NGO Benchmarking Model Implementation

Stage one implementation of the NSW Government’s NGO Benchmarking Model kicks off on 21 August 2017 and they are encouraging as many NGOs as possible to participate in the process.

A recent update from the NSW Government informs NGOs of the following:

“The Benchmarking Model is designed to build capability in the NGO sector and drive a cycle of continuous improvement. Our aim is to assist your organisation embed robust, customer-centred principles to deliver efficient, high quality and innovative programs and services.

“You will have six weeks to complete a self-assessment, followed by a feedback opportunity and access to free training and resources on customer-centric service delivery. For your information please read the evidence guidelines that provide more information about the model.

“This is your chance to shape how NSW Government supports your organisation’s capacity building. The feedback you provide during stage one will shape how we use the model from 2018 onwards.

“We will be in contact with you next week with further information on how to participate in stage one and access the online platform.

“For those of you who participated in the public consultation process earlier this year – we appreciate your input and thanks to your feedback we have made improvements to the model and online platform.”

Developing Culturally Safe Trauma Informed Practice in Aboriginal Communities

The Tabulam Goori Child & Family Project in collaboration with The Education Centre Against Violence are offering vital training for their non-Indigenous work colleagues: Developing Culturally Safe Trauma Informed Practice in Aboriginal Communities – at Casino TAFE in November.

The 3-day accredited training will be held at Casino TAFE Campus, Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 November 2017.

Please see attached Course Information Sheet and flyer: OP1018-81660 November Casino – Course Flyer, Info Sheet

Flyer – Invite – ECAV Training.

Enrolment is to be done onlin via the link :

‘Defiant Lives’ Screening in Lismore

Aspect and Red Inc have joined together to host a screening of the documentary Defiant Lives at Lismore Events Cinema. In an effort to try to get as many people to the screening as possible, the event will now take place on 20 September 2017 at 6:30pm.

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Defiant Lives documents the history of the disability rights movement in Australia and overseas. Check out the trailer

Unlike a traditional movie showing, the Demand Film screening requires that 58 more tickets be reserved for the screening to occur so please jump on the link soon to reserve your tickets.

To reserve your tickets, please visit the Demand Film Event Page here:

Variety Heart Scholarships

Variety provides scholarships to children (aged between 6 to 18 years) with an existing talent living with disabilities, chronic illness, geographic isolation and/or financial hardship, to achieve their full potential and to follow their dreams. Scholarships are awarded in areas of Education, Sports and the Arts.

Scholarship can be used for fees, training, competition entry, equipment, uniforms, travel (air fares, bus fares, train fares) and accommodation to attend competitions.

Please check eligibility and criteria which includes a household income limit, submissions close 27 August 2017:


Aboriginal Connect to Country at headspace Lismore

Do you know or work with young Aboriginal people aged 12-25yr? headspace Lismore is proud to have the opportunity to work with award-winning artist Michael Philp, offering free Art and Cultural workshops. Michael will be hosting the Free “Connect to Country” art and yarn workshop on the 5 September 2017 @ headspace on the balcony from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

This will be the first of a series, with 4 weekly workshop to follow. See the fyer for full details: Aboriginal Connect to Country

If you would like to know more please contact Summa as spaces are limited: 0418 769 174  or  [email protected]


Protecting our Places Grants

The Protecting Our Places grants program is now open for applications. The closing date is 3pm Monday, 4 September 2017. The Protecting Our Places Program is a contestable grants program for Aboriginal community groups and organisations, seeking to achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for the NSW environment.

Funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, the program encourages and empowers Aboriginal communities to protect, conserve and restore cultural landscapes and waterways that are of importance to local Aboriginal communities.

Grants of up to $65,000 are available over two stages:

  • Stage 1: Planning – up to $10,000 (plus $5,000 for capacity building)
  • Stage 2: Implementation – up to $50,000

Click here for full details.

Repairs in NSW Public Housing & Private Rentals

Redfern Legal Centre’s tenancy advocates are specialists in public housing law and also advise many people renting privately. For both groups a very common area of advice is how to get repairs done. The webinar on 24 August 2017 will explore the issues around Repairs in NSW Public Housing & Private Rentals.

For tenants, whether in social housing or renting privately, there are always repairs that need doing. But tenants may not know their rights, or may feel nervous requesting repairs.

In this webinar, you will:

  • learn about tenants’ rights when it comes to getting urgent and non-urgent repairs done on their properties
  • get tips on how to navigate FACS Housing’s repairs and maintenance system and how to get repairs issues escalated
  • find out how tenants can make claims for repairs orders, rent reductions and compensation in the Tribunal.

This workshop will be valuable to all community workers and volunteers who assist public and private tenants in NSW, in services such as neighbourhood centres and community legal centres.

Presenter: Tom McDonald, Inner Sydney Tenants Advice & Advocacy Service, Redfern Legal Centre
Thursday 24 August 2017, 10am-11am AEST
Cost: $80/person (or free for Annual subscribers and eligible concessions).



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