About Us

Collective Action is a women-led small business that partners with governments, organisations, and communities to design and evaluate initiatives that challenge inequality and injustice and build safer and more inclusive societies.

Led by Alison Barclay, Collective Action comprises a small team of staff and consultants. We work collaboratively across a diverse range of projects in the areas of gender equality and social inclusion, the prevention of violence against women and children, LGBTIQA+ health equity and inclusion, sexual health, and social impact measurement. We specialise in working with people and communities who experience structural discrimination, marginalisation, and social injustice, and we centre their voices in the design and evaluation of programs that affect their lives.

In our eight years of operation, we have delivered projects for governments, community-based organisations, peak bodies, international development organisations, and global institutions. We have worked with organisations on a diverse range of projects across Australia and in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.



We choose projects in line with our vision and seek out clients with shared values. We invest in delivering quality outputs by contributing pro-bono hours when funding is limited.


We believe everyone has the right and the expertise to lead change in their own lives. As such, we pride ourselves on being facilitators rather than experts. We work with communities, either directly or through community-based organisations, empowering them to build the knowledge and skills they need to drive social change.

Intersectionality and inclusion

We take an intersectional approach to our work to make sure that people facing discrimination and structural disadvantage have the space, resources, and support they need to contribute to and benefit from community development. We are skilled at identifying and addressing power imbalances; we create space for diverse voices and experiences to ensure all members of the community can participate in and contribute to the projects that impact them.

Collaboration and partnership

We facilitate collective action by working with and combining expertise from communities, not-for-profit organisations, academia, government agencies, and the private sector to create multidisciplinary approaches to solve complex social problems.

Evidence based

We are committed to learning from and strengthening the evidence base on what works in social justice programming and developing resources to synthesize the evidence base and promote best practice.