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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. [news.com.au]

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.

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