: Committee Meeting Agenda [43KB], AGM Agenda [41KB], Member Protection Policy [791KB].
  • Treasurer's Meetup and Workshop - This workshop gave Noosa community group treasurers a great chance to meet, chat, and answer each other’s questions on everything weird and wonderful in treasurer’s land. Check out the Check out the presentation slides here. [5838KB]


Need assistance with incorporation? - Contact The Office of Fair Trading to set up an incorporated association. It also provides information on responsibilities once incorporated, and forms and fees and how to run the incorporated association, financial responsibilities for incorporated associations and even closing down an incorporated association on The Office of Fair Trading website.


Planning is a critical part of good governance and serves as a compass for the direction of an organisation’s future. The key components of planning include an understanding of the organisation’s vision, mission, values and strategies. There are a number of templates and websites that can assist:


Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS) [554KB] is a specialist insurance provider established in consultation with Local Government Australia to manage insurance needs of clubs, associations and community groups within Australia. LCIS aims to assist not for profit organisations that meet the following characteristics:

  • Provide services to the broader community
  • Have a turnover / funding of up to $5 million per annum
  • Do not distribute profits to members
  • Consist mainly of volunteers

Resources about Queensland laws for Queensland organisations

Not-for-profit Law is a gold mine of information for community organisations.

Free Training Opportunities

Queensland Government’s FREE online training opportunities through the department's Building Active Communities Workshops program is now available. Online courses available are Committee Management, Financial Management, Volunteer Management, Marketing and Promotion and Fundraising, Grants and Sponsorship.
More details and registration.

Doing Building Works on Council Land

If your organisation is occupying (lease or permit) Noosa Council property you will need Noosa Council's consent before conducting any building works, internal or external. Liaise with your Community Development Officer and complete the Land Owners Consent Request.[50KB] Follow these guidelines to obtain Building Approval.

Sports Field Audit Forum

A sports turf consultant has audited sports fields around Noosa Shire. Council hosted a forum as a chance for sporting clubs to ask questions about how best to manage their fields. Here are the audit details.

The Independent Turf Consultant gave this presentation [7MB] to the sporting clubs.