Webinar: ‘Introduction to HSNet’


Want to know more about HSNet? 

Are you a first-time visitor?

Or a returning member who’s feeling a little lost?

The HSNet Team hosts webinars monthly to educate users about the website, its business applications, active networks and how to get the most out of what’s available.

The webinars are completely free and run for approximately 90 minutes. Each session includes:

  • searching and viewing services in the service directory.
  • registering to use the capacity display traffic light.
  • exploring the HSNet dashboard.
  • starting groups, posting to groups and sharing events.
  • creating and managing online referrals.

Our next session is scheduled for:

Thursday 17 March 2016, 10.00am – book now!

…or check the HSNet Support Calendar 2015 for more sessions.

If you can’t attend one of the scheduled sessions and would like to discuss other options, such as a targeted Webinar for you and your team, contact HSNet on 02 9765 5260 or HSNet@facs.nsw.gov.au

Thanks from,

The HSNet Team

Support materials including videos and reference guides can be found on the HSNet website here, or by choosing the question mark link at the top of every page.

Smart and Skilled

Just a reminder that The Illawarra Forum is hosting an important Information Session next week. TAFE is offering fee free accredited training opportunities for you, your staff and clients. Hear about these opportunities and have your say on the priorities for your organisation. These fee free opportunities are only available until the end of the financial year.

The fee free training opportunities can be across the whole range of TAFE courses; including Community Services, Business, Building and Construction, Hospitality and Cookery, Information Technology, Horticulture, and pathway courses. Think creatively about your organisations training needs.

The  information sessions are for staff and CEO’s from any area of community services who are interested in

  • professional development opportunities for staff and/or
  • training options for clients

There will also be a presenter from State Training to provide an  update on the eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled for 2016.


For more information and to book your place please see attached flyers.

* to be eligible for Fee FREE you must be over 15 years of age, have left school, live or work in New South Wales, be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

TAFE SS INFO Nowra 25-02-16

TAFE & SS INFO Wollongong 24-02-16

New Initiative under NSW Government Social Investment Policy

Applications close 17 June 2015

The Expert Advice Exchange (EAX) is a platform to connect eligible social sector organisations with pro bono advice from leading law firms, professional services firms and financial institutions. It’s designed to help non-profits and social enterprises participate in new ways of funding social services, like outcomes-based contracts and social impact investment.

Expert advice is available in over 20 areas, including procurement and tendering, business case development, governance, program design and evaluation, and business planning and strategy.

APPLY NOW! The first round of the EAX opened on 20 May and applications are due on 17 June.  Application forms and more details are available on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website: click here for the link to  Social Impact Investment Knowledge Hub.


Community Services Work


Are you interested in gaining or updating your qualifications in community services?

At Shellharbour TAFE we currently have vacancies in all our courses,

  • CHC40708 Certificate IV in Community Services Work
  • CHC50612 Diploma of Community Services Work
  • CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability
  • CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work

We have flexible programs that suit both learners new to the field and workers with years of experience wishing to gain qualifications. All of our programs provide on-the-job experience in local agencies, opportunities for project based learning and transition arrangements to relevant Degrees in higher education.

For more information please contact | http://www.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au/

Joanne Pollard
Acting Head Teacher, Community Services

TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute, Shellharbour Campus, 11 College Ave Oak Flats 2529;

PO Box 78 Shellharbour City Centre  NSW 2529

P 02 4295 2228 | VOIP 78228 | F 02 42952228 | E Joanne.Pollard@det.nsw.edu.au | www.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au

CaddyShack Award Winners

To our valued colleagues in the Health, Youth, Education and Community Services Sector.

Congratulations to all individuals and services who were nominated for the inaugural 2014 CaddyShack Awards. We were overwhelmed by the response, and the number of  individuals, services and projects dedicated to improving the sexual health and well-being of individuals and communities across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven! We thank you for the great work you are doing, and encourage you to keep up the effort.

It is with great pleasure the HIV and Related Programs (HARP) Unit, ISLHD, in partnership with Healthy Cities Illawarra and the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service announce the winners of the inaugural CaddyShack Awards!

The CaddyShack Award Categories

  • Outstanding achievement – Individual Award Winner: Anthony Scerri, Multicultural Communities Council Illawarra (MCCI)

The CaddyShack Awards judging panel were impressed by Anthony’s commitment to incorporating sexual health into health promotion programs for young people over many years, particularly given some of the challenges that are faced when working with a variety of groups from a diverse array of cultural backgrounds.

  • Outstanding achievement – Service Award Winner: CHAIN Youth Health Service

CHAIN have also been working to improve sexual health for young people for many years. Over the past 12 months they have implemented a new ground-breaking program whereby young people can get a Chlamydia screen anytime during CHAIN’s opening hours. The program – a partnership with Illawarra Sexual Health Service & ISLHD Youth Health has been a great success, with the potential to be piloted in youth centres in other settings through the region.

  • Outstanding achievement – Project Award Winner: IDAHOT Project Nowra

The IDAHOT Project – a partnership between Headspace Nowra, the Shoalhaven Youth Reference Group, Nowra Queer Straight Alliance, acon, Hyper Hyper Coffee & others – coordinated an event to celebrate gender and sexuality diversity in the Nowra CBD in May 2014. The Judging Panel considered this another example of important work to promote acceptance of diversity and inclusivity, and improving sexual health and well-being of the community. We hope the event can continue and grow!

  • The CaddyShack Innovators Encouragement Award Winner: African Youth Project

This project – a partnership between The Future of the Children Ministry and First Step Program – engages with young people from a range of African communities in the Illawarra through sporting and other activities, building in subtle and supportive messaging promoting sexual health in a holistic and strengths-based approach to health and well-being to young people. We love their work!

Award ceremonies are scheduled to present the Awards to individuals and services this week.

Congratulations again to all winners, and nominees. We feel honoured to be able to showcase your work, and celebrate your achievement.

Leadership Illawarra Program Opportunity for Community Leaders

The Opportunity

RDA Illawarra (RDAI) invites applications from the community sector for an emerging leader to participate in the Leadership Illawarra Program. RDAI will sponsor the candidate (value $8,000) for the two year program commencing October 2014. We are particularly looking for a suitable applicant from the community, not-for-profit, NGO or social enterprise sectors.

What is the Leadership Illawarra Program?

The Leadership Illawarra Program is a two-year experiential learning program for the region’s emerging leaders; an investment in our human capital. Developed for RDAI in conjunction with Sydney Business School (University of Wollongong Faculty of Business) and The Illawarra Connection, the program aims to produce inspired and well-connected visionaries to lead our region into the future.

The program demonstrates the critical role of leadership for regional advancement, driving growth, employment and community wellbeing. Participants develop a sharper awareness of key issues, opportunities and challenges impacting our region and help build trust between regional stakeholders and governments.

Features of the Leadership Illawarra Program

  • Network with business and community leaders, academic and industry experts and peers.
  • Public and private sector participants in cohort.
  • Creation of a cross-sector network with a common set of regional values.
  • Practical leadership through collaborative team projects.
  • Themes include challenges for the Illawarra, governance and ethics, leadership and community engagement / social responsibility.
  • Residential master classes and industry visits.
  • Engagement with a personal mentor.
  • Opportunity to articulate into the Sydney Business School graduate program for a Graduate Certificate or Masters program with advanced standing in two subjects.

Criteria for Selection

  • Currently employed in a management or coordination capacity within the community services sector (including not-for-profit and non-government organisations or social enterprises).
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Illawarra region and improvement of its human services capability.
  • Commitment to development of your own capacity for leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.

How do I apply?

Discuss the opportunity with your organization, complete the confidential application form and e mail by Friday 15 August 5pm to david@rdaillawarra.com.au.

For more information please contact David Muscio on 02 4227 4500.

TAFE | Illawarra

Picture1Brochures outlining proposed SEMESTER TWO 2014 Preparation Courses at Adult Basic Education, Wollongong TAFE Campus.

Details on how to register are listed on the attached brochures.

2014 Sem 2 20108 Aged care Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways

2014 Sem 2 20106 20107 Pathways to success

2014 Sem 2 20108 Community Services Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways

TAFE Diploma of counselling Course 2014

Diploma of Counselling CHC51712

Community Services Section Wollongong Campus

Are you interested in furthering your counselling skills and knowledge?

Have you thought about doing a Diploma in Counselling?

Are you an existing worker and do you have a Community Services Qualification such as a Certificate IV or Diploma?

We are planning to offer this qualification in 2014 over 1 semester from February to July and registrations open online on 2 November 2013.  The course will be offered as a workshop and recognition program.

The cost of the course would be the TAFE fee $757 for one semester.  Concession fee of $106 will apply to those eligible.  Aboriginal students and students with disabilities are entitled to an exemption.

In order to apply for the course you must register online at Illawarra Institute

Website http://www.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au/ and choose the course Diploma of Counselling, course number 11455, in the courses and careers area.  Online registrations open on Saturday 2 November at 8 am.

Once you have registered you must attend an information and assessment session on Monday 11 November at 5.30 pm in G-2-30 at Wollongong Campus of TAFE.  You will be required to complete an assessment form and provide evidence of previous studies and relevant current employment.

There are limited places and  there will be a selection process if there are more applicants than places.

For further information please contact Jenny Hill at jenny.hill@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 42290645.