Get started on your microboard

Can anyone set up a Microboard?

Setting up an incorporated association may seem relatively easy.  However, microboards are not like your local soccer club or community garden society because there is one vulnerable person at the centre of the microboard and their safety, dignity and human rights must be protected. Incorporating an association to support a person with disability without understanding how to do this for sustainability, and without principles and values being in place, might not result in the best outcomes.

There is quite a lot to know about how to set up a Microboard which has a solid foundation which is sustainable for the years to come. Microboard members usually need support to understand how their responsibility to uphold the human rights and quality of life for the focus person, as well as their role in supporting their decision making.

The evidence is also that the sustainability of Microboards relies on their relationship with a parent organisation which has been established with the core purpose of developing Microboards and understanding all of the responsibilities and needs of the model. This includes having an organisation to help when Microboards experience challenges. Microboards Australia are the only organisation in Australia endorsed by Vela Microboards Canada as offering the appropriate level of understanding, skills and services.

What kind of support does Microboards Australia offer to set up a Microboard?

We run a Microboard development program which is tailored to the needs of each person, family and Microboard.

You will have access to:

  • a series of workshops which explore all aspects of Microboard development and practice.
  • at least 2 trained and experienced facilitators to work with you and walk alongside you every step of the way.
  • a range of online resources which map all aspects of Microboard information management, including meeting minute templates, planning processes, and quality of life tracking for the person including health and wellbeing needs.
  • accessible resources which explain and explore key Microboard concepts with people with disability and their supporters
  • inclusion in the broader community of Microboards across Australia which includes workshops, projects and discussion groups

We can provide as much or as little support as you feel you need.

How can I find out more about what's involved in setting up a Microboard?

You can email us to let us know you are interested in finding out more about Microboards. We run free workshops and webinars about Microboards and what is involved in setting one up.
After you have been involved in a workshop or webinar, then you can book a call with us to talk about where to from here.
Email us at if you would like to know more or to sign up for a Microboards Information Session.

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