6 June 2013
News from the Office for the Community Sector…
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Save the date- 9 October 2013
The annual Not For Profit Summit, is to be held at the West Gippsland Arts Centre Warragul on Wednesday 9 October.
The Summit will feature workshops, presentations and a panel discussion. During the breaks, networking and exhibits are the key feature. This year's theme, Actions for Sustainability will deliver information on workforce issues, providing services in growth areas, diversifying funding streams, funding and sector development- all key topics for the NFP sector. Stay tuned for topic details and how to register....
Legal obligations to keeping your workers safe
Whether your organisation is volunteer-based or employs staff and contractors, your organisation has a legal obligation to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all workers; this also extends to your customers and visitors. The Not For Profit Compliance Support Centre can point you in the right direction, see keeping workers safe in Not For Profits.
News from the State Government…
Information about Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants
The Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants (Graffiti Grants) provide funding to develop and deliver local graffiti prevention and/or removal solutions.Eligibility is for Victorian councils who partner with community stakeholders, which may include community, resident and sporting groups, schools, local police, small business and retailers and their associations.
The Department of Justice is holding an information session for councils and Victoria Police representatives about the principles, practices and issues to consider when developing and delivering the Graffiti Grants projects. The next round of the Graffiti Grants are due to open on 6 June.
When: 9.00am (registration opens 8.45am)-12.30pm Friday 14 June 2013
Where: Conference & Training Centre, Level 27, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Information about Graffiti Grants and register for the information session. Visitors need a security pass to access the building, so must register.
Information from the Federal Government…
Australian Disability Enterprises
The Federal Government has provided funding to support Australian Disability Enterprises across Australia to move towards a Not for Profit social firm business model. The Social Firm Transition Fund will also assist the supported employment sector to prepare for DisabilityCare Australia. Examples of recipients in Victoria are the Noweyung Café, a hospitality training venue and Outlook (Vic) an E-waste social firm.
The Clearinghouse for Sport - sport information resources and services
The Clearinghouse for Sport is an information sharing initiative, providing access to a range of sport information resources and services. This resource also has relevance to other sector NFPs as it has resources on attracting and retaining volunteers, critical incident management and strategic planning.
Statutory definition of Charity Legislation introduced into parliament
Legislation has been introduced into the Parliament for a statutory definition of Charity. The proposed start date for the statutory definition of charity is 1 January 2014.
Information from the Community Sector...
Social enterprise of the year award winners announced
The inaugural Social Traders, Social Enterprise Awards were announced in Melbourne. The winners are:
- Resource Recovery in the medium/large category
- Connecting Up in the small category. Connecting Up have announced they will use the $10,000 prize to go towards scholarships for their annual Connecting Up Conference
- Thankyou Water in the youth-led category
- STREAT won the Innovation Award
- Great Lakes Council in the social procurement category.
Making meetings marvellous community workshop
Mount Alexander Volunteer Network is hosting this interactive workshop to provide you with simple and effective tips and techniques to ensure your meetings work. You will learn how to have meetings that run on time- every time, make sure everyone has a chance to be heard, learn how to effectively chair a meeting and manage conduct in a meeting, keep everyone on track and focused. The workshop is designed for anyone who attends meetings and wants to make the best use of having people gathered together.
When: 6-8.30pm Wednesday June 19 2013
Where: Castlemaine Continuing Education, 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine
Cost: $10 includes light supper
For information and bookings for 'Making meetings marvellous' email: email@example.com
Female empowerment and leadership conferenceLeft Right Think-Tank presents Helping Educate and Empower Leaders in Society (HEEL) conference, to empower, encourage and inspire confidence in young women to become involved and lead in the media, government, business and the broader community.
Speakers and panelists will include Stella Young (Disability and Feminist Advocate), Samah Hadid (Australian Director of the Global Poverty Project), Susan Carland (Social Commentator), Jamila Rizvi (Editor at Mamamia), and more!
When: Friday 14 June, 9.15-3.00pm
Where: Richard Berry - JH Michell Theatre, Melbourne University
Cost: Secondary students $10, Tertiary students $15, School group bookings $100
Information and bookings for HEEL conference
Managing employee conflict in the not-for-profit workplace seminarThis practical seminar hosted by PilchConnect will take a risk management perspective. What are the warning signs of workplace conflict and misconduct, and how can these be managed before they become a big problem? What policies and procedures should your organisation have in place? What other proactive steps can you implement to minimise the risk that problems will escalate? If conflict or potential misconduct does occur, what reponse options are recommended? Our speakers are experienced practitioners in this area and will help guide you through the legal and practical issues involved.
When: 9.30-12.30 (registrations open 9:15am) Wednesday 17 July 2013
Where: Lander & Rogers, Level 12 Bourke Place 600 Bourke Street Melbourne
Information and bookings for Managing employee conflict in the not-for-profit workplace seminar
Assessing the state of play of services for 18-25 year olds from migrant and refugee backgrounds
Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) invite you to attend a forum exploring how community services address the needs of young people aged 18-25 from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
When: 9-12.30 Tuesday 18 June 2013
Where: Multicultural Hub in Melbourne
For information and registrations about the CMY forum email firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal issues in managing volunteers seminar
This one-day seminar hosted by PilchConnect is designed to help participants systematically analyse the 'life-cycle of a volunteer' to identify the key legal risks at each stage and to learn simple procedures to minimise or avoid the risks.The training is designed for volunteer managers as well as anyone who is involved in coordinating volunteers in a NFP organisation.
When: 10am - 4pm (registrations open 09:30am) Tuesday 23 July 2013
Where: Russell Kennedy, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Information and bookings for Legal issues in managing volunteers seminar
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