Position Vacant | Dementia Friendly Project Officer

Do you want to give back to the local community?

Are you looking for a sea change to the beautiful South Coast?

Or something a little closer to home?

Whatever your reasons; Kiama Council has your next career opportunity…

About the Area

Working and living on the South Coast comes with many perks. In the Kiama Local Government Area you can relax at our local cafes, restaurants or wineries, experience nature at the Minnamurra Rainforest, stroll along our scenic coastal walk or view our two famous Blowholes.

About Council

Kiama Municipal Council operates across a range of industry sectors. In addition to the traditional functions that are carried out by Councils, Kiama Council is a significant provider of aged care services both within the Municipality and the Illawarra region. Tourism is the major industry in the Local Government Area and Council is a significant provider and supporter of local tourism. Council operates the largest conference and function centre within the Municipality; The Pavilion Kiama along with the highly prized five holiday parks that comprise the Kiama Coast Holiday Parks.

About the Role

Kiama Municipal Council is currently seeking a suitably qualified and experienced Dementia Friendly Project Officer to join the team on a temporary part time basis. As this position is dependent on external funding the role will be to 30 June 2017 for 18 hours per week. Hours and days of work will be negotiated with the successful candidate. To view the position description for this role, please visit our website.

This position is classified at Grade 10 or Grade 11 of Council’s salary structure depending on qualifications and experience. A Diploma qualified applicant will be classified at Grade 10 of Council’s salary structure, with a commencing weekly salary from $579.45 (Step 1). A Degree qualified applicant will be classified at Grade 11 of Council’s salary structure, with a commencing weekly salary from $606.75 (Step 1). These rates are based on working 18 hours per week and do not include superannuation. Conditions of employment are in accordance with Council polices and the Local Government (State) Award 2014.

For job specific enquiries please contact Council’s Manager Community & Cultural Development, Nick Guggisberg on 0412 924 091.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 10 November 2016.

Ideally, we would like the successful applicant to be available to commence in the position on 28 November 2016. However, this is not essential.

Applications close on Sunday 6 November 2016.

We actively encourage applications from people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

To apply, visit: http://www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/your-council/jobs-at-council/jobs-at-council

Applications Close: 06 Nov 2016

Position Vacant | Community Engagement Officer

4 days per week (flexible days)

headspace Nowra

Applications Close September 25, 2016

  • Fixed term contract to June 2018 with possibility of extension

headspace Nowra is an established youth health service in the Shoalhaven Region focused on providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

The position will be responsible for coordinating community awareness activities in the region. With a focus on promoting early help seeking, the Community Engagement Officer will ensure that accessible information is provided to young people, their families and the local community.

The ideal candidate will have relevant tertiary qualifications; the ability to implement, coordinate and report on programs; the ability to engage with communities using innovation and creativity; strong communication skills; and be keen to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team.

We offer a supportive, flexible and friendly work environment, excellent professional development opportunities and competitive remuneration with fantastic salary packaging benefits.

How to apply: Download the position description and selection criteria here (http://www.gph.org.au/employment/positions-vacant/community-engagement-officer-2) which must be addressed and sent to jobs@gph.org.au. To find out more information, contact the headspace Nowra Service Manager Kathryn Baudinette on ph: 4421 5388.

Successful applicants will be appointed subject to a national criminal record check, a Working with Children Check and checks with work related referees

NextGEN Digital Development Program

Kiama / Shoalhaven Community College and the Digital Business Hub are excited to announce the details of our NextGEN Digital Development Program.

The program is for those aged 15-24 with a strong interest in the digital sector, and at risk of becoming long-term unemployed.

It covers accredited training, employability skills, paid employment and then follow-up support to secure further paid employment or unpaid work placement in the ICT industry.  Case management support is also provided throughout the program.

The program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment, as part of the ‘Empowering Youth Initiatives.’

Please feel free to refer any young people who you think may be interested.


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Employment Forum

Employment Forum

Business ForumFriday 18 March 2016, 9am – 4pm
Heininger Hall, Dapto Ribbonwood Centre
Click here to register

What is the employment forum about?
Let’s Work Together is an employment forum that brings together employers, people with disabilities and service providers. The aim is to start a conversation that empowers these groups to work together to create genuine employment outcomes.

What will you get out of the employment forum?

  • Hear from the experts about what works
  • Find out how employing people with disabilities will help your business

People with disabilities

  • Hear from other people with disabilities about their experiences
  • Network and build your confidence
  • Find out what support is out there to help you


  • Engage directly with employers and people with disabilities about their needs
  • Collaborate with other services to develop solutions
  • Find out about new training pathways, employment opportunities, supports and incentives

Let’s Work Together is proudly brought to you by:
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Position Vacant | Shire of Halls Creek

Apply now for a position with the Shire of Halls Creek as a Remote Youth Development Officer servicing the communities of Mulan, Billiluna and Ringer Soak in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia

The Youth Service Diversion Program is an innovative and unique service that has been undertaken by the Shire of Halls Creek since late 2013. The program was specifically designed to cater for the needs of the young people of the East Kimberley region of Western Australia who have a history of complex trauma and complex needs. The Youth Service Diversion Program provides various methods of interventions to these youth in realms such as safety, mental health, alcohol and other drugs. The program employs Youth Development Officers across four different locations – Halls Creek, Mulan, Billiluna and Ringer Soak.

The Youth Service Diversion Program provides a client-centred case management approach in supporting young people and receives clientele through various referring bodies. These referring bodies work closely with our Youth Development Officers to provide a multi-agency approach to countering youth disadvantage in the region.

The role is an amazing opportunity to create a positive social milieu in one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments. Situated in the heart of the Kimberley, the Halls Creek Shire is a cultural epicentre with 6 great art centres and is the gateway to a range of world renowned natural attractions; including the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungle ranges of Purnululu National Park and Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater (the second largest on earth with a diameter of 850 meters). Halls Creek is also the fourth fastest growing shire within Western Australia.

For the role, we are looking for highly motivated individuals with an ability to calmly respond to the pressures of living and working in a remote community. Previous experience in the Kimberley region and knowledge of the local culture is well regarded

Funding ‘debacle’ for thousands of community workers results in Senate inquiry

The Senate has supported an inquiry into the shambolic DSS grants process


Some positive news for not-for-profit organisations and community workers this week, with the Senate launching an inquiry into the Department of Social Service’s (DSS) ‘shambolic’ grants program.

Following $271m of funding cuts to the community sector last year, the process to apply for the remaining DSS funding left hundreds of community organisations uncertain about their ongoing funding past February this year, and thousands of community sector jobs in limbo.

The Senate inquiry will look at a broad range of issues, including a review of the ongoing delays to funding announcements, dreadfully timed cuts to essential services, and drawn-out contract negotiations for hundreds of community services.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, who led the call for the inquiry, said in a statement:

“The grants application process introduced by the Government is a debacle that has left seismic shockwaves through community services . . . There is a great deal of uncertainty and confusion about the grants process with community organisations nation-wide . . . This undermines the ability of the community sector to support their clients and to deliver services to the community.”

“The inquiry will thoroughly examine the Government’s decision making process and the way they have gone about delivering these significant and harmful cuts. The inquiry will examine the impact of these cuts on the service quality, efficiency and sustainability of the sector, as well as the ability of organisations to properly advocate on behalf of their clients.”

The Senate inquiry is welcoming written submissions, giving organisations that employ thousands of community workers an opportunity to raise their concerns about the grants process and its impact on services and employees.

Submissions are due by March 20 – we’ll keep you posted as to the outcome of the inquiry in the coming months.

Tools for Success | encouraging women living in social housing to take up a career in non-traditional trades

The Tools for Success program is a new scholarship provided by NSW Family and Community Services, encouraging women living in social housing to take up a career in non-traditional trades.

Second round applications open on 5 January 2015 and close on 27 February 2015.

Tools for Success is offering the following scholarships to support women living in social housing:

  • up to $1000 to attend pre-apprenticeship training in a non-traditional trade through TAFE, a registered training organisation or a group training organisation (50 scholarships available).
  • up to $5000 to start or continue an apprenticeship in a non-traditional trade (40 scholarships available).

Please note that the scholarships are open to women already participating in apprenticeships, as long as they meet eligibility requirements. (See attached Guidelines)

We’re asking you and your organisation to help us promote the Tools for Success scholarships by:

  • Displaying the Tools for Success posters in visible areas
  • Distributing Tools for Success flyers
  • Informing your staff and networks about the scholarships
  • Sharing information about the scholarships and Tools for Success via your social media channels
  • Actively encouraging women to take up the scholarships.

The application must made through the online application form available on the Tools to Success website: http://www.communityhousing.org.au/toolsforsuccess