Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

About Us

SEE-Change is a Canberra grass-roots sustainability organisation formed in 2008. It is unique in that it delivers sustainability information, activities and programs through its volunteer-led groups within the Canberra community.

The SEE in SEE-Change stands for:

  • Society
  • Economy, and
  • Environment

From its start, the organisation’s goal was to address changes across these three spheres in order to create a fair and sustainable society with a reduced environmental impact. These three spheres continue to be addressed in SEE-Change’s second decade of operation.

The local-based projects include:

  • sustainable house tours
  • film nights
  • seminars, talks and educational workshops
  • community festivals
  • Kitchen Table Conversations
  • planning submissions

Each year the office runs:

  • Bulk buys of electric bikes
  • Draft proofing workshops

SEE-Change Strategy 2019 – 2022

The Strategic Plan and matrix direct the organisation’s priorities over 2019-2022.


The SEE-Change Book

Bob Douglas, one of the founding members of SEE-Change, published a book in 2006 about the SEE-Change approach titled: SEE-Change Centres – Grey Power and Hope. An update to this book was published in 2009.

Organisational Structure

What continues to make SEE-Change unique, is that SEE-Change local community groups are the main heart of SEE-Change activity.

SEE-Change_Organisation Structure

While there is a central SEE-Change office, how SEE-Change local groups decide to achieve the SEE-Change Mission and Vision is open to creativity and the interests and needs of those involved.

The SEE-Change governance structure is designed to provide organisation-wide cohesion and support, while at the same time fostering diversity and independence in the local groups.

The role of SEE-Change is seen as one of enabling groups of citizens to work together on projects that matter to them – rather than telling people what to do.

SEE-Change is funded by the ACT government. This funds the Downer office and part-time Executive Officer and Project Officer/s.

SEE-Change is an independent organisation that is not affiliated with any other organisation.

With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government