Information Session for Shellharbour jobseekers

Rock SolidThe Lighthouse Rock Solid Futures Program is a 10 week training, mentoring and work experience program that helps prepare people living in the Shellharbour Local Government Area for employment in a quarry, a mine or the construction industry.

The program will provide:

  • nationally accredited training
  • mentors during training and work experience
  • work experience with a local employer
  • assistance to help you gain employment

To be eligible you need to be living in the Shellharbour area; be on a parenting payment (single or partnered); Long term unemployed, not working and receiving income support.

Places in the program are limited, so to avoid missing out jobseekers that are interested in participating in the program are encouraged to attend an Information Session on:

Date | Friday 14 February 2014

Time | 1pm

Venue | Stockland Shellharbour,  Level 1, Community Room


Note: The program is subject to the funding being approved


Customer Connections

Would you like to work in direct marketing, hospitality or the retail industry? Access Community Group is running a funded 7 week course, 4 days per week with one week of work experience.

You will receive

  • 13 weeks of job search support at the end of the course to help you in finding a traineeship or a job.
  • 13 weeks of post placement support if you are successful in obtaining a traineeship or a job.
  • A nationally recognised qualification

N15922 Customer Connections AAAP Corrimal with info session

N15933 Customer Connections AAAP Shellharbour with info session

S&K Interagency Alert – 8 March 2013

English for Employment FREE COURSE

Job seeking skills and employment outcomes!!!!! Suitable for migrants with permanent residency and Cert. III Qualification or higher. Free Course to start 13/03/13 if we have sufficient numbers.

2013 EFE promotional

2013 English for Employment – English Language Requirements

Great opportunity for Governance Training for NFP Boards and Committees – limited numbers

The new Associations Incorporation Act 2009 came into force in July 2010, but in 2013 many Incorporated Associations are still not aware of what the changes mean for their organisation or what the additional responsibilities and risks are for their Board of Management.

The Illawarra Forum is hosting a seminar focusing on governance standards for Incorporated Associations at the Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto on 25th March 2013. The seminar will be conducted by the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH)) and the NSW Council of Social Service ((NCOSS).

This is a great professional development opportunity and I urge you to encourage your Board members to attend.

To register for the Good Governance Training, use this link:

Good Governance March 2013

TAFEOn behalf of TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute You are invited to attend a regional
Round Table Discussion Supporting Social Work pathways.

Round Table Discussion

Port Kembla Lane Way Community Gardens

“The Place of Fruit Trees”

Sunday 10 March

  • One-hour workshop start 9am (between Fifth Ave and Wentworth)
  • Establishing interesting support plants in a food forest system for community or home gardens (i.e., year-round yields from the canopy, sub canopy, and ground cover plantings)
  • A walk and talk to learn what grows well in Port Kembla and how.
  • From 10am, a working bee to learn maintenance of existing gardens with a focus on fruit trees.
  • Take home some sweet potatoes or comfrey.

Each month we’ll work to maintain and accent the showpiece of an urban food forest this Lane Way has become in six short years!

Lane Way Community Garden 10 March

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 – 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

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

4th Annual Regional Leaders Summit

Culture of Innovation

8 – 9 November 2012
Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong OR

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.