(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]

Scholarship Support for Women in the Community Services Sector

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is offering leadership development scholarships of up to $7,000 to women working in the Community Services Sector. The scholarships are part of a national initiative supporting the increased presence of women in leadership roles across key industries. Please feel free to share this information with friends and colleagues.

The partial scholarships offset a portion of the fee required to undertake one of WLA’s flagship development programs. Scholarships can be used for the 2019 and 2020 course intakes.

Scholarships are available at three management levels:

Please note: WLA programs are highly exclusive developmental experiences and admission into these programs requires successful application. (Maximum of three nominations per organisation).  

To make a scholarship or program enquiry simply provide the information below. A scholarship advisor will contact you to discuss your situation.

Position Title:
Management Level (Senior, Mid or Early Career):

What is StepUp for Dementia Research?

What is StepUp for Dementia Research?

StepUp for Dementia Research is an online, postal and telephone service that connects people interested in dementia research with researchers conducting studies into dementia prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and cure. It is completely free and anyone aged 18 and over – both with and without dementia – can register their interest.

Based on characteristics such as age, location and diagnosis, volunteers will be matched to any studies for which they may be eligible.

For more information, visit https://stepupfordementiaresearch.org.au  or call 1800-7837-123. Sign up today to help power the next dementia breakthrough!

Planning for Clarence Valley’s future

Clarence Valley Council has engaged Locale Consulting to prepare two new land use planning documents – a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) and a Community Participation Plan (CPP). Both these documents are required under State Government planning changes.

The CPP describes how Council will engage with its communities regarding strategic planning and development assessment. It stipulates timeframes and circumstances when this will occur and is required to meet minimum levels.

The LSPS is a new document that will guide the future of land use planning in the Clarence Valley, developing a vision for the next 20 years. Drafting the LSPS is an opportunity for everyone who lives and works in the Clarence Valley to play their part in setting a pathway for land use over that timeframe.

As someone invested in the future of the Clarence Valley from either a personal or professional perspective, we are inviting you to help us plan for the future of the area. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

We would like to hear your thoughts and comments on the preliminary research that we have undertaken and to provide your input into the vision, priorities and themes for the LSPS.

To do this we are conducting a workshop to be held on Tuesday 10 September 2019 from 5:30 pm to 7:30pm at Vines at 139, 139 Fitzroy St, Grafton.

Please register to attend the workshop by emailing Clarence Valley Council at: [email protected] or Locale Consulting at: [email protected]

Registrations close on the 5th September 2019 and we ask that you RSVP by this date.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, we will also be available at a drop-in session at Maclean Council Chambers located at 50 River St, Maclean NSW also on Tuesday 10 September 2019 from 10 am to 2pm.

You can also contact Terry Dwyer at Clarence Valley Council if you would like to further discuss the projects on ph: (02) 6643 0243.

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

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]

Professional Development Opportunity – Paul Dillon – Drugs, Alcohol and Young People – 15/11/19

Join your colleagues in an interactive seminar learning about the latest youth drug and alcohol trends with a particular emphasis on school based strategies.  Attendance attracts 5.5 NESA Points!

Paul Dillon has delivered professional development seminars for teachers for many years and has received an overwhelmingly positive response from delegates. Forming part of the broader RRISK program, this one-day information session aims to provide teachers with information on current youth alcohol and other drug trends in Australia, with a particular emphasis on school-based strategies.
Specific topic areas to be covered for each of the sessions will be made closer to the date, but please note that if you have attended a DARTA Seminar Day in the past the content will not be the same as for previous sessions.

Registered PD towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Location: Ballina Surf Club, Lighthouse Parade, East Ballina
Time: 8.30am –3.00 pm
Cost: $150 per person (registration includes morning tea and lunch)
To register, please contact: Lauren Stafford, Health Promotion Officer
Ph. 66240310 E: [email protected]

Department of Communities & Justice Scholarships 2020 – Open 16/9/19

The Department of Communities and Justice DCJ Scholarship Program (formerly the FACS Scholarship Program) helps young people to finish their education and reach their full potential.

If you work with a young person who could benefit from a scholarship, we need your help.

Students can use their scholarship for educational, support related or living expenses in the 2020 academic year. This can include text books, tutoring, medical needs or childcare costs – among other things.

What are the application dates?
Applications open at 9am on Monday, 16 September 2019.

  • For year 10, 11 or 12 students, applications close at 5pm on Thursday, 31 October 2019.
  • For returning applicants at TAFE, university or in a traineeship or apprenticeship, the deadline for a student to provide their letter of offer for a course is 21 February 2020.

How can I help?
A promotional pack is available for you to download from www.facs.nsw.gov.au/scholarships

It includes:

  • an A3 poster
  • factsheet for new applicants
  • factsheet for returning applicants
  • applicant guidelines
  • social media images to share online
  • promotional videos.

Please share this information with the young people you work with and your networks, and help us spread the word.

Where can I find out more?
If you have any questions, please call us on 02 8753 8673 or email [email protected]

Legal Aid – Getting help after a disaster resource


Included in the resource:


Being in a disaster is traumatic. It’s important to ask yourself and your family how you are all feeling. And it’s ok to ask for help and support.

It is normal to feel overwhelmed after a disaster.

Help is available.

You can get counselling through your GP or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Your finances

Loans and credit cards

Your bank or credit provider must consider what’s happened to you. You can speak to their hardship department or you can talk to a financial counsellor
on 1800 007 007.

If the bank won’t help, you can contact the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) on 1800 931 678.


If you are a permanent employee you can take personal or carer’s leave to look after yourself or your family. If you run out of this leave you get an extra two days unpaid leave. Casual workers also get two days unpaid leave. For more information call the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94.


You may be able to get the Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) or an emergency payment. Call or visit your local Centrelink branch to find out.

Your home


Making a claim on your insurance policy can be a daunting process. However, you can get free legal help every step of the way. You can call LawAccess on 1300 888 529, the Insurance Law Service on 1300 663 464 or get free legal advice at your local Legal Aid office or Recovery Centre (call LawAccess to find Legal Aid offices).


If you can’t live in your property because of the disaster, then you don’t have to pay rent. If your property has been seriously damaged then your landlord should reduce your rent and arrange for urgent repairs. Call your local tenants union or Fair Trading for more information.

Useful contacts

Lifeline -13 11 14

Financial Rights Legal Centre – 1800 844 949

Centrelink – Contact your local Centrelink office

Fair Work Ombudsman – 13 13 94

National Debt Helpline – 1800 007 007

LawAccess NSW – Free information and referrals.
1300 888 529 or www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au

Legal Aid NSW – Free legal advice at your local Legal Aid office or Recovery Centre (call Law Access 1300 888 529 to find Legal Aid offices).

Insurance Law Service – 1300 663 464 or www.insurancelaw.org.au

Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) – 1800 931 678

NSW Fair Trading Information Centre – 133 220 (Monday to Friday 8:30–5:00)

Tenants advocacy service – www.tenants.org.au/contact-us

Community Participatory Design Workshops- headspace Grafton – 25/9/19

There is a trial of the InnoWell Platform in the headspace centres across the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) footprint. As part of this trial we run community participatory design workshops to hear about experiences of help-seeking, accessing services and providing mental health services and how these experiences may be enhanced with technology. In particular, our trial is focusing on the experiences of people in regional areas, including in townships where headspace centres are and are not located.

Participatory Design Workshops have been held in the Lower Clarence.  The next workshop is:

Date: Wednesday 25 September 2019
Time: 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue: headspace Grafton, Duke Street, Grafton

Call or email to register to attend a workshop:

Shelley Rowe
E: [email protected]
T: 0477 649 234

Share your experience: Impacts of Short Term Holiday Letting (STHL)

A team of researchers led by Dr Tania von der Heidt of the School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University (SCU) is investigating residents’ views of Short-term Holiday Letting (STHL) including Airbnb, across all local government areas (LGAs) of the North Coast of NSW. They would like to hear your views and invite you to participate in this survey.

Sharing your experiences will facilitate better understanding of the impacts of Short-term Holiday Letting (STHL) in your residential street, your neighbourhood and your local government area (LGA). This new knowledge will contribute to locally informed civic decision-making. For instance, in the near future your Council may be considering a short-term letting cap of 180 days for off-site managed properties. Such a policy amendment is now possible under the whole-of-government framework for STHL in NSW. For more information regarding the framework please visit the NSW Government site: https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Under-review-and-new-Policy-and-Legislation/Short-term-holiday-letting.

Aggregate findings will be shared with your Council and with you through a community report also made available through your Council’s website.

The Survey is open until 29 September. To take the survey go to:https://scuau.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0iDgjbBdqRaD2ND

My Community Project – Vote for your local projects now

My Community Project – Vote for your local projects now

Voting opens on 15 July 2019 and closes on 15 August.

My Community Project funds projects in each NSW electorate to help improve the wellbeing of people and communities. Successful projects will be determined through a public vote and the projects that receive the most support will receive funding. Up to $260,000 is available for each electorate. My Community Project is made possible by the NSW Generations Fund.



Social Futures is one of many organisations calling for the government to raise inadequate Newstart and Youth Allowance rates.

A recent ACOSS survey paints a grim picture of what recipients face as they attempt to keep a roof over their head and meals on the table on current allowance rates.

People who receive the allowances have an income level that is well below the poverty line. The single rate of Newstart is $282 per week- falling more than $100pw below the poverty line. The Youth Allowance is less still.

ACOSS surveyed 489 people who receive the allowances about the day-to-day hardships they live with. The survey found that 84% of respondents report skipping meals to save money. 66% do not use heating in the winter and 54% do not buy fresh produce.

When asked what measures they take to get by, respondents told about living with various levels of deprivation. Some shower only once a week to save on water cost, flush the toilet only when necessary and others report no longer purchasing food that requires refrigeration.

Social Futures joins ACOSS in their call to raise the rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance by a minimum of $75 to reduce poverty and inequality in Australia.

When participants were asked what an extra $75 would mean to them, they spoke about leaving abusive relationships, buying more food for their children and keeping their car, which would increase chances of getting work.Social Futures CEO Tony Davies says not only will raising the rate of Newstart and Austudy help people to afford essential items, but it will reduce pressure on charity organisations.

“Reforms that improve people’s wellbeing, security and health, benefit entire communities” Mr Davies said.