Helping you
start, scale & sustain community projects

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Reconciliation NSW

NSW Reconciliation Council

"Project Australia helped us look at our organisation in a holistic manner; working out what assets we have at our disposal and how we can make best use of them. Donnie's advice on streamlining our processes was also very useful and will save us time and money in the office".

Rose MacDonald Project Manager
Waratah CLT Australia

Waratah Community Land Trust

"Thank you so much for a fabulous work day. We are all very impressed with the way you facilitated the process to help us find our vision and mission statements which we had been struggling with for too long. Thank you also for the tools, the brand pyramid and the photos"

Beatrice Ludwig President


"Donnie's knowledge of the start-up and not-for-profit space is remarkable--he is a wealth of information, resources and contacts. The consultancy service that Project Australia provides has provided us with extremely useful tips and tools to help us be much more effective in our work"

Annie Le Cavalier Director


“Project Australia provided grounding information and advice during the ideas phase of Batyr. Valuable time spent analysing avenues of implementation and steps involved to see the idea move into action. Thanks for the support and assistance Project Australia”

Sebastian Robertson CEO
Diaspora Lanka

Diaspora Lanka

"Project Australia is a unique, grounded and inspirational organisation. Through their consultancy we have been able to grow our organisation both in reach and influence. They provide practical, ethically sound and effective advice coupled with great generosity."

Jeremy Liyanage Director


“The 1hr provided was invaluable to identify the weak points of our project, and the suggestions for improvement were spot on. You can't underestimate the value of experience and knowledge”.

Joel Hauer Co-Founder
Friends With Things

Friends With Things

“The clarity, direction and clear, practical and actionable advice I received from SI Consulting was invaluable. The respect in which they are regarded is well earned. Project Australia are generous with their knowledge, thoughtful with their expertise and thoroughly professional in their approach. If you want to make something happen, the journey starts with Project Australia.”

Ravi Prasad Founder
The Papillion Foundation

The Papillion Foundation

"I consider myself as having extensive knowledge of funding and arts based programs within Australia and yet had not heard of the majority of the huge list of contacts Project Australia put forward during our 1 hour consultation"

Phoebe Maroulis Co-Founder
Second Chance Toys

Second Chance Toys

The hour consultation I spent with Donnie from Project Australia really helped me clarify some vital issues for setting up my not-for-profit association and provided me with clear solutions that I can now go and put into action. Thanks Project Australia.

Cheryl Staddon Director

How we help

Our primary service - a one hour consultancy - is offered for free.

Clients are provided with tailored advice and practical tools for starting, scaling or sustaining their initiatives. Consultancies can cover areas such as creative brain storming, �asset-mapping’ and brand clarification, through to exploration of appropriate legal and business structures – including social enterprise - and how to creatively market and fundraise on a shoestring budget. Where relevant, clients are steered towards free tools, sent customisable documents and introduced to relevant individuals within the consultant’s network.

Previous consultancies have covered projects across all areas of social innovation, with examples including a sailing vessel run on bio fuel that transports organic produce on inland waterways to Sydney suburbs; an Ebay-like platform for people to sell unwanted items, with all income going to charities; a speaking service for schools, focussed on mental health; a community cafe, staffed by people who were formerly homeless.

Consultancies are face-to-face, conducted over Skype or held via phone. Necessary research is undertaken ahead of each consultancy.

Who We Are

I'm Donnie
Donnie Maclurcan

Dr Donnie Maclurcan is Executive Director at Project Australia: a community organisation helping people start, scale and sustain not-for-profit initiatives that focus on Australian challenges. Building on experiences working with many Australian organisations, including at a governance level, Donnie has developed a reputation in the not-for-profit sector as a well-networked, strategic thinker. Widely published, he has consulted to over 50 groups and is well regarded as a public speaker and facilitator.


Dr Donnie Maclurcan is CEO of Project Australia. His work with over 60 community groups has drawn on a strong track record in social innovation, including The (En)Rich List, Free Money Day, uThinc, and work as a telephone counsellor, coordinator of a lobby group for Aboriginal justice and manager of a team assisting Sydney’s homeless.


Operating since 2008, Social Innovation (SI) Consulting is a service run by the community organisation Project Australia.