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    SNAICC has been working with the Australian Government through the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) to develop a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy.

    This is an incredible opportunity to help shape government policies to improve outcomes for our children in their early years and they want to hear from you.

    An extensive engagement process is underway to ensure as many voices as possible help to develop this strategy, including our families, organisations, communities and caregivers.

    So tell us, how could government and services improve to support our children to grow strong in culture, be healthy, safe, and ready for school?

    Answer one of their surveys, provide a submission or see our activity sheet for children. Watch their video message to find out more about how you can provide input, and hear from Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, about their partnership with the NIAA.


    The Family Matters National Week of Action is coming up 9-15 May with some informative online events featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.

    Family Matters National Week of Action
    (9-15 May) register for online events

    As 2021 progresses, the Family Matters campaign continues to hold federal, state and territory governments to account as we work to keep our children with family, culture, and community.

    Our campaign is essential to meet the target for Closing the Gap to reduce the over-representation of our children in care by 45% before 2031. SNAICC and Family Matters National Leadership Group members are working hard on the next national plan for protecting Australia’s children.

    An important note for organisational members of our Family Matters Strategic Alliance: in coming weeks, we shall convene the 2021 general meeting of the Family Matters Strategic Alliance. Please check your sponsorship status now and email familymatters@snaicc.org.au if you have not paid your organisational sponsorship for 2020-21

    Monday 10 May (12-1.30pm AEST) – Working with Our Mob: how to put Family Matters principles into practice

    Introduced by SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle and facilitated by Karl Williamson, Family Matters National Leadership Group member and social worker.

    Speakers include: Michael Currie, Queensland Family Matters Co-Chair and Principal Advisor, Indigenous Development with the Benevolent Society, and Sue-Anne Hunter, Family Matters Co-Chair.

    This webinar is an invaluable way for all child and family services providers and practitioners working with Aboriginal people to develop empowering, respectful practice.

    You can register here.

    Tuesday 11 May – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle and your work

    The action for today is to read through the five connecting elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle – Prevention, Partnership, Placement, Participation, and Connection. Using the link above, print out the Child Placement Principle for your workplace (right click on the diagram to save) and use it to guide your work with our children and families.

    Wednesday 12 May (12-1.30pm AEST) – National commissioner call to action

    Join SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle and Family Matters Co-Chair Dr Paul Gray as they lead a discussion by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s commissioners and deputy commissioners around the continent as we continue to call for the creation of dedicated, independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s commissioners in each state and territory and at the national level.

    Speakers include: April Lawrie, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People (South Australia); Justin Mohamed, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People (Victoria); Natalie Lewis, Commissioner for the Queensland Family and Child Commission; Richard Weston, Deputy Children’s Guardian for Aboriginal Children and Young People (New South Wales), and Nicole Hucks, Assistant Children’s Commissioner, Office of the Children's Commissioner (Northern Territory).

    Join this key call for accountability and in defence of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

    You can register here.

    Thursday 13 May (12-2pm AEDT) – Ways to connect children back to their family, culture and community

    This conversation will be led by Family Matters Co-Chair Sue-Anne Hunter.

    Speakers include: Jo-Anne Kelly, Project Manager Community Initiatives with Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation; Jacynta Krakouer, Family Matters National Leadership Group and University of Melbourne; and Jennifer Parsons, QATSCIPP Sector Development Officer.

    Engage and learn from this fascinating discussion among four expert Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners in child and family services. Build your practice skills and learning through Aboriginal-led engagement, awareness, and ideas for skill development.

    You can register here.

    You can see the full list of events and see what SNAICC is up to by visiting their website here.

  • Young People's Employment Pathways Program

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    Life Without Barriers has partnered with Joblife to create - Young People’s Employment Pathways:

    • SLES- School Leaver Employment Supports program by Life Without Barriers
    • ESL – Employment School Leavers program by Joblife
    • DES – Disability Employment Services by Joblife

    You can find out more by viewing the flyer in our library here.

  • Dress for Success In Newcastle

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    Dress for Success Newcastle have reopened their showroom to provide free styling services for women.

    If you have a client that requires clothing for a job interview, a new job, court or other important life event, please make a booking.

    Clients can make their own booking or you can assist them to book at the following link:


    What is a dressing appointment?

    • The client spends an hour with one of our Dress for Success stylists
    • The stylist provides the client with several outfits to try on based on needs and style preference
    • The stylist helps to style an outfit for the client that reflects the client’s personality and helps them feel confident.
    • The client will take home a full outfit including clothes, shoes, handbag and accessories.

    All our services at Dress for Success are free. I have attached a couple of brochures which may assist you with knowing more about our service for clients and for schools/youth services. Please note the Newcastle address has yet to be updated on these fliers. Our new address is 116A Belford Street, Broadmeadow. All styling services are provided as a prebooked service.

    You can view the full brochure in the library here.

  • National Redress Scheme Information

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    Warning: This post refers to sexual abuse and may be triggering to some people.

    The National Redress Scheme is for adults who were sexually abused as a child. Redress in the form of money, counselling or apologies may be available to people this has happened to.

    To find out more, you can call 1800 843 929 or email info@wayfinderhub.com.au.

  • COVID-19 Showcase - Sharing Success and Supporting Recovery Event

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    Expression of Interest to participate

    The PHN is inviting expressions of interest from primary care providers to participate in our COVID-19 showcase on May 26 and 27, 2021.

    Our aim is to bring providers together to learn from each other by sharing the challenges, triumphs, and new ways of working that have allowed us to continue to deliver high quality primary health care to our communities during the pandemic.

    For providers generous enough to share their experiences we are offering free one to one coaching session with a communication and engagement specialist who will help craft your story, sharpen your presentation skills, and make you feel at ease presenting your story.

    We are seeking EOIs for the following the three following areas:

    Option 1. Presentation with Q&A

    You will have 10 minutes to present your story or innovation, with 5 minutes of Q&A from the audience.

    Option 2. Innovation spotlight

    You will have 10 minutes to ‘pitch’ your innovation. Tell us your idea or new way of working and why we should adopt it. A short, sharp 10 minutes for the spotlight to be on you and your team.

    Option 3. Keynote speaker and panelist

    We are looking for keynote speakers and panelists to take part in more official proceedings as part of our showcase, alongside our PHN board members and key stakeholders.

    There are no specific topics that must be covered but could include:

    • Digital health, telehealth, and technology
    • COVID-19 preparation, response, and management
    • Keeping our community safe and/or maintaining the community’s health
    • Collaboration and partnerships
    • Mental health and wellbeing
    • Aboriginal health and wellbeing
    • Resilience and Recovery.

    Submissions close 9.00am Monday 3rd May 2021.

    We will contact successful applicants once we have received all EOIs, mapped an agenda and selected the most fitting topics and presenters.

    The Showcase program and Eventbrite registration information will be communicated soon.

    If you have any questions, contact Erica Drew, Integrated Care - Central Coast Health Alliance & HealthPathways on 0408 466 480 or edrew@hneccphn.com.au.

    You can find out more here.

  • Bill Credits for Seniors Available at AGL

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    Right now, AGL is helping Seniors get more value with up to $450 in bill credits on your home energy over 24 months.

    That’s a $25 credit for gas and $25 for electricity every 3 months^, plus a one-off sign-up credit of $25 for gas and $25 for electricity when you sign up for both gas and electricity.*

    Along with bill credits, AGL are offering Seniors a dedicated phone line, no lock-in contracts, no paper bill fees or fees for paying at Australia Post.

    Sign up now online at agl.com.au/seniors or call 1300 001 517 and quote Seniors.

    To find out more, you can click here.

  • MyGoal Supported Independent Living (SIL) Vacancy - Raymond Terrace

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    My Goal Australia have a supported independent living vacancy in Raymond Terrace. Please click on this post to see the full flyer with more information.

  • Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum

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    Learn about best practices and key strategies on designing effective interventions to combat mental health issues and reduce suicide rates among Indigenous youths, join us at Clariden's Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum virtually via Zoom on 10 - 11 Jun 2021, with pre-forum workshops on the 9 Jun 2021. You will take away insights from best practices and case studies showcased by experts and thought leaders, and learn how to collaborate with Indigenous communities to deliver integrated interventions targeted at reducing suicide rates among Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

    Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum
    9 – 11 June 2021 | Virtual Forum (via Zoom)
    Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

  • Port Stephens Accomodation Listings by Catholic Care April 2021

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    You can find a list of accommodation in the Port Stephens as collated by Catholic Care in the library here.

    PLEASE NOTE: the lists are voluntarily put together by CatholicCare Staff and an external volunteer. The information is collated from the Domain website (www.domain.com.au). If you are interested, and/or have a client that is interested in a property, you will need to contact the real estate that is associated with the property. This is noted on the list

  • TAFE NSW Seeking Proposals for Aboriginal Art

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    You could receive up to $1,250 for a successful proposal for the supply of original Aboriginal artwork(s) to be displayed at TAFE campuses and TAFE Children’s Service Centres across the state.

    TAFE NSW want to ensure they are respecting cultural protocols and creating a culturally inclusive environment. Therefore, artwork proposals must be representative of your culture and must not incorporate motifs or styles appropriated from outside of your own cultural group.

    Please read the Terms of Participation & Scope of Works (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/.../Part-A-Aboriginal-Artwork...) for more information and make sure you check out the Aboriginal Art Assessment Criteria (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/.../Part-A-Aboriginal-Artwork...) to learn how each piece of work will be assessed.

    If you’re interested in applying, you’ll need to download and complete the Request For Proposal Response (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/.../Part-A-Aboriginal-Artwork...) document and email the completed document to reconciliation@tafensw.edu.au.

    Entries close 18 April. TAFE NSW require over 100 artworks across the State. This is a great opportunity for our artists to get paid for your work and increase your profile.