Aboriginal Cultural Activities Workshop

5 September 2019, 10am-4.00pm
Free for members and non members.

At the workshop you will be able to participate in hands on/interactive Aboriginal cultural learning experiences.

Activities include: 

  • Bush food walk/talk
  • Lifestyle and history
  • Artefact making 
  • Seafood lunch cooked in earth oven

Places are limited. TEI organisations will be given preference. Limit of 3 people per organisation.

Click here for more information.

Provide your feedback on the future of aged care system navigation

Australian Healthcare Associates (AHA) has been engaged to evaluate the Aged Care System Navigator Measure. They have developed a discussion paper informed by stakeholder consultations.

Feedback on the discussion paper will be used in the evaluation and contribute to the aged care system navigation policy direction. Have your say by completing the online survey.

Submissions will be accepted until 16 September 2019.

First Step Program Bus Tour

Registrations are now open for the First Step Program Bus Tour, Thursday 19th September 2019 from 10.00am till 2.00pm.

First Step Program continue to improve the way they relate to other services and increase staff knowledge around the issues of Drugs and Alcohol, trusting that the bus tour will address gaps in networking and referrals between services. The tour gives participants an on the ground view of the current situation around drug use and Blood Borne Infection(BBI) transmissions. It provides an opportunity to dispel myths and “get the real story” on such a hidden, sensitive, and not often talked about area.


09.45am       Meeting at First Step Program, Port Kembla Hospital, Fairfax Road, Warrawong.

10.00am          Depart for Hill 60, Port Kembla

10.45am          Warilla Community Health Centre

11.15am          The Wollongong Hospital Automatic Dispensing Machine 

11.45am          Rawson Street Centre, Wollongong site visit

12.15pm          Darcy House, Port Kembla site visit

12.45pm          Darcy House for lunch

Cost is $15.00 which goes to Darcy House for providing lunch.

Click here to register or Google ‘Sticky Tickets June FSP Bus Tour ’.

Places are limited and book out fast.

See what other people are saying about the tour.

First Step Program is a free and confidential blood borne virus prevention service In the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area.

The service provides clean injecting equipment, free condoms as well as support and referrals in all matters of health and welfare including detox and rehabilitation.  First Step Program provide outreach services and education on HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C and waste management of used syringes to individuals and groups.

A collaborative initiative between First Step Program HARP, & Healthy Cities Illawarra

What’s on @ WHC – August


Would you like to achieve a healthy, comfortable weight? Healthy eating and exercise are important but not enough. Come and learn about non-hungry eating and other aspects of weight management.
Cost: FREE
Thursday 22nd August 
10am – 11am
Call to register on 4255 6800


Meet new people while learning healthy and budget friendly cooking tips and tricks.
Free child minding available (bookings essential)
Cost: $4
Starts Tuesday 10th September for 12 weeks
10.00am – 1.00pm 
Call to register on 4255 6800
Call to book on 4255 6800


Vulvas and vaginas are part of women’s bodies. We will discuss how to keep them healthy and what symptoms to look out for.
Cost: FREE
Thursday 19th September 
10am – 11am 
Call to register 4255 6800


Learn stretch and self-massage techniques that can improve your flexibility, posture, and circulation, reduce your risk of injury and relieve muscular tension.
Cost: FREE
Friday 6th September  
9.30am – 12.30pm 
Call to register on 4255 6800


A program supporting mothers to raise respectful, non violent boys. This program is designed specifically for boys aged 6-8 years and provides guidance and support to mothers on how to raise their sons to become respectful men. 
Cost: FREE
Next program starts October 2019
To register your interest please call  4255 6800 or Denika on 0459 028 972

2019 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards (PMCAs)

Nominations for the 2019 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards (PMCAs) are now open and close on Friday 6 September 2019. Celebrate the important role journalists, editors, marketers and publishers play in communicating the success of our multicultural society by encouraging your friends, colleagues and peers to nominate.

The Awards recognise excellence in both the multicultural media and marketing industries and showcase the best and brightest multicultural communicators in NSW.

Visit Multicultural NSW’s website for more information regarding categories, eligibility and the online nomination form: https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/awards/premiers-multicultural-communications-awards/

The following seven categories are open to Multicultural Media only:

  • Best Print Report – Recognising excellence in print journalism.
  • Best Audio Report – Excellence in audio journalism for radio or digital platforms, including podcasts.
  • Publication of the year – Outstanding contribution of a multicultural media publication in informing and engaging its audience.
  • Best Audio/Visual Report – Excellence in broadcast and audio-visual storytelling, including video journalism for TV and digital platforms.
  • Best use of Digital or Social Media – Outstanding use of digital production and multimedia storytelling, and/or social media.
  • Young Journalist of the Year – Excellence and commitment to the fundamental principles of journalism (under 30 yrs of age).
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – The pinnacle of journalistic achievement. (Exceeds 30 years of experience).

The following two categories are open to ALL media:

  • Public Interest Award – Outstanding public interest journalism upholding the NSW Multicultural Principles.
  • Alan Knight Student Award – The best piece of student journalism about cultural diversity, and/or multicultural affairs. Entry is open to secondary school, tertiary, TAFE and private college students in NSW.
  • Campaign of the Year – Business – Recognising internal marketing and creative teams in organisations, including the public service.
  • Campaign of the Year – Agency – Recognising public relations, advertising, and digital agencies.
  • Campaign of the Year – Community – Recognising not-for-profits and volunteer-based groups.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth McFarlane on elizabeth.mcfarlane@multicultural.nsw.gov.au

People with disability and their care partners survey

Kiama Council on the South Coast of NSW are keen to better understand the lived experience for people with disability and their care partners in our local government area.

To help us, we are seeking people with disability and their care partners to complete this confidential survey to help us better understand what is working well, and what needs to be done better in our community.

Webinar: Cultural diversity and disability in education and employment

Register now for this webinar

Wednesday 21st August 1 – 2pm AEST

People with disability from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds are significantly under-represented within the disability service system and continue to have high needs which are not being met. 

In NSW, 15.3% of people born in non-English speaking countries report a disability but are three times less likely to use a Government funded disability service than those born in an English-speaking country

Graduates from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB) are even less likely to be employed post study than graduates with disability Only 74.2% of people from NESB have any type of employment at all (full-time, part-time or casual), so for graduates with disability who are also from a NESB background the challenges to successfully transitioning to qualification related employment are significant

Only 53.4% of working age people with disability living in Australia are actively participating in the workforce, compared to 83.2% of all working age Australians

Over 4 million Australians (1 in 5 people) have disability and may need assistance to access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment

In 2017, people with disability represented only 8.2% of all students participating in vocational education and training, and only 6.55% of all students participating in higher education

Graduates with disability are less likely to be employed post study than other graduates, with only 61.5% of higher education graduates with disability employed full-time and only 53.5% of vocational education and training graduates with disability employed post study

Additionally, for people with disability from a CALD background looking to transition from education to employment, the following factors often contribute to the challenges they face:

  • Negative employer attitudes
  • Different cultural understandings of disability
  • Lack of appropriately skilled employment services for graduates with disability
  • Different cultural values and beliefs underpinning help-seeking behaviour
  • Inaccessible and non-inclusive recruitment practices
  • Lack of cultural competence amongst service providers

The NDCO Program has partnered with Settlement Services International (SSI) to present this webinar which will explore the intersectionality between culture and disability. The seminar will discuss current challenges in service delivery and provide insights to address the gaps experienced by people from a CALD background with disability who are looking for employment post education and training. The seminar will also promote cultural awareness and competency in supporting people with disability from CALD backgrounds to successfully transition from tertiary education to subsequent employment.

Concluding with time for audience questions and answers, this webinar will bring ideas and best practice suggestions to career and equity practitioners, employers and employment services, and disability service providers in Australia.

The webinar is:

  • Free
  • Auslan interpreted and live captioned
  • Recorded

About the presenters:

Karen Bevan | General Manager – Service Delivery (Community) @Settlement Services International

Karen combines her deep experience in the NGO sector with qualifications in human rights law and communications to play a key role in strategy, advocacy and policy. Karen oversees SSI’s employment, disability and child and family services across NSW.

Kylie van Luyn | Employment Services & Social Enterprise Director @Settlement Services International

Kylie has an extensive history in executive leadership, working with a wide range of not for profit and NGOs in the employment, disability and social enterprise sectors. She has deep experience across employment and disability programs and a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and social impact. Kylie’s early career experience has given her a strong grounding in working in cross cultural environments and supporting people through their settlement journey, as well as supporting people with disability and the most disadvantaged in society.

Link to register: Register now for this webinar

Investing in open space and recreation

We would like to hear from you about Shellharbour City open, recreation and aquatic spaces. 

Help us to develop a strategy that will guide the future management of open spaces in the City, it will guide the future provision and management of open spaces.

Your feedback is key to ensuring that the strategy responds to community needs.   It’s easy to share your feedback visit Let’s Chat until 3 September 2019.

We are also working with an independent company to conduct randomised phone surveys during this period.  We would like to reach as many people as possible, please share with your networks.


Let’s Talk: Young Wom*n’s Views on Sex Education

YWAG’s current focus is on strengthening sex education in Australia through their project: Let’s Talk: Young Wom*n’s Views on Sex Education.  Let’s Talk captures and amplifies the voices and experiences of young women in relation to sex education in order to improve comprehensive sexuality and respectful relationships education in the national curriculum. 

You can find YWAG’s reports from the 2015 survey here and here.

Let’s Talk 2019: Young Wom*n’s Views on Sex Education

In July 2019, YWAG has launched a new wave of the Let’s Talk survey for young women, including those who identify as women, cis women, trans women, non-binary and trans-femme identifying young people aged 16-21.

You can take the Let’s Talk 2019: Young Wom*n’s Views on Sex Education survey here.

You can also download a hard copy of the survey, to email or post back to us here: YWAG Let’s Talk 2019 – Hardcopy survey

As part of the Let’s Talk 2019 project, there is an opportunity for young women and non-binary young people aged 18-21, and the organisations that work with them, to run focus groups on views on sex education. Focus Group Toolkits are available here: YWAG Let’s Talk 2019 – Focus Group Toolkit

YWAG has regular input into ERA’s advocacy and policy positions, participates in our policy work groups and develops papers for ERA’s projects. YWAG is an excellent opportunity for young women to access training and experience in women’s policy and advocacy.

YWAG’s previous work includes the curation of the feminist blogging site Settle Petal and a campaign to promote positivity around body image for young women.

Looking for more information on Let’s Talk 2019, or interested in getting involved with YWAG? Contact Romy Listo at era.projects@ywca.org.au.