Issue 24.17 17 July 2017

Free Information Session for Legal Aid - 25 July 2017 (City)

A free information session for caseworkers and customer service staff to find out:

What is legal aid and how do people get it? Who can help if legal aid is not available?

Learn how to apply for legal aid. 
  • What information will you need to support an application?
  • How are applications determined?
  • What other services are provided by the Legal Services Commission?
  • Where else can you go for legal assistance?


Invitation: ASIC Financial Literacy Community of Practice - 28 July 2017  (City)

TOPIC: How the DHS Financial Information Service assists people with financial education  | TOPIC: Review of the National Financial Literacy Strategy 

Grants SA: Stronger Communities Programme - Round 3 - opening 7 August 2017

Round 3 of the programme will provide $22.5 million, $150,000 to each electorate for eligible small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

Each Federal Member of Parliament (MP) must consult with their local community to identify potential projects that are consistent with the intended programme outcomes. Participation in the Stronger Communities Programme is optional. Should an MP choose not to participate in the programme, the funding allocated to their electorate will be returned to the Federal Budget.

Share the Dignity vending machine installed at Hackham West Community Centre  south

The vending machine allows women access to free Period Packs (as featured on ABC Radio Adelaide). This is teh first of it's type in SA and a second is being planned for the northern suburbs.

MarionLIFE E-news for July 2017

Anti-Poverty Network SA: Quarterly Newsletter - July 2017

Issue 23.17 10 July 2017

Northern Volunteering Training Calendar - June - July 2017  north

Anti-Poverty Network: Drug Testing and other Attacks on Welfare - 22 July 2017  north

OzHarvest: Join us for a Delicious Lunch - 24 July 2017  (City)

Help fight food waste at Think.Eat.Save Did you know that $20 billion worth of food is wasted in Australia each year, with 1 in 5 shopping bags going in the bin? Wasting food wastes everything, but it doesn’t have to!

OzHarvest will be hosting Think.Eat.Save events around Australia demonstrating how to reduce food waste in your home and save precious food, time and money. Join us at your local Think.Eat.Save event and learn how to be part of the solution whilst enjoying a delicious free lunch on us!

UCWPA: Talking Cents - Preparing for Christmas on a Budget - 25 July 2017  west

JFC Purple Orange: Call for Noske grant applications - closing 25 August 2017

The JFA Noske Christmas Fund distributes grants of up to $200 to assist eligible adults living with physical disability, acquired brain injury or degenerative neurological disorder, to celebrate Christmas.

UCWPA: Talking Cents - Utilities - 29 August 2017  west

Reminder: 2017 Anti-Poverty Week Conference - 20 October 2017  east

Grants SA: Simplfying Funding for Community Organisations

Community of Practice Presentation Materials - June 2017

Vinita Godinho from Good Shepherd Microfinance presented the findings of their 'Pathways to Resilience' research which measured the impact of financial conversations on the financial capability of NILS applicants. An interview with Vinita  and her presentation slides are available on the National Financial Literacy website.

The next Community of Practice is on Friday 28 July 2017 where we will hear from Craig Davidson, from the Department of Human Services, who will speak about the important work of the Financial Information Service and how they are seeking ways to assist the changing needs of customers and adapt to the financial environment of the future.

YourSAY Update - June 2017

Shelter SA: Housing Matters - 3 July 2017

In this edition:
  •  PICKLE app – your first step to find help
  • Australian Homelessness Monitor - Online survey of homelessness service providers
  • Community Sector Banking 2017 Social Investment Grants Program

Big Access Media audio description services

Big Access Media provides audio description services for people who are blind or vision impaired via a smartphone app. Check out their website for more information on how it works.

Issue 22.17 03 July 2017

Energy Partners Program Newsletter - June 2017

Homelessness SA Forum: State Launch in Homelessness Week - 7 to 13 August 2017  (City)

To mark this launch of this week, Homelessness SA is hosting a forum for frontline workers. The forum will provide an opportunity for front line workers, from across all SA's homelessness sectors to, network and engage in relevant conversations related to the mental health and AOD concerns of our clients while also exploring the importance of mindful practice for workers. The day will include morning tea and lunch and also be entertained by Adelaide singer and song writer Nancy Bates. Please click here for the Registration Form.

Attack Poverty NOT the Poor Conference - 20 to 21 October 2017  east

Anti-Poverty SA are hosting Attack Poverty, Not The Poor, two-day conference as part of Anti-Poverty Week in October. It will be one of the largest and most diverse Anti-Poverty Week events in the country, and the most grassroots event, by light-years. And the only one organised by poor people themselves. Featuring international guests, from the inspirational Auckland Action Against Poverty.

MarionLIFE: Winter Appeal  south

Help support people in crisis by donating to the MarionLIFE Community Services Winter Appeal. Your gift will help provide flexible care and support for individuals and families in need through programs like Emergency Relief, Financial Counselling, Community Meals and Education Courses. You will be helping people who are dealing with unemployment, homelessness, mental health issues, family breakdowns and other struggles. Together we can help people move towards lives that are not just surviving… but THRIVING.

MarionLIFE Community Services is a registered charity and donations are tax-deductible. Give a once-off or regular financial donation today online, post your donation to PO Box 380, Park Holme, SA, 5043 or visit us in person at 887 Marion Rd, Mitchell Park.

Applications now open for ACCAN Grants Scheme 2017-18

The ACCAN Grants Scheme for 2017-18 is now open. Applications will be accepted until 25 July, 2017. Guidelines are now available on the ACCAN website. Potential applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the Grants team to discuss project ideas before applying. [ACCAN]

Media Access Australia launches an Accessible Recruitment Guide

The guide is a practical resource for human resource workers and recruiters to help them address accessibility-related issues in recruitment and human resource management.

Don’t get caught out by phishing attacks

Scammers use phishing attacks to steal your personal information. Stay Smart Online has some great tips about how to avoid these attacks. [Stay Smart Online]

The 7 Reasons that 2017 Is The Year Of The Prepaid Plan

Thinking of going prepaid? This article lists some of the benefits of a prepaid plan. [What Phone]

Optus to compensate customers shortchanged on data, call and text inclusions

The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Optus agreeing to compensate customers following an investigation into concerns that it was providing less data than advertised to consumers. 

Telstra takes the lead to refund thousands of NBN customers

Telstra has become the first retail service provider to offer financial compensation to thousands of angry NBN customers who have received substandard internet speeds.

The telecommunications company admitted that one per cent of its NBN customers – about 7900 people – had been promised speeds that were unattainable, blaming the varied NBN technologies for the inconsistent speeds across the network. [The Daily]

Consider data and speed when choosing an internet plan

Read this article for some helpful tips on choosing an internet service provider and a plan. [The Age]

EU abolishes mobile roaming charges

The European Union has abolished roaming charges for people using mobile phones, meaning that those travelling within the countries that make up the union will pay the same rates as they pay at home. [iTWire]

Six things every consumer should know about the ‘Internet of Things’

We are starting to see more and more internet connected devices on the market. This article lists important aspects about the Internet of Things that consumers need to know about. [The Conversation]

Here is why there are 24,573 working payphones across Australia in 2017

Payphones are vital to some consumers, including consumers on low incomes and those in rural and remote areas where mobile coverage is poor. []

Independent Review of the TIO

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) is undergoing an independent review – as required by legislation – and interested stakeholders are invited to assist the Review team with submissions. The review will involve a public consultation and invite submissions from a range of stakeholders, including consumers, regulators and industry. Submissions are requested by Friday 23rd June.

Issue 21.07 26 June 2017

Reminder: ASIC Financial Literacy Community of Practice - 30 June 2017

TOPIC: Pathways to Resilience - The impact of financial conversations on the financial capability of NILS applicants

Shelter SA: Housing Matters Newsletter - 20 June 2017

In this edition:
  • New Housing Improvement Act
  • Tenants rights and responsibilities – renting in SA
  • Call for Parity magazine contributions – July 2017
  • Refugee Week

Shelter SA: State Budget 2017-2018

Shelter SA welcomes the Targets outlined for social housing in the next financial year, in particular the revised claims process for Housing SA Bond guarantees to increase protection for private renters.

Fact Sheet: FAQ Community Legal Services

Please find link above to an information fact sheet from the Attorney Generals Department. This fact sheet outlines the changes to the service delivery model of the Community Legal Services in South Australia.

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