S&K Interagency Alert – 19 Feb 2013

Kiama Review of 2011 Census Data & Future Opportunities

The Kiama Small Business Forum (organised by Kiama Council)and The Kiama and District Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend this valuable and informative networking event. Simon Pomfret of IRIS will present recent trends in the Kiama and the regional economy and their implications for your business, plus a video link from Tasmania will reveal how a local business has successfully utilised the NBN to achieve amazing results globally.

When:                  Tuesday 26 February, 5.30 – 7.00pm
Where                  Upstairs in The Pavilion Kiama, 2 Bong Bong Street Kiama

Cost:                    Free including light refreshments
RSVP:                  Email suew@kiama.nsw.gov.au or call 4232 0444

For further information about this Small Business Forum and other initiatives Kiama Council have in place to help small business, please phone Economic Development Manager Megan Hutchison on 4232 1419 or 0407 289 947 or email

If you are a business using the NBN let Council know and you could be one of our ‘Digital success case studies’.

RDA Illawarra Workshop – Kiama Regional Digital Strategy

RDA Illawarra and Kiama Council are working together to develop better economic and social outcomes for the region, underpinned by faster broadband.
As part of this work, Explor Consulting are developing a regional and sub-regional digital strategy and their Principal consultant, David Bartlett will be working with the business and industry sectors, community groups and government in Kiama to develop the strategy.

You are invited to join us for this important workshop to assist in the development of a strategy for our area, and hear of the widespread implications of high speed broadband and its impact on our business and community.

When: Tuesday 26th February 9.45am- 3.00pm
                Where: The Pavilion Kiama 2 Bong Bong Street, Kiama
                RSVP: Email lee@rdaillawarra.com.au

IF Conference Logo-AConference: 3rd Sector 1st Choice

Abstract submissions are now open for the Illawarra Forum 2013 conference, which will be on 13th and 14th June 2013 in Wollongong. The title of this conference is: 3rd Sector, 1st Choice, and the focus is on honouring and harnessing the knowledge, skills and experience of the past to lead our sector’s future.


S&K Interagency Alert – 6 Dec 2012

2013 Activating Enabling Forum

Enabling Save the Date

Kiama Youth Centre School Holiday Program

Friday 21 Dec

Youth Cinema Night @Hindmarsh Park, Kiama, free, 8.30 – 10pm, all ages, fully supervised

Saturday 22 Dec

Popcorn and Movie Day @ Kiama Youth Centre, 12 – 4pm, Free

Wed 9, 16, 23 Jan

Youth Centre TV And Radio Workshops, Learn how to present and create radio and TV shows! @ Kiama Youth Centre, 3 – 5pm

Thurs 10, 17 Jan

Learn How To Knit And Crochet @ Kiama Youth Centre, Free, 2- 4pm

Fri 11, 18 Jan

Guitar Lessons @ Kiama Youth Centre, Free, 2- 4pm

Sat 12 Jan, Sat 19 Jan

Youth Centre On The Road @ Jamberoo Skate Park (12th)

Youth Centre On The Road @ Surf Beach, Kiama (19th)

Give-A-Ways, BBQ, Music, Cricket – 12 – 3pm

Sunday 27 Jan

Chill Out Day, Local bands @ Family History Centre, 2 – 5pm, Free

All holiday programs and events are for young people 12 – 18, supervised and drug and alcohol free.Call Kiama Youth Centre on 4233 1276 or email kiayouth@internode.net.au www.kiama.nsw.gov.au

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: www.letsread.com.au

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 http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/government-initiatives/better-futures-local-solutions 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 http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/government-initiatives/better-futures-local-solutions

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 clymbery@barnardos.org.au

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 www.ourcommunity.com.au/boardbuilder2012 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: www.ourcommunity.com.au/secure/event/event_sign_up.form?conferenceId=197&area=management

Introduction to Writing Winning Grant Applications Seminar
Melbourne 23
Sydney 23 November
Perth 26 November
Brisbane 26 November
Further information: www.ourcommunity.com.au/secure/event/event_sign_up.form?conferenceId=198&area=management

Advanced Grant Writing Seminar
Melbourne 3 December
Sydney 3 December
Perth 7 December
Brisbane 7 December
Further information: www.ourcommunity.com.au/secure/event/event_sign_up.form?conferenceId=199&area=management

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
E service@ourcommunity.com.au


S&K Interagency Alert – 22 Oct 2012

Linking Schools and Early Years (LSEY) Research Snapshot
An overview of work to date in this community partnership program bringing communities together to provide a continuum of learning and support throughout the early years and transition to school.

Work based study through TAFE Illawarra in 2013

TAFE Illawarra delivers work based Certificate and Diploma courses for existing workers in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. Courses are offered in alcohol and drug work, disability work, case management, service coordination, community development, leisure and health, home and community care, mental health, pastoral care  and counselling. To assist you to complete your course you will be linked to a training advisor who will assist you through a combination of recognition of prior learning, workshops, work based projects and other flexible delivery options. Standard TAFE administration fees and concessions apply. For more information attend the information session on Tuesday 6th November 2012 from 6pm to 7pm in building D at Shellharbour TAFE, 11College Ave Oak Flats  or contact Rod Chinnery Phone 4295 2228, email rod.chinnery@det.nsw.edu.au

Aboriginal Hepatitis Retreat

Hep retreat Application form2012

Hep retreat Flyer 2012

Illawarra Forum Positions Vacant

Application deadline for the 3 HACC Development positions with Illawarra Forum has been extended to Monday 15 October!

There are 3 fantastic positions available which will help build the capacity of the HACC sector in Illawarra and South Coast.

  • Aboriginal Access Officer
  • Training and Development Officer
  • HACC Development Project Worker

Please follow this link to get more information, or call Sarah for further information. Sarah Wilson, Manager Mb 0422 830 580

White Ribbon Day

We need your help again to raise awareness and cook some snags at our annual WRD BBQ’s!

Last year we held successful BBQ’s at both Shellharbour and Wollongong Bunning’s to raise awareness about White Ribbon Day, it was loads of fun, a great team effort, many of us made new connections with other service providers and we also raised lots of money which has allowed us to contribute support this year to projects such as the new cinema advertisements that will be launched at a WRD event this year on Saturday 24th Nov in Crown Street Mall.

Attached is a roster for…

  • Wollongong Bunning’s (1st page)
  • Shellharbour Bunning’s (2nd page)

White Ribbon Day Bunnings BBQ Roster

Please email Melanie (contact details below) your availability to help out – and we’ll add you to the roster! Hoping you can come on board!

Melanie Duncan, Community Safety Officer, Wollongong City Council ph 02 4227 7298 or email mduncan@wollongong.nsw.gov.au

4th Annual Regional Leaders Summit

Culture of Innovation

8 – 9 November 2012
Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong
www.uow.edu.au/research/illawarrafutures OR www.rdaillawarra.com.au

Regional Development Australia Illawarra and the University of Wollongong are officially partnering together for the 4th annual Regional Leaders Summit, as part of the new Illawarra Futures Symposium Series. Illawarra Futures presents the work and ideas of a diverse range of international, national and Illawarra – based researchers, public figures, government leaders and service providers. Participants will have input into the challenges the Illawarra region currently faces.

Professional Practice Program for International Students: Accounting

Information Session for Prospective Host Organisations – Wednesday, 24th Oct 2012

Careers Central at the University of Wollongong has been placing international students in work placements within local, regional and Sydney based organisations for the past three years. Interest from businesses wishing to host international student interns continues to grow as employers become more committed to delivering on their diversity strategies, are more culturally aware and, are realising the many benefits student interns can bring to their workplace. Visa regulations are now more open to support these ‘summer placements’ that are available for up to three months.

To explain how the program works, as well as provide answers to your queries, we are inviting representatives from all organisations, of all shapes and sizes to an information session on October 24th.

Please join us for refreshments and hear the insights and experiences from past host employers and graduates of the program.

RSVP HERE for the Professional Practice Placement Information Session

Please note, by attending this information session, you are not committing your organisation to participating in the Professional Practice Program.

Function Details

Location: Innovation Campus, Fairy Meadow

Venue: Ocean View Function Room (Building 230)

Date: Wednesday 24th October, 2012

Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm

MapView here

More Information about the program.

If you cannot make the event please contact one of our International Careers Consultants who will be able to work with you to find a suitable student to add value to your organisation.

Small Environmental Projects Fund – Shellharbour Local Government Area

Shellharbour City Council is inviting community group/organisation or educational institution to consider submitting an application for assistance under their Small Environmental Projects Fund.

This fund offers grants to assist and empower community groups, organisations and educational institutions to undertake environmental projects in the Shellharbour Local Government Area.

A total of $10,000 is available in the 2012/2013 financial year, with grants of up to $3,000 available to successful applicants.

Information for Applicants and Application Forms are located on Council’s website. Applications close 4.30pm, Friday 2 November 2012.

Please contact Councils Environment Officers on 4221 6111 if you would like to discuss potential project ideas, or have any further questions.

S&K Interagency Alert – 12 Oct 2012

New DVD Understanding Ageing and FREE LLN videos from Ideas That Work

Production and Distribution of Training DVDs for Community and Aged Services

We have just released a new DVD called Understanding Ageing which can be used for training and induction in the aged, community and health sectors.

You can read more about Understanding Ageing below or go online for a short preview of the DVD.

If you are an RTO or a trainer then take a look at the FREE What Works Literacy, Language and Numeracy Training and Professional Development video segments.

Illawarra and South Coast Youth Services Conference

It’s that time of year again and organisation for the Illawarra and South Coast Youth Services Conference is well underway. The conference is in its 14th year of operation and continues to be an affordable and responsive training opportunity for local professionals working with young people in a variety of services and organisations.  In 2012 the conference is scheduled for Wednesday 7th and Thursday, 9th of  November at Coolangatta Wine Estate Shoalhaven Heads.

We have a terrific schedule of training starting with our keynote speaker for day one Celia Lashlie, a NZ based author and advocate of working effectively with boys to get the best outcomes.

Researcher and social justice advocate Celia Lashlie is the author of two best-selling books. Her first book The Journey to Prison: Who goes and why was published in 2002 and was followed in 2005 with the hugely successful He’ll be OK: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men, a book based on the Good Man Project she undertook in 25 boys’ schools in New Zealand. This book has since been released in both Australia and the UK.

On day two we introduce Maggie Hamilton, a  writer, researcher and publisher to discuss mindfulness, wellbeing and young people. Maggie Hamilton gives regular talks, lectures and workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand; writes for magazines; is a keen observer of social trends; has a passion for the art of living meaningfully, and is a regular media commentator

This email is to inform you that WEB REGISTRATION for the conference is NOW OPEN.

To REGISTER  your attendance follow the steps listed below:

First – Go to  http://www.illawarrayouthservicesconference.org.au/

NEXT – Click on the left hand TAB labelled Registration

Download the Conference Program & Code of Conduct document

Choose your workshop preferences & read disclaimer document carefully

Fill out rego form on the website making sure all fields marked with an asterisk (*)  are correctly filled out, ENTER the requested code and submit. If this message  “Code entered did not match the image”. You will, unfortunately,  need to start again and make sure you enter a correct code above the ‘Submit Form’ button.

If you have correctly entered the code, a messaging stating “Thank you! will appear above the rego ‘Name’ tab.

When you have submitted your registration, a confirmation email will be sent to you within 3 working days. If you do not receive a confirmation email within this time, your registration has not been successful.


Following a successful Registration, a tax invoice will be sent to the email address indicated in your registration.

Payment option one: Cheque

Please return payment with a copy of the Tax Invoice (cheques payable to: Albion Park Youth & Community Care – Conference)

Payment option two: Direct deposit

Details for Direct Deposit payments will be forwarded on your invoice. ALL direct deposits must note the Conference Registration invoice number on the deposit record to assist us with record keeping.

If you require further information about this year’s conference, lack access to technology to register or have any trouble with access to the site please contact Berenice Murphy on 42 952209 or via  berenice.murphy@det.nsw.edu.au or Nick Higgins on nick.higgins@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au or  0421 044130


Since Chlamydia, a Sexually Transmissible Infection(STI) became a nationally notifiable disease in 1991 (1997 for NSW), transmission rates in Australia have increased with each consecutive year. In 2010, Chlamydia was the most frequently reported notifiable condition in Australia.  Over the last five years, Chlamydia notification rates have increased by 29 per cent, with the 15-19 year and 20-29 year age groups being most affected.

In response to the growing concern of Chlamydia in young people, the Sydney Sexual Health Centre (SSHC), in partnership with the HIV and Related Programs (HARP) Unit designed and developed Chlamydiastic! – a fun sexual health game which demonstrates the asymptomatic nature of Chlamydia.

Aimed at informing young people aged 16-24 years about the importance of getting a test for

Chlamydia and other STIs, Chlamydiastic! is also a valuable tool in assisting young people to feel more confident in accessing sexual health clinics, GP’s or other health professionals in relation to their sexual health.

By playing the Chlamydiastic! game with a facilitator such as a youth or health worker, young people will acquire important skills and information required to make informed decisions about their sexual relationship choices and condom use.

Associate Professor Anna McNulty, Director, Sydney Sexual Health Centre said health workers, youth workers and other professionals and agencies working with young people will be able to utilise Chlamydiastic! to engage in a fun, informative and thought-provoking activity, whilst promoting the important messages of STI testing and Chlamydia transmission.

“The Chlamydiastic! game is also a worthwhile resource for isolated communities who may not have access to extensive resources and where close community relationships can inhibit open discussion about issues such as sex and STIs,” Dr McNulty said.

Chlamydiastic! is now available free of charge to health workers, youth services and youth agencies within Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).

Please contact Marty Janssen, marty.janssen@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au Health Promotion Officer at the HIV and Related Programs (HARP) Unit on  4221 6730 to discuss getting a game and training in how to play it for your youth service.

chlamydiastic flyerpromo2012


In 2010 a group of Illawarra men and women were determined to help men in the Illawarra take more responsibility for their health.  The Healthier Illawarra Men (HIM) committee was formed and produced the highly successful ahm Check It event at the WIN Entertainment Centre – a free men’s health screening event.

Due to its success, the event was put on again in 2011. Each year nearly 1,000 men got tested and educated about their health and exhibitors also provided information and kits to further provide messages about healthy living.

HIM supported by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local (ISML), and partnership from AHM Health Insurance, are again focusing on the men of the Illawarra with the 3rd annual AHM Check It event on Saturday 27th October 2012, from 11am to 4pm.

For more information visit: http://www.checkit.org.au/

Check It Mens eventOct2012