Employment and Training

Job Opportunity at Penrith City Council

Senior Events Producer

This leading role will be charged with the end-to-end development of Penrith’s flagship arts, culture and lifestyle festival, REAL Festival (as well as delivering a freshly reviewed major and community events program).

Returning in 2023 from a 3-year hiatus and with a newly upgraded event site, this role presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced events producer to mark a real and lasting mark in Western Sydney. 

Further details can be found here: Jobs – Job Details – Senior Event Producer (penrith.city)

Applications close on 30 August. If you, or someone you know may be interested in this exciting opportunity, please feel free to reach out for a chat at beau.reid@penrith.city or 02 4732 7406. 

Health and Wellbeing

Lifeline’s Out of the Shadows Walk

Create hope this World Suicide Prevention Day.

Join us as we as we walk at sunrise to raise awareness, remember those lost to suicide, and support those who are impacted and continue to struggle with suicide.

Saturday, 10 September

This year’s Out of the Shadows Walk is a very special event for us as we have hoped to hold this event in-person for a number of years – and now we finally can!
Most importantly we will be walking in solidarity to support those impacted by suicide; working together to create change and bring suicide out of the darkness and into the light.

Together we can make a difference and send a message of hope to those who are struggling. 

When: 5:45AM, Saturday 10 September 
Where: Wollongong Lighthouse, Flagstaff Hill

Following the walk, we will host a short ceremony to remember those who have been lost to suicide, and share stories of hope. We will have a Lifeline Wellbeing Tent with Ambassadors available, as well as a light breakfast. 

This is a free event for the community. Please click the link below for more information and resources to share. 


The Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is conducting a study about gambling trends in Australia. The study is called the National Gambling Reporting System (NGRS) and McNair yellowSquares is our fieldwork partner.

The aim of the NGRS is to monitor trends in gambling participation (e.g., the types of products people gamble on, how often people gamble and how much people spend) and impacts on health and wellbeing. Findings from the study will help to inform the development and implementation of evidence-based policy and practice responses to prevent and reduce gambling-related harm.

What does the survey involve?

  • This is a confidential online survey that will ask you about:
  • your gambling behaviours
  • your most recent session of online betting on sports or racing
  • your alcohol and tobacco consumption, and
  • your general health and wellbeing.

It should take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

Your time is valuable. To thank you for participating, you may choose to enter a randomly selected draw for one of five $200 gift vouchers.

The survey will be open until September 2022.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to take part in the online survey if you:

  • live in Australia
  • are aged 18 years or over, and
  • have bet/wagered online on sports/races regularly (at least fortnightly) in the past three months.

What if I change my mind?

Participating in this survey is voluntary and you can choose to stop participating at any time by clicking on the ‘Exit’ button. The data you provided will then be deleted.

Who will have access to my survey responses?

All responses are confidential. Only individuals named on the research team will have access to the survey data. No information that could identify you will be contained in our reports or shared with any person or organisation.

What support is available during or after the survey?

Sometimes people feel upset when they are involved in research. If you would like to talk to someone for support with your gambling or other personal issues, please call the following support services. Each of these services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Gambling Help: 1800 858 858, gamblinghelponline.org.au

Lifeline: 13 11 14

What will you do with my information?

We take your privacy seriously. Survey responses are confidential and anonymous. If you choose to provide contact details to go in the gift voucher draw (e.g., first name, mobile number, email address), your contact information will be kept in a separate password-protected database (from your survey responses) to maintain your confidentiality. This contact information will not be shared with anyone else and will be securely deleted once the draw is completed. If you express a wish to withdraw from participation in the survey before identifying information is removed, all data relating to you will be securely destroyed.

The de-identified survey data will be stored securely for a minimum of seven years in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research guidelines. All files will be stored on a highly secured server. The results of this project may appear in reports, presentations at conferences, and in journal articles, but as grouped data only (no individual responses will be identifiable). If you have any further queries relating to our Privacy Policy, please contact us at aifs-privacy@aifs.gov.au.

Who is running the survey and what if I have a complaint about it?

The AGRC at AIFS is funding the study and McNair yellowSquares is our fieldwork partner. The study has received ethics approval from the AIFS Human Research Ethics Committee (Project 2020/06).

If you would like to make a complaint about this research, please contact the AIFS ethics secretariat via telephone

(03) 9214 7888 or email ethics-secretariat@aifs.gov.au. If you are not satisfied with our handling of your problem or complaint, you can make a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like further information about the project, please contact Caroline Johnston at McNair yellowSquares at: OnlineBet@mcnair.com.au or call on 1800 669 133. Visit www.mcnair.com.au.

To speak with someone at AIFS, please contact the Principal Researcher, Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, at gamblingtrends@aifs.gov.au

Employment and Training

Positions Vacant

Beach Safety Presenters (paid casual roles)

All training will be provided.

We welcome youth looking for casual work. We welcome new migrants and refugee communities. We welcome Australian or overseas born members of the community. We welcome those currently studying English. We welcome ALL members of the community to apply or to reach out to us if they are interested.

While Greater Sydney is where we predominately recruit, we are also open for applications from across NSW as we are looking to support beach safety sessions across the state.

Applications can happen online via our hub as linked to the flyers.

These roles are also advertised on SEEK.

We are also happy to hear from people in a direct email too.

Sexual Health

Wear it Purple Day

Would your service like to make a  Condom Couture art piece for *Wear It Purple day on the 26th August 2022?

We are seeking expressions of interest from services who work with young people in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven

to create a 2022 condom art piece. Scroll down for details.

* Wear It Purple Day is all about celebrating and supporting young LGBTQIA+ people, and challenging societal attitudes to help shape a better world for us all to live in.

We provide:

  • A mannequin
  • Condoms
  • $100 Spotlight gift voucher
  • If the outfit is robust enough, we can take it on tour, acknowledging your creative work OR you can keep it. Totally your choice!

Your service and the group of young people provide:

  • Design
  • Development
  • Construction
  • From previous years’ experience we recommend about 8-10 hours being the average time for completion.

With over 5,000 views, watch our most popular YouTube video “The Making of Connie Condom Dress” by the Northern Illawarra Youth Project in 2014.

Email Jennifer.Farinella@health.nsw.gov.au by Friday 12th August with your design plan.

Successful & unsuccessful services will be advised Monday 15th August.

Sticky Stuff Webinar

Registrations are now open for Sticky Stuff Webinar

Tuesday 23rd August 2022

10.00am start for 3 hours

This is  a free webinar designed for people who work with young people. Sticky Stuff aims

to increase confidence, knowledge and skills of participants on the subject area of sexual health

by providing workers with tools, valuable tips and activities to support young people.

Sticky Stuff is a collaboration between Yfoundations, NSW Health’s STI Programs Unit & NSW Sexual Health Promotion.

Sticky Stuff is delivered by Megan Hall online to 30 locations across NSW annually.

*Megan is driven to provide holistic health information and practical solutions to ensure that participants feel prepared and comfortable to open up the conversation of sexual health with young people. Megan comes from a nursing background, having spent 3 years working in the area of sexual health. Before this, she worked with children and young people in many different capacities, as an Indigenous Group Training Consultant, a Boarding Supervisor at a Residential college and an

Outdoor Education Instructor. Regardless of her role, Megan has always been passionate about empowering individuals to challenge themselves.