Motorised Scooter Safety Workshop

A presentation by Kiama Council’s Road Safety Officer and the Local Health District’ s- Health Education Officer regarding safe use of motorised scooters will be held:

Date | Monday 23 September 2013

Time | 1.30pm

Venue | The Village Centre, Blue Haven-200 Terralong St, Kiama.

Learn about:

  • What are motorised wheelchairs?
  • Who may use them?
  • Must they be registered in NSW?
  • Do users need a licence?
  • Is a user a pedestrian or a driver?

Light Refreshments will be provided

For more information on this RMS funded Road Safety Project please contact

Janelle Burns | Road Safety Officer | Kiama Municipal Council

P | 4232 0568

M | 0419 212 571

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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 – 18 Jan

Aboriginal Rock Art Exhibition

Aboriginal Rock Art

Positions Vacant – Kiama Council

Age Friendly Project Officer – Website (Jan 2013)

Kiama Youth Belonging Project Coordinator – Website (Jan 2013)

The Aged Care Rights Service

TARSTARS brochure 2013_001

Warrumbungle Shire Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal

Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Peter Shinton has established the ‘Warrumbungle Shire Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal’ to help support the families affected by the fire in Coonabarabran and the surrounding communities. Official details of the appeal can be found at –

At the above link you will find details of the account that has been established by Warrumbungle Shire Council for members of the public to make a donation to assist. It would be great if you are able to help out by making a donation… Big or small, every little bit helps!

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The NSW Government is committed to a person centred disability system, one that meets the individual needs and goals of people with a disability and supports them to realise their potential.

On 6 December 2012 the NSW and Australian Governments reached agreement that fully establishes the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across NSW from July 2018. The agreement ensures that all people with disability across NSW will have access to a scheme, based on insurance principles, that guarantees lifetime coverage for the cost of reasonable and necessary care and support.

Work towards the NDIS sits alongside the NSW Government’s disability reform initiative Stronger Together 2. In line with the NDIS and to support reforms under Stronger Together 2, new disability legislation will be developed for NSW.

To inform the development of new disability legislation, we are interested in hearing from as many people and groups as possible and welcome all contributions. There are several ways you can contribute, through either a face to face consultation session or written feedback.  Further information can be obtained from

Younger Onset Dementia Program – Expression of Interest

As you may be aware, a proposed tender notice was made available on the NSW eTendering website in December 2012.

The Expression of Interest is due to be published on 18 Jan 2013 on the NSW eTendering website and will remain open until 13 February 2013.

The final guidelines for the program can be accessed by clicking here or by visiting the ADHC Website

Should you have any queries regarding the Younger Onset Dementia Program or Expression of Interest please email


Interagency Alert – 14 Jan 2014

FREE Family Day Out – to Sydney Park

Child Freindly by DesignPlease can you give our day trip a little thought and maybe pass the information on to families that may benefit from this activity. Please only refer families from the 2528 postcode.

Information for the holiday program can be found here; Summer flyer Final

Details of Day Trip are as follows:

FREE Family Day Out – to Sydney Park, sponsored by the Shellharbour Club. Thursday 24th January – Coach Departs from Crew Park at 9.15am.

This family day out will provide children with the opportunity to try out the bike education track as part of the Safe to Roam Project, the park offers lakes and wetlands to walk and ride through, open space to play games, relax and picnic, an inclusive playground with sensory walks and sand play.

This day is a FREE activity and a healthy picnic lunch will be provided. Parents are required to bring morning and afternoon tea, water, hats and sunscreen as well as a picnic blanket. Children bringing their scooter will require a helmet (sorry we do not have the capacity to transport bikes) you may wish to bring sand toys to use in the sand pit.

Sydney park has a kiosk that sells a wide range of refreshments and toilet facilities.

For more information and to book your seat please contact Nikke 0450 896 081

Community Workers Workshop – trauma informed care training

Surviving Child AbuseFriday 22 February 2013 | 9am – 5pm | Wollongong | Click for PDF flyer

This whole day training for community workers provides information and tools to better equip workers in their daily interactions with clients who have experienced trauma, particularly complex trauma as a result of childhood abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences.

Studies show that a large percentage of individuals and families accessing community services are impacted by unresolved trauma. This training alerts workers to the possibility of trauma, informs about its prevalence and impacts, and educates about how to reduce the possibility of re-traumatisation in services.

The training provides the principles of trauma informed care for daily practice. Trauma informed practice has been shown to provide benefits for both workers and clients.

Medina Executive Wollongong | 19 Market Street, Wollongong NSW 2500  | Register Now!

Cost:   $25.00 (discounted from $250 due to government funding)

To find out more about this workshop go to or                  phone 02 8920 3611.

ACSA Community Care Forum

Please see below for a flyer on a ACSA Community Care Forum in Sydney, this is occurring the day before the ADHC Enabling Conference and at the same venue so for anyone who might be interested in some interesting sessions about future directions have a look. NSW Community Care 2013 Rego