Australia Post Community Grants

We’re excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Australia Post Community Grants program.

The program offers grants of up to $10,000 for eligible projects that help people connect with each other to address local needs.

Funding may be awarded to eligible recipients, to support initiatives that:

  • help people connect with each other through group activities (e.g. volunteering programs, civic engagement and environmental activities);
  • reduce barriers to participation in community life (e.g. transport, ability to pay, or access to community spaces); and/or
  • develop skills and leadership capability to strengthen social and community networks.

To be eligible, organisations must:     

  • be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
  • provide community benefit
  • be located within Australia
  • provide services within Australia
  • have an ABN (see the Australian Business Register for more information)
  • have an Australian bank account that corresponds to the organisation’s ABN (individuals are not valid account holders).

If you have a community group or organisation you think would benefit from a grant of up to $10,000 and meets the eligibility criteria, please let them know about this opportunity. Please note, government entities, sole traders and educational institutions are not eligible.

You can learn more at

If you have any questions, please contact the Australia Post Community Grants Team between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (AEST) on 1300 765 772 or email

Active Kids provider briefing on voucher two (Wollongong)

As a valued partner of the Active Kids program, we’d like to invite you to a provider briefing on the second Active Kids voucher.

The briefing will cover:

  • Status of the program to-date
  • Application of the second voucher
  • Participation insights
  • Learnings from 2018
  • Marketing and communications


Date: Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 
Location: Corrimal District Library and Community Centre

Not an Active Kids provider?

Help children in NSW keep healthy and active. Register to become an approved Active Kids provider today so you can start accepting vouchers

Taking the lead in our town

Nominations are only open for one more month, so make sure you start it today! Give thanks and recognition where thanks are needed – to our community champions.

The Awards are all about recognising our silent achievers, the salt of the earth. They’re about the passion of people whose commitment to making regional New South Wales and the ACT a better place and they are an inspiration to all of us.

Don’t think you have time?? Simply pick up the phone, call the Awards Office on 1300 735 445 and tell us your champions name and we will take the nomination from there!

Nominate in one or more of the following:

  • Department of Planning and Industry Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award
  • Department of Planning and Industry Crown Land Manager Excellence Award
  • Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award
  • Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
  • Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
  • TransGrid Leadership Award
  • Wholistic Financial Solutions Small Business Achievement Award
  • Awards Australia Connecting Communities Award

Nominations close Wednesday 31st July 2019.

For further information visit or email

The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards began in 2002, with the purpose of encouraging, acknowledging, and rewarding the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional New South Wales and the ACT.  The awards create the opportunity to recognise their hard work and dedication and their contribution to the future of regional New South Wales.

Membership Reminder

Membership of Community Industry Group brings many benefits including huge discounts on our professional development training courses.

As it is a new financial year, existing membership renewals are now due. For more details click here.

To renew your membership click here.

For new memberships click here.

Sincere thanks to our members who have already renewed their membership.

NSW Indexation Campaign

A reminder that the indexation rate for FACS-funded community organisations has been set at a twenty year low of 1.75% for 2019/20, despite a mandated national wage increase of 3%.

This leaves community organisations with few options but to reduce staff working hours, cut services, and ultimately turn away people in need. It comes on top of complex reforms and significant changes to ways of doing business such as the implementation of NDIS. Meanwhile, demand for services continues to rise.

If the NSW government values the important services delivered by community organisations, it should be properly funding them to provide support and pay decent wages.

Community Industry Group has written to local members of parliament as well as the Premier, the Treasurer, and Ministers Ward and Tudehope.

We encourage you to also take this issue up with your local member and other community leaders. Template letters are available on our website here.

We also want to quantify exactly how much service will be lost to vulnerable people in South East NSW.

Please let us know what reductions you will be making as a result of this funding cut. Remember that a 1.25% difference between what you have to pay in wages growth and what you receive in indexation is $125 for every $10,000 you pay in wages. What are you cutting to cover this?

Phone: 4256 4333

Their Futures Matter and the Forecasting Future Outcomes Report

The NSW Government recently released the Forecasting Future Outcomes Report. This report, developed by actuarial firm Taylor Fry under contract to Their Futures Matter, outlines the implementation of an investment approach to intervention services.

We encourage everyone to read this report.

Community Industry Group has expressed its concern to TFM Executive Director, Gary Groves, that there is no sector representation at the governance level of the reform. We have recommended that the Implementation Board be expanded to include representatives from the sector.

We were very pleased to receive advice from Gary that there will be a call for nominations from NGOs and partners to express interest in participating in a ‘new look’ TFM Implementation Board. We encourage everyone to keep an eye on the TFM website, and to encourage sector reps to nominate. We must ensure the sector has a strong voice in such a major reform

We want to hear from you!

If you live in Warilla or Lake Illawarra we’d love to hear your thoughts on how to stop domestic and family violence. 

In January we sent out a survey on domestic and family violence to every household in your suburb – and had a remarkable response – thank you to all those who filled in the survey! 

Using the information from the surveys, we are now running up to three community forums to design and develop community specific domestic and family violence prevention plans.

We would really appreciate your input. If you are interested, please contact Dr Catherine MacPhail on 0433 510 909 or at

EnableIn is a Free service, we assist people with a disability (aged 18-65) who fall within the following groups

  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Living in an assisted boarding houseLiving in an institutional setting


  • is NSW wide project working with metro, rural, regional and remote areas
  • will be establishing drop in meeting points and peer support networks in each of the above areas
  • will provide people with generic and individually tailored information in regards to the NDIS and other mainstream services
  • The service is open to people with disability, their families, carers, and community groups
  • We will be looking at identifying where people are falling through the gaps and missing out on NDIS funding or services, and using this for research purposes to promote change

We are going to be holding monthly meeting points in the Illawarra where people can drop in and find out more about the service and how we can assist them (location TBA).

If successful, we will also be looking at setting up peer support groups to ensure this service continues to assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Illawarra area.

Linda Wiseham

Connection Coordinator | People with Disability Australia

phone 02 9370 3100