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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

David’s final story

David’s final story

After 50 years of telling other people’s stories on screen, David Gulpilil has finally produced the story of his own incredible life.

David Gulpilil is arguably the most iconic Indigenous Australian actor in the history of Australian cinema, with a legendary screen career spanning 50 years.

He made his debut in Nicholas Roeg’s Walkabout (1971) and was quickly cast in Storm Boy (1976), Mad Dog Morgan (1976), The Last Wave (1977) and Walkabout to Hollywood (1980), before starring in the global blockbuster Crocodile Dundee (1986).

His role in Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) drew major critical acclaim, but his first lead role in a feature film didn’t come until 2002 in Rolf de Heer’s The Tracker, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. A bond of brotherhood was forged between Gulpilil and de Heer that saw them collaborate on many projects over the next 20 years.

In what is very likely his final film, Gulpilil faces his own mortality as he battles terminal lung cancer. He talks about what it is to stare down death, and what it was to live a life such as he did—a dizzying mix of traditional Aboriginal ways and modern Hollywood excess, and everything in between. It is pure, unmediated and unvarnished David Gulpilil, finally able to say in a film exactly what he wants to say.

For the full story follow the link below:


Social Futures career opportunities

Social Futures career opportunities

Social Futures is looking to fill four job vacancies.


  • 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.



Program Worker – Youth Access

  • Part-Time Position of 52.5 Hours per Fortnight
  • SCHCADS Level 4 plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
  • Location: Tweed Heads

The purpose of the Youth Access Worker is to effectively engage, screen, assess, refer, provide brief interventions and coordinate care for young people aged 12-25 years that contact or are referred to the headspace centre.



Local Area Coordinator

  • Multiple Full-time positions available
  • SCHCADS Level 4 Plus Generous Salary Packaging Opportunities
  • Located – Wyong or Gosford Offices

Social Futures is excited to be looking to add to our Local Area Coordination Team on the Central Coast. As a Local Area Coordinator, you will help change the face of your community by leading inclusive community capacity building projects, assisting people with disability meet access to the NDIS and providing information and linkages around supports to people with disability, carers, family and the community in general.



Program Manager – Suicide Aftercare

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

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.




Connection to Mind & Body – webinar

Connection to Mind & Body – webinar

There will be a webinar on Friday 17 September, from  12pm to 1.30pm, on the theme mind and body.

Connection to mind and body reflects the holistic concepts of health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Connection to body is about physical wellbeing and includes all the normal biological markers and indices that reflect the physical health of a person. Connection to mind refers not only to an individual’s experience of mental wellbeing, but also the whole spectrum of basic cognitive, emotional and psychological human experience.

Click here to watch webinars #1 to 4 recordings

The webinar panelists are

Joshua Toole | Founder of BlackFit Fitness

Bonnie (Bronwyn) Cochrane | CEO of TIPIAC

Dr Mark Lock | Academic writer and cultural safety editor

Gail Daylight | Project Lead at Caring for Spirit


Bunjum is holding a Zoom Yarn Up

Bunjum is holding a Zoom Yarn Up

Bunjum, the disability service provider, is holding a Yarn up on Zoom on Friday!

You are invited to join the Us Mob Together team on Friday, September 10, for the yarn up to share how we call can help our mob during these tough times.

The Zoom details are meeting ID: 370 477 9749 and the passcode is 2478.

For more information call Jermaine Bradshaw on 0492 184 039 and Cherie Leon on 0435 786 201.




The Bundjalung Tribal Society NAIDOC Event postponed due to COVID

The Bundjalung Tribal Society NAIDOC Event postponed due to COVID

The Bundjalung Tribal Society NAIDOC Event at Namabunda Farm on September 23 has been postponed until further notice.

We are unsure if the event will go ahead later in the year and will advise you accordingly.

Thank you to all the organisations and individuals who expressed their support for the event.

Could you please distribute this information through all your networks.

Please contact the Bundjalung Tribal Society office if you have any questions on (02) 6621 6992.


TAFE Training and Assessment Scholarships for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

TAFE Training and Assessment Scholarships for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

TAFE NSW is proud to offer the Training and Assessment Scholarships to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. This is a great opportunity to help your Mob by being accredited with the right qualifications to become a trainer. There is a number of opportunities to meet a range of skillsets.

Register your interest  on the TAFE NSW/ Aboriginal Education link below:

Aboriginal Education – Training and Education – TAFE NSW

Important Key Dates

Qualification Date
TAESS00014-V01 Statement of Attainment Enterprise Trainer-Presenting Skill Set

Duration: 8 weeks, Time: 5pm-9pm    Location: Online from home on your own device.

See  Flyer in link for further information

Applications close 10 September 2021
Course commences 11 October 2021
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Attend 5 blocks of 5 days a week at either Queanbeyan Campus, Kingscliff Campus or Eora College over 18 months.

In between the study blocks attend a once-a-week Wednesday evening Webinar from 5pm – 9pm over the 18 months from home using your own device.

EOI Open Now
Applications close 18 February 2022
Course commences 2 May 2022
Course finish date 23 November 2023
Training and Assessment Upgrade

See  Flyer in link for further information

900-50200V01- Statement of Attainment in Design and develop assessment tools

This course will be delivered via Microsoft Teams two evenings per week

from 6.30pm –8.30pm for 7 weeks.

Participants attend from home on their own device

Applications close 10 September 2021
Course commences 11 October 2021
900-81213V01 – Statement of Attainment in Address adult language literacy and numeracy skills

This course will be delivered via Microsoft Teams one evening per week from

5pm – 9pm for 7 weeks.

Participants attend from home on their own device.

Applications close 10 September 2021
Course commences 11 October 2021


Free training: Leading a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Free training: Leading a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Free ‘Leading a Mentally Healthy Workplace’ training is available for employers and executive leaders who want to learn practical strategies to provide a safe working environment, meet their WHS obligations, boost productivity and save their business money.

Creating a mentally healthy workplace is good for your people and good for business. See other benefits.

The training, funded by the NSW Government, will help you understand the legal, financial, ethical and reputational benefits of a psychologically safe business.

You will learn how to design safe workplaces and how to integrate mental health into all areas of your business, which will increase productivity and save you money.

This easy-to-do training is delivered by an expert psychologist from Black Dog Institute.

This training is free. To learn more visit HERE.


You’re eligible if you’re an owner or employer of:

  • a NSW business with less than 200 employees
  • a not-for-profit organisation of any size

What I will learn

The training only takes one hour and will give your business a competitive edge.

You will learn:

  • your legal responsibilities as an employer
  • strategies to support mental health at work and how to embed them into your business
  • how to design healthier workplaces, procedures, job roles and responsibilities

How training is provided

Interactive workshop:

  • only takes one hour
  • is delivered online via Zoom or face to face at your business (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) by a clinical psychologist

Questions about the training

If you have any questions before applying, use our contact us form. We’ll get back to you within two working days.

Do not use this form to apply for a program.

How to register

Signing up is easy.


We want to hear about your Mental Health experience

We want to hear about your Mental Health experience

We want to hear about the access challenges our community are experiencing to help us plan activities that support future mental health and well-being solutions.

You are invited to take part in a research project, which is called Community Access – Mental Health and Wellbeing.

This research will help to recognise what’s helpful and unhelpful to accessing health and wellbeing programs and services, develop strategies to improve access to health and wellbeing programs and service, and help us to understand the issues that make it difficult to access supports in the Clarence Valley.

The online survey link is here.

This research is being conducted by New School of Arts Neighbourhood House Inc. on behalf of Our Healthy Clarence. This is an activity under the Our Healthy Clarence Action Plan funded by Healthy North Coast through the North Coast PHN program which is linked to the Commonwealth Department of Health National Suicide Prevention Trial.

Your details are confidential and will not be used to identify you in the research project. Completing the survey will take approximately 10 -15 minutes. We will be interviewing several participants in different settings across the research project. We will also be conducting focus groups and surveys across the community in different settings including online.

Participation in any research project is voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you do not have to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage. Your decision whether to take part or not to take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will not affect your routine care, your relationship with professional staff or your relationship with New School of Arts Neighbourhood House Inc. and Our Healthy Clarence.

Your information will not identify you when analysing responses. The information you provide is confidential.

We will provide you results at the end of the research project. If you would prefer to opt out, please advise our team, and we will not contact you any further. You may feel that some of the questions we ask are stressful or upsetting. If you become upset or distressed as a result of your participation in the research project, the research team will be able to arrange for counselling or other appropriate support. If you, or someone you know someone requires support, help is available:

NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511 Lifeline: 13 11 14 Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 Links: https://www.ourhealthyclarence.org.au/

TAFE Training and Assessment Scholarships for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

Some Fee-free TAFE courses available during lockdown

If you’re currently in lockdown and want to upskill, you can with a fee-free* online short course, but places are limited. Courses are a mix of self-paced online or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which can pathway into a variety of full TAFE NSW qualifications.

Courses are a mix of self-paced online or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which can pathway into a variety of full TAFE NSW qualifications.

Building a Website
Business Admin – Computing Skills
Construction Materials and WHS
Digital Security Basics
Emotional Intelligence
Introduction to Community Services
Introduction to Real Estate
Small Business
Social Media Engagement
and more
National Child Protection Week, September 5 – 11

National Child Protection Week, September 5 – 11

National Child Protection Week is coming up with this year’s theme being “Every child in every community needs a fair go”

The 2021 theme is all about the importance of the ‘bigger picture’ in addressing child abuse and neglect. Children can thrive and be healthy when they have what they need to develop well. But not every family has these resources. This is why we need to support every child, family and community according to their needs.

NAPCAN have produced a range of resources including a week long webinar series.

NOW OPEN | Aboriginal Affairs NSW COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program

NOW OPEN | Aboriginal Affairs NSW COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program

COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program – NOW OPEN

The COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program will provide small grants to support Aboriginal communities across NSW reduce their risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and enable them to manage the impacts of the pandemic.

Only Aboriginal-run or controlled groups and organisations located in NSW are eligible to apply.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for:

•            social and emotional wellbeing support

•            keeping communities connected

•            responding to immediate needs

•            advocacy and information.

To apply for funding applicants will need to complete and submit the application form through SmartyGrants.

Applications will be accepted at any time during the opening period. The assessment panel will meet weekly to approve applications and release funding. Applications close 5pm 19 November 2021.

For more information visit Aboriginal Affairs NSW – Covid 19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program, contact your nearest Aboriginal Affairs NSW regional office or email [email protected].

Take the Women’s Health Survey

Take the Women’s Health Survey

All women on the NSW North Coast are being encouraged to do a new women’s health survey.

Health North Coast says it is  important to get it to as many of you and your participants or clients as possible to ensure there is representation across different socioeconomic groups of women who are living with health disadvantage, including access to services.

The survey will be available online for two weeks until September 16.


Expression of interest for Aboriginal healthy living and ageing reference group

Expression of interest for Aboriginal healthy living and ageing reference group

Are you Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander? Do you want to be part of future planning for our older people and Elders?

We are looking for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners (GP, health worker/practitioner, nurses, allied health), representatives from residential aged care facilities and academics. We welcome dynamic, future-thinking people who want to be part of improving the journey of healthy living and ageing on the North Coast.

Be part of an extensive regional strategic planning exercise focused on achieving an intergenerational, community-driven approach to healthy ageing. Healthy North Coast will bring key stakeholders together to support:

• the aged care sector to transition towards the future and look at demands of the ageing population

• the population transition towards ensuring older people are engaged and connected to their community, no matter where they live or their health status

• better integration of services through reshaping how we contribute to healthy living and ageing across the life course.

You will be a member of a busy reference group providing advice and your lived experiences to guide the work of the strategy.

What to expect?

A commitment of 5–10 hrs per month from July 2021 – June 2022, with a possibility of extending into the implementation team. Remuneration is available for those working outside of their position scope or in a voluntary capacity.

Interested in having a yarn?

Contact Noell Burgess, Aboriginal Health Coordinator at: [email protected]

Before 30 August 2021