(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]
Homelessness NSW’s prepare submission to the Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Homelessness NSW’s prepare submission to the Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Homelessness NSW are preparing a submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Please review the attached recommendations and advise if there are any major changes or additions to be included.

You can provide your feedback to Hamish McIvor, Senior Policy Officer at [email protected] on or before December 12.

These recommendations will be accompanied by an evidence-based submission informed by;

  • Desktop research and literature review
  • Findings from a series of consultation through Community of Practice for Specialist Homelessness Services on working to engage people experiencing homelessness with the NDIS and challenges for people with disability in the homelessness system (2019-2021)
  • A workshop on access to NDIS for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people experiencing homelessness (2022)
  • Witness statements from CEO Homelessness NSW and Shane Jakupec, Neami National and Nada Nasser Mission Australia who were summonsed to provide evidence to Hearing 26:  Homelessness, including experience in boarding houses, hostels and other arrangements.
Pop-up Library Opens in Lismore

Pop-up Library Opens in Lismore

After the popular Lismore Library was destroyed by the February natural disaster, a new temporary Pop-Up Library will open its Molesworth Street doors on Thursday.

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg said Council was determined to open a new temporary library while the permanent one in Magellan Street is rebuilt to bring a sense of normality for library users and community.

“We decided to open a temporary library because this service is very popular with our community,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Library staff who have worked extremely hard to make this possible, and especially the many volunteers who have helped to fill the shelves with more than 20,000 donated books.”

The Pop-Up Library at 146 Molesworth Street will provide access to the brand-new community donated collections, computers, printing, and a space to connect, discover and escape.

Lismore Area Librarian Michael Lewis said it was wonderful to have the library back in the CBD.

“This move, with the support of the Lismore City Council and General Manager John Walker strives to support the revitalisation of the Lismore CBD,” he said.

“The Lismore Library has over 20,000 items ready for the reopening. These donations and community support shows the meaning libraries have in their communities and will support the positive recovery for our library and our community.

“The library is a safe space for many, and by opening in the CBD, it will provide accessible services, collections, and programs for all in our community.

The Lismore Pop-Up Library is located at 146 Molesworth Street and is near parking, public facilities and local eateries and shops.

The library will be open 7 days a week at the following times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 
    9.30am – 5pm
  • Thursday
    9.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday
    9am – 1pm
  • Sunday
    1pm – 4pm

With the opening of the new CBD library, Goonellabah Library will have a change of opening hours. From December 1, the Goonellabah Library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 9.30am–5pm, closed from 12.30pm to 1.30pm daily.
  • Saturday and Sunday will remain open for the next two weekends. Last day will be Sunday, December 11.
Do you need a Director Identification Number?

Do you need a Director Identification Number?

You need a director identification number ( director ID) if you’re a director of a company, registered Australian Body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation

This link https://www.oric.gov.au/run-corporation/director-id-catsi-act-directors outlines

·         the director ID details

·         why it is important

·         how it is addressing reforms to deal with illegal activity and

·         timeframes to apply for a director ID

·         AGM Preparation Checklist

Printable resourceGetting ready for your 2022 AGM (A4 sheet)

Or refer to https://www.abrs.gov.au/director-identification-number/who-needs-apply-and-when

New support service is available for people and communities impacted by flooding

New support service is available for people and communities impacted by flooding

The not-for-profit organisation Social Futures is delivering a new support service for individuals and communities impacted by this year’s flooding events – Recovery Connect.

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies said that the aim of Recovery Connect is to link people to all the services they need.

“At Recovery Connect you will meet your Recovery Linker, who will listen to your story, understand and identify your needs then either directly assist you or connect you to the right services,” Mr Davies said.

“You won’t have to keep re-telling your story to numerous organisations and the Recovery Linker can help in a wide variety of areas.

“This includes being able to link you to specialist counselling, financial assistance, legal advice, available grants, business and employment supports, mental health services and much more.”

Mr Davies said the service, funded by the NSW Government, will support anyone navigating services and grant applications.

“We will act on your advice and of course outline all available choices. We can be your single point of contact to services in your dealings with Government and non-government agencies,” Mr Davies said.

Recovery Connect can offer help with:
• addressing physical needs (including accessing furniture, food, clothes, housing services)
• accessing financial assistance (including applying for employment, business and housing grants), legal advice and financial counselling
• accessing mental health and wellbeing support
• addressing post-disaster recovery (planning, insurance, legal etc).

Recovery Connect is available to anyone living in the local government areas of Lismore, Tweed Heads, Byron, and the Clarence Valley. You can contact Recovery connect on 1800 719 625 or [email protected]

Not-for-profit and government agencies can also refer participants to Recovery Connect.

Celebrity author launching new book in Lismore and hosting free financial counselling event to assist with flood recovery

Celebrity author launching new book in Lismore and hosting free financial counselling event to assist with flood recovery.

See the attachment for more details.

Aboriginal business procurement workshop

Aboriginal business procurement workshop

You are invited to participate in an Aboriginal business procurement workshop with the major work contractor building the Coffs Harbour bypass project.

The workshop will be run by the major work contractor – Ferrovial Gamuda Joint Venture – with support from Transport for NSW. The object of this session is to connect Aboriginal businesses from the Coffs Harbour area and surrounds directly with the joint venture.

As well as receiving an update on the project and procurement lookahead, we are aiming to have an open and collaborative discussion with local Aboriginal businesses about capability, skills and training, partnerships and procurement support. We also want to hear about Aboriginal businesses’ experiences on other roads and civil projects to inform the best approach for Coffs bypass.

Workshop Details

Wednesday 23 November, 3pm – 5pm

Coffs Harbour International Stadium Hub 2 (upstairs function area)

 Confirm RSVP to [email protected]bteam.com.au with your business name and the name/s of employees attending the workshop.

You may have also seen the invitation for a mainstream industry briefing and procurement event for local businesses and suppliers being held at Pacific Bay Resort on Friday 25 November. You are encouraged to attend both, however, the workshop referred to in this email is exclusively for Aboriginal businesses.

If you would like to contact the major work contractor please email [email protected] and a member of the team will be in touch.


Prepare for the future at Resilient Communities workshops

Prepare for the future at Resilient Communities workshops

OzGREEN’s ‘Resilient Communities’ is an empowering program bringing communities together to take action, develop disaster preparedness and create more sustainable and resilient homes and lifestyles.

As part of the program, OzGREEN will host two community landscape preparedness days – at Kyogle from 9:30am – 4:00pm on Saturday, 12 November and at Evans Head on Sunday, 13 November from 9:30am – 3:30pm.

OzGREEN’s Resilient Communities coordinator, Bruce Naylor, said each day would feature a free community lunch provided by the Twisted Tucker team.

The full-day workshops, which are funded by Healthy North Coast through the North Coast PHN program, include:

  • visioning and planning for what’s ahead, and how communities can act to be prepared
  • tours of nearby properties or information sessions from key speakers.

Bundjalung Elders Uncle Andrew Johnson and Aunty Kali Brooks will hold a cultural burn workshop at Kyogle, talking about the meaning of Country, along with cool burning techniques and practises.

There will be a ‘walk and talk’ section on culture and Country on the Evans Headland with Bandjalang Elder Simone Barker.

River health specialist Sue Lennox will explore the Evans River, paddling downstream through the Bundjalung National Park. Participants can explore and observe the ecology of the river, talk about river health and take water samples in a citizen health project to measure water quality.

At Kyogle, Gardening experts Elissa McAuliffe and Tony Brown of Brownie’s Biodynamics will explain how to create a garden bed with whatever you have at hand.

At Evans Head, you’ll learn how to make weed teas that literally turn noxious weeds into pure gold – bio-inoculants to enrich your soil.

Visit thewebsite for more information about the workshops, or register here.

First Aboriginal Olympian Project – Invitation for Community Consultation Day

First Aboriginal Olympian Project – Invitation for Community Consultation Day

NORPA and our First Nations Program are developing a new project titled First Aboriginal Olympian. Rhoda Roberts AO and the First Nations production team are keen to hear your thoughts, stories, and document our history of Cubawee and our other Bundjalung communities

Our many leaders, custodians, and elders, built Cubawee and created homes that showed us all that anything was possible especially against a backdrop of forced removals, Government policy, segregation and a welfare system that dictated and controlled our lives. Cubawee was seen by authorities as a blot on civilisation, so let’s begin the truth telling, through the universal sporting story of Frank Francis Roberts who represented us at the Olympics, the first Indigenous person in this country to obtain selection for the Games.

This gathering comes at a time when there is an increased desire and need to celebrate country, community and heal our connections.

We hope you can join us for our first community consultation. We would also greatly appreciate your assistance in getting the word out there to family members and community who have connections to Cubawee.

Details:Monday 5th December – 11am Northern Rivers Conservatorium

152 Keen St, Lismore, Bundjalung Jugun

There is accessible entry to the building via the elevator. Refreshments will be provided.

 Please RSVP to: Paris Mordecai | Creative Producer First Nations 0437 295 168 [email protected]

For enquiries, please contact:

Rhoda Roberts AO | Creative Director First Nations 0497 744 557

[email protected]

Joon ba na Blagganmirr Ngalibeh Garima ba, Garima, gu Wadje li ah gala Djagi mah.

We ask you to respect, care for and learn about this special place.

Health NSW seeks Aboriginal Care Navigator, Mental Health

Health NSW seeks Aboriginal Care Navigator, Mental Health

Health NSW is seeking Aboriginal Care Navigator, Mental Health.

To apply and learn more click HERE:

The Care Navigator, Aboriginal Mental Health will ensure systems, services and processes are established between Mental Health and non government, primary care, social support, justice and drug and alcohol services to ensure collaboration, connectivity, reduce service duplication and ensure appropriate support at transitional points in care for Aboriginal people.  Supporting clinical teams in the development of culturally informed assessment and treatment approaches, ensuring that social, cultural and historical contexts and the impact of colonisation on Aboriginal people inform the development and delivery of mental health services.

If you have:

  • To be a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under Section 14(d) of the Anti-discrimination Act 1977 (NSW)
  • Tertiary qualifications and registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in any of the following disciplines: Social Work, Counsellor, Occupational Therapist, Psychology. Counsellor – must hold a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health – Djirruwang Program). To be appointed as a level 4 Health Professional evidence must be provided of three years’ clinical experience and demonstrated experience of extensive specialist knowledge or a high level of broad generalist knowledge within the discipline as defined by the award definitions of a level 4 practitioner. OR Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and a minimum of 5 years’ full time equivalent post registration experience and postgraduate qualification in Mental Health or area relevant to the clinical specialty
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mental health issues impacting Aboriginal people, including a demonstrated ability to build trust with and advocate for Aboriginal people and communities
  • Demonstrated high level negotiation, communication and facilitation skills, including delivering education and presentations to staff and managers and commitment service

We can offer you:

  • Flexible and supportive work environment
  • Diverse career pathways
  • Professional and personal development
  • Opportunities to start or build a career, or re-enter the workforce
  • Challenging, inspiring and rewarding roles, and
  • The opportunity to make a difference!

Northern NSW Local Health District embraces the diverse skills and perspectives that our people bring to the workplace. We foster inclusiveness and diversity to help us deliver quality care to our community.

NNSWLHD is committed to reconciliation and strongly encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position. All applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people will be viewed most favourably.  For help with your application to this role visit Stepping Up, our online recruitment resource for Aboriginal people.


  • To be a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under Section 14(d) of the Anti-discrimination Act 1977 (NSW)
  • To apply for this position, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or be able to independently, legally live and work in Australia.  For more information please see www.border.gov.au


Murwillumbah Community Centre seeks Indigenous Recovery Support Worker

Murwillumbah Community Centre seeks Indigenous Recovery Support Worker

The Murwillumbah Community Centre is seeking an Indigenous Recovery Support Worker.

The Indigenous Recovery Support Worker position is part of the MCC Community Recovery and Resilience Project funded through PHN North Coast, supporting members of our local community affected by the recent floods with a focus on engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and older people across the different services and activities on offer.

The role of the Indigenous Recovery Support Worker will be aimed at providing individual support to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents and their families that have been affected by the floods, improving the wellbeing and emotional resilience of clients by connecting them to existing health and community services providers, community groups and project activities, and offering access to practical support and material wellbeing.

The role of the Recovery Support Team is key in the process of strengthening community capacity to enhance the recovery and healing process by linking individuals, developing networks of support and referral pathways with other services in the region.

The role of Recovery Support Worker will also include the coordination of the ‘Bunyarabugalma – Healing After the Floods’ community training and ongoing Bunyarabugalma workshops.

Bunyarabuglama has been developed by the Murwillumbah Community Centre Indigenous Programs Team as a trauma recovery, mindfulness and therapeutic tool to be used by community in a range of settings.

Within the scope of this project – it will be used specifically to promote healing, connection and wellbeing for flood impacted communities.


Murwillumbah’s Dilly Bag weaving program

Murwillumbah’s Dilly Bag weaving program

Murwillumbah Community Centre’s Weaving Connections Through Generations yarning on Tuesday was great.

Some new community members joined the yarn, contributed  ideas and voiced their views around the proposed Community Wellbeing Day in the Park next year. There will be another yarn later in November.

There is also a Dilly Bag weaving program (five sessions) starting at the centre on Thursday, November 3.

Anyone can call  or text the number on the flyer to register their interest. All of  activities are free of charge.

Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service seeks Project Officers

Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service seeks Project Officers

The Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service is currently recruiting Project Officers.

If you know anyone who would be interested can you please share.

Bullinah is looking for both female and male identified positions, with a particular focus on running social and emotional wellbeing groups.

Please click the link for more details: https://www.seek.com.au/job/59023763?type=standard#sol=1bfa6c144e6e0c804f74cccfe7186b8bb4c7915b

Aboriginal Youth Forum to be held on November 9

Aboriginal Youth Forum to be held on November 9

A reminder that the upcoming Aboriginal Youth Forum will take place on November 9.

North Coast Aboriginal Development Alliance (supported by Aboriginal Affairs) have partnered with the Office for Regional Youth to deliver the inaugural North Coast Aboriginal Youth Forum.

Registrations are on Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/north-coast-aboriginal-youth-forum-2022-tickets-382712351947 or on the poster QR code. Registrations will now close on November 4.

Over the last few years, communities have been devastated by the impacts of COVID-19, floods, bushfire and drought. It is important that young people are supported to contribute and be actively involved in taking action to support their communities.

The Youth Forum will help participants to:


  • Discuss issues impacting Aboriginal young people living in the North Coast region,
  • Inspire ideas and actions for change,
  • Connect with young people from across the region,
  • Identify opportunities to create meaningful leadership structures to influence the systems and structures that impact Aboriginal people


The forum will conclude with a session on ways forward, identifying key recommendations and potential pathways to creating long-lasting changes that will empower Aboriginal young people for generations to come.

Lunch is provided. For more information, please phone 6640 3800 or 0427 175 209.

For more information see the attached poster.

Project Officers – Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service

Project Officers – Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service

Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service is recruiting project officers to coordinate successful delivery of Bullinah’s new healing project (in identified positions within the Social and Emotional Wellbeing team). The project will:

  • support community resilience and healing through cultural and social connection for individuals and families within Bullinah’s service area
  • enhance suicide prevention through development of locally-led wellbeing activities, projects and resources
  • work with Aboriginal men, women and young people.

For more information see the job listing on seek or contact Sasha Harrington on 02 6681 5644.