Community Industry Group “Temperature Check” Survey

To fully understand the significant challenges the Community Services sector (Illawarra/Shoalhaven/Southern NSW) is currently facing, Community Industry Group is conducting a ‘Temperature Check’ (key issue survey) to find out what issues are most concerning to you/your organisation/community and what supports may be needed.

The survey can be found using the link below…

Any concerns, please call Chris Racar at CIG on 42 56 4333

Disaster and Recovery

For people helping people affected by some of the worst floods to hit Australians in living memory, we’ve compiled some useful resources you might need now. This quick guide covers:

  • grants and funding listings
  • trusted government and media sources
  • policies and help sheets relevant to the crisis.

Grants and funding

The team at the FundingCentre have put together an emergency and disaster assistance page for community organisations. 

The page provides information about financial assistance available to not-for-profit organisations and community groups affected by disasters. It is updated regularly. 

Click the button below for further information. Make sure you scroll down to the ‘Flood support and recovery‘ tab for grants and funding relevant to this crisis. 

Information sources

Here’s a list of trusted information sources relevant to the crisis and the response to it. 

State assistance

QLD emergency assistance landing page  

NSW information and support services landing page  

Trusted media

ABC emergency guides 

ABC latest on floods 

Federal assistance

Federal disaster assistance landing page 

Services Australia summary of natural disaster support 

National Recovery and Resilience Agency 

Policies and help sheets

Here’s a collection of ICDA policy templates and help sheets relevant to the current crisis. Download these and edit them to fit your current needs. 

Crisis Response Policy 

Board Fundraising Policy 

Ethical Fundraising Policy 

Volunteer Management Policy 

Grief and Loss Policy 

Fundraising help sheets

Looking to set up a fundraiser?

GiveNow, Australia’s first and best giving platform is available to help assist your community organisation raise donations online. We are committed to setting this up as quickly and easily as possible for flood affected communities.

Visit or contact GiveNow at

We wish you well with your recovery work, and we hope you find this guide helpful. If you would like further assistance, please contact us. 

The Institute of Community Directors Australia and Our Community team. 

Disaster and Recovery

ACON has made a quick flood safety guide for communities down the South Coast. It is based off the information and advice published by NSW SES.

URGENT – Emergency Preparedness – NSW Flood Event

We know many in our communities along the NSW Coast are likely to experience heavy rain and possible flooding.

Here are some important tips to help you plan, prepare and act if you are impacted by floods:

  1. Stay Informed:
    1. Listen to the radio for broadcasts & warnings from emergency services
    2. Download emergency services apps and/or follow them on social media
    3. Check for updates regularly as the situation evolves
  2. Locate your closest evacuation centre or a safe location to shelter and pre-plan your route to get there.
  3. Make a plan to keep your pets or livestock safe.
  4. Pre-pack a small backpack with essentials in waterproof bags. Place the bag by the door ready to go and include things like:
  • phone and charger
  • emergency phone numbers
  • wallet with bank cards
  • ID and passport documents
  • medications and prescriptions
  • insurance papers
  • dry clothes if you can carry
  1. Dress for safety and wear clothing and footwear that keeps you protected for the situation you are in.
  2. If you need help, reach out to authorities early. Don’t leave it too late, especially if you or your loved ones have impaired mobility or other special needs (i.e. elderly, disabled, children)
  3. Help each other. Try to check on neighbours, friends, and others if you can do so safely and ask them for help if you need it.
  4. Check in as early as you can after the immediate risk passes to let people know you are safe.

For more detailed advice, including current evacuation orders, go to the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Facebook Page  Twitter Account or website

Call 000 for life threatening emergencies

Call the SES on 132 500 for emergency help in a flood or storm