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Iftar Dinner

June 13, 2018

Iftar Dinner On Tuesday 5 June 2018, Community Industry Group staff members Amadis and Tessa joined board members Danna, Marlene and Alice as guests of the Sisters Cancer Support Group ( for their Iftar Dinner at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre. Everyone in attendance was made to feel very welcome and enjoyed the meal of soup, chicken, rice, salad and sweets prepared by the group and their supporters. Ramadan 2018 occurs from 17 May to 15 June. Traditionally it is a period of spiritual and inner reflection. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and it is during this time that Muslims fast (sick people, travellers, women in certain conditions and children are exempt from the fast). The daily period of fasting starts at the breaking of dawn and ends at the setting of the sun. The usual practice is to have a pre-fast meal “Suhoor” before dawn and a […]

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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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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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May 12, 2018

We issue a free fortnightly e-newsletter full of community service industry information, upcoming events, training courses and positions vacant. To get yours delivered straight to your inbox click here to subscribe or alternatively you can view the published newsletters on our website by clicking here. If you are a member of Community Industry Group, you can send us your events and positions vacant to be included in the newsletter, which goes out to over 900 subscribers. For more information contact Sally Hall, Marketing and Communications Officer, on 02 4256 4333.  

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Rental (un)affordability

May 1, 2018

The latest Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot available here shows that renting in the private market is still unaffordable for people on government income support.  For people on low incomes, the reality is that they must often choose to go without essentials like food or medication just to have a roof over their head. This year’s snapshot report reveals that there are no properties available for rent across the whole of the Illawarra, South East NSW or in the capital region, which are affordable for a single person, or a single person with one child, living on Newstart or Youthstart Allowance. This includes shared accommodation. Across Sydney, Illawarra and whole of South East NSW, there were only 26 properties suitable for a single person living on the aged pension, the majority of these in the South East and capital region of NSW. Overall for people on low incomes, including singles and […]

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