Food and Housing

What is the End Street Sleeping in Illawarra Collaboration?  

The End Street Sleeping in Illawarra Collaboration is a group of local community organisations and government organisations working with the End Street Sleeping Collaboration to ensure no one should have to sleep rough in Illawarra.

Over the past three years Illawarra has seen a steady increase in the number of people sleeping rough. These numbers have increased from 11 in 2020 to 57 in 2022.

We believe street sleeping is solvable and everyone has the right to access safe and sustainable housing.  Finding the right information about who is sleeping rough and why is vital to developing effective strategies.  

In Illawarra this information will be collected during Connections Week (5th September in Wollongong /12th September in Kiama/Shoalhaven).

Their stories will be entered into our By-Name-List database enabling local services to triage the most vulnerable and collaborate across organisations to providing housing solutions and continued support services to ensure ongoing tenancy.

The goal of the End Street Sleeping in Illawarra Collaboration is to halve street sleeping in Illawarra by 2025 and end it by 2030.  Our work aligns with the Premier’s Priority commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2025*

Who is part of the End Street Sleeping in Illawarra Collaboration?  

The following organisations are supporting the Collaboration: 

  • DCJ                                        
  • Wollongong Homeless Hub
  • Neami National                
  • St Vincent de Paul
  • NSW Health                       
  • Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation (IAC)
  • Age Matters      

What is Connections Week?   

During Connections Week, trained volunteers and community sector workers connect with people sleeping rough to conduct an internationally recognised survey and understand their housing and health needs. It is a week to focus on the stories and needs of people sleeping rough in our community.    

From the survey data and personal stories collected a database called the By-Name List (BNL) is created. This is a real-time database of all people experiencing homelessness in our community. The data collected helps to coordinate support services, inform policy innovation, and create systems change.   

Understanding this information enables the community to respond in real time.  

The BNL is based on the principle that every person sleeping rough has a story to tell and that we know them by name. A story that allows them to be assisted out of homelessness, a story that can help us understand what leads people into homelessness, a story that can help us identify strategies that can prevent homelessness.   

What information is being gathered and how?   

The information gathered from people sleeping rough uses a survey tool – the VI-SPDAT – which combines elements of the Vulnerability Index (VI) with the Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT).    

The VI-SPDAT examines factors of current vulnerability and future housing stability. It is considered by the Institute of Global Homelessness to be the world’s best practice collection tool.   

All participants will be required to sign a consent form and their private information will be strictly protected.  Participants will be able to decline participation altogether or may choose to decline responding to individual questions only.    

In accordance with Privacy Principles an individual may request to have their information removed at any time.   

How will the information be used?

The End Street Sleeping Collaboration is an independent, sectorled and run entity and will hold the BNL and its data on behalf of local services. The BNL will be used in two ways: to immediately help individuals and to help change systems.    

Organisations can use the collective, de-identified data to advocate for the change and resources needed to end homelessness in our community.   

The information collected will be used as evidence to support policy and systems changes to better help those who sleep rough, and to reduce the number of people sleeping rough in the future.   

Further information:                                     

End Street Sleeping Collaboration, Graham West – CEO                                                       

Phone: 0419 330 029, Email:       

End Street Sleeping in Illawarra Collaboration, Mandy Booker – CEO Wollongong Homeless HUB

Phone:  02 4228 0955, Email:

End Street Sleeping Collaboration, Katie Feeney – Community Impact Manager


Media enquiries:

End Street Sleeping Collaboration, Jonathan Melrose-Rae

Phone: 0447 847 886, Email:


National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme is for adults who were sexually abused as
a child.

Call our team on 1800 843 929


You might get redress for what happened. You might get:
• Money
• Counselling
• An apology

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a disability rights, representative and advocacy organisation. PWDA’s Redress team are available to assist people with disability to access the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme. We receive funding through the Federal Government to provide confidential and free support for people with disability (including psychosocial disability/mental health issues) to access the Scheme, should they wish to.

The Scheme was set up in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and for eligible people offers: financial redress, counselling and psychological services, and the potential for an apology from the relevant institution. Across Australia we are seeking to form working relationships with organisations as well as working with people with disability. Our aim is to establish referral pathways, and offer services information and support in working with people who may wish to apply to the Redress Scheme.

We acknowledge the scheme is not highly advertised. One reason for this is due to the concern about possible trauma that advertising may cause a survivor. We have also found that this means that many people do not know their eligibility and are missing out. We prefer to work collaboratively with services and can provide guidance and advice in understanding how best to support people with disability access the scheme. We work this way so that people can continue to work with the services they know and trust and workers they are connected to, rather than discussing sensitive issues with a new service they do not know. We offer individualised presentations to services about the scheme, and are happy to discuss any issues, concerns and questions they may have. We also provide warm referrals to other redress services in regional communities, so we are also very keen to work with these services as well.

Please contact us if you would like any further information, would like us to present to your staff, or if you would like to talk with us about how we may be able to work together. Please find attached some brochures and information on our service. Also, you can find additional information about People with Disability Australia on our website

Linda Wiseham

Project Officer and Advocate, Redress Project

0490 082 737

Karen Kobier

Manager and Specialist Advocate, Redress Project

0434 692 845




Community Voice network (CV-net)

You are invited you to be part of a new project and to join our Community Voice network (CV-net).

The aim is to reduce community harms, particularly those that are prominent in our most vulnerable communities, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.

Through the CV-net we want to work with you to identify existing and emerging harms and develop workable solutions. Together we will broaden the reach of BRD harm minimisation programs and campaigns to educate and protect communities. The network will improve pathways for community feedback, and participation in the regulatory process.  

Network membership for community groups and intermediaries is offered at two levels: 

  • Informed Members are kept informed with news and information from across the three regulators that may be relevant for their communities or sector.  

 Members are encouraged to take part in polls, surveys, submissions etc, and to inform BRD of any risks or harms emerging in their sector.

  • Involved Members take a more active role, including contributing to the  development of content and the delivery of harm minimisation initiatives 

 To take part in this initiative please refer to the Terms of Reference and Fact Sheet attached.

The sign up process takes about 5 minutes of your time, there is no cost involved and you can click here for the membership form

Please feel free to share the information within your network and other organisations you think would find the Community Voice Network beneficial especially organisations working with our culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds communities, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.   

I look forward to discussing with you further to explore how we can work together in partnership with CV-net.  

I can be contacted on (02) 9566 8691 or at 


Imagining our future in 2031

Please join us for this on-line optimistic event!

In the lead-up to the national Women’s Safety Summit, we’re inviting you to explore with us where we want Australia to be in 10 years.

Imagining we are already in 2031 and asking ourselves; How did we successfully respond to the trauma suffered by the survivors of family, domestic, and sexual violence?  Join us for this unusual online futuring event as we aim to create a safer, healthier 2031 for women and children. 

Co-designed and presented by Illawarra Women’s Health Centre, Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, University of Sydney, and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Australia with keynote presentations from Ash Johnstone, Dr Karen Williams, Lula Dembele, and Sally Stevenson AM. 

Open to everyone and hosted by Sydney University’s Dr Clare Cooper, we will imagining….:     

  • How we respond to the impacton the health of survivors of family, domestic, and sexual violencein 2031?    
  • What does thelivedexperience of recovery look like in 2031?
  • What doesthe family, domestic, and sexual violencepolicy, planningand funding environmentlook like in 2031?  

WHEN: Wednesday 21st July 2021, 6:00-7:00pm

HOW: Click on the button below (Zoom links will be sent to you one week before the event.)


Presented by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s Education team, we are excited to announce our ACWA endorsed professional development online workshop providing participants with a critical introduction to the topic of harmful sexual behaviours (HSB)

You will have the opportunity to participate in activities and discussions to assist in building your capacity in preventing, identifying and responding to harmful sexual behaviours in children with confidence.

What will you learn?

  • Defining and contextualising harmful sexual behaviour.
  • Understanding differences between developmentally appropriate sexual behaviours and those that cause concern.
  • Responding to sexualised behaviours.
  • Basic strategies for addressing harmful sexual behaviours in a holistic, strengths-based manner.
  • What to do next – how to manage harmful sexual behaviours.

Audience: This workshop applies to work undertaken by any professional who directly interacts with children or child safety related roles within government and non-government organisations.

For Australian school educators, this course aligns with the following APST; 4.4, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4 and the NQS 2.2.3.


  • Thursday 22 April 2021 (school holidays)
  • Wednesday 05 May 2021
  • Wednesday 09 June 2021
  • Wednesday 07 July 2021

*This workshop will also be rolled out in person to each State and Territory in the second half of the year

Time: 10.00 to 14.30 AEST


Please note: these workshops will be conducted online with limited spaces available. You will receive an email response to confirm if you have been accepted into this workshop.

By registering your interest for this workshop, you agree to receive communication from the organiser regarding this event and their other services.

Need some NIGHT TIME log book hours? An opportunity for you and your supervisor to experience a range of driving conditions to increase awareness of safe driving behaviours.

A FREE Night Time Learner Log Book Run will be held on Tuesday, 20 April 2021 between 6.00pm and 8.30pm

The Log Book Run will start at the Lake Illawarra PCYC and finish at McDonalds Family Restaurant, Warilla concluding with a PRIZE GIVEAWAY.

Learners must have at least 40 log book hours to be eligible to participate. Bookings are essential please call Jenny Davies on 4221 6124 or click on the link below.

Click here to register:


Whole-of-Government Approach to Prevent Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence

In the lead up to the annual 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November to 10 December), Women NSW and Domestic Violence NSW have partnered to bring you a free webinar series on how the whole-of-NSW Government can prevent sexual, domestic and family violence across a range of settings.

Webinar 1 – Primary prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence (16 October 2020, 10am-12pm)

  • What is sexual, domestic and family violence, what drives it and how is it gendered?
  • What is primary prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence?
  • NSW Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy 2017-2021

Webinar 2 – Intersectionality and inclusion in primary prevention (3 November 2020, 10am-12pm)

  • What is intersectionality?
  • What drives sexual, domestic and family violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, migrant and refugee women, women with disability and LGBTIQ people?
  • How can we challenge the intersecting drivers of violence and make primary prevention inclusive?

Webinar 3 – Prevention in Action: Interagency Challenge (10 December 2020, 10am-12pm)

  • What are the priority settings for preventing sexual, domestic and family violence? (Education, Sports, Arts, Health, Family and Community Services, Public Spaces, Transport and Infrastructure, Workplaces)
  • What are some promising approaches and initiatives for preventing violence?
  • How can you respond to resistance and backlash to efforts to prevent violence?

You can register for the free webinars here:

ANROWS survey for service providers – technology-facilitated abuse

We appreciate if you can share this survey to support the first stage of an Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) national research project on technology-facilitated abuse.

ANROWS is recruiting workers to complete a 20-minute anonymous online survey. The link to the survey can be found here:

Who is this survey for?

This survey is for service providers that work with people who experience or use violence, including domestic violence or sexual assault services, legal services, homelessness/housing, health, men’s behaviour change, family relationship services, migrant services, disability services, LGBTIQ+ services, prevention organisations, government policy and specialist services for Aboriginal or Torres Islander people.

What is the purpose of the survey?

The survey is the first stage of this research project. It aims to leverage the practice-based knowledge of people working in the sector to find out more about technology-facilitated abuse including:

  • the extent to which clients experience or use technology-facilitated abuse
  • forms of abusive tactics experienced
  • the training and resources available
  • gaps and challenges workers face.

When does the survey close?

Please complete the survey by 31 October 2020. However, the survey may be extended beyond this deadline if necessary.

Please also find attached a poster with more details.

We encourage you to complete the survey, and circulate it amongst your networks.

If you would like more information about the survey, please contact Asher Flynn at

Illawarra Interagency October Meeting

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.

What to get meeting notifications? Subscribe Here

Illawarra Interagency | Online Meeting

2.00pm to 4.00pm

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Topic | Domestic and Family Violence in the Illawarra

Register Here

During the Covid19 pandemic, our communities saw a rise in reported cases of Domestic and Family Violence. In line with our series of meetings this year to support our community sector during challenging times, we have themed our October meeting accordingly.

Join us and a panel of expert local service providers, to discuss the current state of Domestic and Family Violence in the Illawarra. We will explore some of the recent challenges in our region and discuss ways in which we can move forward together to address this important topic.

The meeting will be held via ZOOM call and can be accessed by your computer, tablet or phone.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues.

Register Now

Please be aware that conversations such as these can be triggering. Look after your mental health and seek help if needed. Lifeline: 13 11 14

Further information: | (02) 4221 6091


Help is Here

You may have seen the  Help is Here  campaign advertising over the past couple of months. It’s a campaign from the Department of Social Services to ensure all Australians affected by domestic and family violence and abuse know where to seek help, when they need it.

The Prime Minister announced the campaign on 29 March this year, to support Australians experiencing domestic and family violence due to the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic.

The advertising, which will run nationally until the end of September 2020, directs audiences to national telephone and online counselling services 1800RESPECT and MensLine Australia, as well as relevant state and territory services – and aims to reassure those affected by domestic violence that their experiences are not acceptable, and that help is available.

Help spread the word

The stakeholder materials page on the Department of Social Services website also has a selection of materials you are welcome to use, including:

  • television commercials, including Indigenous and Auslan versions
  • posters in various sizes
  • a web tile and banner
  • bumper stickers and window decals
  • social media content, including static images and 6 and 15 second videos.


Invitation to participate in research project exploring responses to domestic and family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers at UNSW Sydney are conducting a research study about your experiences of delivering services to people affected by domestic and family violence. The study will help us understand the important work that you do, and the impacts the distancing measures implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have had on your work as well as the capacity and practice of services currently, and into the future.    

You will be asked to participate in an online or telephone interview, which will take approximately 20-30 minutes. We will ask you about your professional experiences and you may also be asked to give your perspective on helpful or promising interventions, policies and/or approaches that have emerged since the onset of the pandemic.

We are looking to speak with staff from services that support people impacted by domestic and family violence – including representatives health, community, legal or social services as well as from relevant peak bodies and government agencies.

If you are interested in being part of this project, we would love to hear from you – please contact the project lead from UNSW, Patricia Cullen, by email or by telephone 0410591180.