The Community Industry Group is the peak body working for community services and organisations in South East NSW. It supports community organisations, promotes expertise and innovation, fosters industry development and pursues social justice in the region. Its membership consists of organisations and individuals that provide community services.

Latest News

Aged Care Updates

May 28, 2018

A number of positive changes are on the way for our aged care system, thanks to recent Federal budget allocations and the ongoing evolution of My Aged Care (MAC). Whilst the increased Home Care Package allocation is not enough to meet the demand, it is nevertheless welcome. The Department of Health have also allocated funds for MAC system navigation support, which is something many of us have been advocating for. Again, the amount allocated is not huge, however hopefully the pilot projects will demonstrate the benefit and wider need for this vital, ongoing support. Here’s a summary of key beneficial changes: A further 14,000 level 3 & 4 Home Care Packages. In addition to the 6,000 packages released in the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, this takes the total up to 20,000 over the next 4 years. It is estimated that 8,000 will be available over the course of the […]

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Position Vacant

May 28, 2018

Position Vacant – Project Officer (Casual) Community Industry Group Inc. is seeking a dynamic and passionate Project Officer to implement a range of short-term projects. We are a not for profit peak body which supports community organisations, promotes industry expertise and pursues social justice issues in South East New South Wales, with offices in Oak Flats and Batemans Bay. We’re a membership based organisation which offers training courses and conferences specifically designed for people employed within the community services industry. Our aim is to improve outcomes for the region’s disadvantaged communities and build a strong and informed community service industry. Our staff enjoy flexible work hours, a friendly office environment, rewarding projects with clear objectives, managerial support and mentoring. The Project Officer will work on a range of projects as determined by the CEO. We are looking for someone with an enthusiastic can-do attitude. Experience with social housing tenants, or within […]

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2018 Budget Report

May 15, 2018

This year’s budget announcement once again contains a mixed bag for the region’s community services organisations and for its many vulnerable residents. We welcome Budget initiatives to support ageing in place and enable older people to live well in their own homes, such as the announcement of a further 14,000 new high level Home Care Packages over four years. Community Industry Group has been lobbying for an increase in Home Care Packages for some time, and while this is a step forward, we should not forget that there is currently an estimated shortfall of 104,000 packages across the country. The commitment of $146m towards improving aged care in rural, regional and remote Australia is also welcome, as is the commitment to ensure more older Aboriginal people are able to receive culturally sensitive accommodation. The investment in mental health services is also a positive outcome, but once again fails to fulfil […]

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Upcoming Training & Events

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness: Batemans Bay

12/06/2018
Aboriginal cultural training aimed at increasing participant's awareness for Aged & Disability volunteers and staff. Join us for this insightful and practical one day training, which includes: Yarning circles - local Aboriginal people sharing culture and stories Important milestones in recent Aboriginal history The impact of legislation and government policies on Aboriginal people Cultural changes and achievements Racism - what does it look like? An introduction to Aboriginal cultural protocols Understanding Aboriginal sensitivities in the workplace Overcoming communication challenges and dispelling myths Answering your questions Session Trainer: Julie Moore Julie was born in Berry, NSW and raised at Wreck Bay on the NSW South Coast. She is a proud member of the Wandandian people of the Yuin nation, and the Principal of Koorimunication, an Aboriginal consultancy established in 2008. Prior to the establishment of Koorimunication, she enjoyed a Public Service career spanning more than 35 years across NSW State and Federal Governments. More here Morning tea and lunch will be provided and places are limited so please book early. For a printable flyer click here CATERING: Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. CAN’T MAKE IT? If you are unable to attend the session a substitute for your place is welcome to attend. The full fee will be charged if you or someone in your place does not attend the session and we have not been given notice as specified below. REFUNDS: If the registered participant is unable to attend a minimum of 3 days’ notice is required to receive a full refund. If the registered participant provides less than 3 days’ notice a refund of 50% of course cost will be refunded. If the session is cancelled, a full refund will be paid in full.       
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Fabulous Finances - Finance for Board Members

13/06/2018
Did you know that the not-for-profit sector has the highest rate of fraud of any industry? One of the most important elements of governance is to ensure a full understanding of their financial position, and effectively manage the risks related to finance. This session will provide board members with the skills to read financial reports, assist with budgeting, and ensure key risk and fraud prevention policies are in place. Bring along examples of of your organisation's financial reports. At the end of the training you will: • Develop skills in reading financial statements. • Understand key financial ratios. • Be able to develop budgets. • Understand and reduce financial risk and fraud. Your facilitator will be Nicky Sloan - CEO of Community Industry Group. She has extensive experience in the community services industry working in community development, women’s and family services and strategic management. Her diverse work history also includes local government, the tertiary sector, banking and finance, owning and running small businesses as well as several board appointments. With degrees in Community and Environment, and Marketing, a Diploma in Project Management, and a qualification in Workplace Training and Assessment Nicky is a highly sought after trainer. Please click here for a printable version. CAN’T MAKE IT? If you are unable to attend your nominated course a substitute for your place is welcome to attend. The full training fee will be charged if you or someone in your place does not attend the session and we have not been given notice as specified below. REFUNDS: If the registered participant is unable to attend a minimum of 3 days’ notice is required to receive a full refund. If the registered participant provides less than 3 days’ notice a refund of 50% of course cost will be refunded. If the course is cancelled, a full refund will be paid in full. CATERING: Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific mobility needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Choose the Pay by Invoice option for Bank Transfer payment.           
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Mental Health First Aid - Merimbula

19/06/2018 - 20/06/2018
Most workplaces have First Aid officers.... Does your workplace have a Mental Health First Aid officer? This training targets frontline workers, volunteers, managers, receptionists and administration staff in the Housing Support sector At the end of the training you will Increase your ability to recognise specific disorders Know how to seek mental health information Know of risk factors and causes Understand the self-treatment and professional help available Promote recognition and appropriate help seeking behaviours This event is a two day event running on June 19 & 20, 2018 from 9am - 5pm each day - Places are limited to only 2 per organisation -  Click here for directions to access the building before 10am (enter via Main Rear Carpark) Click here for the flyer. Jennie Keioskie will be your course facilitator. Jennie is the Rural Adversity Mental Health Coordinator for Health, Southern NSW. CATERING: Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch will be provided. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. CAN’T MAKE IT? If you are unable to attend the session a substitute for your place is welcome to attend. An attendance guarantee fee of $50 will be charged to your organisation if you or someone in your place does not attend the session and we have not been given 48 hrs notice.          
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