(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]

Are you interested in a career in Early Childhood, but unsure which direction to go in?

Are you interested in a career in Early Childhood, but unsure which direction to go in?

Through the Getting Started in Early Childhood short course you will be introduced to working in the field of early childhood and providing education and care to children in a range of services.

Taught by industry experts, this short course will provide you with a taste of relevant skills and knowledge while providing a pathway to the CHC30113 Cert III in Early Childhood Education & Care.

Commences: Monday 21/10/2019 to Tuesday 26/11/2019.
Attend Monday and Tuesday 9 – 3pm.
Work placement for 1 week 2/12/19 – 6/12/19 in an education and care service.

Cost: Fully Government subsidised student training programs.

To register your interest call:

Kylie Jones

TAFE Services Coordinator

TAFE NSW Kingscliff

T    +61 2 6674 7252 | M +61 427 534 315

E    [email protected]

Event Yeah the Boys – Grafton – Starts 17 September

As part of our objective to increase awareness of the issues surrounding and affecting the mental health of men, Our Healthy Clarence, headspace and RAMPH will be delivering 3 free 1 hour Community Support Skills sessions for the sponsors and supporters of Event Yeah the Boys Inc. over the next couple of weeks.


Tuesday 17 September – 2:30pm-3:30pm
Wednesday 25 September – 1:30pm-2:30pm
Friday 4 October – 1:30pm-2:30pm

Venue: Fulton Hogan Training Room, Grafton.

Registration: required by contacting [email protected]

We are working together towards creating an informed and resilient community by supporting more people to undertake training and to be comfortable to talk about, and refer people to, the services that may assist in times of despair.

Clarence Valley Close the Gap Day 2020 – looking for sponsorship

Are you able to support Clarence Valley Close the Gap 2020?

Nungera Cooperative are currently seeking financial assistance to help fund the Clarence Valley Close the Gap Day 2020. The Clarence Valley Close the Gap Day 2019 attracted over 500 people including preschools, primary schools, high schools, organisations and general community members. The focus on the day was around the Close the Gap initiatives in areas of health, education, employment, and justice, with a cultural blanket over all subjects. The day was targeted at the entire community, not just the Aboriginal community, to create further awareness to non-Aboriginal attendees and to educate them on the difficulties Aboriginal people can face.

All sponsorship received helps cover the costs of transport for schools to attend; free BBQ lunch on the day; Elders tent and food; shirts to give to all school students; coordination of the event; and activities and prizes on the day.

We are hoping to make this an annual event where all communities within the Clarence Valley can participate in sharing knowledge and learning new information. Organisational stalls are encouraged to set up and have information available. Students will have a set program to ensure the most is made of the day – each age group rotation will be different. The day will focus on all nations within the Clarence Valley – Yaegl, Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr – and share the importance of our culture with non-Aboriginal people.

What will my organisation get for supporting CVCTG Day 2020?
• logo on all marketing material including flyers, posters and social media
• logo on the CVCTG Day 2020 shirts
• thank you mention in our social media posts
• opportunity to have a stall present on the day
• a CVCTG Day shirt

If you would like to sponsor our event please email [email protected] Date will be confirmed by Dec 2020

Thanking you in advance!

The Family Referral Service is Your Link to Support

The Family Referral Service (FRS) connects families who need a helping hand, to the support services and community resources which can assist them.

FRS brings together families, support services and community resources so that our children and young people are safe and well.

We can work with families to look at what challenges they are facing and what their support needs are and then we can find the most appropriate services to meet their needs.

If you are a young person or family with children, or an extended family member, we will listen to your needs and connect you to support services and community resources to help.

Access our new referral form through the Social Futures website https://socialfutures.org.au/families-and-children/family-referral-service/

The FRS can help if you are having difficulties with:

  • Domestic violence experiences
  • Housing or accommodation access
  • Financial assistance
  • Counseling and mediation
  • Parenting struggles
  • Mental health concerns
  • Finding culturally appropriate support

We can connect you with:

  • Employment, education and training services
  • Domestic violence services
  • Access to Government services and community organisations
  • Family support services
  • Intensive family support
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Mental health services
  • Finding culturally appropriate support
  • Other support options

AbSec 2019 Conference – 19-21 November 2019 – Coffs Harbour

The biennial NSW Aboriginal Child and Family Conference is a key event for those working with Aboriginal children and families in NSW.

The conference will be held from 19 to 21 November 2019 at the picturesque Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour.

There is no other event in NSW where attendees can talk with practitioners, academics, organisations and community members about how we work together
for better outcomes for our kids and families.

The conference theme is Strong Communities, Strong Kids. We will put the focus firmly on strategies for involving Aboriginal youth, families and communities in
developing services and policies that lead to system change.

This year’s conference will also feature the inaugural NSW Aboriginal Child and Family Awards, celebrating those working to support Aboriginal children, families and communities. Find a list of the award categories on website. If you know someone who has made outstanding achievements to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children and families, nominate them.

For further details or to register or nominate please visit our website www.absec.org.au/nswacf-awards.html



Children’s Week will be celebrated this year from 19-27 October 2019. To honor this special time of year, the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) is inviting submissions for the Children’s Week Creative Story Competition.

Children and young people up to age 18 who live in NSW are invited to enter the contest by submitting a 200-500 word creative story about an issue that is important to children and young people in 2019.

The winning stories will be decided by famous author and Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman, the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People, the Youth Advisory Council and the NSW Children’s Week Committee.

One winner will be chosen in each of the following age groups: 0-5, 6-11, and 12-18. The three winners will receive an award and a $200 gift card at a special Children’s Week event.

The Competition intends to promote the importance of writing and the imagination.

Entries close Sunday 6 October 2019. For more information, visit the ACYP website here.



Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) is offering $50 million in growth funding to existing aged care and disability service providers.

The grant opportunity intends to expand entry-level services for senior Australians. Growth funding allows organisations to respond to the evolving needs of the aged care population and to account for the growing numbers of aging Australians.

CPHS aims to support older people aged 65 years and over (or aged 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) to live as independently as possible in their own homes and community for as long as they can and wish to do so.

Monies will be granted based on priorities identified through consultations with a variety or organisations and providers within the sector. Funding can be extended for up to two years.

Applications open Friday 6 September 2019 and close Tuesday 8 October 2019 at 11pm.

Find more information on the GrantConnect website.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) August 2019 – Consolidated list of resources, information and professional development opportunities

August 2019 Early Parenting Program INFO Share. This consolidated list of resources, information and professional development opportunities is compiled from multiple sources by the Early Parenting Program of Child, Youth & Family Services, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. Any queries about events should be directed to the contact person listed in the description or hyperlink.

If you would like an event, conference or workshop included please contact:

Helen Rogers
Early Parenting Program Coordinator | Child, Youth and Family Services
Primary Integrated and Community Health
301 Forbes Street
NSW 2010
Tel: 02 9382 8685 | Fax: 02 9382 8659  |[email protected]

Australian Youth Suicide Prevention Summit – 12-15 November 2019 – Melbourne

The early bird tickets end 13/9/19

Australia’s only national youth suicide prevention-focused summit, this event focuses on evidence-based multi-stakeholder approaches to youth mental health. You will be connecting with a diverse range of workers throughout the country to tackle this important issue to learn from one another and further develop a national approach to youth suicide prevention together.

At this event we will cover:

  • Latest developments in evidence-based suicide prevention
  • Strong case examples of multi-stakeholder approaches to suicide prevention
  • Improving coordinated responses to suicide crisis at postvention stage
  • Policy & public health led approaches to youth suicide prevention
  • Youth mental health promotion & early intervention in schools & education institutions
  • Empowering Aboriginal-led approaches to suicide prevention in Indigenous communities

The summit will also allow you to hear from some key speakers including: 

  • Professor Ella Arensman, Chief Scientist, National Suicide Research Foundation (Ireland)
  • Warwick Smith, Director, Youth Mental Health (NMHS), Department of Health WA
  • Dr Peggy Brown, Senior Clinical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • David Wild, National Clinical Advisor – Be You, headspace
  • + many more

In addition to the summit, you have an opportunity to attend interactive workshops, maximising your time out of the office:

  • Workshop A: Mental health first aid for the suicidal person
  • Workshop B: safeTALK: Suicide alertness for everyone
  • Workshop C: Aboriginal cultural safety training with VACCH
  • Australian Youth Suicide Prevention Summit

Learner driver knowledge course – Tweed

Join in our interactive course sessions which aim to help you gain your Learner’s licence with confidence.

Session dates: 18 & 25 OCTOBER and 1 & 8 NOVEMBER 2019

Receive driver education in literacy, language and numeracy to assist with the Driver Knowledge Test.

Cost: $200 or FREE for eligible participants*
Number of sessions: 4
Session times: 10am – 3pm per session
Session dates: 18 & 25 OCTOBER and 1 & 8 NOVEMBER 2019

PROGRAM: Adult and Community Education (ACE) Program. Applicants eligible for enrolment under the ACE Program to note that this training is subsidised by the New South Wales government.

• You must be at least 15 years old and no longer at school
• You must be living or working in NSW (or be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas)
• You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

• $0 if you fulfil eligibility criteria and receive an eligible benefit or are a dependent child, spouse or partner of a person receiving a specified Commonwealth Government welfare benefit or allowance
• $0 (fee exempt) if you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or are receiving a Disability Support Pension or are a dependent child, spouse or partner of a person receiving a Disability Support Pension

Full fee $200 for ineligible participants.

• Visit our website at www.acecolleges.edu.au
• Select Course / Driver Education / Learner Driver Knowledge Course
• Select ‘Funded Fee’ from the drop down (if ineligible, select ‘Full Fee’)
• Enter a Unique Student Identifier (USI).
• Select the location from the ‘Start Date’ drop down
• Click ‘Apply Now’ / ‘Proceed to Checkout’ then enter your details.