Internet Safety: be confident online

Information sessions available in your area

Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) is offering a FREE one hour peer education session to groups of people 50 years of age and over. Our ‘Internet safety’ information sessions help people become more confident computer users by giving them clear, up-to-date information how they can use the internet safely and securely.

Our ‘Internet safety’ program gives older people the skills they need to be able to access the information, goods and services that are now available on the internet. Participants in these sessions are also given the information they need to minimise the risk they’ll fall prey to online fraud or scams.

COTA NSW has years of experience training people to deliver entertaining and relevant information sessions. We have trained peer educators in your area who are currently available to deliver an ‘Internet safety’ information session at a meeting, event or activity you are planning for your group.

To book sessions complete the online booking form or phone the office and book over the phone (02) 9286 3868 (groups need to be a minimum of 10 people).

For more information or to download an Internet safety brochure, visit our website

The Cyber Security Training Package for older people is one of a number of initiatives that the Australian Government has available for Australians to protect their online privacy and safety so that they can fully engage in the digital economy. Program funding is administered by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (

S&K Interagency Alert – 7 Feb 2013

QUICK WORD from the HARP Unit February 2013


RESOURCE order form Jan 2013

Issues Paper: On the future of Commonwealth funded Employment Services

The Commonwealth Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis, has released an Issues Paper seeking community input on the future of Commonwealth funded Employment Services, targeted at the most disadvantaged.  These include members of CALD communities and refugees.  This public consultation is an opportunity for CALD community input.

The Issues Paper is available here: beyond-2015.

The time frame is short.  Submissions due Friday 15 March 2013.

General Invitation: Berkeley Women Inspired Launch


UnitingCare Institute of Family Practice

Many of our IFP courses are directed at certain audiences within the Human Services Sector. Our programs have been developed in response to perceived needs for staff working with children, young people, specifically with men, groups and with families. Please take time to look at our website to see the wide range of Professional Development and Nationally recognised courses available at We specialise in Counselling and Mediation qualifications. A few examples of short courses are listed below:

Early childhood/Primary

  • Strength Based Therapeutic Work with Children
  • Parenting Children with ADHD
  • Helping Your Child with Early Learning
  • Helping Your Child with Primary School
  • Group Work with Children
  • Attachment Theory
  • Keeping Children Safe
  • Group Work with Children

Young People

  • Activating Assertive Behaviour
  • Managing Angry Adolescents Differently
  • RAGE
  • Managing the Bull
  • Working with the Potential for Violence (in Youth Work)


  • Working with Families
  • Introduction to Family Therapy
  • Working with Addictions in Child and Family Work


  • Engaging Men in Family Based Programs
  • Working with Men

All ages

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Accidental Counsellor
  • Effective Group Leadership
  • Introduction to Strengths

Please call us on (02)88300755 for information or email and we can send out a flyer and registration information. Many of our courses can be delivered as consultancies in your workplace.

New Working with Children Check sessions – Wollongong

A new Working With Children Check will start in NSW in 2013. The previously advised start date of 11 February is no longer applicable. A rescheduled start date will be advised in early 2013. Until the start of the new check, the current check continues.

Free one-hour information sessions are being held regularly throughout NSW. The next sessions in Wollongong will be on Friday 15 March. Follow this link to register for the session

Under the new check:

  • workers and volunteers will apply for their own check once every five years
  • employers will verify a child-related worker’s or volunteer’s clearance number
  • the same Working With Children Check will apply to everyone – paid workers, self-employed people and volunteers
  • everyone with a clearance will be continuously monitored for serious sex or violence offenses.

There can only be two results for a new Working With Children Check – a clearance or a bar. People with a bar may not work or volunteer in child-related roles.

  • Easy to access: Online applications, online verifications, online employer registration (no online forms will be available until the start date).
  • Cost: The new check will be free for volunteers and cost $80 for paid workers and self-employed people. A volunteer check cannot be used for paid work with children.

Find out more:  

Banardos Position Vacant

C4C Community Projects Officer 2013 final

COTA – Free Internet Training

FREE Internet safety talk

Stir it up! Info Session

Invite to Stir it up Information Session 27 Feb 2013

S&K Interagency Alert – 29 Jan 2013


Change Management Master Class April 2013

Return to work training March 2013

Community Care Planning Day

We have decided that it is time we celebrated our successes at the upcoming Community Care Planning Day! Usually Planning Days get so caught up with the issues, the gaps, the problems….well the Working Party has decided that this year we need to give ourselves a pat on the back!

So can you please send through to myself and Natalie ( a few lines about some great stuff that has happened in your organisation this year.

It might be:

  • New funding for a project
  • Growth funding for existing project
  • Recognition of your good work
  • An award
  • You got published
  • Presented at a conference
  •  Implemented practices to meet changing policy directions (person centred, enabling, etc)

Just some ideas to get you started….can we please have these back by mid next week (30 January…..are we really at the end of January already????) so that Natalie and I can collate the information and get started on our 2012 Brag Book!

Simone Stuart

NSW State HACC Development Officer

T: 4256 4333    M: 0419 749 623    F: 4256 4366

S&K Interagency Alert – 8 Nov

Asset Based Community Development

Last week we had a Walk n Talk through the Port Kembla Community. We were all quite amazed at the great projects PK Community Project has done with the community, including community gardens, a pizza oven, a coffee cart, restoration of natural bushland to name a few! To find out more follow this link to a short online presentation.  (may take a few minutes to load- but it’s worth it 😉

Seniors Week 2013 Shellharbour

Please see the following links for all the background information you will require to submit an activity or event for next years Seniors Week.

Invitation to participate – General

SW 2013 Project Information background

Project Information Form

If you need anything further, please do not hesitate to contact Kylie Gribble ph 4257 9036   or email

Food Security and the Future of Farming

…We need to talk about food security…
… and the future of farming…get involved in the discussion…
Join us to hear our extra special guest Speakers—Michael Croft from Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and local food and farming pioneers. Enjoy local wine and hors d’oevres, and thrash out the burning issues with your friends and neighbours.

poster SF – discussion night 30th Nov