2019 Wollongong World Festival of Magic!

This year The Woonona Lions Club, along with International Entertainment, is once again hosting a FREE Magic Show for the Special needs and Disadvantaged people of Wollongong and surrounds.

Last year we had over 1500 people attend this fantastic international show.  The smiles on the children’s faces were absolutely priceless! 

The is only due to the help of organisations and schools helping to make this special day possible.  So we are asking once again or if we have contacted you for the first time, please help us in organising this for your children/clients/families by giving them the opportunity to attend.

Please see below for your ticket order form and all the show details.

Tickets Orders are due in by Friday 27th September

If you have any questions about the show please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Furthermore, for all the enjoyment that the show brings, please visit our Facebook page:


Department of Communities and Justice Scholarship Program

The Department of Communities and Justice, or DCJ Scholarship Program (formerly the FACS Scholarship Program) helps young people to finish their education and reach their full potential.

Students can use their scholarship for educational, support related or living expenses in the 2020 academic year. This can include text books, tutoring, medical needs or childcare costs – among other things.

Eligibility is as follows:

  • living in social housing, which includes:
    • living in public housing, including Aboriginal housing
    • being on the NSW Housing Register (wait list)
    • receiving private rental assistance from DCJ (not Centrelink)
    • receiving a Rent Choice product (Start Safely, Youth, Veterans, Transition)
    • living in community housing/Aboriginal community housing
    • living in housing provided by a Local Aboriginal Land Council
    • living in Supported Accommodation through a Specialist Homelessness Service Provider (Homeless Youth Assistance, Crisis/Immediate, Transitional Housing)


  • living in out-of-home care, which includes:
    • statutory out-of-home care
    • supported out-of-home care
    • voluntary out-of-home care


  • studying in one of the following:
    • year 10, 11 or 12 at a NSW high school or equivalent at a TAFE college
    • a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship
    • a VET subject at a NSW high school in 2020.

What are the application dates?
Applications opened at 9am on Monday, 16 September 2019.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday, 31 October 2019 for year 10, 11 or 12 students,

For returning applicants at TAFE, university or in a traineeship or apprenticeship, the deadline for a student to provide their letter of offer for a course is 21 February 2020. 

How can I help?
A promotional pack is available for you to download from www.facs.nsw.gov.au/scholarships

It includes: an A3 poster factsheet for new applicants factsheet for returning applicants applicant guidelines social media images to share online promotional videos.   Please share this information with the young people you work with and your networks, and help us spread the word.

Where can I find out more?
If you have any questions, please call us on 02 8753 8673 or email education@facs.nsw.gov.au

September | Illawarra Interagency

The Illawarra Interagency provides a forum for community organisations to build relationships, learn new skills and work collaboratively to improve outcomes for the Illawarra community. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in supporting the well-being of people who live, work or play in the Illawarra Region.


Next Meeting:

Thursday 3 October 2019
2pm – 4pm
Shellharbour Civic Centre
76 Cygnet Avenue (Cnr Cygnet and College Avenue)
Shellharbour City Centre

Child Protection in the Community | Changes to legislation – How could this affect you?

The NSW Government has made a commitment to protecting children in NSW. Part of this commitment is the implementation of standards on organisations that work with children to ensure that they are ‘Child Safe’.

Unlike the Working with Children Check, the Child Safe Standards are a whole of organisation approach to proactively protecting children who engage with services and local government in the community.

Harris Short from NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian will speak about why we have the new regulatory scheme, who is responsible for regulating the scheme and some of what the scheme is proposed to be.

The legislation from which the regulation will come, is currently before the NSW Parliament. His role is to help build capacity, so that Local Governments and their communities, can meet the standards.

We will also include a small panel of representatives from Commonwealth, State and local level for discussion and Q&A time.

Further information: www.illawarrainteragency.com illawarrainteragency@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au | (02) 4221 6091

Aboriginal Employment Recruitment & Retention Toolkit

Community Industry Group celebrated an incredibly proud moment when Stephen Jones MP launched the Attract Recognise Value Report and Toolkit on 2 September 2019.

Attract Recognise Value delves into the disconnect between the need for workers particularly in the aged and disability sectors, and the unemployment rate for Aboriginal people in Wollongong and Shoalhaven. The report is supported by a Toolkit to assist employers to build more culturally safe and culturally appropriate workplaces.

The project ensured local Aboriginal people were heard when discussing their future employment opportunities and was led by an experienced committee.

The toolkit is only available by attending the associated training.

Upon completion of the training participants will have a clear idea of how their organisation can develop meaningful engagement with Aboriginal Communities, improve recruitment and retention strategies for potential Aboriginal employees and create a culturally respectful, appropriate and safe working environment for Aboriginal people.

Conference | Disability

This year, The Disability Trust will be hosting the Your Voice Your Choice Self Advocacy Conference for people with a disability, parents and carers, and service providers on 14th and 15th October 2019 at Novotel Northbeach. The theme is choice and control and excitingly will feature Australian Paralympian and media personality, Dylan Alcott OAM as the keynote speaker.

At the Your Voice Your Choice National Self Advocacy Conference, you can learn from others who are leading life their way and getting the most out of their NDIS plans. The Conference will feature a range of topics and workshops that will inform individuals on initiatives within tailoring their NDIS plans to their personal needs.