Illawarra Forum Training Opportunities

It’s AGM time again and you maybe planning to engage new board members for your organisation or need to refresh current board members skills.

The Good Governance; Essential Board training is a great foundation for new board members and has been updated to include amendments to the Associations Incorporation Act (2009) and the new Regulation (2016) that began on 1 September 2016. If you have already attended this training you may like to refer a friend or colleague to the training.

In response to a number of requests we have also designed a Fabulous Finances course for board members covering understanding financial reports, budgeting, and risk and fraud prevention. This training is a must for all board members – not just Treasurers.

The Foundations of Facilitation training is on next week. Whether you are chairing board meetings, groups or simply meeting to plan a project, the skills you learn in this training will enable you to become a dynamic facilitator.

Click the links below to book training

Click here for information on all Illawarra Forum Training opportunities.

The Illawarra Forum offers generous discounts on training fees for members. If your organisation is not a member you may wish to take advantage of member’s rates by becoming a member online. Click here for more information.


Review of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009

Following a governance review in 2013, NSW Fair Trading is undertaking a statutory review of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009.

The aim of this review is to ensure the Act is working as intended. The issues raised in submissions to the governance review will be considered in this review.

We encourage associations and their members to have their say by completing the online survey available on the Fair Trading website.

The survey will close on 7 August 2015.

View the media release we have published on the review of the Act.

Illawarra Forum’s Governance Training Series

Illawarra Forum

WHS for Board Members

This training will emphasise the importance of an engaged board and staff who feel equipped to recognise and pre-empt health and safety risks in the workplace.

  • Understand what WHS means and how it applies in the workplace
  • Recognise and preventing workplace risks
  • Understand the duties of directors and officers and how they and their organisations may be liable for breaches of the WHS laws

When: Wed 27/5/15, 5pm-7:30pm

Where: Oak Flats     Click here for online registration

When: Wed 17/6/15, 11:00 – 1:30pm

Where: Nowra            Click here for online registration

Cost: $25 or $20 (Illawarra Forum Members)

Trainer: Dr Linda Tucker, Illawarra Legal Centre 

Financial Training for Board Members

Everything you need to know about finance to be an active member on your board. This is not just for treasurers, it is essential training for all board members.

  • The importance of financial competence as a board member
  • Budget essentials
  • How to read Income and Expenditure report and the Balance Sheet
  • Why cash flow is important
  • Using simple financial ratios to predict the future

When: Wed 1/7/15, 9:15 – 4:30pm

Where: Oak Flats

Cost: $225 or $180 (Illawarra Forum Members)

Trainer: Morri Young, Accounting for Good         

Registration: Click here for online registration

Develop and Implement Board Induction Programs

  • The purpose and value of effective board induction processes
  • Outline the key sector, organizational and program knowledge components for inclusion in induction processes
  • Identify what knowledge and skill development needs to be covered in induction for board members
  • Develop, monitor and evaluate board induction programs for your organisation

When: 2/6/15, 9:30am – 1:00pm

Where: Oak Flats

Cost: $115 or $90 (IF Members)

Trainer: Glen Sorensen, Age Communications                  

Registration: click here for online registration


Kiama Youth Belonging Project | Now recruiting Mentors and Mentees

Kiama Municipal Council, in partnership with Kiama Community College, has received funding from the NSW Office of Communities to develop a unique, first-of-its-kind project that supports young people to be more involved in local decision making, and to influence what youth friendly events and activities happen throughout the Kiama Municipality.

The Kiama Youth Belonging Project has been designed to give local young people the skills and support they need to be involved in decision making with local community organisations such as local sports clubs, arts and cultural group, and others.

At its heart is the establishment of Mentor-Mentee partnerships between local young people and representatives of these community organisations.

The project is multi-faceted and will include an introductory leadership camp for Mentees and their Mentors to develop skills such as leadership, communication and team building; training for the Mentees in areas such as governance, advocacy, marketing, event management, fundraising, building an e-portfolio, and career guidance, which will be formally recognised in a Statement of Attainment; and training and support for the Mentor and their organisation to explore issues such as understanding youth behavior and culture, child protection. Practical training in using technology and social media to engage young people and to raise awareness of the organisation’s objectives and activities will also be provided where needed.

Following the fun and challenging camp, Mentees will work with a Mentor of their choice to learn and experience first-hand what is involved in leading a community organisation, including working together to plan and deliver an event or activity that reflects the key functions of that organisation.

If you are a local young person aged 12-24 years, or a member of a community organisation management committee, and would like to get involved or would like more information, please contact Bonnie at the Kiama Youth Centre on 4233 1276 Wednesdays or Thursdays, or email , or visit Council’s webpage for updates, or see flyers attached.

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S&K Interagency Alert – 5 Nov

Let’s Read National Early Years Literacy Campaign

The new Let’s Read National Early Years Literacy Campaign e-newsletter for professionals will be available soon sign up here to stay informed!

The Let’s Read campaign supports Australian children to gain the foundational skills for language, literacy and learning success. Building on existing evidence-based programs, the campaign engages children, families, professionals and communities to promote high quality early literacy environments for children aged 0-5 years. The campaign will:

  • Develop a large scale national campaign so that families are aware of the importance of early literacy and how they can support their children’s emergent literacy development.
  • Develop Professional Training and Dissemination so children participating in early childhood education and care experience high quality early literacy environments and early childhood and health professionals share strategies with parents for promoting emerging literacy with their children.
  • Develop ongoing sustainability for early literacy promotion in Australia

The Hon Peter Garrett MP, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth is officially launching the Let’s Read campaign at the International Queen Elizabeth Conference 15 November 2012.

Sign up to our mailing list today to receive the new Let’s Read campaign e-newsletter in November and stay informed of latest news, announcements and resources. For more information on Let’s Read please visit our website:

NSW Road Rules Changes

There have a been a number of changes to the NSW road rules. The Roads and Traffic Authority have produced a guide to these changes in various languages. see this useful publication at

Opening of the Local Solutions Fund in Shellharbour 

I am pleased to advise that the second round of the Commonwealth’s Local Solutions Fund opened today.

The Shellharbour Local Advisory Group is seeking innovative ideas from not for profit organisations to increase social and economic participation for people experiencing barriers to participation in Shellharbour. Interested parties can submit expressions of interest for projects that align with the Local Advisory Group’s priorities and:

  • reduce poverty and disadvantage through targeted and community-based approaches to improve opportunities for children, educational attainment,  workforce participation and social participation
  • reduce service gaps and improve service coordination
  • support opportunities for different levels of government, community groups, businesses and individuals to create coordinated and sustainable responses to related local issues and needs
  • reduce risk factors associated with teenage pregnancy and parenthood, youth unemployment and vulnerable children.

The Shellharbour Local Advisory Group’s priority is to achieve employment for our focus group in Shellharbour.

Our Focus Group – Young people, parents, Indigenous people and job seeking families, in Shellharbour, who will engage or re-engage with education, training and employment.

Objective 1: Increase the education and employment opportunities of our diverse target group


  • Promote an aspirational culture within the Shellharbour community
  • Encourage all members of our focus group to complete their education
  • Collaborate with business and growth industries to engage employers and provide opportunities for our target group
  • Work with our community to develop local strategies to address issues relating to intergenerational reliance upon government benefit

Objective 2:  Develop partnerships


  • Identify and foster links between business, services and organisations that can assist Shellharbour citizens
  • Foster access to Early Childhood Education and Care services for our target group
  • Assist our target group to access transport solutions
  • Treat all our citizens, businesses, services and organisations with respect and equity

Objective 3: Better Futures Local Solutions funds and resources are applied effectively


  • Employ excellence in corporate governance processes to support the development of local projects which are creative, innovative, engaging, flexible and practical
  • Research successful programs across Australia and in neighbouring Local Government Areas; that may strengthen the Shellharbour community

Shellharbour’s Local Advisory Group will assess expressions of interest for grants from the Local Solutions Fund and invite those local organisations with the most innovative and promising ideas to submit a full application for consideration.

For detailed information and an Expression of Interest form go to or contact me on 42954168 or your local Government Action Leader, Robert Meikle on 0403297317

I am available to provide information about the Local Solutions Fund and directly support you in the application process. I will work closely with the Shellharbour Local Advisory Group and your Government Action Leader to ensure that the government and the community are working together to identify service gaps and create solutions to help families and individuals increase their work skills and find jobs.

More information about the Local Solutions Fund including eligibility criteria, guidelines, expression of interest forms, and the broader Better Futures, Local Solutions initiative is available at

Should you wish to receive an invitation to a Community Information Session regarding the funding; to be held on Monday 12th November, 2012 at 3pm at Shellharbour Council Chambers; please email

The closing date for Expressions of Interests is Tuesday 4 December 2012.

Quickword from the HARP team November 2012


Board Builder Conference

The date for the annual Board Builder Conference is quickly approaching. Join us for the Australian community sector’s most practical and inspiring event for board and committee members, and those who work with them – Melbourne, Friday, November 30, 2012.

We’re experiencing enormous change in the Australian community sector, and this is your opportunity to get on top of what it all means to your board, and for them to pick up some practical governance skills and knowledge.

A full program is attached. Please feel free to send it on to your networks. We do hope to see you there.

Visit to secure your spot.

We also have our ever-popular grants and fundraising workshops in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney:

Strategies for Sustainable Funding Seminar
Melbourne 23 November
Sydney 23 November
Perth 26 November
Brisbane 26 November
Further information:

Introduction to Writing Winning Grant Applications Seminar
Melbourne 23
Sydney 23 November
Perth 26 November
Brisbane 26 November
Further information:

Advanced Grant Writing Seminar
Melbourne 3 December
Sydney 3 December
Perth 7 December
Brisbane 7 December
Further information:

If you have any questions, contact:

The Our Community Team
51 Stanley Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
P (03) 9320 6800 F 03 9326 6859