Be In a career you love

Enrol Now for 2020

Are you thinking about study in the new year?

Don’t delay – enrolments are now open for Mental Health, Youth Work and Counselling courses across southern NSW. Whether you’re starting out, returning to study or furthering your career, TAFE NSW has a course to suit you.

Courses and Delivery Options

Recommended if you want to…

Support people experiencing mental health issues in their recovery

Certificate IV in Mental Health
•  Wollongong (Full Time Day)
•  Nowra (Full Time Day)

Support others in their recovery by applying your own mental health lived experience.

Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work
•  Wollongong (Full Time Day)
•  Nowra (Full Time Day)

Support young people to achieve their goals in a range of environments.

Certificate IV in Youth Work
•  Shellharbour (Full Time Day)

Build practical skills to work with clients and support them towards change. The part time evening course is designed for people with relevant work experience.

Diploma of Counselling
•  Wollongong (Full Time Day)
•  Wollongong (Part Time Evening)

Expand your mental health skills and knowledge and build on your previous experiences. This course is designed for people with relevant work experience.

Diploma of Mental Health

•  Wollongong (Part Time Evening)
•  Nowra (Part Time Evening)

Delivery via Connected Classroom (Part Time Evening) – Enrolments opening soon.

Note: For Connected Classroom delivery, students can connect from home or work, or from TAFE Campuses at selected locations: Bega CLC, Cooma, Cootamundra, Deniliquin CLC, Finley, Goulburn, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Moruya, Moss Vale, Narrandera CLC, Nowra, Queanbeyan, Shellharbour, Temora, Tumut, Ulladulla, Wagga Wagga, West Wyalong, West Wollongong, Yallah, Yass, Young.

Expand your youth work skills and knowledge and build on your previous experiences. This course is designed for people with relevant work experience.

Diploma of Youth Work
•  Shellharbour (Full Time Day)
•  Delivery via Connected Classroom (Part Time Day)

Note: For Connected Classroom delivery, students can connect from home or work, or from TAFE Campuses at selected locations: Albury, Bega CLC, Cooma, Cootamundra, Corowa CLC, Deniliquin CLC, Finley, Goulburn, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Moruya, Moss Vale, Narrandera CLC, Nowra, Queanbeyan, Shellharbour, Temora, Tumut, Ulladulla, Wagga Wagga, West Wyalong, Yallah, Yass, Young

Study options to suit your needs

  • Certificate IV courses are entry level qualifications and are suitable for school leavers or people starting out in the community services sector.
  • Diploma-level courses build on existing knowledge, and are suitable for people who have an entry-level qualification, are changing careers, or already working in the sector and would like to build on their skills and knowledge. Some students also use Diploma studies as a stepping stone to future university studies in fields such as social work, psychology and social sciences.
  • Connected Classroom enables access to students from regional and remote locations, and flexibility for students who are already working in the sector. Students will require access to a computer and internet and can connect at a TAFE campus by accessing the Library or on their personal computer at home or work.

Click on the links above or see attached flyers for more information, including units of study and delivery days and times.

For enquiries, contact TAFE NSW on 131 601 or visit

Want to know more?

Discover the perfect course for you at InfoFest 2020
(9-13 December and 20-24 January)

With over 1,200 courses, diplomas and degrees, InfoFest is a great opportunity to get the lowdown on your perfect career.

Register for InfoFest sessions at your local TAFE campus, where future students can chat directly to course teachers and get the course information you need.

Register for InfoFest 2020 at

Paint the Gong REaD: Book Boxes Project

What are Book Boxes?

Book boxes are containers that hold second hand books targeted for children under school age. They are placed in areas where parents often have to wait or be with children. It gives children an opportunity to look at books, and from the parent’s perspective, a reminder about reading with their child. The Service Provider may well see it as a welcome distraction tool too!


Book boxes are great ways to provide pre loved books in everyday places around a community.

It is a way for everyone to see that reading with children can happen anywhere, and provides the means to make it happen.

By providing opportunities for children to read or be read to, this boosts our simple message of the importance of early literacy strategies in relation to brain development and preparing children for school.

How many books in a box?

There are somewhere between 10 – 20 books per box

Where do we get the books from?

Our books have been donated by St Vincent De Paul, and residents from the community.

Does it matter if the books disappear?

No! Because it means children may be taking them home to read.

So that the ‘borrowing’ does not inadvertently teach children that it is OK to take anything, we put signage on the box that says: If you would like to take a special book home, please ask the staff.


Our book boxes are evaluated at the end of every school term. This is done by gathering data on how many books are left in the box and any other observations or notes from the service provider regarding interaction with the box.

When books are running low or you need more information sheets please call Tracey Kirk-Downey @ Wollongong City Council on 42277158 Or email on

NRMA Seeking Community Group Involvement

The NRMA is turning 100 next year and is planning an event that will tour several regional communities. The event will be coming to Kiama for one weekend on 4 – 5 April. It is important to the NRMA that each event reflects the local community voice. So as part of the event the NRMA is looking to showcase local community and sustainability programs and initiatives, and include opportunities to educate children through play and storytelling.  

The NRMA is currently seeking interest from local community groups who would like to participate in one or more of the following:

  • Community Pop-Up and Community Theatrette: The Community Pop-Up will be a space to allow community groups to showcase programs or ideas for the local region – with a focus on sustainability (environmental, economic or social sustainability). Visitors can come and discover what is happening in the area, find out how they can get involved or instigate similar ideas in their own lives. The pop-up will need to be informative – it’s important to note that this is not about selling a product, but more about raising awareness and education. The pop-up stall can vary in size depending on what your organisation wants to showcase, but no larger than 5 x 5 metres. Community groups running a Community Pop-Up also have the opportunity to speak at the Community Theatrette about the sustainability program showcased in the pop-up. The theatrette will host short talks (10-20 mins long) and can be in the form of an individual speech or a panel. Ideally, speakers will be available for at least two sessions across the weekend.
  • Kids Zone: The Kids Zone will be a fun zone for kids to explore and discover, taking part in activities that encourage subtle learning through play. The focus of the Kids Zone will be the Storytelling, however the NRMA is also looking at other activities such as exercise for children (e.g. children’s yoga, dance class, aerobics class), animal conservation education, toy swap, lawn games etc. Those running activities in the Kids Zone must have a Working With Children Check (volunteer).
  • Indigenous storytelling and education: Indigenous storytelling or other educational activities will be incorporated into several elements of the event. The NRMA is looking for indigenous organisations or individuals interested in sharing stories or running creative workshops.    

While there is no cost to be part of the event, the NRMA has requested that community groups provide the materials and resources they need to deliver their nominated activity. The NRMA and its event team will work with each community group to support their preparation for the event.

If you are interested in the opportunity to be part of this event, please contact NRMA’s Manager of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, Claudia Rosario, via phone (0481 430 257) or email (

Dear Service Providers in the Dapto, Kanahooka, Koonawarra, Brownsville, Mt Brown, and Horsley

Over the past 5 years Wollongong Council has been working with the Combined Rotaries Clubs of Wollongong to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to the southern suburbs; Warrawong, Berkeley, Port Kembla, Cringila, Kemblawarra and more recently Bellambi.

This monthly home delivered book program brings the magic of a library into the home, with a gift of a book every month free of charge to families before school begins. Every child in the program is given quality, physical books to keep for their very own, kick-starting a lifelong love of reading and helping them reach their full potential!

The Dapto Rotary Club has secured funding to support 40 children in the program and Council is seeking people to email Council’s Community Development Worker – Children and Families if they are interested in assisting getting families signed up for this program. The program is targeting families where books may not feature in the home or where families may need this program to encourage them to read to their children at home.

The research is clear on the benefits of children having thousands of words in their Vocabulary by they are 18 months as the main indicator on their success in learning to read. It is also a very effective bonding tool. What we would need from you:-

  • Willingness to identify families who would fit the criteria and discuss the program with them
  • Willingness to assist them in filling in the form and then scanning and emailing it back to the key contact person

There have been 100’s of children go through this program with significant success recorded. You will be provided with the information needed to promote this with the families you identify and they will all be given an introductory book on signing up. ( below is a bit of information about the program)

Dapto Rotary are excited to be bringing this down south and are hoping for your support to help them help the children who need it the most.

If you are interested in working with them on this please email Tracey Kirk-Downey with the contact person at the centre who will be working with the program and their contact details and Tracey will then pass on to Julie who will then get in contact with you.

Tracey Kirk-Downey
Community Development Worker – Children and Families

Need help to pay your electricity or gas bills?

You have rights.

Stronger protections are now available to households having trouble paying their energy bills.

The Australian Energy Regulator has taken action to assist vulnerable customers experiencing payment difficulties by introducing an enforceable Customer Hardship Policy Guideline.

Energy retailers have important responsibilities in helping vulnerable customers. The Guideline requires energy retailers to provide consistent minimum standards of assistance, ensure hardship programs are easily accessible and put processes in place to identify customers who may need help.

Customers participating in a hardship program will get access to different payment options, help finding a better energy plan, tips on energy efficiency, and information about government concessions, relief schemes, energy rebates and financial counselling services.

Other help may also be available – All energy providers have a hardship policy that tells you how they can assist you if you are having trouble paying your energy bills due to hardship. You can find it on their website or ask them to post you copy.

If you are in a hardship program and meetings its conditions your energy provider cannot disconnect you.

When life is tough call your energy retailer and talk to them about your situation.

For more information, visit the Australian Energy Regulator’s website at

Nominations for the 2019 Caddyshack Awards now open!

The Caddyshack Project presents an annual awards program to recognise and acknowledge individuals and services within the Illawarra and Shoalhaven that are making a significant contribution to the sexual health and well-being of our communities.

The categories are:

Individual Award – This award recognises the achievement by an individual working within the Health or Community Services sector in the promotion of sexual health.

Service Award – This award recognises the achievement by a service in promoting sexual health within their service, or broader community.

Project Award- This award recognises a project designed and implemented by an individual or a service aiming to improve the sexual health and well-being of individuals or communities.

The CaddyShack Innovators Encouragement Award – This award recognises individuals or services who have developed a new or innovative project or activity to promote sexual health within their service, to clients or the community. In particular the individual or service may be new in the field, or have overcome individual or organisational barriers to progress sexual health.

Please submit the attached form to make a nomination. Closes Friday 25th October 2019.