First Step Program Bus Tour

Registrations are now open for the First Step Program Bus Tour, Thursday 14th March 2019 from 10.00am till 2.00pm.

The bus 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.

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Do you have an idea to improve your community?

My Community Project is all about local ideas, local projects and local decisions

For the first time, you will be able to put forward ideas for community projects and vote for the best ideas in your area. The projects that get the most votes will receive funding – up to $260,000 is available for your community.

Projects must align with one or more of the six program categories:

Accessible communities – makes everyday life more inclusive to all community members by increasing accessibility and mobility

Cultural communities – adds to the cultural and artistic life of the community by increasing opportunities for residents to participate in arts and cultural activities

Healthy communities – supports the community’s physical and mental wellbeing, by enabling healthy and active lifestyles

Liveable communities – improves local amenity and environment

Revitalising communities – fosters stronger community bonds, encourages social engagement and participation in public programs

Safe communities – promotes a safe and secure community where people can participate and enjoy the benefits of community life.

Smart and Skilled Accredited Training

Community Service Obligation (CSO) Eligibility Criteria

To access CSO funded accredited partial qualifications (short skillset courses), participants must meet the following eligibility criteria.  If not, a fee will be charged for training.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 15 years or older
  • No longer at school
  • Living or working in NSW
  • An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.
  • Aboriginal or Torres strait Islander students who do not live or work in NSW but live in a defined interstate area – seek assistance from RTO


Participants must meet one of the following demographics:

  • Experiencing significant hardship
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders
  • Students with a disability or is the dependent child, spouse or partner of someone with a disability.
  • Students who receive an applicable government welfare payment or are the dependent child, spouse or partner of someone who is receiving an applicable government benefit.

Learning Barriers

Participants must have at least one of the following barriers to learning:

  • Very low literacy, language and/or numeracy skill level.
  • Limited employability skills where students require considerable additional support.
  • Persistent and ongoing personal issues impacting on educational achievement; and
  • Significant educational disadvantages impacting upon student’s ability to succeed in training, such as;
    • Financial limitations in accessing childcare, transport and/or respite care.

Enabling Conversations

The Illawarra Centre for Enablement proudly announces its first Enabling Conversations Program on the topic of;

What makes a good life and a good death?

This event is being held on Thursday 4th April 2019 at Kurrajong Hall in Dapto Ribbonwood Centre, 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

To catalyse this discussion panelists Catherine McGregor; Professor Gordon Wallace; Eugenia Pyne; Dr Michael Barbato; The Hon Gareth Ward MP have been invited to consider this question based on their own unique lived experiences and insights.

Panalist photos and bios can be viewed at the ICfE’s website at

This discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

We want ICfE’s Program of Enabling Conversations to build deeper community connections through conversations and so that we can appreciate our own breadth of diversity and complexity that give rise to our personal answers to matters of significance.

Tickets are: $20 and $12 for Concession at 

Community Workers Website

The Department of Justice and Legal Aid NSW

We would like to invite you to use our new website and downloadable resource named “Helping your client with legal issues: a guide for community workers”.

The Department of Justice and Legal Aid NSW have prepared this website and resource to help community workers to assist clients, including those from multicultural communities, with their legal issues.

The website and resource covers common legal issues experienced by clients which include:

  • Police
  • Consumer issues
  • Debt and fines
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Births Deaths & Marriages
  • Family Law
  • Workplace issues

The website and resource are located at

If you have any questions or wish to provide feedback on this website and resource please email us at

Hair & Beauty courses on offer this month and in 2019.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy and our Certificate III In Beauty Services as well as a number of exciting new Beauty and Hair Short Courses. 

You can view our course info sheets through the links below:

We are the Shoalhaven & Lower South Coast’s very own apprenticeship approved Hair & Beauty College, offering state-of-the-art training facilities combined with expert, highly skilled trainers delivering the best hair & beauty courses.

These are fantastic courses for any of your clients looking to break into the beauty industry, and give great opportunities to enhance their careers.

Please visit our website, or get in touch today by calling 4423 0351 for more information on these courses.

Courses starting SOON!

Download 2019 Course Brochure

Illawarra Centre for Enablement

The Illawarra Centre for Enablement (ICfE), is a new venture in the Illawarra to enable people personally and professionally and to raise civic engagement in the Illawarra.

Take a look at the Centre’s website

The Centre also has a facebook page

Join the Centre’s first Enablement program, Embrace Your Authentic Self, an intensive, one day transformational workshop to be held on 21 February at Gerringong for a maximum of 10 people.

Details of this program is at