About Us

The Illawarra Forum is the peak body working for community services and organisations in the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven.

We take up issues across program areas that impact on the regions communities. The Forum’s roles include promoting the wellbeing of diverse communities, resourcing and supporting community service organisations, information provision, pursuing social justice strategies, building expertise in community services and representational roles.

Membership is open to community based social or welfare organisation that are based in, or work in, the Illawarra or Shoalhaven region, and to individuals. For more information on membership click here.



The Illawarra Forum was established through a public meeting of more than 60 community service workers in 1990. A committee was formed of people committed to the principals of social justice and a belief in the value of the non-government community sector as both a provider of services and as a vital part of communities.

The Illawarra Forum was established to be a voice for the sector – to campaign against government policies that fail to best serve those who face the greatest hardships in our communities.