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.

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Free Webinar – Good Governance

September 19, 2018

Community Industry Group is proud to offer this free webinar on Good Governance for community service organisations. It covers subjects such as: Board roles and responsibilities Specific responsibilities for board officer positions Incorporation Good Governance Key terms For  information about our webinars click here.

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Reporting changes for associations registered as charities with the ACNC

September 18, 2018

From 1 October 2018, there are changes to the requirements of charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). You will no longer need to lodge annual reports with Fair Trading or pay the annual lodgement fee. This applies if your association has not yet lodged your NSW annual summary for your current financial year end by 1 October 2018. You must lodge your association’s Annual Information Statement (and financial statements if required) with the ACNC for each financial year. The change only applies to annual financial reporting obligations. All incorporated associations must continue to notify Fair Trading of any changes, such as the association’s name, details, constitution or public officer.  If your association is not on the ACNC charities register, your reporting obligations do not change. You must continue to lodge all annual reporting with Fair Trading and pay the lodgement fee. The change only applies if the association continues […]

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Submission

September 12, 2018

NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the provision of disability services in NSW NSW Legislative Council Inquiry Portfolio Committee No.2 – Health and Community Services announced an inquiry into the provision of disability services across New South Wales following the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. You can find details of the Inquiry here. Community Industry Group held a discussion group, which was well attended by representatives from key disability service providers across the region, and prepared a submission to the Inquiry. What we heard from our members is that, while all providers were committed to the principles of the NDIS in providing choice and control for people with disability, the transition to NDIS has not been without its problems for both providers and participants. Read our submission here.

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Upcoming Training & Events

Mental Health First Aid for the Older Person

16/10/2018 - 17/10/2018
This 12 hour course teaches adults how to provide mental health first aid to the older person (65+). Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common mental health problems in older people, how to offer initial help, where and how to get professional and other help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation. Course participants receive a copy of the Older Person MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion. Participants who complete this training are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years. Topics covered include: Mental health problems  Depression  Anxiety problems Confusion and dementia  Psychosis Mental health crises Suicidal thoughts & behaviours  Panic attacks  Delirium  Unsafe behaviours due to confusion - wandering, unsafe to drive and unsafe in current place of residence  Challenging behaviours due to confusion. 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. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Choose the PAY BY INVOICE payment option for Bank Transfer payment.           
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Fabulous Finances - Finance for Board Members

18/10/2018
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. Dana Mertens is your facilitator. She has over 15 years’ experience in the community services sector in the Illawarra region. She has a strong background in policy, quality systems and management within not for profit organisations. Dana holds a Diploma of Community Services; Diploma of Youth Work; Diploma of Alcohol & other drug work, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is currently studying postgraduate work in Health Management and Leadership. For a printable flyer click here. 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. 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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Regional Aged Care Forum - Batemans Bay

23/10/2018
Join us for the Regional Aged Care Forum in Batemans Bay on Tuesday 23 October 2018. This free event will be held at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 6 Beach Road, Batemans Bay. The agenda includes updates on regional aged care, dementia care and dementia behaviour assessment and management services, CHSP updates, elder abuse prevention and wellness and reablement case studies. 10.00am                      Light Refreshments & Networking 10.20am                      Welcome – Amadis Lacheta, Community Industry Group 10.30am                      CHSP Updates                                     Megan Roach & Anthony Goodman – NSW Department of Health 11.15am                      Aged Care Regional Update – Lucille Ingram & Charmaine Johnson                                    NSW Department of Health 12.15pm                      Lunch 1.00pm                        Dementia Awareness and Care Update: Presentation, Q&A                                     Cathie Crowe & Kersten Davis                                     Dementia Behaviour Assessment & Management Service (DBAMS) 1.30pm                        Elder Abuse Update: Presentation, Q&A                                    Margaret Crothers – Seniors Rights Service 2.00pm                        Wellness & Reablement, Case Studies and Pulse Check 3.00pm                        Evaluation & Close
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The Recruitment Process - A Guide for Employers

25/10/2018
Join Trainer Dana Mertens in an overview of the recruitment process. This session will include discussion of: -The position description -Recruitment package -Advertising -Interviews -Reference checking and other verification -The offer  -Onboarding and induction 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. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific training needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Use the Promotional Code INVOICEME for Bank Transfer payment.            
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Living Well Right to the End

06/11/2018
Death with dignity is the final frontier of human rights, so supporting your clients to accept, embrace and make plans that will allow them to live well right to the natural end of their life is the single kindest act you can perform. This workshop will provide insights, tools and experiences to help you to have those difficult but important conversations with clients, whether you work in home or residential aged care. Focusing on wellness, we’ll provide tools to help you in your person-centred approach to end of life care. The workshop will cover: • Exploring what it means to die well • Understanding different cultural attitudes to death and dying• Working with simple tools to help clients create their goals and individual plans for end of life• Learning nurturing statements and actions that support clients• The importance of support teams and how to help a client create one• Unpacking Advance Care Directives and other legal documents• Dealing with grief: your own as well as your clients’• Resources to help increase your literacy and capacity with death and dying “...highly successful and enlightening, providing a platform for professional and lay people to discuss issues and to provide advice regarding the many aspects of ‘putting their house in order’ for their end of life requests.” The Hon. Andrew Constance MP ABOUT SHANNA Shanna Provost is an author, education specialist, funeral celebrant and certified death doula whose passion is normalising conversations about death and dying well so that people can make practical plans that will ease the burden for everyone involved. Her Dying Well website and Rest Easy Journal, first published in 2005, provide a simple, pragmatic approach to getting our affairs in order. She is a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Southeast Arts Board, a recipient of the Governor-General’s National Emergency Medal and has various Red Cross Service Awards for her work in community development as a training practitioner and educator over the past 20 years.
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Community Care Collective Meeting

07/11/2018
Our Community Care Collective meeting on Wednesday 7 November. Sharing of information and updates from relevant organisations.
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Regional Aged Care Forum - Illawarra

14/11/2018
Regional Forum for CHSP and HCP Providers and the Regional Assessment Teams Morning tea and lunch will be provided. 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 seminar a substitute for your place is welcome to attend. Bookings are limited - an attendance guarantee of $30 applies if you book but do not attend or send a replacement.           
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The Privacy Act & Requirements for the Community Services Sector

15/11/2018
Do you know your obligations under the Privacy Act & supporting regulations? Do you know how to respond to a breach in privacy? Join us to review your current policies & practices. Dana Mertens will be your facilator. She has over 15 years’ experience in the community services sector in the Illawarra region. She has a strong background in policy, quality systems and management within not for profit organisations. Dana holds a Diploma of Community Services; Diploma of Youth Work; Diploma of Alcohol & other drug work, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is currently studying postgraduate work in Health Management and Leadership. For a printable flyer click here. 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. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Choose the PAY BY INVOICE payment option for Bank Transfer payment.           
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Marketing Matters

22/11/2018
An introduction to marketing concepts for non-marketers, Marketing and promotion is becoming more important in human services as we enter a period of increased competition and customer choice.This workshop will focus on building an understanding of branding and how to use a communication strategy to deliver consistent messaging to different target audiences. At the end of the training you will: Understanding branding and the importance of brand reinforcement. Develop a communication strategy to target different audiences. Map your brand to your strategic plan. Use personnel to promote your brand Know how to develop an ‘elevator pitch’ Your facilitator will be Nicky Sloan. Nicky is the CEO of the Community Industry Group. She has extensive experience in the communityservices 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. Morning tea will be provided. Click here for a printable flyer. 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. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Choose the PAY BY INVOICE payment option for Bank Transfer payment.           
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