Shellharbour Community Facilities Needs Study and Strategy 2021-2030

Shellharbour City Council is working with the Institute of Public Policy and Governance (University of Technology, Sydney) to develop a Community Facilities Needs Study and Strategy, 2021-2030. This will guide the future provision, management and activation of Council owned and/or managed community facilities. We would like to hear about your experience as well as your ideas and suggestions. Please visit Let’s Chat Shellharbour for more information and details on how to provide your feedback.

Funding and Resources

Stockland CARE Grants 2021

Applications are now open.


Do you, your friends or family belong to a local community organisation that could achieve even more with some extra funding? Perhaps you help run a busy community program that could use a little extra money to get your initiative or event off the ground?

As part of our ongoing commitment to help shape our vibrant communities, you could be eligible to apply for funding for a one-off $1,000 grant in recognition of your group’s contribution to your local community.

Like you, we care deeply about people and the planet, so we’re supporting programs that focus on areas of health and wellbeing, education, community connection or the local environment.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday 12 March 2021. 

To check your eligibility visit our page and review our Terms and Conditions and FAQs for details.


Education and Employment

Kiama Communtiy College

2021 Courses Starting This Month For Job Seekers and Career Development…

2021 is here, and we’re ready for a great year ahead. We are pleased to offer an array of subsidised courses commencing this term at our Kiama and Shoalhaven campuses that may be suitable for your clients.

We have listed a range of courses starting from this month for job seekers, careers, school leavers or clients wanting to get back into the workforce. We provide small class sizes, 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.

We look forward to working together to help your clients achieve their employment goals.

From the team at KCC
Subsidies & Fee-Free Scholarships are available for all courses below, for eligible students*


Cert III in Business BSB30115 – 26 WEEKS

Cert I in Information, Digital Media & Technology ICT10115

Microsoft Office At Your Level (Accredited Skill Set)

Computerised Bookkeeping using MYOB (Accredited Skill Set)

Cert III in Fitness SIS30315

Cert III in Outdoor Leadership SIS30619

Cert IV in Beauty Therapy SHB40115

Adult Literacy for Students with Support Needs

Improve your Reading and Writing




Cert IV in Training & Assessment TAE40116 – 12 Months


Cert IV in Leadership & Management – 12 Months

Cert III in Accounts Administration FNS30317 – 26 WEEKS

*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 on Smart and Skilled please refer to our website and click on Enrolment then NSW Smart and Skilled or phone the Community College on 02 4232 1050.

We provide a wide range of nationally recognised  vocational qualifications.

Kiama Community College’s student, Cassandra O’Carroll, was recently announced National Runner Up of the SBAT National Award 2020 having previously been awarded NSW School-Based Apprentice Trainee (SBAT) of the Year and acknowledged by our local MP Gareth Ward in NSW Parliament.

Cassandra has been undertaking her School-based Traineeship in the threatened species section of the environmental services department of Shoalhaven City Council since 2019, while completing a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management School-Based Traineeship with HVTC and Kiama Community College. 

During the devastating 2019/20 bushfires, Cassandra was able to apply the scientific skills she had learnt at Kiama Community College and helped injured wildlife.

Cassandra deeply values the mentorship she has received from her colleagues. She is expanding her knowledge of the local environment and the challenges it currently faces so she can help to protect it.

Cassandra volunteers with National Parks Wildlife Services, was a speaker at climate rallies, and is a member of the Youth Voice group who promote positive change in their communities.

Shoalhaven Community College was proud to celebrate our student Chelsea Haydon being announced as Illawarra and South East NSW Regional Apprentice of the Year in the category of Hairdressing.

We provide the largest Hair and Beauty training facilities locally, and offer a fully equipped, simulated salon with top brand products.

Our highly qualified and skilled trainers specialise in the latest training packages and provide personalised and individually focussed support and training for any level of experience. For your convenience we offer flexible study options including: one day per week, block release, flexible distance education, or work-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Please let us know what suits your salon. We currently have subsidised* places available for new and existing Apprentices and Trainees.

Our courses at Shoalhaven Community College’s Hair and Beauty School offer hands-on training to small groups. We also run short evening courses to suit individuals wanting to upgrade their skills. 

We currently have places available for new and existing Apprentices and Trainees under the Government’s Smart & Skilled funding scheme.


Our VET qualifications in administration, business, accounting and information technology provide access to opportunities for workplace entry and transition as well as skill and career development. Business and Accounting students are supported to ensure that they successfully pathway to employment or further studies in accordance with their personal goals. Certificate IV courses are perfect for those school leavers looking to gain entry to University.



We offer fantastic vocational career pathways including qualifications in fitness and outdoor leadership with experience and supportive trainers.


Certificate IV in Training & Assessment TAE40116 focuses on student outcomes and helping students become great trainers, and is the qualification required to become a trainer-assessor in our nation’s accredited vocational training system. 

This qualification will provide the skills to design and deliver accredited training and assess competency, as a workplace based trainer-assessor or operating in a classroom or online environment.


When students study with us, they’ll receive the same qualification and government subsidies provided by TAFEs and other RTOs approved under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program, that can open up opportunities for future employability and employment.

PLUS they will also benefit from small class sizes, individual attention and access to a Student Support Officer who will assist with their study/life needs and support them in seeking work placement and employment. 

As your local Registered Training Organisation (RTO) overseen by the Australian Government, we have provided a wide range of nationally recognised vocational qualifications to more than 3,000 students in our community. Our vocational qualifications assist students to upskill or gain their first job and are recognised by employers across the country. That’s the Community College difference!



I’m Joanna Leigh, one of ACON’s Community Health Promotion Officers for the LGBTQ People with Disability Project together with my colleague Charbel Zada.

I’d like to invite your organisation to be a part of the NATION LGBTQ+ DISABILITY INTERAGENCY.

The Interagency will provide the opportunity for LGBTQ and  disability services to network, exchange information and share the best and latest practice. The aim of the interagency is to increase understanding of the disability sector and developments with the NDIS especially as they are relevant to increasing participation and improving services and the lives of LGBTQ+ people with disabilities.

Please find attached the draft Terms of Reference for more information. Feedback is welcome and we can finalise it at the first meeting. .

Meetings will be held monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 2pm from 11th February on Zoom to allow for national participation. When Covid19 restrictions allow in person networking opportunities or meetings may also be held.

Please RSVP by Thursday 4 February 2021 to Joanna Leigh at so you can be added to the mailing list and you can receive the Zoom invite.

Health and Well Being

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognise the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

QPR training will provide you with:

  • knowledge and skills to identify warning signs that someone may be suicidal
  • confidence to talk to them about suicidal thoughts
  • connect them with professional care.

Virtual Classroom via Zoom

Friday September 11th 2020 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This training session is able to be provided free of cost to the South Coast and surrounding community due to funding from the Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund.

Book your ticket


The Impact of COVID-19 on Australians’ Health and Wellbeing

This study is a research collaboration between the National Ageing Research Institute and The University of Melbourne. We hope to gather as much insight as possible on how this pandemic has changed the lives of many Australians. As such, we are looking to engage a diversity of respondents, from different districts and demographics.

Have you got some time to help us understand the psychological & social impact of the #Covid19aus pandemic? Results will inform the advice given to people, the support needed, & the decisions taken, to keep Australians as well as possible. Survey link here: