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March 30, 2020

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March 23, 2020

Mixed Blessings in Stimulus Package Stage 2

The second stage of the Federal Government’s Stimulus Package holds the first acknowledgement that the $40 a day paid to job seekers under the Newstart Allowance is insufficient to support a reasonable life. As part of the Package, Government will increase the Jobseeker Allowance (formerly known as Newstart), and the Youth Allowance Job Seeker payment, through the introduction of a temporary coronavirus supplement of $275 per week. Community Industry Group welcomed the announcement, but cautioned that the fight to increase Newstart and Youthstart is not over. The temporary payment, which will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance jobseeker, as well as to recipients of Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit will only be in place for the next six months. “There is no doubt that effectively doubling Newstart and Youth Allowance for six months will make an enormous difference […]

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March 19, 2020

Resources for Coronavirus prevention

The Department of Health are providing up-to-date and authoritative information and advice on COVID-19 for the health and aged care sector. The site also includes resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and healthcare managers. Click here for more information. Click here for a stop the spread poster from NSW Health to put up in your workplace or home.
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March 2, 2020

CHSP grant funding

Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) unsolicited proposals for bushfire affected providers Australia’s bushfires have been devastating for many and the Department of Health has advised they wish to recognise the ongoing effort of CHSP providers in assisting with the bushfire response and recovery in affected areas. The department is aware the bushfires may have significantly impacted providers’ ability to deliver CHSP services. As such, they would like to remind CHSP providers they may submit an unsolicited proposal for additional grant funding where the provision of services has been significantly impacted. This is for existing CHSP providers and services only and is not available for new services. CHSP providers may submit a business case outlining the following: • summary of how the bushfire has directly impacted CHSP service delivery • capacity for ongoing management of the funds • information about relevant service types • requested funding amount for the unsolicited proposal […]

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March 2, 2020

Community Services Mentorship Program Training

Community Industry Group mentoring program is based on best practice principles and features tools to guide a safe and effective mentoring program for individuals, teams or organisations. Mentoring is not a new concept, often occurring spontaneously as informal relationships. In recent years, as growing numbers of people have recognised the power of mentoring, more community organisations, businesses and governments are launching formal mentoring initiatives. The Community Industry Group program has been designed specifically for the community services sector. Features: • A half day training session for prospective Mentors and Mentees. • Mentor and Mentee matching through a questionnaire and evaluation process. • Support throughout the twelve month mentoring relationship. • No cost to participate if you are a member. • Graduation and networking events. To take part in the program you must attend one of the following training sessions. Tuesday 10 March 2020, 30pm for a 1.00pm start –4.30pm, Warilla […]

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February 26, 2020

Exclusive member opportunity

Community Industry Group is proud to present this brand new mentorship program designed specifically for our members in the Community Services Industry. We invite you to attend the launch event on Thursday 27 February. Book your space now!

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February 16, 2020

Bushfire Resources

There is no doubt that the beginning of 2020 has brought a great deal of stress and sadness for many. Our heartfelt wishes go out to everyone, especially those who have been personally affected by these devastating fires. Many of our local community service organisations have been working hard to support the individuals, families, and communities which have been impacted. We recognise the enormity of the work done by community workers and volunteers to offer the practical support, and the personal support needed by so many impacted by the crisis. We recognise that these services will be needed for many months and years ahead, as we support communities through the crisis, the recovery, the rebuilding, and the future resilience-building phases to come. There are many resources available to assist across all of these phases and it can seem a little overwhelming, so we have collated many below to help you […]

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February 11, 2020

Port Kembla Community Masterplan Presentation

We invite you to the Port Kembla Community Masterplan Presentation. Monday 17 February 2020, 4.30-6.00pm at 7-11 Flagstaff Road, Port Kembla. Click here for more information.

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January 29, 2020

We have moved!

Our new address is Lot 26 Mortlock Avenue, Port Kembla. Our postal address is PO Box 6, Lake Heights NSW 2502. Our phone number will remain the same (02) 4256 4333. Click here for a Google Maps link to our new location.    

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January 28, 2020

Free Excess Desks

We are moving to a new office soon and as a result have several spare desks that we can’t take with us. We are offering them for free to a good home! Please note: You need to remove the desk or desks yourself from our office in Oak Flats and there is a stairwell. They can be dismantled. You are welcome to inspect the desks but must make an appointment by calling our office on (02) 4256 4333. You can take one or many. First in basis. Desks will need to be removed during office hours at a prior agreed time and date. Please click here for more information.

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January 20, 2020

Home Care Packages – Key Updates from First Quarter Data Report 2019-2020

On 25 November 2019, the Government announced that an additional $496.3 million would be spent on 10,000 home care packages across 2019-20 and 2020-21. This included: 3,000 level 3 packages 2,500 level 4 packages in 2019-20 and; 2,000 level 2 packages 2,000 level 3 packages and; 500 level 4 packages in 2020-21. The net impact of these changes is that around 44,000 additional packages at a cost of around $2.7 billion have been allocated to the program over the forward estimates since July 2018 There were 28,638 home care approvals in the September 2019 quarter. This was 7.1% (1,893) more than the approvals in the September 2018 quarter (26,745) The 118,050 people in care at 30 September 2019 represented a 10.6% (11,343) increase from 30 June 2019 (106,707) and a 30.2% (27,404) annual increase from 30 September 2018 (90,646) 48,100 home care packages were released during the September 2019 quarter, […]

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January 15, 2020

Excess office desks – free to a good home

We are moving to a new office soon and as a result have several spare desks that we can’t take with us. We are offering them for free to a good home! Please note: You need to remove the desk or desks yourself from our office in Oak Flats and there is a stairwell. They can be dismantled. Some desks are available immediately and some are not available until after 28/1/2020. You are welcome to inspect the desks but must make an appointment by calling our office on (02) 4256 4333. There are also a couple of small drawer units also available. You can take one or many. First in basis. Desks will need to be removed during office hours at a prior agreed time and date. Please click here for more information.

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January 8, 2020

ISLHD Homelessness Mental Health Program

Community Industry Group is proud to be part of the ISLHD Homelessness Mental Health Program. The ISLHD Homelessness Mental Health Program provides brokerage and/or case management to people who are: Over 18 years of age Homeless or at risk of homelessness (tenancy at risk) Have a diagnosed mental health condition Live in the Illawarra or Shoalhaven We also provide advocacy for clients to Government Departments and NGO’s as well as education programs e.g. hoarding and squalor training. Click here for the referral form. For more information contact: Homelessness Mental Health Program Social Worker Social Work Department The Wollongong Hospital Phone: 02 4253 4500 Email: For a printable version of the flyer click here.

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December 11, 2019

Season’s Greetings & Office Closure

The staff of Community Industry Group wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season! Our office will be closed from 24 December 2019 and will reopen on Monday 6 January 2020.

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December 8, 2019

Navigating End of Life Issues Forum and Marketplace

We had an excellent turn out of more than 90 people at our latest Navigating Local Services Forum on 28 November 2019. The topic was End of Life Issues and we heard from five keynote speakers plus a great cross section of service providers giving their two minute power pitch. Priyanka Bhattarai from Flinders University gave an update on the progress of the development of the End of Life Directions in Aged Care Resources website. This is mainly for residential care services but it looks like there is valuable information for everyone and it is continuing to evolve. For more information go to Nilda Miranda, Clinical Nurse Consultant from the Palliative Care Service told us about the wonderful services they are able to offer and how Palliative care has evolved in recent years. We are very lucky to have this service covering the area between Helensburgh to Foxground and […]

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November 26, 2019

Annual Report

Check out all the great work we’ve done in the past financial year! Click here to open our 2018/19 Annual Report.  

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October 22, 2019


We have lots of events in October and November. To check them out and book your place click here.

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October 1, 2019

Temporary Transition Plan, NDIS

Representatives from the Illawarra Disability Alliance recently met with Stephen Jones MP to express their concerns about the impact of government changes to Temporary Transition Plan provisions. The NDIS introduced the Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP) from 1 July 2019 in order to provide additional funding to organisations to assist them to transform their business. It acknowledges the costs involved for organisations to transform their operations and continue viably under the NDIS. TTP can be applied to in-home support and community participant supports whether provided in a centre or in the community (and when provided one-to-one or in groups). In this financial year, it is set at 7.5%, decreasing by 1.5% per year. Before claiming the TTP-included price, providers must have the agreement of a participant and agree to meet 3 NDIA-set criteria by December 2019 (the main one being to participate in an NDIA-endorsed benchmarking survey). NDIS plans already in […]

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September 12, 2019

AGM 2019 Invitation

Community Industry Group invites members, supporters and students to our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 7 November 2019, 9:30 for a 10am start at Shellharbour Civic Centre. Everyone is welcome but only financial members are eligible to vote at the AGM. Please contact the office at to check if your membership is current. Special Guest Speaker: Mark Isaacs We last heard from Mark in 2015 about his time in Naru and his book ‘The Undesirables’. His latest book is The Kabul Peace House about a community of peace activists in Afghanistan. For a printable version of the invitation click here. To confirm your attendance click here.

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September 4, 2019

Consultation workshop – A secure home for all

Illawarra Consultation Forum – Shelter NSW Shelter NSW has identified five key elements that could underpin a system to deliver on our vision of A secure home for all. Everyone deserves a secure home to call their own. A diverse and integrated system provides a variety of options. All tenures provide dignity, stability and affordability. Cities, neighbourhoods and homes are built for diversity and inclusion. Communities are supported and engaged through change. Shelter NSW has developed a discussion paper to prompt conversations and engagement to build a coherent and persuasive set of messages that are informed by Shelter NSW members and stakeholders. Community Industry Group is partnering with Shelter NSW to seek the input of organisations in the Illawarra region. We want to hear what a secure home for all means to you. Friday 27 September 2019, 9.30am-12.30pm (morning tea included), Southern Youth & Family Services, 25 Lake Entrance Road, […]

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September 3, 2019

Discussion Group – Adequacy of Newstart and related payments

The Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs has announced an Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia. Details of the Inquiry, including the Terms of Reference are available here. Many of the clients and community members seeking supports from local community service organisations are living on payments such as Newstart and Youthstart. These payments are inadequate to help people get through tough times and into suitable employment. Our members report increasing levels of demand for supports for basic needs such as food and housing, and increasing levels of desperation in those people who are trying to survive on income which, by definition, puts them under the poverty line. The rate of Newstart has not been increased for 25 years, while the cost of living, especially housing and energy costs, has gone through the roof. Community […]

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September 3, 2019

A visit from the Minister

Community Industry Group was pleased to host The Hon Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services at a meeting with members of the Illawarra Disability Alliance (IDA) on Friday 30 August 2019. The Minister spoke at length about his vision for disability services in NSW, and about his role on the Disability Reform Council, a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) forum for member Governments to progress key national reform in disability policy including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and to oversee reforms that are implemented through the National Disability Agreement and the National Disability Strategy to support people with disability, their families and carers. Members of the IDA had the opportunity to raise issues which are impacting on their clients and communities, and on their organisations. The Minister showed a willingness to continue to advocate strongly for people with disability in NSW. Pleasingly, he announced his intention […]

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September 3, 2019

Connecting Communities Conference

Community Industry Group were proud to sponsor and to participate in the Local Community Services Association (LCSA) Connecting Communities Conference held at the Novotel Wollongong on 26–28 August 2019. Highlights of the Conference included the address from The Hon Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services who recognised the value of frontline community work and outlined some of his key policy directions. Particularly pleasing was his commitment to ensuring recontracting of TEI services would begin within the month, and that he had no intention of going to tender for these services. Day 2 saw a keynote address from Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer of Locality in London, and from Gary Groves, Executive Director Their Futures Matter, followed by a lively panel discussion on the topic Getting the Outcomes Right for all Communities in NSW. Community Industry Group CEO, Nicky Sloan, participated in the Local Solutions for Global […]

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August 14, 2019

Training Calendar – July to December 2019 Copy

Community Industry Group run a wide range of professional development opportunities especially for people who work in the community services sector. Training sessions for July to December include: Aboriginal Employment Recruitment and Retention Toolkit Training Navigating End of Life Issues The Data Exchange for Targeted Early Intervention Dementia Awareness Workshop Autism Intervention in Mainstream The Illawarra Way – Reablement Pilot Workshop Work with Diverse People Get on Board Volunteer Training Series Leadership for Not for Profits Foundations of Trauma Informed Care and Practice Same but Different Hypothetical on Older Persons Abuse Prevention for Aged Care Service Providers Aged Care Forums For a printable version of our Training Calendar July to December 2019 click here.

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