Education and Employment

Kiama Communtiy College

2021 Courses Starting This Month For Job Seekers and Career Development…

2021 is here, and we’re ready for a great year ahead. We are pleased to offer an array of subsidised courses commencing this term at our Kiama and Shoalhaven campuses that may be suitable for your clients.

We have listed a range of courses starting from this month for job seekers, careers, school leavers or clients wanting to get back into the workforce. We provide small class sizes, great trainers, individual attention and access to a Student Support Officer to assist with study/life needs to help students complete their course, and to support them in seeking employment.

We look forward to working together to help your clients achieve their employment goals.

From the team at KCC
Subsidies & Fee-Free Scholarships are available for all courses below, for eligible students*


Cert III in Business BSB30115 – 26 WEEKS

Cert I in Information, Digital Media & Technology ICT10115

Microsoft Office At Your Level (Accredited Skill Set)

Computerised Bookkeeping using MYOB (Accredited Skill Set)

Cert III in Fitness SIS30315

Cert III in Outdoor Leadership SIS30619

Cert IV in Beauty Therapy SHB40115

Adult Literacy for Students with Support Needs

Improve your Reading and Writing




Cert IV in Training & Assessment TAE40116 – 12 Months


Cert IV in Leadership & Management – 12 Months

Cert III in Accounts Administration FNS30317 – 26 WEEKS

*Subsidies and fee free scholarships are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements. The training is subsidised by the NSW Government. If you would like more information on Smart and Skilled please refer to our website and click on Enrolment then NSW Smart and Skilled or phone the Community College on 02 4232 1050.

We provide a wide range of nationally recognised  vocational qualifications.

Kiama Community College’s student, Cassandra O’Carroll, was recently announced National Runner Up of the SBAT National Award 2020 having previously been awarded NSW School-Based Apprentice Trainee (SBAT) of the Year and acknowledged by our local MP Gareth Ward in NSW Parliament.

Cassandra has been undertaking her School-based Traineeship in the threatened species section of the environmental services department of Shoalhaven City Council since 2019, while completing a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management School-Based Traineeship with HVTC and Kiama Community College. 

During the devastating 2019/20 bushfires, Cassandra was able to apply the scientific skills she had learnt at Kiama Community College and helped injured wildlife.

Cassandra deeply values the mentorship she has received from her colleagues. She is expanding her knowledge of the local environment and the challenges it currently faces so she can help to protect it.

Cassandra volunteers with National Parks Wildlife Services, was a speaker at climate rallies, and is a member of the Youth Voice group who promote positive change in their communities.

Shoalhaven Community College was proud to celebrate our student Chelsea Haydon being announced as Illawarra and South East NSW Regional Apprentice of the Year in the category of Hairdressing.

We provide the largest Hair and Beauty training facilities locally, and offer a fully equipped, simulated salon with top brand products.

Our highly qualified and skilled trainers specialise in the latest training packages and provide personalised and individually focussed support and training for any level of experience. For your convenience we offer flexible study options including: one day per week, block release, flexible distance education, or work-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Please let us know what suits your salon. We currently have subsidised* places available for new and existing Apprentices and Trainees.

Our courses at Shoalhaven Community College’s Hair and Beauty School offer hands-on training to small groups. We also run short evening courses to suit individuals wanting to upgrade their skills. 

We currently have places available for new and existing Apprentices and Trainees under the Government’s Smart & Skilled funding scheme.


Our VET qualifications in administration, business, accounting and information technology provide access to opportunities for workplace entry and transition as well as skill and career development. Business and Accounting students are supported to ensure that they successfully pathway to employment or further studies in accordance with their personal goals. Certificate IV courses are perfect for those school leavers looking to gain entry to University.



We offer fantastic vocational career pathways including qualifications in fitness and outdoor leadership with experience and supportive trainers.


Certificate IV in Training & Assessment TAE40116 focuses on student outcomes and helping students become great trainers, and is the qualification required to become a trainer-assessor in our nation’s accredited vocational training system. 

This qualification will provide the skills to design and deliver accredited training and assess competency, as a workplace based trainer-assessor or operating in a classroom or online environment.


When students study with us, they’ll receive the same qualification and government subsidies provided by TAFEs and other RTOs approved under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program, that can open up opportunities for future employability and employment.

PLUS they will also benefit from small class sizes, individual attention and access to a Student Support Officer who will assist with their study/life needs and support them in seeking work placement and employment. 

As your local Registered Training Organisation (RTO) overseen by the Australian Government, we have provided a wide range of nationally recognised vocational qualifications to more than 3,000 students in our community. Our vocational qualifications assist students to upskill or gain their first job and are recognised by employers across the country. That’s the Community College difference!



I’m Joanna Leigh, one of ACON’s Community Health Promotion Officers for the LGBTQ People with Disability Project together with my colleague Charbel Zada.

I’d like to invite your organisation to be a part of the NATION LGBTQ+ DISABILITY INTERAGENCY.

The Interagency will provide the opportunity for LGBTQ and  disability services to network, exchange information and share the best and latest practice. The aim of the interagency is to increase understanding of the disability sector and developments with the NDIS especially as they are relevant to increasing participation and improving services and the lives of LGBTQ+ people with disabilities.

Please find attached the draft Terms of Reference for more information. Feedback is welcome and we can finalise it at the first meeting. .

Meetings will be held monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 2pm from 11th February on Zoom to allow for national participation. When Covid19 restrictions allow in person networking opportunities or meetings may also be held.

Please RSVP by Thursday 4 February 2021 to Joanna Leigh at so you can be added to the mailing list and you can receive the Zoom invite.


Transport for NSW Aboriginal HSC Scholarship Program

Applications for the Transport for NSW Aboriginal HSC Scholarship Program are now open.

The Program gives motivated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students, completing their HSC, access to financial assistance and practical work experience to ready them for a career in the Transport cluster.

Further information is available in the attached brochure and application form.

Below is the closing date and following procedure:

Step 1 Submit application by Friday 25th Feb 2021

Step 2 Reference checks completed by 16th March 2021

Step 3 Successful applicants are invited to attend interview by 19th March 2021

Step 4 Successful candidates notified and Scholarships offered by 30th March 2021

For further information re the Aboriginal HSC Scholarship Program, please contact Annette Lamb, Senior Aboriginal Employment Advisor

Email: or

Phone: 0400 771 087

Sexual Health

Click HERE to order 144 free condoms for your service from Play Safe Pro. Or copy and paste the URL

In 2020 the Play Safe ‘Get Free Condoms’ campaign rolled out with a series of 7 designs. See them all in the file below

We now have hard copy A3 (297mm X 420mm) posters available for your service. Want some? Just fill out this form and we will hand deliver them.

Limited stock. Maximum of 5 posters per design.

How to Dirve the Caddyshack Website

Registrations are now open for this webinar.

Tuesday 23rd February 2021 at 10.00am for 45 minutes.

In this webinar we will unpack features of the Caddyshack Project website to make it more useful. Find out more about the Illawarra Shoalhaven Condom Dispenser Project. Visit each recommended link and find out why we selected them. Have a look at the Blog topics and tell us subject areas that you would like to know more about. Explore our free resources in more depth.

Register here or cut & paste the URL

Young People

Following the sun: shining the light on Aboriginal mental health 3 March 2021

Youth Health Forums (YHFs) are stimulating, half-day forums that cover a wide range of adolescent health and wellbeing issues, appealing to health, education, community, welfare professionals and students. The Forum provides an opportunity for attendees to meet, update knowledge and skills, exchange information and strengthen the youth health network, in order to provide the best possible support for young people in NSW.

Although it’s challenging to host face to face meetings at this unusual time, the YHF Organising Committee recognises the value of extending YHFs to those working with young people both in Sydney and rural and regional areas; the scheduled March 2021 Forum will once again be live streamed to individuals to keep everyone safe. Note that there will be no video conferences held at the usual rural and regional sites.

Cost: Free of charge

When and where
Date:  3 March 2021
Time: 9am -12.30pm (AEST)

Where: live streamed to where you are

Live Stream details (including technical difficulty issues)

To watch the live event go to:  

  • Remember to add this to your calendar, no password is required
  • Ensure you have up to date browser installed for example Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • Check out page 2 of the attached program and the streaming tips if you encounter technical difficulty on the Forum day

RSVP: Register by close of business 26 February 2021 to receive a reminder email (registration is optional)

Direct questions to Forum speakers during the live stream

  • Text questions to 0452 378 112 stating location and question. For example “[Dubbo], my Q to Speaker A is….”
  • For technical difficulty on the Forum day, please refer to live stream details above (this mobile number will not be able to respond to technical issues)

Forum’s speaker notes

The speakers’ presentations will be available on the NSW Health website ( within two weeks of the Forum (search for ‘Youth Health Forum’) , or go to:

Forum’s evaluation

Program includes presentations on:

This forum will be chaired by Ms Kerry Smith, Aboriginal Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Priority Advisor, Mental Health – Children and Young People, NSW Ministry of Health

  • Welcome to Country: Auntie Yvonne Weldon, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Truth for Youth – what they’re teaching us – what we are learning: Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson AM, Patron We Al-li
  • Working with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) to understand the health of Aboriginal young people: Ms Kezia Aurora Blackledge, Public Health and Intelligence Officer; Miss Shana Quayle, Sector Support Unit Manager; Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) 
  • Staying Connected in the Outback: Ms Corina Kemp, Aboriginal Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol (MHDA) Clinical Leader; Mr Zacariah Henderson, Aboriginal MHDA Trainee; Far West MHDA Service, Far West Local Health District 
  • Mental health habits and rituals:  Mr Jeffrey Morgan, Nutritionist/Health & Wellbeing Consultant and Owner, The Lifestyle Program   
  • Voice of youth: young people
  • Panel discussion: Panel will include all program speakers

Please see the attached program for more details.

Don’t miss this forum and let your networks know

Hope you can join us on the Forum day! Please feel free to pass this onto your colleagues and networks.


Win $100 by sharing your experience at the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre!

The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is conducting a survey on how well our services meet our client’s needs, particularly during COVID-19.  The information collected on this survey will assist us to make improvements with the Centre’s services and activities. This information will also support us to apply for future funding.

This month we are inviting clients to complete our 2021 IWHC Client Survey (takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete). Clients will be able to complete this survey online by accessing via the following link:  

CLOSING DATE: Friday the 12th February 11:59pm

As a token of thanks all participants will have the chance to go into the draw to win $100!
We highly value the needs of all our clients and would to hear from you about your experience.

Career Preparation West Wollognong TAFE

The Certificate II in Career Preparation, course 10584NAT, at West Wollongong TAFE will help women who are seeking to re-enter the workforce or training. Students will learn communication skills, work skills, word-processing, Microsoft Excel, career planning, general education, Barista and First Aid.

This course will be taught in a classroom, by women for women.

Enrol today and gain confidence in yourself and your abilities. This course is fully subsidised. Learn more and enrol at or call 131601.



“Ending HIV-Related Stigma For All.” – Discussion Paper (Attached and Link

HIV advocates are calling for greater efforts and coordination in eliminating HIV-related stigma which, if left unchallenged, can have significant negative implications on Australia’s world-leading HIV prevention efforts. This new discussion paper lays bare the impact of stigma on people living with HIV (PLHIV), as well as on public health more broadly. Titled Ending HIV-Related Stigma For All, it found that HIV stigma lead to poorer health outcomes for PLHIV. It also acts as a barrier to testing and service access for priority populations, including for migrant gay and bisexual men who now account for most new HIV notifications in NSW. As such, stigma hinders efforts to end HIV transmissions. The paper outlines a series of recommendations that calls for a coordinated, multi-pronged approach to eliminate HIV stigma.

QueerAbility Toolkit

We are excited to announce that the QueerAbility Toolkit will be live from Thursday 3rd December on International Day for People with Disabilities. The purpose of the QueerAbility Toolkit is to support and empower LGBTQ people with disabilities to navigate the NDIS.

Some of the toolkit highlights include:

  • 5 films (including the one you saw at Big Stays in today) featuring LGBTQ people with disabilities speaking about their lived experiences
  • Downloads such as letters to take to your appointments, wellness wheels and an emotional tips sheet and a roadmap
  • Information on how to access the NDIS including the application process and what to do if an application is denied
  • Information on how to manage emotions and stress while applying

Queerability Facebook page

Palliative Care and End of Life Needs Analysis for LGBTQ, PLHIV and Carers

We invite you to share your experience and knowledge of palliative and end of life care and planning. This is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are LGBTQ and/or carers of LGBTQ people and PLHIV who are LGBTQ. Understanding your needs and preferences will help us develop a toolkit to support you.

A community codesign process will focus on empowering LGBTQ people, PLHIV who are LGBTQ and their carers to have discussions, have a better understanding of their rights and have access to information and resources to make informed decisions about palliative care and end of life care and planning.  

This project is a partnership between ACON, Carers NSW, Palliative Care NSW, Positive Life NSW and the Seniors Rights Service. Funded by NSW Health