First Nations Sector Hub

If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worker, this page is for you. From training opportunities through to information on how you can have a yarn at our Communities of Practice, you will find everything you need here to assist you and your work with clients.

Aboriginal Community of Practice

The Aboriginal Communities of Practice is for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Identified workers across NSW that work in SHS sector. The objective is to provide support and improve outcomes for Aboriginal Workers and individuals across the SHS Sector. The Aboriginal CoP will do this by drawing on its experience, expertise, networks and consultation with the local Aboriginal community and all stakeholders. The CoP also is the lead voice on establishing The ACCORD and supporting the implementation of it.

Join our monthly Yarning Circles

Each month we facilitate an online drop in Yarning Circle for all First Nations staff across NSW to network in a culturally safe space. Reach out to Jessie for more information, koorisupport@homelessnessnsw.org.au. We look forward to seeing you!

Professional Development and Training

Do you work in a Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS) in NSW and identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? If so, you’re eligible to study for free. Help us develop future training for the Aboriginal workforce in specialist homelessness services by letting us know of gaps in training by emailing us at koorisupport@homelessnessnsw.org.au. How do I sign up to a course? If you would like to study, you’ll need to register and sign up through the SHS Training Calendar. If you haven’t used the portal before, then we’d recommend that you give MTS a call on 1300 361 787 or email them on mts@chandlermacleod to get set up.

Readdressing Aboriginal Homelessness - ACCORD

The ACCORD was developed by the NSW SHS Aboriginal Reference Group in November 2017. It is intended to be an active guiding document. SHS providers are strongly encouraged to sign up to the Accord, display it in their organisations and report on its implementation to the SHS Aboriginal Reference Group.

Organisations who have signed the ACCORD

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2Connect Youth & Community
3 Bridges
B Miles Women’s Foundation
BaptistCare Hope Street Woolloomooloo
Barnardos Australia
Bathurst Homeless and Housing Support Service for Adults and Families
Bungree Aboriginal Association
Byamee Proclaimed Place Inc.
Caretakers Cottage
Caretakers Cottage Crisis Youth Refuge
Carrie’s Place Domestic violence & Homelessness Services
Clarence River Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service
Coast Shelter
Detour House
Domestic Violence NSW
Domestic Violence Service Management
Great Lakes Women’s Shelter
Homelessness NSW
Housing Plus
Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association Inc
Jali Lalc
Launchpad Youth Community
Liberty Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services
Lillian Howell Project
Macarthur Gateway Resource Services
Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre
Marist 180
Mid Coast Communities
Mission Australia
Mission Australia Canterbury Bankstown Youth Service
Momentum Collective
Moree Women’s refuge – Ngala House
Moving Forward DFV Case Management Services
Neami National
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
Nova for women and children
Orana Support Service Inc
Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council
Pathfinders Ltd
Platform Youth Services
Samaritans Foundation
Shoalhaven Women’s Resource Group
Social Futures
Southern Youth and Family Services
St Benedict’s Community Centre
St. George Accommodation for Youth Ltd.
Strong Nation Community Services Inc
Tamworth Family Support Service Ltd
The Haymarket Foundation
The Salvation Army
Thrive services
Tumut Regional Family Services Inc
Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW
Uniting NSW.ACT
Veritas House
Warrina’s Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services
Wattle Tree House Bathurst Housing & Homeless Service
Wentworth Community Housing Ltd
West Connect Domestic Violence Services
Wollongong Emergency Family Housing Inc.
Women’s Shelter Armidale Inc
WUNH Inc Pledge
Yes Unlimited
Young Crisis Accommodation Centre Inc.

Other Resources

Models for addressing homelessness

A helpful factsheet we’ve put together for providers to understand the different ways homelessness has been addressed across the world and how we can utilise these practices in NSW.

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