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.

Please support the bill to decriminalise abortion

The campaign to decriminalise abortion in NSW is in full swing. As part of the NSW Pro-Choice Alliance of over 70 organisations, we are working to decriminalise abortion in NSW by removing it from the NSW Crimes Act (1900) and ensuring abortion is regulated like any other health procedure.

Today, the Reproductive Health Reform Bill 2019 NSW is being introduced into NSW Parliament. Fifteen MPs from across the political divide are co-sponsoring the Bill in a historic move that has never been done in the state’s lower house.

Please show your support for this bill by urgently calling or emailing your local MP, the Premier and/or the Minister for Health – and simply letting them know you support the bill – and want them, as your representative, to vote for it.

A sustained community voice is what we need to ensure this gets through. It will only take 2 minutes of your time. 

Contact details are below, or a link to submit via the internet. 

More information and abortion facts sheets are available at Our Bodies Our Choices or on our website. Or read today’s excellent article Illawarra Mercury article.

Gareth Ward [Kiama]: 4232 1082,
Anna Watson [Shellharbour]: 4297 3111,
Paul Scully [Wollongong]: 4226 5700,
Ryan Park [Kiera]: 4285 1588,
Premier Gladys Berejiklian: 9439 4199,
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard: 8574 6000…/minister-for-health-and-medical-r…/ 

World Hepatitis Day

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

Have you ever shared needles or ampoules to inject steroids?

Have you been exposed to human blood or had a needle stick injury at work?

Were you immunised, or have you had an injection or medical procedure outside of Australia?

Did you have a transfusion or other blood products before 1990, or have surgery before 1990 that may have required a transfusion?

Have you had sex where you may have been exposed to blood from your partner, or have you been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection?

Have you ever shared equipment for preparing or injecting drugs (such as needles, syringes, straws, notes, water, filters, tourniquets or spoons)?

Have you had any type of medical, dental or cosmetic procedure in which equipment may not have been properly sterilised?

Had haemodialysis? Shared personal items such as razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers etc.?

28th July is World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver that is transmitted when blood that carries the virus enters another person’s bloodstream.

It often has no symptoms but left untreated it can cause serious damage to the liver. Take the self-assessment survey to see if you are at risk of having the infection.

Click here to start.

If your quiz results show that you have been at risk of contracting Hepatitis C, it can now be easily cured in most people.

All information you provide during the quiz is strictly confidential.

NSW Regional Youth Taskforce

Applications are being sought from children and young people aged between 12–24 years living outside of Greater Sydney and the local government areas of Newcastle and Wollongong. If you know of any children and young people who may be interested in applying, please consider sharing this information.

The Regional Youth Taskforce provides an avenue of communication between the children and young people of NSW and the NSW Government. Eighteen children and young people from across the State will be selected for the Taskforce which will have a say on ways the NSW Government can try to improve outcomes for regional youth.

Applications are particularly sought from children and young people from diverse backgrounds, life experiences and from different locations around the State.

Through this application children and young people will also have an opportunity to put themselves forward for other participatory opportunities for children and young people.

For further Information and to apply, visit or call 1300 315 954.

Closing date for submission 5 August 2019.

Illawarra Interagency Annual Networking Event

Registrations now open

This is your once-a-year chance to find out who is your local community sector.

We are focusing this event on networking for Advocacy, so if you were interested in our recent training session, then don’t miss this..


Thursday 1 August 2019
1pm – 4pm
Shellharbour Civic Centre
76 Cygnet Avenue
Shellharbour City Centre

Underground parking available

  • Meet and connect with others from the Illawarra community services sector
  • Hear from local experts on how to use networking to advocate for your organisation or purpose
  • Participate in activities and learn new skills to enhance your networking capacity
  • Promote your organisation on our Expo Table
  • Enjoy an afternoon of networking and fun, getting to know your colleagues and peers
  • If you are a new organisation/program, an opportunity exists for a mini-presentation to the Interagency at the event (expression of interest via registration page)

$10 Registration (includes afternoon tea)
*+processing fee

Register Now


Further information: | (02) 4221 6091

NSW Indexation Campaign

A reminder that the indexation rate for FACS-funded community organisations has been set at a twenty year low of 1.75% for 2019/20, despite a mandated national wage increase of 3%.

This leaves community organisations with few options but to reduce staff working hours, cut services, and ultimately turn away people in need. It comes on top of complex reforms and significant changes to ways of doing business such as the implementation of NDIS. Meanwhile, demand for services continues to rise.

If the NSW government values the important services delivered by community organisations, it should be properly funding them to provide support and pay decent wages.

Community Industry Group has written to local members of parliament as well as the Premier, the Treasurer, and Ministers Ward and Tudehope.

We encourage you to also take this issue up with your local member and other community leaders. Template letters are available on our website here.

We also want to quantify exactly how much service will be lost to vulnerable people in South East NSW.

Please let us know what reductions you will be making as a result of this funding cut. Remember that a 1.25% difference between what you have to pay in wages growth and what you receive in indexation is $125 for every $10,000 you pay in wages. What are you cutting to cover this?

Phone: 4256 4333

We want to hear from you!

If you live in Warilla or Lake Illawarra we’d love to hear your thoughts on how to stop domestic and family violence. 

In January we sent out a survey on domestic and family violence to every household in your suburb – and had a remarkable response – thank you to all those who filled in the survey! 

Using the information from the surveys, we are now running up to three community forums to design and develop community specific domestic and family violence prevention plans.

We would really appreciate your input. If you are interested, please contact Dr Catherine MacPhail on 0433 510 909 or at

EnableIn is a Free service, we assist people with a disability (aged 18-65) who fall within the following groups

  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Living in an assisted boarding houseLiving in an institutional setting


  • is NSW wide project working with metro, rural, regional and remote areas
  • will be establishing drop in meeting points and peer support networks in each of the above areas
  • will provide people with generic and individually tailored information in regards to the NDIS and other mainstream services
  • The service is open to people with disability, their families, carers, and community groups
  • We will be looking at identifying where people are falling through the gaps and missing out on NDIS funding or services, and using this for research purposes to promote change

We are going to be holding monthly meeting points in the Illawarra where people can drop in and find out more about the service and how we can assist them (location TBA).

If successful, we will also be looking at setting up peer support groups to ensure this service continues to assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Illawarra area.

Linda Wiseham

Connection Coordinator | People with Disability Australia

phone 02 9370 3100