Smart and Skilled Accredited Training

Community Service Obligation (CSO) Eligibility Criteria

To access CSO funded accredited partial qualifications (short skillset courses), participants must meet the following eligibility criteria.  If not, a fee will be charged for training.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 15 years or older
  • No longer at school
  • Living or working in NSW
  • An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.
  • Aboriginal or Torres strait Islander students who do not live or work in NSW but live in a defined interstate area – seek assistance from RTO


Participants must meet one of the following demographics:

  • Experiencing significant hardship
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders
  • Students with a disability or is the dependent child, spouse or partner of someone with a disability.
  • Students who receive an applicable government welfare payment or are the dependent child, spouse or partner of someone who is receiving an applicable government benefit.

Learning Barriers

Participants must have at least one of the following barriers to learning:

  • Very low literacy, language and/or numeracy skill level.
  • Limited employability skills where students require considerable additional support.
  • Persistent and ongoing personal issues impacting on educational achievement; and
  • Significant educational disadvantages impacting upon student’s ability to succeed in training, such as;
    • Financial limitations in accessing childcare, transport and/or respite care.

Looking for an activity for a Youth Week 2019 that promotes Condom literacy?

HARP will provide:

  • A mannequin
  • A $100 Spotlight gift voucher
  • Expired red condoms

You(your service) will provide:

  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Construction

Some Inspo from previous years and Condom Couture from North Carolina:

Please reply to this EOI by Friday 8th February 2019 and the successful organisation will be advised week commencing 11th Feb when the mannequin, voucher and condoms will be delivered to your service to get started on the design and making of the outfit.

*The finished Condom Outfit will go on tour for approximately 10 weeks to community organisations acknowledging the makers provided that it is robust enough.

In an independent evaluation of the Condom Outfit in 2014 was proven to raise awareness of condom usage and encourage young people to visit sexual health clinics and GPs for testing. HARP intend to spark interest in and create an environment whereby Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) can be discussed, accepted and ultimately prevented without fear, myth, stigma or discrimination.  Such an open atmosphere will be a key to reducing the risk factors for STIs in the future.

Enabling Conversations

The Illawarra Centre for Enablement proudly announces its first Enabling Conversations Program on the topic of;

What makes a good life and a good death?

This event is being held on Thursday 4th April 2019 at Kurrajong Hall in Dapto Ribbonwood Centre, 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

To catalyse this discussion panelists Catherine McGregor; Professor Gordon Wallace; Eugenia Pyne; Dr Michael Barbato; The Hon Gareth Ward MP have been invited to consider this question based on their own unique lived experiences and insights.

Panalist photos and bios can be viewed at the ICfE’s website at

This discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

We want ICfE’s Program of Enabling Conversations to build deeper community connections through conversations and so that we can appreciate our own breadth of diversity and complexity that give rise to our personal answers to matters of significance.

Tickets are: $20 and $12 for Concession at 

Food Care Reopened

Great food items have arrived and ready to be snapped up at a great low price.

Food Care can be accessed by people from all walks of life.

  • You don’t need to hold a Centrelink card
  • You don’t have to be a low income earner
  • You can be someone that just wants to save on their grocery bills and that’s fine.


Come down and grab a bargain and meet the team over a cup of coffee.

Want to try our SHOES? Sexual Health Outreach Education Sessions in 2019

Have you hit the ground running in 2019 with new shoes? How about trying out our SHOES – Sexual Health Outreach Education Sessions!

In 2019, HARP are excited to offer a 30 minute in-house update session for you and your staff.

Has a sexual health related topic come up amongst staff or clients at your service?

Has it been a while since you attended sexual health training?

Would you like to have up to date information on the latest around sexual health?

Would you like to find out how you can access FREE condoms and sexual health resources?

Sessions are presented by Naomi Viret & Kaitlyn Middleton, Health Education Officers from the HIV & Related Programs (HARP) Unit and are available on Tuesdays Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

We can present as part of your team meeting, planning day or scheduled sexual health session.

Please reply to or Kaitlyn. to book in!

Community Workers Website

The Department of Justice and Legal Aid NSW

We would like to invite you to use our new website and downloadable resource named “Helping your client with legal issues: a guide for community workers”.

The Department of Justice and Legal Aid NSW have prepared this website and resource to help community workers to assist clients, including those from multicultural communities, with their legal issues.

The website and resource covers common legal issues experienced by clients which include:

  • Police
  • Consumer issues
  • Debt and fines
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Births Deaths & Marriages
  • Family Law
  • Workplace issues

The website and resource are located at

If you have any questions or wish to provide feedback on this website and resource please email us at

Youth Counsellor Job in Wollongong, Illawarra & South Coast – SEEK

Grand Pacific Health (GPH) and headspace Nowra are seeking an energetic mental health professional to join our team. headspace Nowra is an established youth health service in the Shoalhaven Region focused on providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

Are you a psychologist, social worker, counsellor or occupational therapist who is eligible for membership/registration with the appropriate professional organisation/authority? (Applicants who are working towards these qualifications will also be considered).

Closes: 3 February 2019

Hair & Beauty courses on offer this month and in 2019.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy and our Certificate III In Beauty Services as well as a number of exciting new Beauty and Hair Short Courses. 

You can view our course info sheets through the links below:

We are the Shoalhaven & Lower South Coast’s very own apprenticeship approved Hair & Beauty College, offering state-of-the-art training facilities combined with expert, highly skilled trainers delivering the best hair & beauty courses.

These are fantastic courses for any of your clients looking to break into the beauty industry, and give great opportunities to enhance their careers.

Please visit our website, or get in touch today by calling 4423 0351 for more information on these courses.

Courses starting SOON!

Download 2019 Course Brochure

Illawarra Centre for Enablement

The Illawarra Centre for Enablement (ICfE), is a new venture in the Illawarra to enable people personally and professionally and to raise civic engagement in the Illawarra.

Take a look at the Centre’s website

The Centre also has a facebook page

Join the Centre’s first Enablement program, Embrace Your Authentic Self, an intensive, one day transformational workshop to be held on 21 February at Gerringong for a maximum of 10 people.

Details of this program is at

Caddyshack Summer Tour ft. Spin & Win cool Stuff and The Glitter Bar

HARP have FREE chlamydia screening during Summer 2019 in partnership with Kiama Municipal Council at

Kiama South Beach – January 15th & 25th and February 1st, 8th & 15th  

Shellharbour City Council at Shellharbour Beach February 22nd & March 1st

Check out the action here.

The Caddyshack project aims to increase the awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and has been running in partnershipwith the Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service since 2013 to engage young people around safe sex