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.

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Membership Reminder

July 1, 2019

Membership of Community Industry Group brings many benefits including: Invitations to contribute to regional responses to key government inquiries, discussion papers, and policy dialogue to help us form submission responses. Significant discounts on all training run by Community Industry Group. Access to Community Industry Group’s extensive sector knowledge, advice and consultation from our highly experienced staff members. As it is now a new financial year, existing membership renewals are now due. Thank you to our members who have already paid. For more details click here. To renew your membership click here. For new memberships click here.

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NSW Indexation Campaign

June 27, 2019

Organisations which receive funding from Family and Community Services NSW have been advised that they will receive indexation of just 1.75% for the next financial year. This rate is the lowest in many years, and will have direct impacts on staffing and therefore on service delivery. The National Wage Decision this year was for an increase of 3% for workers employed under the Award. This means a deficit of 1.25% for wages alone, let alone all of the other costs associated with delivering services. We urge you to write to the Premier, to the Treasurer, to the Minister for Family and Community Services, and to your local MPs to ask for a review of this indexation rate. We have drafted template letters below. Please feel free to use these as a basis for your own correspondence. Feel free to change and to personalise them as you see fit. We need […]

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Navigating Mental Health Services Forum and Market Place

June 25, 2019

There was an overwhelming response to the forum held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club. More than 150 delegates from a variety of different services and many TAFE students enjoyed the guest speaker presentations and the popular 2 minute Power Pitches from the market place service providers. Local Elder, Uncle Gerald Brown, from the Illawarra Koori Men’s Group gave a Welcome to Country and spoke about the mental health challenges faced by Aboriginal people, especially the men and boys he sees at the group. Deputy Commissioner Pamela Routledge spoke about the NSW Mental Health Commission’s Living Well policy document and the current review. She encouraged everyone to visit the website ( to contribute comments to the review. She congratulated Community Industry Group on organising the forum and agreed that one of the biggest issues for sufferers and carers is navigating the system. Dr Alex Haines, […]

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Upcoming Training & Events

Autism Intervention In Mainstream - Aim For Inclusion 3 Day Workshop

06/08/2019 - 08/08/2019
The content is based on the application of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) teaching principles applied to any setting. The ESDM is a naturalistic play-based intervention model for young children with ASD / neurodevelopmental delays aged 12-60 months. This intervention model is built on a strong evidence base of Clinical trials and practiced worldwide. The ESDM can be delivered across multiple settings including early childhood settings, community clinics and in the family home by trained therapists, educators, health professionals and parents during typical play and daily routines. Evidence supports the ESDM's ability to accelerate a child's development across all developmental domains, particularly social, communication and cognition. Training provided by:  Child Development Institute This training is generously subsidised by Community Industry Group - usual price $1,200 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 7 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. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Choose the PAY BY INVOICE payment option for Bank Transfer payment.           
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Community Care Collective Meeting

The Community Care Collective meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 August. Professor Helen Hasan from the Australian Health Services Research Institute @ UOW will discuss thier program on how to help seniors use IT, websites, google maps etc.
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The Illawarra Way - Reablement Pilot Workshop: Queanbeyan

In conjunction with Glen Sorensen from Age Communications, we will be hosting a workshop to share learnings from the successful pilot project to support short-term reablement, The Illawarra Way. This workshop is specifically for CHSP service providers, RAS staff and those working in health and allied health.  In the workshop, we will cover: Background:      –  Wellness and Reablement Approaches      –  Types of reablement      –  Lessons from the Illawarra Way Trial of a System for Short-term Reablement The Illawarra Way System for Responding to Short-term Reablement  Referrals from RAS:      –  RAS roles, responsibilities – identifying reablement potential, gaining consent and making referrals       –  CHSP roles and responsibilities – creating reablement capacity and accepting referrals      –  Support worker roles and responsibilities Dealing with Challenges:     –  Negotiating coordination and case management responsibilities     –  Extending reablement periods     –  When ongoing support provision is sought About Glen Sorensen Glen is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Age Communications. He is an experienced and accomplished facilitator, trainer, writer and researcher who has worked extensively with the aged care sector. He is also the author of When I'm 64, Millennium Books and Options for the Ageing: the complete guide to support and care of older people, Simon and Schuster. He is the presenter of the MDS Training DVD produced by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, NSW Department of Family and Community Services. He is also the writer and presenter of the 2016 DVD Walk the Person Centred Talk, a practical resource on the person centred approach in work with consumers.
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