Resilient Australia Awards

Applications are now open for the Resilient Australia Awards and the

NSW Get Ready Community Award 2020

There has never been a more important time to come together, inspire and celebrate initiatives that help us better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

The Resilient Australia Awards is a national program which recognises initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience.

The NSW Get Ready Community Award is a State initiative that recognises a local community that has worked together to make their community more prepared and better able to recover from disasters.

Award categories

The 2020 NSW award categories are:

  • NSW Get Ready Community Award
  • Resilient Australia Business Award
  • Resilient Australia Community Award
  • Resilient Australia Government Award
  • Resilient Australia Local Government Award
  • Resilient Australia School Award
  • Resilient Australia Photography Award – People’s Choice

The winners of the Resilient Australia Award categories will automatically progress to consideration for the Resilient Australia national awards.

How to enter

Apply for the NSW Get Ready Community Award by completing the application form available online and emailing it to

Apply for the Resilient Australia Awards using the portal to submit an application.

We are here to help!

We encourage you to contact our Awards Convenor with any questions about applying.


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Older People

Become a Pen Pal

Pick up a pen and connect with someone new!

When was the last time you sent a letter? With COVID-19 placing many of us into self-isolation, we are keeping people connected with our Pen Pals initiative!

This initiative has received an amazing response, and we are looking for more submissions so we can reach as many seniors as possible.

By sharing your letters and messages, we can make seniors feel connected with their community and overcome any feelings of loneliness they may be experiencing.

All you have to do is send us your message online, and our CAREGivers will pass it along to a senior they care for.

Stuck for inspiration? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Record or write a hopeful message
  • Share a favourite poem or a funny story
  • Get kids involved with our creative templates

Plus, if you’re a senior who wants to receive a message or you know a senior who would love to be involved, you can register too.

Find all the details on our website.

Employment & Training

Boost your career with a short course

Enrol Now

Complete a short course in just a day – from the comfort of your home!

Don’t delay – enrolments are now open for short courses.

Whether you’re starting out, returning to study or furthering your career, TAFE NSW has a course to suit you.

We have introduced a range of proactive measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 and support you in participating in a short course. As a result, the below short courses will be delivered via connected classroom. This is when you will learn with a teacher and other students via web conferencing technology as part of a virtual classroom and are not required to attend a campus. So, you can learn in the comfort of your own home or workplace. It’s different to online learning in that you’ll connect in real-time. All you need is access to a computer and the internet.

If you’re interested in a short course below and it is advertised to run at a Campus you can still enrol and participate via connected classroom.

Courses and Delivery Options

Recommended if you want to…

TAFE STATEMENT IN Accidental Counselling 800-000408

Available via connected classroom Click here for further information and to enrol

Be confident in responding to the expressed emotions and needs of clients and move them to a referral point or practical solution.

TAFE STATEMENT IN Mental Health Awareness 800-000400

Available via connected classroom Click here for further information and to enrol

Have an understanding on how mental health can affect the lives of individuals and communities.

TAFE STATEMENT IN Trauma Informed Care 800-000403

Available via connected classroom Click here for further information and to enrol

Have an understanding on how trauma affects the lives of individuals and communities.

TAFE STATEMENT IN Narrative Approaches 800-000404

Available via connected classroom Click here for further information and to enrol

Have an understanding on Narrative Approaches and key concepts and therapeutic tools.

TAFE STATEMENT IN Strength Based Tools 800-000401

Available via connected classroom Click here for further information and to enrol

Explore the concepts behind strength based tools and allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the approach.

study options to suit your needs

  • Connected Classroom enables access to students from regional and remote locations, and flexibility for students who are already working in the sector. Students will require access to a computer and internet.


Click on the links above or view the attached flyers for more information.

For enquiries, contact TAFE NSW on 131 601 or visit

Green Connect’s Youth Employment Program

“This program has really opened my eyes. Before this I was lost when thinking about what I was going to do with my life. I had a few ideas but this opportunity has really given me a direction. I love working with the people at the farm. I feel connected with the land. And Cal – the farm manager – is an incredible mentor.”

Alyssamay – Green Connect YEIC participant (now working at the Green Connect Farm)

The Green Connect Youth Employment program supports young people to find their place in the world of employment. We start with work experience opportunities at either our farm, Op-Shop or in the office and move onto employment opportunities when the young person is ready.

To be a part of this job opportunity young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are currently unemployed and not enrolled in any training need to register with Green Connect before May 31st.

We only have 10 places left and would love to hear from you!

Please register on the Green Connect website or contact Ann – or 0436 864 404

“I like the feeling that I’ve accomplished something. I get that everyday working at the farm. This program gives you a chance to prove yourself.”

Lachlan – Green Connect YEIC participant (now working at the Green Connect Farm)

“This program has really helped me find my feet. I have gained independence and confidence. Being part of Green Connect is like being part of a proper family!”

Zack – Green Connect YEIC participant (now working on the Green Connect admin team)

School of Green Living

Our online workshops have had some wonderful feedback. Join us this Saturday for an hour an a half dedicated to soil. Great soil makes for great produce! And who better to learn from than Cal Champagne, our farm manager and permaculture guru.

Tickets are $30.00 and the funds help to support the work that we do in the community, particularly at this difficult time.

Other upcoming workshops include:

  • More permaculture workshops
  • More workshops on growing your own food
  • Sustainable fashion
  • Cooking workshops

How Green Connect is doing and changing

Here’s what’s new at Green Connect:

  • Our office is closed but we’re offering lots of support to staff while working from home
  • Our farm has lots of safety protocols in place to keep everyone physically distancing, practicing excellent hand hygiene and staying home if they have even the slightest sniffle
  • We extended our veg box delivery area as far north as Thirroul
  • We’re offering online workshops so you can still learn great skills from our expert staff
  • Our op shop is moving to a new location (more on that once it is finalised)
  • Our zero waste services are in hibernation while festivals and events aren’t happening, but thanks to JobKeeper we’re able to redeploy staff in other areas
  • Our youth employment program continues but without the work experience component at the farm until it is safe to do so again
  • We’re offering backyard gardens consultations (so if you need expert advice on your garden, let us know!)
  • Our farm development project is going full steam ahead

New service – Backyard Garden Consultations

We have had a few requests for this over the years so I’m excited to announce that we’re now offering garden consultations!

If you would like to have an expert permaculturalist look at your backyard, understand what you’d like to do with it (vegetable gardens? chickens? sustainability?) and come up with a plan that makes the most of the space, aspect and resources you have, book in here


Registrations are now open for Unpack The Kit Webinar

Tuesday 26th May 2020 from 1.00pm – 2.30 pm.

We invite you to unpack the Sexual Health & Relationship Kit which has been designed for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse community but can be

used for many different groups. Learn how to use The Kit as a teaching tool to run health education sessions and focus groups by giving participants the opportunity to

unpack and discuss the information around sexual health and healthy relationships in an open and respectful manner(even online).

Please register early allowing, enough time for us to post out a pack that you will interact with during the webinar.

Click here to flick through or download The Kit online. Click HERE to register.

This event is free & you can cancel up to 24 hours prior to the event.

Please call 0421 098 342 or email if you need to cancel.

Food and Living

Shellharbour Food Hub

The Shellharbour Food Hub program has now commenced. The program is a partnership with Oz Harvest, NSW Health and Food Fairness Illawarra / Healthy Cities Illawarra, along with the three local neighbourhood centres – Albion Park, Albion Park Rail and Warilla.

The food parcels are being distributed through those local neighbourhood centres – see contact details below.

Community members should contact the neighbourhood centre closest to them to express their interest in receiving a parcel. Each organisation will have their own eligibility requirements (generally they must be in receipt of a Centrelink payment) however other circumstances will be considered and they are encouraged to contact their local centre to discuss their needs. Those neighbourhood centres can also provide other types of material and social supports.

Additionally, community members can contact Council on 4221 6111 and speak to a member of the Community Life Team to discuss other supports that are available.

Albion Park Youth and Community Care – ph: 4257 3342

Albion Park Rail Neighbourhood Centre – ph: 4256 4404

Warilla Neighbourhood Centre – ph: 4296 3433

OzHarvest- leading food rescue organisation will be establishing an office in our area

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to charities and community organisations supporting people in need across the country. We have been actively supporting Oz Harvest’s search for a permanent office in our region.

OzHarvest have found a site with The Flagstaff Group and will be setting up a small office, warehouse and garaging of vans with this social enterprise that provides meaningful employment for people with disabilities.This development enables OzHArvest to collect more quality surplus food, distribute it to people in need and divert food waste from landfill. There is now an additional refrigerated van operating for pick-ups in the Illawarra. That doubles the food rescue organisation’s capacity to pick up rescued food locally.

OzHarvest is seeking the support of local food businesses to donate unused and surplus for distribution to the community. Food donors can be supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, and boardrooms. More info on how to donate link

New update of the Low Cost & Free Meal Directory – COVID version available

The low cost and free meals directory is there to help those who are in need to find a local service providing low cost and no cost meals. This resource is updated each fortnight to reflect the changing circumstances during the Coronavirus pandemic. Download the latest version, >>

Some documents that may be of interest



Researchers at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research is conducting a survey that focuses on the impacts that COVID-19 have had on individuals’ work and family situations, and how these situations have evolved and changed since the outbreak of the virus.

This survey will be important in helping to understand more about how people are managing and coping with this pandemic and will help direct resources and policies to where they are needed the most.

Click here to participate in the survey.

Funding and Resources

Budget Direct Sponsorship Program      

Budget Direct will consider your sponsorship request whether you’re a leader in your field or a grassroots organisation. As long as you want to make meaningful improvements to the lives of Australians, you have their attention. Requesting sponsorship from Budget Direct is the first step of this journey.

Budget Direct is open to supporting organisations that:

  1. Provide a service or other benefit for the community, on either a local or state basis;
  2. Provide awareness and education;
  3. Promote health, education, and wellbeing in their communities, sporting clubs included;
  4. Help to build friendly, supportive communities across Australia;
  5. Provide assistance and care for Australians in need;
  6. Provide road safety and emergency support services;
  7. Encourage healthy lifestyles; and
  8. Are a registered organisation or association.

They will not consider applications if any of these criteria apply:

  • Requests to sponsor individuals/individual sporting teams (sporting clubs are accepted);
  • Organisations or activities that go against our brand values and business needs;
  • Religious groups, political parties or lobby groups; and
  • Organisations linked to contentious issues.

Sponsorships will be assessed and granted quaterly in amounts of $1,000 – $5,000.

Application rounds close: 31 May 2020

More information and application


NSW Community Building Partnership (CBP) Program 2020 Round

The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion. In 2020, there is a maximum of $300,000 to allocate in each electorate.

Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and local councils are eligible to apply for grants of between $2500 and $300,000.

CBP supports projects involving:

  1. the construction of new community infrastructure
  2. the refurbishment, repair and maintenance of existing community infrastructure
  3. the purchase of capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of more than $2500

Applications close: 12 June 2020

More information and application

Contact: 8753 8144

NSW Carers Week Grants 2020

Thanks to funding from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, Carers NSW are once again offering grants to organisations and carer support groups to run events or activities, either online or in person to support and celebrate carers across NSW as part of National Carers Week.

This year, National Carers Week will be held from 11-17 October 2020.

Grants of up to $300 are available to help carer support groups and organisations across NSW put on an activity or event, online or in person, to acknowledge family and friend carers in their local community.

While it is hoped that events and activities may be able to go ahead by October 2020, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, funding will be provided to support and celebrate carers through a range of approaches including events or activities either online or in person.

While it would be ideal to run events around the time of National Carers Week, to allow flexibility, this year events and activities may be run at a later date if necessary, with the funding to be spent by June 2021.

Applications close: 22 June 2020

More information and application


Heywire – Youth Innovation Grants

Applications are now open for the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants!

Community organisations are invited to apply for a share in $100,000 in grants, to bring one of these six youth-developed ideas to life.

These inspiring ideas were created at this year’s Heywire Regional Youth Summit and can be adapted to suit the needs of your community.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available.

Idea 1: Green Book
Green Book seeks to encourage youth to connect with their local, natural environment and to build and strengthen local communities.

Idea 2: Skillin’ It
Skillin’ It is a community-based and locally-driven initiative that aims to create a culture of skills and knowledge-sharing network between people, individuals, businesses and community organisations.

Idea 3: We Need Farmers
We Need Farmers is an educational program aimed at primary school students to teach them about the processes and stories behind each meal and what it takes to get it from the paddock to the plate.

Idea 4: L.E.D
Let’s Embrace Diversity (L.E.D) aims to help people to understand the importance of embracing diversity. People can join the online movement to help connect and collaborate with people from all over Australia and share stories of what makes them different.

Idea 5: Filling the Gap
Filling The Gap aims to share the untold stories of what makes Australia special – we are multicultural and we are diverse. This program will help teach a more inclusive history that covers all countries and cultures.

Idea 6: Just Relax
Just Relax hopes to help create a more accessible community for everyone to enjoy. For those who have mobility issues, it would create a safe space for them.

Applications close May 26.

More information including how to apply is available on the ABC Heywire website

COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund

Australian Progress, together with Australian Communities Foundation and other partners, have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund, a donor pool that can rapidly inject funds into strategic advocacy campaigns demanding ambitious policies in response to the pandemic in Australia.

As Australians grapple with the impacts of the pandemic on their lives we are seeing outpourings of community spirit and concern. This energy is ready to be channelled into creative and innovative advocacy campaigns that win policies that transform our society, protect vulnerable communities and look after one another.

The Fund is looking for advocacy campaigns that will fight for policies that put communities at the heart of the response to the pandemic, and have a clear plan to create real-world impacts.

Projects will be selected that:

  1. Are advocacy campaigns with a clear theory of change for how to influence decision-makers and win ambitious policy changes.
  2. Are grassroots in nature and have a plan to create real-world change.
  3. Insert an important perspective, issue or constituency related to coronavirus into the national policy debate. Examples might include projects advocating for policy changes on issues like housing, health and justice, First Nations justice and access for people with disability.
  4. Demand that communities are centred in the response to the pandemic.
  5. Benefit from a small, immediate contribution. All grants will be in the realm of $3,000-$10,000.
  6. Leverage cutting-edge tools and tactics, which may include polling, media, direct lobbying, research, stunts, cultural intervention and digital organising.
  7. Are non-profit, consistent with obligations on charities, legally compliant, and fall within the definition of ‘social welfare’ (ultimately helping people facing tough times).

Organisations can pitch their project via an online form. A formal grant process will be announced once more funding has been confirmed.

The fund will primarily rely on larger gifts from the philanthropic sector, although any individual can contribute to the fund.

More information and online form

The Honda Foundation Grants & Vehicle Loans Round 2 2020

The Honda Foundation has two different grant streams, one for monetary funding requests, the other for Honda Hero Loan Vehicle.

The Foundation provides assistance to charities and organisations across a range of social and environmental issues, including supporting the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness; relief for victims of natural disasters; and promotion of innovation and new technologies.

After downloading and completing an application form, applicants must locate their nearest authorised Honda Motor Vehicle Dealership and make an appointment to meet with the Dealer Principal. If the Dealer Principal endorses the application, the application then needs to be submitted by the applicant.

Organisations must be endorsed with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status to apply.

Applications close: 31 July 2020

More information and application


Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World 2020 Community Grants

Sunsuper’s community grants are here to give you a helping hand to make your dream a reality. If your not-for-profit organisation or community group dreams of helping to create brighter futures for Australians, or a more active community, or support others to live better, they want to hear about it.

Grant categories:

Better Living: It may be a community project to help rebuild after a natural disaster, create more affordable housing or help our ageing population or newcomers to Australia. Or your dream may help kids and families in need or simply create a better environment for a more sustainable world.

Brighter Futures: Funding for education initiatives or to create jobs for those in need, or improve financial wellbeing and affordability for Australians, as well as dreams that enhance employment opportunities, or offer training and support to those who need a helping hand to get into or back to work.

Active Community: Sports grants to help people of all ages and abilities be more active, or to improve the health and fitness of those in your community, as well as health initiatives, wellbeing programs or tackling medical issues faced by the wider community.

The Dreams for a Better World team shortlists three entries in each category to present their dream to a panel of judges.

The panel of judges review the shortlisted entries against criteria and award the category winner a $10,000 grant.

The nine shortlisted entries across the three categories will take part in the annual

People’s Choice online vote.

The shortlisted entry with the most valid votes will receive a $10,000 grant.

The eight runner-up shortlisted entries will receive a share of $20,000 to help kick-start their dream.

Applications close: 26 June 2020.

More information and application

Macpac 2020 Fund for Good Grants

Macpac are passionate about protecting the environment and its wildlife; having a lasting positive impact on people’s lives through the outdoors; and supporting the communities to which they are connected. The Macpac Fund for Good is their way of giving back, and helping those committed to creating long-term change for the good of people and planet.

They award between $2,000-10,000 grants to those organisations who align with their ideals.

The groups they support fall into one of three areas:

  1. Adventure-Based Social Development
  2. Environmental Projects
  3. Ethical Manufacturing

If you are part of a not-for-profit organisation working on environmental and social causes related to the outdoors, then you may be eligible for a Macpac Fund for Good grant. Your activities need to be based in New Zealand or Australia, or their territories.

2020 closing dates: 31 July; 31 October.

More information and application

IGA Community Chest

Through IGA Community Chest and associated programs, we’ve raised well over $86m to help local communities.

Every day across the country* IGA Community Chest raises funds to support local communities, charities and other worthwhile causes. It could be in response to a major event like floods or bush fires or something as simple as new soccer balls for the local under 8’s.

The money is raised in a number of ways but predominately through the purchase of products with an IGA Community Chest logo on the label or ticket.

When you purchase a product with the IGA Community Chest logo printed on the label a percentage is credited to that store’s IGA Community Chest account.

More information available here –

Closing date: Ongoing

Transition to Independent Living Allowance

Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a payment of up to $1,500 to help eligible young people cover some basic costs as they leave out-of-home care.

Young people aged between 15 to 25 years who are leaving or have already left formal out-of-home care may be eligible for the TILA. TILA is also for young people who continue to live with their foster carers after their care order expires.

The payment can be used to buy items such as a fridge or couch, pay for counselling, education and training courses, medical expenses, a drivers licence or any other items or services agreed between the young person and their case worker.

More information available here –

Closing date: Ongoing


Improvements to the NSW Police Force Community Portal

For non-urgent reports online such as lost property, theft, intentional damage and graffiti. The Community Portal is now much easier and faster to use.

From 2 April 2020 you will be able to

  • create a report without having to log in – now you just use your name and email address (please note you will no longer use your MyServiceNSW Account to access the Community Portal)
  • lodge reports much more quickly. Plus, there’s a new simplified search function to find your existing reports
  • lodge a new ‘Fail to Pay’ report. It can be used by service providers to report a failure to pay – such as service station owners to report fuel drive offs, and taxi operators to report fare evaders

If you have an existing police report lodged through the Community Portal, it will not be affected. You will still be able to view it, update it and receive notifications from police The NSW Police Force will provide information on how to access and manage your reports shortly.

Need further information? Visit