Are you working in government, the not-for-profit sector or in philanthropy and interested in strengthening your approach to co-design and co-production? This course will give you a conceptual, practical, and pragmatic grounding in how to do effective co-design in your organisation.

You’ll learn to apply co-design with Carla Clarence, TACSI’s Future of Mental Health lead and TACSI lived expertise associates Kirsty Rosie and Peter Kennedy.

They’ll help you get clear on what it takes to do co-design and co-production well, and give you the tools needed to explore how you can realise co-design in your work, your organisation, and the broader system.

Your facilitators

Carla Clarence

Future of Mental Health, TACSI

Carla is passionate about supporting mental health practitioners and transforming how we approach mental health as a society. Over the last five years, she has led over 30 co-design and co-planning projects in mental health settings including with not-for-profits, private health networks, and government, as well as philanthropically-funded work. With a practice-based background of case work, coaching, and working with people experiencing extremely complex life challenges, she understands the realities of making ‘co’ work across the service-system.

Peter Kennedy

Lived Expertise Associate, TACSI. Peer Worker, Ballarat Community Care.

A proud Narungga and Wotjobaluk Aboriginal man. Peter’s lived and professional experiences include peer work, participating in co‑design activities as a lived‑experience participant, the criminal justice system and connecting isolated people with community supports.

Kirsty Rosie

Lived Expertise Associate, TACSI

Kirsty’s lived and professional experiences include being a carer to family members living through complex challenges, working as a lived-experience Family/Carer consultant advising on mental health reform, participating in co-design projects, and co-developing this learning experience. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Management and Economics) and a Masters in Public Policy.

What you'll recieve

  • Pre network kickoff co-design article and reflective activity

  • Two three-hour sessions (first and last group sessions), plus six 90-minute online group conversations facilitated by TACSI and partners

  • Opportunities to connect with people exploring co-design in service settings across Australia

  • Regular real-time co-design learning resources in between online sessions

  • A co-design tool package to take with you on your co-design journey

Seven things you’ll be able to do after taking part

  • Choose the best-fit co-design approach

  • Use design-thinking methods for identifying opportunities and testing solutions

  • Facilitate constructive conversations about planning feasible co-design projects

  • Create stronger organisational and system-wide conditions for co-design

  • Know your personal strengths and your growth areas when it comes to co-design

  • Create brave and safe-enough spaces for co-design activities

  • Connect with a network of peers when you need support

Timing and pricing

February Intake 2024

8 weeks, 21st February - 10th April 2024

Hosted online via Zoom
Learning materials accessible via web browser

Sessions 1 and 8 are 3hrs, held 9:30am – 12:30pm AEDT Wednesdays.
Sessions 2 to 7 are 1.5 hrs, held 11am – 12:30pm AEDT Wednesdays.

AUD $2,145 per participant inclusive taxes.
(AUD $1,950 ex GST in Australia)

On purchase you will receive a receipt  by email that will show GST for customers in Australia.

Scholarships and subsidies:
Free places available for First Nations people, people with lived experience, and low-income earners. If you are seeking one of these places, email [email protected] for more information.

Course curriculum

  1. Welcome!

  2. Important Links

  3. Week 1: Powering-Up

  4. Week 2: Co-Design and the Bigger Picture

  5. Week 3: Guiding Principles for Co-Production and Co-Design

  6. Week 4: Co-Planning in Practice

About this course

  • $2,145.00
  • This intake starts 21st February, 2024

What learners said

“I cannot recommend TACSI’s Co-Design Learning Network highly enough. Brilliantly presented and worked through, I have gained valuable information and tools to seriously bring about true teamwork and co-design to my workplace.”

Participant, 2023

“I'm definitely going to be more aware of power imbalances, and of the unique kinds of power people hold”

Participant, 2023

“The co-facilitation was fantastic, enabling many additional aspects or ideas to be gently presented.”

Participant, 2023

“The course supported me to understand the co-design process and to apply it in practice.”

Participant, 2023


  • Are there any scholarships or subsidies?

    Yes, we reserve two free places per network cohort for First Nations applicants, folks with lived expertise, and low-income earners. Contact our Learning Coordinator, ([email protected]), to request your place.

  • Can I register a group?

    Absolutely. Creating the conditions for co-design or co-production is a collective endeavour. Enrolling as an organisation (or group of organisations) will help you build a shared understanding and shared language, while giving you the opportunity to work through challenges specific to your context. Contact our Learning Coordinator, ([email protected]) to talk about your options.

  • How long will I have access?

    You will have lifelong access to the course materials.

  • Will I get a certificate?

    Yes, you will be presented with a certificate on completing the course.

  • What if I can’t make all the sessions?

    You will still have access to all the materials from that session. We do not record network sessions, but we will endeavour to catch you up in the next session.

  • What if I realise I can’t attend the course after purchasing it?

    Networks and courses are non-refundable. If you are not able to make a network, and let us know more than 14 days before the start date, we will issue you a credit note (valid for 12 months) for use in a later network or course. At any point before the start date of the network you can transfer your place to a colleague at no additional cost. Contact our Learning Coordinator, via email ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

  • Can I get a tax invoice?

    When you purchase via our secure online platform a tax invoice will be sent to your email address.

  • Who can I talk to about any other questions?

    You can speak with our Learning Coordinator, via email ([email protected]) or the contact form below.