Gavin Ackerly

Gavin Ackerly

Community Services

Over 20 years of dedicated service within the community sector.


Gavin Ackerly

Gavin Ackerly stands as a beacon of experience and expertise in the realm of organisational and business development, boasting over 20 years of dedicated service within the community sector. With a remarkable trajectory punctuated by roles that have empowered migrant and refugee-led organisations in Australia and beyond, Gavin embodies a perfect blend of passion, knowledge, and drive. Known for his skillful approach in nurturing growth and fostering innovation, he is currently seeking new collaborative avenues to tackle the intricate social and economic issues faced by communities and businesses alike.

Career Highlights:

  • Over two decades of progressive experience in the community sector, specialising in supporting migrant and refugee-led organisations to effect positive change.
  • Distinguished leadership roles at high-profile entities such as the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation.
  • A proven record of cultivating talented teams committed to innovation and growth, while addressing complex societal challenges.
  • An impressive portfolio of skills including business development, strategic planning, and multimedia editing, bolstered by a strong educational background.


Community Development Consultant
(Various Organisations) - Australia & International

2013 - Present

  • Offering expertise in strategic planning and program development to empower community organisations and social enterprises.
  • Leading initiatives to foster growth and innovation in organisations addressing complex social and economic challenges.

Executive Management Roles

(Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Western Bulldogs Community Foundation) - Australia

2010 - 2013

  • Directed and guided teams in devising strategies aimed at fostering community integration and development.
  • Played a pivotal role in enhancing the organisational brand through innovative marketing and public relations strategies.

Community Development Worker & Education Trainer

(Various Organisations) - Australia

2000 - 2010

  • Initiated and managed projects that focused on enhancing the livelihoods of migrants and refugees.
  • Spearheaded educational programs to develop the skills of the next generation of community workers.


Certificate I - IV in Training and Assessment

Box Hill Institute of TAFE - Lilydale VIC

January 2019 to September 2019

Advanced Diploma / Associate Degree in Business Management

BEV Consulting - Melbourne VIC

January 2014 to December 2016

Certificate I - IV in Frontline Management

Swinburne University of Technology - Hawthorn VIC

January 2012 to December 2012

Diploma in Community Services

Swinburne University of Technology - Croydon VIC

January 2003 to December 2007


  • Management
  • Business Development
  • Team Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing

- Public Relations

- Multimedia Editing (sound and video production)

- Digital Marketing

- Branding Development

Gavin continues to be a beacon of hope and a wellspring of knowledge for budding community workers, instilling in them the values of a safer and fairer world. With an unwavering commitment to fostering positive change, Gavin stands ready to embark on new adventures, armed with a wealth of experience and a heart fervently poised to serve communities globally.

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