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Positions Vacant at Social Futures

Positions Vacant at Social Futures

Social Futures is looking to fill the following vacancies.

  1. Team Leader – FCS
  • Full-Time Fix Term Contract until 27/05/2022
  • SCHCADS Level 6 plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
  • Location: Lismore

This position is for an initial six months to cover maternity leave, with possible opportunities to extend for a further six months. If you are passionate about child safety, practice approaches, risk mitigation and leading a large team with a positive culture then this could be the position for you.



  1. Local Area Coordinator Participant Experience Officer


  • Two x Full-time – 38 hours Week positions
  • SCHCADS Level 4 plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
  • Location: Tweed Heads

Our Social Futures’ Participant Experience Team is expanding! If you are passionate about supporting people with disability to achieve their goals, then a role with our LAC Participant Experience Team may help you achieve yours!  As a LAC Participant Experience Officer you will work within our centralised and fully accessible South Tweed Heads office to support NDIS Participants and Customers.


  1.  Program Manager – Suicide Aftercare


  • Full Time – 38 hours per week
  • SCHCADS Level 7 plus generous salary packaging options
  • Location: Kempsey – Relocation Assistance available

Due to recent growth we have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader to join our Social Futures team to lead a new program.  The Care Connect Program Manager leads the Suicide Aftercare Program across Kempsey and Bellingen LGA. This key role supports the implementation and delivery of short-term psychological intervention and support to people at risk of suicide or self-harm.


  1.  Program Manager – Youth


  • Full time
  • SCHCADS level 7 plus generous salary packaging options
  • Located in Lismore

As a result of an internal promotion we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and passionate people manager to lead multiple teams across a diverse range of youth programs. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Youth and Health Services, this position will see you as part of the leadership team, offering you an opportunity to use your management and leadership skills in conjunction with your knowledge of the issues pertaining young people within the area of homelessness, group and individual counselling, plus technology and education based programs.



More than 8 out of 10 are Locked Out in Lockdown

More than 8 out of 10 are Locked Out in Lockdown

The Australian Council of Social Service has found that eighty-five percent of people receiving some form of income support are locked out of receiving any extra Covid Disaster Payment, pushing people on the lowest incomes to the brink of their ability to survive.

ACOSS released the latest update of its ‘Living in Lockdown’ survey, which finds that almost all of the 216 respondents (96%) were seriously struggling with the cost of living and almost half (41.5%) were at risk of homelessness because of the high cost of housing.

“Compared with last year when everyone receiving unemployment and related payments was provided extra support, this year more than 80% are seriously struggling to survive,” said ACOSS Program Director – Social Security, Charmaine Crowe.

“When people can’t afford to cover basic costs like food, rent, electricity, medicine and public transport, they find it harder to travel to get vaccinated and are more exposed to the risk of COVID-19,” said Ms Crowe.

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said:

“The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that there were four times as many deaths from COVID-19 in the lowest socio-economic group (which includes most people on social security payments) compared with the highest socio-economic group. It is unconscionable to leave behind people who most need support.

“Even the OECD is recommending that Australia lift our appallingly low level of unemployment payment – at $44 a day it’s the very lowest rate of all comparable countries. People on Youth Allowance and Austudy are at an even lower rate of $36 a day.

“The Federal Government must urgently extend Disaster Payments to all people on social security or without other incomes including those on temporary visas. As soon as Parliament is recalled, it must pass legislation to lift social security payments to above the poverty line including JobSeeker, Commonwealth Rent Assistance and family payments.”

“The biggest stress people on low incomes face is housing costs – with the highest rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance for a single person without children at just $70 a week when people in Sydney can’t find rental properties for less than $340 a week (and up to $540 a week in the city).

“ACOSS urges the Federal Government to increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by at least 50% to better support people afford private rentals.”

Living in Lockdown – Key Findings:

  • 96% are struggling with living costs
  • 85% are ineligible for the COVID disaster payments
  • 41.5% are at risk of homelessness
  • 40% feel less safe

Key Recommendations

  1. Immediately extend COVID Disaster Payments to lift incomes for all people without paid work to at least $600 per week, including those in receipt of social security and those without any other income source at all.
  2. As soon as Parliament resumes in August, pass legislation lifting working-age income support payments (JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, parenting payments and related income support) to the pension rate, which is just above the poverty line (at least $475pw for the single rate). See further below for increases to supplements needed for specific groups.
  3. Index all income support payments twice per year in line with wage growth as well as prices.
  4. Extend income support to all affected by inadequate paid work, including people on temporary visas.
  5. Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50%.
  6. Provide supplementary payments for people with disability or illness, and single parents, recognising the additional costs they face.
  7. Invest in social housing to address the critical shortfall of supply.

Download the Locked Out in Lockdown survey report here

Domestic Violence Audit

Domestic Violence Audit

The NSW Audit Office is conducting an audit on the NSW Police responses to domestic and family violence. The audit aims to assess the effectiveness of police responses with a focus on training and development, workforce and other capability planning resource allocation, performance monitoring and service quality.

DVNSW invites you to contribute to this audit by taking part in a survey to provide evidence on how your organisation works with your Police Area Commands when responding and supporting clients experiencing domestic and family violence.

DVNSW acknowledges feedback that there is the inconsistency of response of Police across different areas, so this survey will provide you with the opportunity to comment specifically on up to five Police Area Commands (PAC)

Please note all data will be anonymised, however, some services may be identifiable to an extent based on police area commands.

You will be able to comment on up to five Police Area Commands (PAC).

The survey will take from 10-30 minutes to complete, depending on how many Police Area Commands that your organisation works with and chooses to comment on.

Residential Tenancy Support Package

Residential Tenancy Support Package

The Residential Tenancy Support Package applies to eligible COVID-19 impacted tenants and landlords. It includes a freeze on evictions and assistance for landlords who reduce rent.

Please note, the online application process for claims up to $4,500 will be available from 24 September 2021.

For more information, visit this webpage – https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/publications/coronavirus-covid-19/property/moratorium#60days

Are you supporting families transitioning back to school after lockdown?

Are you supporting families transitioning back to school after lockdown?

There are some great resources available to support families with children and young people returning to school on campus after lockdown. Please find downloadable children’s activity booklets and other links below.

NSW Education – care and connect page

Supporting children returning to school – Nip in the bud fact sheet

BRAVE – online program for the prevention and treatment of anxiety in young people

If you or anyone else needs support click here for a list of 24/7 emergency contacts

Healing Pathways 10-week program

Healing Pathways 10-week program

Healing Pathways is a 10-week group program for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Due to COVID restrictions this program will be online, held on ZOOM.

The next program starts on Friday, October 8.  Due to high demand for this online group, another group is scheduled to start on the October 8 and will run through till December 10.

Women in Business

Women in Business

Are you running a small business and feel like you would like to connect with like-minded women in the local area for support?

CHESS Connect are hosting a FREE Women In Business Group connecting women in the Lismore, Richmond Valley and Surrounds.

If you would like more information. contact Emily on 0448 615 726

Meetings are to commence in October.

North Coast moving towards 70 % COVID Jab Target

North Coast moving towards 70 % COVID Jab Target

The North Coast is continuing its trajectory towards having 70% of the eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19.

The latest figures, as of 12 September, show 69% of the target population have had their first vaccine dose, while 40% have had their second.

First dose vaccination is just over the national average of 68% but lower than the NSW average. The disparity between regional and state figures is due to the significant push and increased dose supply supporting Sydneysiders to get vaccinated.

In the Mid North Coast area, 74% of people have had their first jab – 6% higher than the national average. Comparative figures for the Coffs-Grafton and Richmond-Tweed areas are 69% and 65% respectively.

First dose vaccination by local government area shows Port Macquarie-Hastings, Ballina, Bellingen and Nambucca sitting in a 70–80% band. In the 60–70% band are Kempsey, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle, Tweed, Lismore and Richmond Valley. Byron Shire LGA is in a 50–60% band for first doses.

Overall rates in our region continue to increase about 4–5% a week, which is on par with national vaccination trends.

The Vaccine Eligibility Checker is the best way to make a vaccination appointment. As Pfizer supplies increase this month and next, it will be updated to reflect additional appointment availability.