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November 23, 2023

CI Group 2022-2023 Annual Report

We’re thrilled to announce the release of our latest Annual Report, showcasing a year filled with incredible projects, engaging training sessions, and meaningful experiences within our community sector. During Nicky’s 12-month sabbatical, we were fortunate to have Anna Bacik step in as CI Group’s interim CEO, steering the organisation with remarkable capability and enthusiasm. A Big Thank You to Our Members! For three decades, you’ve been the backbone of our mission—supporting social justice, dedicating yourselves to not-for-profits, and fostering a deep connection with our organization. Here’s to 30 years of shared memories and community impact! As we delve into our history, the CI Group team remains committed to representing our members and communities. We’re actively seeking new avenues to ensure our regional voice resonates at state and national levels, influencing decisions that shape our sector and communities. Community Industry Group 2022/2023 Annual Report

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November 22, 2023

New Policy and Project Officer Position Available

We have a new position available to join our team. Policy and Project Officer – Southern NSW Part time (21 hours per week), SCHADS Award – Grade 4 Community Industry Group, the peak body for community organisations in Southern NSW, is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Project and Policy Officer to join our friendly, collaborative and productive team. The Policy and Project Officer will provide support for not for profit organisations and assist in the development and implementation of policy, research, and advocacy initiatives. By building relationships with the sector, the successful candidate will identify or develop capacity building activities, resource materials and information for our members and stakeholders. We are looking for someone with a commitment to social justice who will strengthen the capacity of community organisations to deliver quality services to individuals, families and communities experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage. To be successful in this role you will have experience and […]

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November 1, 2023

Big New Plans Announced at Our Upcoming 2023 AGM

All members are advised that an annual general meeting of the members of Community Industry Group will take place: Thursday 23 November 2023 10:00am – 12:30pm At Inside Industry, Springhill Road, Coniston NSW Join us as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary at the 2023 Annual General Meeting. There will be cake! We look forward to celebrating with you and sharing all the highlights of our last year – and our last 30 years with you. After the short formal meeting, we hope you will join us for a very special presentation from a Senior Officer from BlueScope Steel. In June 2022 BlueScope announced it had appointed world-leading architects and urban designers, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), to develop a Master Plan for the Company’s 200 hectares of excess landholdings adjacent to the Port Kembla Steelworks. The plan will be officially launched in November and includes some very exciting opportunities for community use […]

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September 27, 2023

Community Service Awards Night – Highly Commended and Winners

A Brilliant Idea Individual A Brilliant Idea Team Above & Beyond Individual Above & Beyond Team Business Partnership Sector Star of The Future Leadership

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September 20, 2023

2023/24 NSW Budget Disappoints Overall

The 2023/24 NSW Budget has left the community services sector and low-income individuals disappointed. While there are some positive aspects, such as investments in the Women’s Health sector, funding for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, and support for the Out of Home Care sector. A desire for greater investment in Early Intervention Programs and more substantial assistance for energy poverty through the Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) program is needed. Read the full media release: 2023/24 NSW Budget Disappoints Overall  

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September 6, 2023

Community Service Awards Night 2023 – Finalists

We are excited to announce our Community Service Awards Night Finalists across our 7 categories. A Brilliant Idea Incredible work by these individuals who have rocked our community sector. We want to show our gratitude to you and the oragnisations you represent. A Brilliant Idea Team These teams have shown incredible perseverance, strength and creativity. We are very excited to recognise and celebrate your achievements. Above & Beyond Individual The time and work by these incredible individuals needs to be recognised and celebrated! Let’s take a moment to be proud of the people in our community sector and support each others achievements! Above & Beyond Team We are so proud of the continued work of our teams in the community sector, they have truly gone above and beyond! Business Partnership This award celebrates the collaboration between non-for-profit organisations and local business on community projects. Leadership These finalists have embodied leadership, guided […]

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July 12, 2023

NAIDOC Week – For Our Elders

We celebrated NAIDOC week with this years theme ‘For Our Elders’. Our team had the privilege of chatting with Elders across the many events. Cath Daly who did a fantastic job at coordinating the Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre NAIDOC celebration shared a powerful statement that resonated with our team – “every time we lose an elder, we lose a library”. Aboriginal Elder Colleen shared her thoughts on the Shoalhaven NAIDOC fun day with us. “My name is Colleen. I have come from the Shoalhaven area. I was asked to raise the flag today in honor of my Dad who started all this NADOIC many years ago”. “I think its a beautiful day today I am so happy to see all the community out gathering. Yeah so I met a lot of family, I have a lot of family here today. It’s a good day” Colleen shared. At the Shellharbour City Council NAIDOC […]

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June 29, 2023

Community Service Awards Night 2023

Community Industry Group is excited to be announcing our 2023 Community Service Awards Night. Our friends at BlueScope were quick to put up their hand to be our Pearl Sponsor for the Community Industry Group Community Service Awards. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Community Industry Group as the peak organisation for community service providers in Southern NSW. To celebrate, we are hosting the awards at a ceremony on Friday 22 September 2023 at 6:30pm in The Grand Hall of the University of Wollongong. The traditional 30th anniversary gift is Pearls, and everyone knows that pearls are formed from small grains of sand that persevere to create something beautiful and valuable. Just like everyone in the community service industry! So expect lots of pearl references. One of the highlights of the previous awards was having the business community there to support the not-for-profit sector, and see the outstanding work being done in […]

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May 10, 2023

The Good and the Not Good Enough News in 2023 Federal Budget

Community Industry Group CEO Nicky Sloan comments on the 2023 Federal Budget in our recent Media Release The centrepiece of this year’s budget is a $14.6 billion cost of living package, but with inflation at record highs eating into the pay packets of workers and driving up the cost of essentials, much of the relief is targeted at specific segments of the population. For the regular Illawarra family, this means some of the benefits will flow through to their household budget, and some won’t. Read our Media Release or the full article – The Illawarra’s haves and haves-nots in 2023 federal budget

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May 10, 2023

NEW Online Board Chair Training

We are now offering our Become an Incredible Non-Profit Board Chair training online! After successful in person sessions we are excited to announce we have now opened two online sessions for our CIGroup Board Chair Training! One on Thursday 18 May at 5:30pm – 7:30pm, and, Wednesday 14 June 5:30pm – 7:30pm. This is a great opportunity to get FREE (for CIGroup members) training with our amazing trainer Judy Daunt. We hope you can make one of these sessions and enjoy it from the comfort of your own home! See the flyer with all information and booking – Board Chair Training | Online

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May 2, 2023

Unacceptable Levels of Poverty in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and South Coast

Research by the University of Canberra’s National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM), commissioned by the NSW Council of Social Services, has analysed 2021 Census data to examine the extent of poverty throughout the state. See what our CEO Nicky Sloan has to say about the matter in our Media Release – Unacceptable Levels of Poverty in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and South Coast.

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April 13, 2023

Welcome Back Nicky Sloan Our CEO

Community Industry Group is pleased to announce that after an absence of 12 months, Nicky Sloan is returning to her role as Community Industry Group’s CEO. Nicky is back with new experiences and knowledge she gained from her time working as an executive on the formation of the new national peak body for aged care, Aged and Community Care Provides Association (ACCPA). While Nicky was away Community Industry Group was incredibly grateful to Anna for taking over at the helm of the region’s peak body. Anna has done an exceptional job of leading the team and the sector through many changes and challenges. From everyone at Community Industry Group we want to express our thanks to Anna for her devotion to the role, and her passion for the community services sector. Nicky is excited to be back and is looking forward to catching up with everyone in the community.

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April 6, 2023

March 2023 Temperature Check

A report that highlights concerns of our community service organisations Our March 2023 Temperature Check Infographic is here! It is our largest survey response yet! We received 72 responses from 70 organisations that provide essential services to people in our communities. Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey, your responses have created a picture of what the key concerns of our community service organisations are. The sectors represented include children, youth and family, housing and homelessness, domestic and family violence, aged care, disability, mental health, culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. The Temperature Check provides an overview of the areas that need support and where changes need to be made. Check it out here!

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March 8, 2023

Candidates questioned on women’s issues at Illawarra forum

Last Thursday we were thrilled to be involved in the community forum discussing women’s issues with state candidates for the upcoming NSW election. Our interim CEO Anna Bacik was MC for the evening with our team at Community Industry Group and Women Illawarra organising and running the event. The Illawarra Mercury published an article about the night which you can read here.  

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February 21, 2023

Community Forum – Representing Women’s Issues

Join us for a Community Forum to hear our state candidates on women’s issues. Women Illawarra, Illawarra Women’s Health Centre, Housing Trust and Community Industry Group – Illawarra Forum will bring together candidates from Keira, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama electorates for a discussion on their policies and how they impact women. MC’d by Anna Bacik, interim CEO of Community Industry Group. Submit your questions HERE. Click on the link HERE to book your free tickets (includes light refreshments). We hope to see you there!

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February 16, 2023

Annual Report 2021 – 2022

2021-22 was another year of change and challenge for communities and organisations in Southern NSW and for the Community Industry Group. It was also very much a year in two parts. Read our full annual report here.

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February 8, 2023

‘Temperature Check’ – A Report that highlights concerns of our community service organisations

Community Industry Group is the peak body representing community service organisations in Southern NSW. We recently surveyed our members in order to fully understand the significant challenges they are currently facing. During October and November 2022, we conducted our second Member ‘Temperature Check’ (key issue survey) to find out what issues are most concerning to their organisations, their biggest challenges, and what support they need. Click here to read the infographic summary. To access our first ‘Temperature Check’ conducted in June 2022 Click here.

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June 15, 2022

Membership Renewal

Community Industry Group would like to thank all of their members for the continued support throughout the 2021/22 Financial Year. As the peak body organisation for community service organisations in Southern NSW we are proud to be able to represent the sector on your behalf and we sincerely appreciate your ongoing support. We now invite existing members to renew their membership for the 2022/23 Financial Year and welcome applications for new membership. Renewing and applying for membership is quick and easy. To renew or apply online click here. To request an invoice please email our Finance Officer, Trish Cachia, here. If you have any questions regarding membership please contact our office on 02 4256 4333 or email The benefits of membership include: Significant discounts on personal development training opportunities. Invitations to contribute to regional responses to government submissions. Invitations to conferences, industry events and regional forums. Access to highly skilled and knowledgeable […]

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June 2, 2022

Newsletter – Member Perk!

If you are a member of Community Industry Group you can submit your events and positions vacant for inclusion in our newsletter by emailing them to with newsletter in the title. Check out our latest edition: If you want to subscribe to our fortnightly newsletter sign up here:  

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May 10, 2022

Community Care Collective

We invite you to attend the Community Care Collective meeting for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Service Providers and Regional Assessment Service Teams on Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 10:00am–12:30pm. The Ageing and Disability Commissioner, Mr Robert Fitzgerald, AM, will be in attendance to discuss the role and achievements of the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission. On the day we will also launch the new Aboriginal artwork posters and checklists for prevention and awareness of older person abuse. Book your place here. For the full agenda click here.

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April 6, 2022

Professional Development Opportunities!

We are currently offering many professional development opportunities including: Difficult but Necessary Conversations, Wednesday 11 May 2022 at Port Kembla. Free for members, $50 for non members. Click here to book your place. How to ethically engage and support young people, Wednesday 15 June at Shellharbour Civic Centre. $25 members, $75 non members. Click here to book your place. Diversity and Inclusion Training, Tuesday 5 July online. Free for members, $25 for non members. Click here to book your place. Expression of Interest for Family Group Conferencing Facilitator Training. Click here for the form.      

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March 24, 2022

Expressions of Interest for Strategic Planning Sessions

The ReSoW project run by Community Industry Group and supported by Resilience NSW is offering free strategic planning sessions for not for profit and non-government community organisations in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Snowy Monaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang areas. As part of this package, a report will be provided after the planning session to help organisations develop a strategic plan to clearly identify priorities and achieve strategic goals. Please contact Sam here for more information.

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March 9, 2022

New Issues Paper

We have released a new issues paper – Care for Older People in Southern NSW. The number of Australians in need of aged care services is increasing. By 2061, one quarter of the population in NSW is projected to be aged 65 and over. Check out our issues papers here.

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March 7, 2022

Leadership at Community Industry Group

Community Industry Group wish to advise of a change in the current leadership at the organisation. Long term CEO, Nicky Sloan, has been granted a 12 month break in her employment in order to take on a contract as Executive Director Membership & Services/Executive Director NSW, ACT & Qld with Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) effective Friday 25 February 2022. The Board wish to recognise the experience and knowledge that Nicky will gain during this period will significantly benefit Community Industry Group and its member organisations upon her return. The Board are pleased to advise that Anna Bacik has been appointed as CEO for this period. Anna previously worked as the Director of Policy at NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) and brings a wealth of experience from both government and non-government sectors. Anna will represent Community Industry Group in all the current projects and initiatives and is looking […]

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