About Us

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

The Illawarra Forum supports community organisations, promotes expertise and innovation in community development, fosters industry development and advocates for social justice. For information on all our projects visit the Projects page.

The organisation advocates for a united Australia that respects this land of ours, values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and provides justice and equality for all. It is especially concerned with the well being of disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and groups, and to promote their well being through socially just policies and programs.


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.