Employment and Training

EOI SCARF Mental Health Officer Role – please share


MCCI has received funding for an exciting new opportunity for a Project Officer to join our SCARF Team.

  • Immediate Start to June 2022
  • 38 hours per week
  • Grade 4 SCHADS Award

The Project: MCCI has been funded by the Illawarra-Southeast Primary Health Network to support mental health awareness and access for refugee communities in the Illawarra. The project is a covid pandemic support initiative with a limited timeframe to June 2022.

The Role:

To be successful in the role you will need:

  • prior project management experience in a community development setting,
  • a working knowledge of the mental health support systems
  • a good understanding of the migration experience of people from refugee backgrounds
  • great communication skills, and an ability to work as a member of a team.

The role will oversee the project, which includes

  • developing & implementing community-based activities to promote mental health awareness & referral pathways for people from refugee backgrounds
  • assisting SCARF’s community mobilisers with information, support and referral pathways to assist them to engage with community members who may need mental health services
  • organising external Accidental Counselling training sessions with MCCI & SCARF volunteers and staff
  • liaising with SCARF’s team to raise awareness of the initiative through existing programs
  • maintaining records of activities undertaken, program participation, and working with the SCARF Manager to monitor, report on, and evaluate the program for the PHN funding body

If you are interested or know someone that may be suitable, please share with across your networks. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact People and Culture Team at hr@mcci.org.au or Drew Sewell, SCARF Manager drew.sewell@scarfsupport.org.au

Applications need to complete the attached EOI form with an updated resume and return to recruitment@mcci.org.au asap.

This role has previously been advertised but was not filled, so we are eager to employ the right candidate as soon as possible.

Course Program 2022:

Duration 6 Months & Under:

Certificate Iii Individual Support (Ageing) Chc33015*^
5 Months

Certificate Iii In Beauty Services Shb30115*^
6 Months

Certificate Iii In Nail Technology Shb30315*^
6 Months

Duration 12 Months & Under:

Certificate Iii In Business Bsb30120 *^
7 Months

Certificate Iii In Accounts Administration Fns30317*^
8 Months

Certificate Iii In Fitness Sis30315*^
12 Months

Certificate Iii In Outdoor Leadership Sis30619*^
12 Months

Diploma Of Beauty Therapy Shb50115*^
12 Months

Certificate Iii In Hairdressing Shb30416*^
12 Months

Certificate Iii In Barbering Shb30516*^
10 Months

Subsidy Information
*All Courses Are Subsidised By The Nsw Govt And Many Are Fee-Free For Eligible Hsc School Leavers. Call Or Visit Our Website For More Details.

^Nationally Recognised Training (Nrt). National Vocational Education And Training Which Leads To Australian Qualifications Framework (Aqf) Qualifications Or Statements Of Attainment.

If You Would Like More Information Please Refer To Our Website Or Phone The Community College On 02 4232 1050.

Employment and Training

Christmas Volunteering 

We have plenty of volunteering opportunities with at our Gift Wrapping Stall in the Wollongong Mall. We would love for you to get involved and help spread cheer as we approach Christmas. 

Not only will you have fun, you know you’ll be helping a good cause. The stall will run from Thursday 2 December until Thursday 24 December 2021.

Book in with a friend or family member – places are filling up!

We’re recruiting!

We have a number of exciting opportunities to work with Lifeline South Coast. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP. 

Telephone Crisis Support (13 11 14) Paid Services Coordinator
We are looking for someone to help coordinate and support our paid crisis support services. This is a permanent part-time role and will work across Wollongong and Nowra sites.

Accredited Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter
We are looking to recruit a new mob to answer calls on Lifeline’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Support line. This will be a paid role with a range of permanent part-time and casual positions available.

This is a service that focuses on migrants and vulnerable workers. The website has this brochure in 23 community languages

They would like to hear suggestions for translations needed. Burmese? Kinyamulenge?  If requested, they can print and send out paper copies early next year.

They are based in Redfern but the bulk of their work is done via phone 9-5pm with interpreters. They welcome a shared casework approach with services if that works best.

The issues they are seeing most at present involve dismissals, work hours being reduced after lockdown, mandated vaccines, and discrimination matters. They often investigate further with a single complaint to see if there is a systemic issue with a whole company or organisation.

Although the bulk of their work is providing legal advice and community education, they also work on law reform, and would welcome case studies to support this.

Sharmilla Bargon is the ERLS coordinator so she is the best one-stop shop if you have questions, please email her on coordinator@erls.org.au.

 If you would like ERLS to come and chat to your team, email Sharmilla to set up a convenient time. Or I’m happy to invite them to IRIF next year if there’s broad interest.

Employment and Training

Enrolments opening soon in Mental Health and Counselling Courses

Do you want to be contacted when our courses are open for enrolment? 

Submit your details here.

​To find out more about our Mental Health and Counselling courses please join us at our drop in, information session held every

Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:00pm. 

Mental Health and Counselling courses commencing February 2022

Certificate IV in Mental Health ​


Full time day​

9:30 am to 2:30 pm​

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.​

​1 year​

Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work​


Full time day​

9:30 am to 2:30 pm​

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.​

​1 year​

Diploma of Mental Health​


Full time day​

9:30 am to 2:30 pm​

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.​

​1 year​

Diploma of Mental Health​


Part time night​

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm​

Monday and Wednesday.​

​2 years​

Diploma of Counselling​


Full time day​

9:30 am to 2:30 pm​

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.​

​1 year​

Diploma of Counselling​


Part time night​

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm​

Tuesday and Thursday.​

​2 years​

All courses are delivered in a Virtual Classroom* off campus (via Microsoft Teams) and available across NSW.​

​A virtual classroom is just like a regular classroom experience but uses technology to bring everyone together through a group video call, allowing you to interact with your teacher and other students. Your teacher can be in one TAFE NSW location, and you can join the class from your home or workplace using a computer or mobile device.  You can also join from another TAFE NSW location using video conference equipment pending availability.​

Mental Health & Counselling Teaching Section

E: mentalhealth_counselling_courses@tafensw.edu.au 


Employment and Training

Positions Vacant

Are you planning to quit your not-for-profit job? 

Human resources managers worldwide are predicting a big workforce shift as we move into a new phase of the pandemic – a phenomenon they’re dubbing the “Great Resignation”. 

Community Directors Council member Catherine Brooks believes organisations could face “high workforce turnover and employee movement”, especially those that failed to maintain a supportive culture during covid-19. 

Whether you plan to ditch your not-for-profit job or love the gig, we invite you to take part in our latest Pulse Poll to help the community sector understand the impact of covid-19 on the paid workforce. 

Early results suggest nearly 60% of respondents are planning a move, with another sixth suggesting they could “go either way” with their jobs.  

Be sure to add your response to help us keep our finger “on the pulse”. 

This survey is anonymous and should take you less than two minutes to complete. We’ll share the results and our analysis in a future edition of Our Community Matters

Do you plan to stick with your current NFP job? If not, why not?

Expressions of Interest Short Courses in Community and Disability Support Services

TAFE Nsw Term 1 – 2022

TAFE NSW will be offering fee free short courses again in 2022.

Please see below for information. These  courses will be FEE FREE. Please see below for the criteria that needs to be met.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a place you must meet Smart and Skilled eligibility guidelines which are:

  • live or work in NSW
  • be an Australian Citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder, identified temporary visa holder or New Zealand Citizen
  • 15 years or over, no longer at school and living or working in NSW

*This is an expression of interest, NOT a confirmed enrolment. You will be contacted at a later date in regards to enrolling.

Statement of Attainment in Induction to Disability – CHCSS00081

This skill set reflects the skill requirements for supporting people with disability. It provides a set of skills to support the induction of new workers into a variety of roles supporting people with disability. 

You will complete the following units:
CHCCCS015 – Provide individualised support
CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
HLTWHS002 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care

This course will be delivered via Microsoft Teams Connected Learning, Thursdays 9.30am – 1.30pm for 10 weeks.

Course commences 31/01/2022 and finishes 8/04/2022.

This will also be held during TERM 2 and TERM 3 of 2022. Please keep an eye out for future Expressions of Interest emails.


Statement of Attainment in Trauma Informed Practice – SG00008912

The Trauma Informed Practice short course is designed to build an understanding of Trauma and to share some ideas about supporting people who have experienced traumatic events.

You will complete the following units:
CHCMHS007 – Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS013 – Implement trauma informed care
HTLWHS006 – Manage personal stressors in the work environment

This course will be delivered via Microsoft Teams Connected Learning, Thursdays 9.00am – 1.00pm or 2.00pm to 6.00pm for 8 weeks.
Course commences 17/02/2022 and finishes 07/04/2022

This will also be held during TERM 2 and TERM 3 of 2022. Please keep an eye out for future Expressions of Interest emails.


Emplyment and Training

Kiama Community College

We are pleased to offer an array of subsidised courses – starting this month!

We have listed a range of courses suitable for job seekers, school leavers or clients wanting to get back into the workforce.

We offer great trainers, individual attention and access to a Student Support Officer to assist with study/life needs to help students complete their course, and to support them in seeking employment.

Subsidies are available for all courses below, for eligible students*

Microsoft Word & Publisher: BSBTEC301 Design and Produce Business Documents^*
Commences Wednesday 24th November

Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) CHC33015
Commences Wednesday 17th November

We are also hosting a Covid safe
Hair & Beauty Open Week 
Monday 15th – Friday 19th November

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government, and if you have been impacted by the NSW Stay at Home orders, you may be eligible for a subsidised place. Once we have received your application, we will contact you to confirm your eligibility and finalise your enrolment. Alternatively, feel free to give us a call to discuss.

If you would like more information please refer to our website or phone the Community College on 02 4232 1050.

Employment and Training

New resource – It pays to be an inclusive employer

This flyer will be complimented with Job Access information which will highlight the available supports/services from DES and Job Access.

The main purpose for this flyer was to create an awareness for Employers during conversations with prospective employees on the value of being an Inclusive Employer. 

We noticed many barriers raised for participants of the NDIS on having that awkward discussion with an Employer of their choice. The available funding from the NDIS for a participant which may require extra support to manage new tasks was a difficult conversation for anyone. 

Hence the creation of this one-page flyer to alleviate the stress of detailing what is the NDIS in the first instance and what is available for Employers.

Juliana Hoy, Information, Linkages & Capacity Building Project Officer, lllawarra Shoalhaven

T 02 44 881 600 M 0466 720 871 E Juliana.hoy@ndis.gov.au

Employment and Training

Illawarra Multicultural Services

The Illawarra Multicultural Services are now recruiting for two new positions:

  • SETS Youth Worker
  • Domestic Violence Workers

Local Government Multicultural Network Community Organising Fellowship (COF) for grassroots organisersAre you a budding community organiser or know someone who is?

  • Are you looking to grow your skills and experience in campaign strategy and community organising?
  • Build the power and leadership of people in your community or organisation?
  • Want to join a national network of highly skilled and effective community organisers?

If the answer is yes, we encourage you to apply for The Community Organising Fellowship (COF).

Each year, COF takes 25 organisers and campaigners on a 6-month journey of connecting, learning, leadership, and skills development.

Graduates are equipped with the tools and skills to design, initiate, and lead powerful campaigns that engage thousands of people and win positive, meaningful, lasting outcomes for their communities.

Graduates also leave with close relationships and a strong network of peers working in a variety of organisations and communities across the continent.

Applications for the 2022 Fellowship close on 31 October.

Apply or nominate someone to apply here.

For more information, read the COF brochure here.

If you would like further information please be in touch with Max, the Co- Director from the Community Organising Fellowship.  (The fellowship is a national training program with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW).

Contact Max on: Ph0408 053 622 or emsmith@cof.org.au

Employment and Training

Kiama Community College  

The Kiama Community Collage has a range of subsidised courses that may be useful for you and/or your teams.

Please see below and let me know if you’d like any further information, or contact Sarah Cimino directly.

Microsoft Excel: BSBTEC302 Design and Produce Spreadsheets^*Friday 1 October

Microsoft Word & Publisher: BSBTEC301 Design and Produce Business Documents^*Wednesday 22 September

Use Remote Communication Tools: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Instant Messaging and more*Thursday 7 October

Digital workplace skills for beginners^*Wednesday 22 September

Employment and Training

The Kiama Community College are pleased to offer an array of online (via zoom), subsidised courses in SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER.


Subsidies are available for all courses below, for eligible students*

Computerised Bookkeeping using MYOB^*
Tuesday 12 October

Develop Social Media for your Beauty Salon*
Self-paced, start anytime

Microsoft Excel: BSBTEC302 Design and Produce Spreadsheets^*
Friday 1 October

Microsoft Word & Publisher: BSBTEC301 Design and Produce Business Documents^*
Wednesday 22 September

Use Remote Communication Tools: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Instant Messaging and more*
Thursday 7 October

Digital workplace skills for beginners^*
Wednesday 22 September

Navigating Career Crossroads: BSBPEF101 Plan and Prepare for Work Readiness^*
Wednesday 22 September

Stand out Resumes, Job Applications & Interview skills*
Thursday 23 September

Introduction to Working in Aged Care CHCCOMOO5*^
Tuesday 5 October

Introduction to Working in the Beauty Industry*
Starting soon, register your interest

*Subsidies and fee free scholarships are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements. The training is subsidised by the NSW Government. If you would like more information please refer to our website or phone the Community College on 02 4232 1050.

^This is a nationally recognised Qualification or Statement of Attainment.

Training on financial support for energy and water issues

Sydney Water and the Energy Ombudsman of NSW are delivering free training for community workers who work with vulnerable communities.  

Do you know what supports are available for families and individuals during this difficult time? Register below to find out.

When: Wednesday 22 September, 10.30pm – 12pm
Where: online (via MS Teams)
Register:  Via this Link

This session is for community workers who work with clients to address financial resourcing related to energy and water issues. Information includes details on help paying bills, disconnection and re-connection, how to avoid high bills, disputed accounts, managing your account and how to save on bills. The session is an opportunity to learn about the issues affecting consumers first-hand, and how to help clients overcome these issues.

This is particularly designed for workers who support vulnerable groups and those experiencing hardship, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • community housing tenants
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • seniors
  • people with disabilities
  • people living on fixed and or low incomes
  • people living in regional and remote areas