(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]
National Indigenous Australian Agency (NIAA) – 2023 NAIDOC Grants Open

National Indigenous Australian Agency (NIAA) – 2023 NAIDOC Grants Open

The 2023 NAIDOC Local Grants opened 16 January and closes 17 February 2023.

The theme this year is “For Our Elders”. The grants aims to assist with the cost of activities being held during NAIDOC Week 2023 (2 – 9 July).

Applications must be submitted by completing the online application, link below. You must create a login for GrantConnect and sign in. You will receive an electronic Application ID Number once your application has been lodged with the NIAA.

Current Grant Opportunity View – GO5994: GrantConnect (grants.gov.au)

FRRR Grant Funding Available

FRRR Grant Funding Available

The Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal has advertised the following grant programs are currently open:

For those wanting to do some planning for the future, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants program will open 1 February. It’s open to community groups working in Victorian dairy communities.

To apply, click on the links above, or if you want to see what you could apply for with a specific project in mind, explore our Find Funding Now tool. All applications close at 5pm Victorian time (AEDT).

Final distribution of Lismore Flood Appeal Grants

Final distribution of Lismore Flood Appeal Grants

Lismore City Council’s Flood Appeal is now closed to allow the distribution of the remaining balance of donations to all eligible applicants.

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg said the final distribution of the Lismore Flood Appeal funding is a great way to finish the year.

“I want to thank all the people from near and far who contributed to the appeal. The overwhelming generosity and kindness we have seen throughout this flood appeal process is very heartening and inspiring,” he said.

Just over $1.7 million was raised for the Flood Appeal through various fund-raising initiatives and the One from the Heart concert.

Round One of applications saw 1551 eligible residents receive $650 each. Round Two received 249 eligible applications, again receiving $650 each. This left a balance of $548,170.92 which will be split evenly between all eligible applicants from both rounds, with each receiving a further $304.54.

When the Flood Appeal began, Council staff developed procedures and processes to ensure the large sum of money and applications were managed in a fair, transparent and efficient manner.

Round Two of the Flood Appeal grants to residents who lost their homes and belongings due to the February natural disaster is currently being distributed. Council is aiming to have the final payments distributed before Christmas.

No administration costs have been deducted from the funds raised, with all donated funds going to flood-affected residents.

Improving Respite Care for People with Dementia and their Carers New Grant Opportunities

Improving Respite Care for People with Dementia and their Carers New Grant Opportunities

The Federal Health Department is hosting a webinar about the Improving respite care for people with dementia and their carers grant opportunity at 11am-12pm AEDT on Tuesday 29 November.

Registration link HERE

This grant program provides funding for a range of activities (in the context of aged care) to increase support to informal (family and friend) carers of a person living with dementia, through access to dementia–specific respite support services. The activities will have a particular focus on innovative approaches to improving the quality and experience of respite care for people with dementia, carer education and wellbeing, improving respite care planning for people with dementia, and building the capability of aged care providers to deliver quality respite care to people with dementia. There is up to $61.63 million (GST exclusive) available over four years from 2022-23 to 2025-26. There are three streams of activities and Applicants may apply for funding under one or multiple streams.

Further details in the LINK

NCOSS launch Election Advocacy Toolkit

NCOSS launch Election Advocacy Toolkit

NCOSS are launching  Election Advocacy Toolkit for 2023 NSW Policy Platform, called Working Together for a Fairer NSW

 There will be an Online discussion about the toolkit on Friday December 9, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Register here.

The NSW state election on 25 March 2023 is a real opportunity to work towards a New South Wales where everyone can access the basics, the resources and the supports we all need in order to lead a decent life.

Through consultations and a targeted, comprehensive research agenda, NCOSS has developed a policy platform called ‘Working Together for a Fairer NSW’.

The policy platform sets out how the next NSW Parliament and the social service sector can work together to achieve a fairer NSW.

Join us for a highly useful and timely discussion.

In this hour-long online session, you will learn more about NCOSS’ 2023 NSW election advocacy toolkit, and how to use it in order to optimise your advocacy efforts.

You will hear practical tips from ‘subject matter experts’ on how to best advocate for your ‘asks’ with key decision makers.

Guest speaker

Nick Trainor – Director, Australian Public Affairs

Nick is an experienced campaigner with the Australian Labor Party – which he combines with his public affairs expertise to drive social policy reform.

Nick has worked with the ALP on the last three Federal election campaigns including the successful 2022 victory.

He applies his background in media and politics to areas of social policy debate and reform – bringing communities and governments closer together around the facts and reasons for change. Read more about Nick here.

Note: More guest speakers to be announced, please watch this space. 

Who should attend

  • Small to medium-sized organisations across the NSW social service sector
  • Community and sector advocates

Register HERE.  

Attendance is free, but RSVP is required. You will receive an online meeting link shortly after registering.

Heads up: NCOSS election advocacy toolkit

The toolkit will be uploaded and available to view on NCOSS website from Friday November 25.

Queries to: [email protected]

 

More affordable housing on Council-owned land

More affordable housing on Council-owned land

Lismore City Council will enter a memorandum of understanding with Landcom and the NSW Department of Communities and Justice to build more affordable housing on Council-owned land in Lismore.

Under the proposal, up to 24 units could be built at 44 Bristol Circuit in Goonellabah, and 40 units at 69 Cynthia Wilson Drive.

Lismore City Deputy Mayor Jeri Hall said the two projects would go some way to easing the housing crisis in Lismore, particularly after the February natural disaster.

“This is a great outcome for our community. Housing was unaffordable in Lismore before the natural disaster and has only become worse since,” she said.

“These partnerships with Landcom and the Department of Community and Justice ensures once these units are built, they will remain as low-cost housing in perpetuity.”

Lismore State MP Janelle Saffin thanked Lismore City Council for making the development possible.

“This affordable housing project is something I have championed since last year when I brought then Landcom Chief John Brogden to our region. It’s fantastic to see my advocacy pay off,” she said.

“I thank Lismore Council and the team for stumping up the land to make this possible.”

Minister for Families and Communities Natasha Maclaren-Jones said the project will help ease housing pressures for people at risk of homelessness in Lismore.

“Delivering affordable housing is one way to unlock a range of services which allow people greater access to secure housing and at the same time helps them live more independently,” she said.

“Greater access to housing and support pave the way for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to secure a brighter future.”

On the Bristol Circuit site, it is proposed Council will provide a 50-year lease and contribute up to $2.5 million it has already received from a Federal Government Building Better Cities grant.

On the Cynthia Wilson Drive, it is proposed that Council contributes the land and the Department of Community and Justice contributes $5 million to allow the development to go ahead.

Under the MOU, Landcom would act as project managers, with the housing owned and managed by a yet-to-be appointed Community Housing Provider. This ensures Council has no ongoing maintenance, property management or asset replacement costs.

This will also allow the Community Housing Provider to use the new developments as collateral to new funding for more affordable housing projects.

Hammond Care seeks volunteers

Hammond Care seeks volunteers

Hammond Care is a non-profit organisation that has been assisting Australians for the past 90 years.

In the Northern Rivers, there are many elderly, that are in need of our assistance, but we currently severely lack the number of volunteers to assist them and are facing a shortage of volunteers.

We are looking for caring individuals who can spare an hour of time who can sit and have a chat, reminisce, and talk about topics of interest, have a cuppa or go for a walk to name a few.

Veteran Wellbeing Grants Program

Veteran Wellbeing Grants Program

The Veteran Welbeing Grants (VWG) Program is a targeted competitive program that accepts applicants annually, and is an amalgamation of the Veteran and Community Grants program and Supporting Younger Veterans Grants program.

Applications are now open and close 9:00 pm AEDT on Thursday 8 December 2022.

Find out more by clicking this link:
GrantConnect.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by providing funding for projects that sustain or enhance health and social wellbeing
  • deliver services to the veteran community that build community capacity for the future that is not already provided by Commonwealth or state funding
  • expand on existing services offered to veterans in new regions within Australia or in the development of new services that will be offered in more than one location
  • raise awareness of the important issues faced by the veteran community.

Eligibility:

To be eligible you must be either:

  • an ex-service organisation (ESO) applying in your own right
  • an ESO aplying as the lead member of a consortium
  • a non-ESO applying as the lead member of a consortium with at least one ESO

and  be one of the following legal entity types:

  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Statutory Entity.
Resilient Home (flood-impacted) Program details released

Resilient Home (flood-impacted) Program details released

The Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation has released details of the Resilient Homes Program for flood affected Northern Rivers home owners.

The Resilient Homes Program will offer eligible homeowners one of the three available measures, based on expert property assessments, flood impact severity data, safety risks and potential future flood levels:

  • Home buybacks – the homeowner receives a payment for the purchase of their house and land, or
  • Home raising – funding is committed to elevate liveable areas above a property-specific flood level, or
  • Home retrofit – funding is committed to retrofit and/or repair liveable areas to improve the resilience of these areas for future floods.

More information and application form are available here

Recharge and Energise – Community Workers Forums

Recharge and Energise – Community Workers Forums

On Wednesday, October 26 , in recognition of Anti-Poverty Week, the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW is hosting a Re-charge & Energise Forum for Community Workers from the Northern Rivers regions. Attending will be representatives from NSW state agencies, Ombudsman offices ie; AFCA, NSW Ombudsman and EWON, NSW Fair Trading and Energy providers. All these organisations will be on hand to meet with the Community Workers with the aim of sharing information about all of the support services offered.

The Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) works closely with community workers across NSW, and we know this year has been particularly challenging for everyone working in the Northern Rivers region.

We’d like to offer you a day to recharge yourselves and your energy and water knowledge.

As your clients try to rebuild after the floods, and energy prices rise, our free, day-long forum will explain how EWON and other organisations can help consumers experiencing vulnerability.

We’re keen to hear about the energy and water issues your clients are currently dealing with and we’ll provide you with the latest information about how Ombudsman schemes, energy regulators and consumer networks are supporting customers.

The speaker line-up will include representatives from the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, the NSW Ombudsman and the Australian Energy Regulator.

Keep an eye on your inbox for a more detailed invitation including the full list of speakers.

What: Recharge and Energise – Community Workers Forum
When: 9.30am – 3pm Wednesday, 26 October
Where: Ballina RSL Club, 1 Grant Street, Ballina NSW

It would be great if you and your team can join us, and don’t hesitate to forward this to any Workers you know who would enjoy this informative day. Morning tea and lunch provided.

EWON will also hold a Community Assistance Day at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre on Thursday, 27 October from 10am-3pm.

A range of community and government services will be on hand to assist residents with energy and water bills, finances, insurance, legal issues and fines.

We’ll be promoting this in coming weeks but in the meantime please let your clients know we’ll be in the area!

ACOSS Daily Bulletin Wednesday 5 October 2022

ACOSS Daily Bulletin Wednesday 5 October 2022

ACOSS Daily Bulletin

Wednesday 5 October 2022

 

 

RESEARCH & REPORTS

Restoring full employment: policies for the Jobs and Skills Summit

Australian Council of Social Service

August 2022

 

Jobs and Skills Summit – maintaining full employment and growing productivity

Business Council of Australia

August 2022

 

FECCA Jobs and Skills Summit Issues paper

FECCA

August 2022

 

Jobs and Skills Summit – Issues Paper

Australian Treasury

August 2022

 

Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, July 2022

Australian Bureau of Statistics

August 2022

 

Voice, Treaty, Truth? The role of truth-telling in Australian, state and territory governments’ reconciliation processes: a chronology from 2015

Parliament of Australia

August 2022

Redefining progress: global lessons for an Australian approach to wellbeing

Centre for Policy Development

August 2022

 

High net wealth giving in Australia: a review of the evidence

Centre for Social Impact

August 2022

 

Eight opportunities to increase the potential of humanitarian migration to Australia

Refugee Council of Australia

August 2022

 

Meals on Wheels Australia social impact report

Meals on Wheels Australia

August 2022

 

Woke up call: Australians’ attitudes to and perceptions of “wokeness”

The Australia Institute

August 2022

 

Unfinished Parliamentary business: an overview of potential Indigenous Australians portfolio measures

Parliamentary Library (Australia)

August 2022

 

2021 Early childhood education and care national workforce census

Social Research Centre | Department of Education

August 2022

 

Family, domestic and sexual violence: National data landscape 2022, Summary

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

August 2022

 

A life course approach to determining the prevalence and impact of sexual violence in Australia: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

August 2022

 

‘Mental health shapes my life’: COVID-19 and kids’ wellbeing 2022

Australian Human Rights Commission

August 2022

 

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Australian National Audit Office

August 2022

 

Indigenous health checks and follow-ups

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

August 2022

 

Specialist Homelessness Services: monthly data

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

August 2022

Understanding how policy settings affect developer decisions

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

August 2022

 

The economic dynamics and population change of Australia’s regional cities

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

August 2022

 

Growing Australia’s smaller cities to better manage population growth

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

August 2022

 

Urban Indigenous homelessness: much more than housing

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

August 2022

 

Addressing infrastructure inequality: a path to equality for Melbourne’s outer suburbs

The McKell Institute

August 2022

 

Options to improve access to existing and alternate accommodation to address the social housing shortage

Legislative Assembly Committee on Community Services (NSW)

August 2022

 

Decarbonising construction: putting carbon in the business case

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia

August 2022

 

The Grattan truck plan: practical policies for cleaner freight

Grattan Institute

August 2022

 

Power pain: an investigation of energy stress in Australia

Brotherhood of St Laurence

August 2022

 

Millions of Australians own Big Super – report 2

Industry Super Australia

August 2022

 

New politics: preventing pork-barrelling

Grattan

August 2022

 

CONSULTATIONS & INQUIRIES

 

Missing and murdered First Nations women and children

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Law enforcement capabilities in relation to child exploitation

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Consultation hub | Offshore renewable energy infrastructure area proposal: Bass Strait off Gippsland

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Submissions currently open

Productivity Inquiry

Productivity Commission

Submissions close 7 October

 

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Lifting the Income Limit for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card) Bill 2022 [Provisions]

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Aged Care Amendment (Implementing Care Reform) Bill 2022 [Provisions]

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Jobs and Skills Australia Bill 2022 [Provisions] and the Jobs and Skills Australia (National Skills Commissioner Repeal) Bill 2022 [Provisions]

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Fair Work Amendment (Equal Pay for Equal Work) Bill 2022

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Climate Change Bill 2022 [Provisions] and the Climate Change (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2022 [Provisions]

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Statutory Review of the Consumer Data Right

Treasury of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

ABC and SBS complaints handling

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Standards

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Quality of Advice Review

Treasury of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Aged Care Employment

Productivity Commission

Submissions currently open

 

Carer’s Leave

Productivity Commission

Submissions currently open

 

 

 
Applications open for Round Two of Flood Appeal grants

Applications open for Round Two of Flood Appeal grants

Lismore City Council’s Flood Appeal Committee has opened the second and final round of Flood Appeal Grants for residents who lost their homes and belongings due to the February natural disaster.

Round Two applications close on 30 September at 4pm.

The Lismore City Council Flood Appeal raised slightly more than $1.6 million. Under Round One, $1 million was distributed with each eligible resident receiving a $650 grant.

Eligible residents in Round Two will receive the same amount of $650. If there are any funds left over, it will be distributed equally to all eligible residents from both rounds.

The Flood Appeal Committee decided to distribute the grants in two rounds to create a safety net for those who could not make the application deadline for Round One.

Council is currently processing Round One grants and expects to start distributing funds to nominated bank accounts from the week beginning Monday, 5 September.

Those who have already received notification that they will receive a Round One grant are not eligible to apply under Round Two.

There are some changes to submitting a Round 2 application, compared with the Round One.

All Round 2 applications must be submitted online at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au. If you need assistance, please call Council on 6625 0500.

All applicants will receive a confirmation email that their application has been successfully lodged. This is not confirmation that you are eligible for a Flood Appeal grant.

Who is Eligible?

  • Applications are only open to residents of Lismore LGA
  • Residents who occupied a personal residence in the flood inundation zone and suffered property damage as a result of the February natural disaster
  • Only one application per residence is permitted
  • Residents who did not receive a confirmation email in Round One
Applications open for  Regional Youth Investment Program

Applications open for Regional Youth Investment Program

The Office for Regional Youth is excited to announce that funding applications are open for projects that ensure regional youth have opportunities for meaningful work and education, accessible health care and can thrive within their local communities.

Applications are now open for the $40 million ‘Our Region, Our Voice’ Regional Youth Investment Program which will provide grants of up to $3 million for projects that aim to help young people reach their full potential in the regions.

The grants will be allocated across nine investment themes which have been identified as a high priority from Regional Youth Insights, the largest regional youth research project ever commissioned by the NSW Government.

Local Councils, schools, not-for-profit organisations and Local Aboriginal Land Councils are all urged to apply. Applications close 10 am, October 4, 2022.

For more information about the program and eligibility guidelines, visit www.nsw.gov.au/regionalyouthinvestmentprogram

There is a recorded Webinar with frequently asked questions and more information here –  https://kapara.rdbk.com.au/landers/fd5439.html

Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal Rebuilding Futures Funding

Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal Rebuilding Futures Funding

Round Two of the Rebuilding Futures program is now open for remote, rural and regional Queensland and New South Wales communities impacted by extreme weather events from from February 22.

A funding pool of $500,000 will support grants of up to $25,000 for local not-for-profit community organisations to undertake community-identified and community-led recovery activities that can strengthen resilience and enable projects for building back better to reduce the impact of future disasters on community wellbeing and physical infrastructure.

See the website for more details https://frrr.org.au/funding/disaster-resilience-and-climate-solutions/rebuilding-futures/

Clarence Valley Council offers community grants

Clarence Valley Council offers community grants

Clarence Valley Council’s 2022/23 Community Initiatives Program – Round 2 – is open for projects and initiatives.

The closing date is  October 31.

The project must be carried out from mid-December to June 30, 2023.

Organisations can only apply in one round (per financial year) but may have multiple dates/categories.

The average funding amount is about $1,000 per application.

Register or Log in to SmartyGrants here to apply or access via Council’s webpage below.

NB: Please check out your eligibility via the Policy and Guidelines before applying – Clarence Valley Council Funding Opportunities as the fund only supports incorporated not-for-profit organisation or groups auspiced by NFP organisations.