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Painting by Lorraine Brown and Narelle Thomas at Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation

7 and 8 May 2020

The GRANGE GOLF COURSE – Kembla Grange

Put these dates in your diary NOW!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND – Staff and Management from:

  • Early Childhood Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Education

We have a responsibility in our services to create and develop environments that foster higher levels of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

We can support our children and families to find meaningful ways to increase respect, reduce prejudice and to strengthen relationships with the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This conference will support staff in a practical way to:

  • Develop and implement a Reconciliation Action Plan within their service
  • Determine what you do well and the areas where you may need support
  • Reflect closely on your own values and stereotypes that may be impeding your progress
  • Develop an understanding of cultural awareness, cultural competence and cultural safety and their importance for Aboriginal families accessing your service
  • Connect with our local Aboriginal Elders
  • Develop networks and strong supports to assist you on your reconciliation journey

PLACES ARE LIMITED to ensure you are supported throughout the conference. For further information or to register your interest, please contact:

Tracey Kirk-Downey, Community Development Worker – Children & Family Services Wollongong City Council on 02 4227 7158 or email

Practitioners Panel EOI

Painting by Lorraine Brown and Narelle Thomas at Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation


Practitioner’s Panel…Mmmm, what is that??

  • Have you faced challenges in your centre’s journey towards reconciliation?
  • Developing your Reconciliation Plan / Implementing your Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
  • Have you increased respect and strengthened relationships with Aboriginal families?
  • Have you overcome the challenges?
  • Have you some key tips or strategies you can share?
  • Are there any definite “learn from our mistake” moments or cautions you would give?
  • Have you made progress in reducing prejudice and fostering pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, culture and contributions?

If you have answered YES to one or more of these questions you should submit an expression of interest? You could be part of a panel who shares the story of their journey so far. The practitioner’s panel will allocate approximately 20 minutes for each presenter.

To express your interest if you could email through a short 2 paragraph outline on what you would be presenting on in relation to any of the above criteria by 4 October 2019.

Tracey Kirk-Downey, Community Development Worker – Children & Family Services

Wollongong City Council on 02 4227 7158 or email

Community Industry Group Training and Events

Aboriginal Employment Recruitment and Retention Toolkit Training

Join us for the Aboriginal Employment Recruitment and Retention Toolkit Training, Thursday 17 October 2019, 8:30am–1:00pm and receive your toolkit to keep! This training is for Managers and HR personnel in the Community Services Industry.

Click here for more information.

Same but Different: How to Diversify your Organisation’s Income Stream

Tuesday 15 October 2019, 1:30pm–4:30pm, Community Industry Group, 106B Industrial Rd, Oak Flats, $50 for members, $125 for non members.

With increasing demand for community service, organisations must rethink funding and financial strategies. This is critical across the community services sector whilst government funding remains relatively static. It is time for us to consider a future where public investment is complemented by a diverse range of income sources. This training is for Not-for-Profit organisations.

Click here for more information.

Hypothetical & Expo Responding To Abuse of Older People for Aged Care Service Providers

Thursday 17 October 2019, 10am-1pm, Shellharbour Civic Centre, 76 Cygnet Ave, Shellharbour City Centre. Free Event.

Click here for more information.

Southern Region Aged Care Forum

29 October 2019, 9.30am-3.30pm, Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 6 Beach Road, Batemans Bay. Free event.

Join us for an inspiring and informative day, including Department of Health updates, Aboriginal employment programs for the aged care sector, LGBTI training and awareness for aged care, end of life planning and workforce development.

Click here to register. For further information, please contact Amadis on

CIG Annual General Meeting

Community Industry Group invites members, supporters and students to our Annual General Meeting. Our special guest speaker is Mark Isaacs, author of The Kabul Peace House, a book about a community of peace activists in Afghanistan.

Thursday 7 November 2019, 9:30am for a 10:00am start, Shellharbour Civic Centre, 76 Cygnet Avenue, Shellharbour City Centre.

To confirm your attendance click here.

Duties of officeholders and board members in relation to child safety

Moores have recently released an interesting article on duties of officeholders and board members in relation to child safety.

This is a timely reminder about the roles and obligations of Board members in the wake of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Read the article here.

Moores also have a range of free resources for not-for-profits around child protection and safety in service delivery. Find out more here.

September | Illawarra Interagency

The Illawarra Interagency provides a forum for community organisations to build relationships, learn new skills and work collaboratively to improve outcomes for the Illawarra community. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in supporting the well-being of people who live, work or play in the Illawarra Region.


Next Meeting:

Thursday 3 October 2019
2pm – 4pm
Shellharbour Civic Centre
76 Cygnet Avenue (Cnr Cygnet and College Avenue)
Shellharbour City Centre

Child Protection in the Community | Changes to legislation – How could this affect you?

The NSW Government has made a commitment to protecting children in NSW. Part of this commitment is the implementation of standards on organisations that work with children to ensure that they are ‘Child Safe’.

Unlike the Working with Children Check, the Child Safe Standards are a whole of organisation approach to proactively protecting children who engage with services and local government in the community.

Harris Short from NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian will speak about why we have the new regulatory scheme, who is responsible for regulating the scheme and some of what the scheme is proposed to be.

The legislation from which the regulation will come, is currently before the NSW Parliament. His role is to help build capacity, so that Local Governments and their communities, can meet the standards.

We will also include a small panel of representatives from Commonwealth, State and local level for discussion and Q&A time.

Further information: | (02) 4221 6091

Aboriginal Employment Recruitment & Retention Toolkit

Community Industry Group celebrated an incredibly proud moment when Stephen Jones MP launched the Attract Recognise Value Report and Toolkit on 2 September 2019.

Attract Recognise Value delves into the disconnect between the need for workers particularly in the aged and disability sectors, and the unemployment rate for Aboriginal people in Wollongong and Shoalhaven. The report is supported by a Toolkit to assist employers to build more culturally safe and culturally appropriate workplaces.

The project ensured local Aboriginal people were heard when discussing their future employment opportunities and was led by an experienced committee.

The toolkit is only available by attending the associated training.

Upon completion of the training participants will have a clear idea of how their organisation can develop meaningful engagement with Aboriginal Communities, improve recruitment and retention strategies for potential Aboriginal employees and create a culturally respectful, appropriate and safe working environment for Aboriginal people.

Program manager position with SCARF – SCARF (Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families)

SCARF is seeking a Program Manager for 20 hours per week on a fixed term 12-month contract.

Working in collaboration with SCARF’s small team of paid staff and broad volunteer network, the Program Manager is responsible for ensuring that the programs and services offered by SCARF contribute to its mission, are delivered in a safely and appropriately, and are responsive to the needs of people from refugee backgrounds.

The position oversees development and implementation of SCARF programs including planning, design, staffing, risk management, monitoring day-to-day delivery to maintain and improve quality, evaluating outcomes and securing funding for current and new program activities. Critically, the Program Manager is responsible for identifying funding opportunities for programs and ensuring grant funded projects are delivered in accordance with associated funding agreements. 

The Program Manager will provide the relevant organisational development, strategic-thinking and operational management required for the post. The Program Manager will report directly to the CEO.

To apply for this role, please send a cover letter that describes your capacity, a copy of your CV and details of two professional referees to

For more information on this role, please email or call Pippa Rendel on (02) 4224 8646.

Applications close Sunday 1 September 2019 at 5pm.