Advice for CHSP providers in the lead up to the extension

All new grant agreements for the CHSP extension 2020-2022 are currently being distributed. CHSP providers that haven’t already received their new agreement will receive it shortly. These agreements need to be returned by 19 June 2020 to ensure they are processed by the end of financial year.

All CHSP providers are encouraged to sign and return their grant agreements by COB Friday 19 June 2020 to ensure they are processed and executed before 30 June 2020.

For more information, please contact your Community Grants Hub Funding Arrangement Manager (FAM).


Welcomed Changes at The Hills Shire Council Acknowledgement to Country

Late last week a Mayoral Minute was adopted by The Hills Shire Council as a measure towards reconciliation for communities in Western Sydney. Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne of The Hills Shire Council made a significant motion regarding reconciliation in the region. The Mayoral minute was unanimously endorsed by Council where an invitation will be extended to local Aboriginal Elders to meet with Council, and an Acknowledgement to Country will be included in Citizenship Ceremonies and at major community events. In addition to these two motions, Mayor Byrne also moved that Council investigate practical ways to recognise Indigenous Australians in the area.

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Workforce Retention Bonus Grant

The Workforce Retention Bonus Grant supports the continuity of the aged care workforce in residential and home care.  This bonus will be paid to eligible staff by aged care providers and agencies. To be eligible, workers need to be employed at the time of the application.

Fact sheet on the grant can be found here


Expensive, Isolating, Lonely: New Survey Reveals Experiences of People With Disability During COVID-19

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has released the findings from its survey on experiences of people with disability during Covid-19 Pandemic. While it notes that there have been some positive impacts such as increased access to services online, there has also been many negative impacts.

You can see the survey results here

PWDA are still looking to hear stories from the community on how Covid-19 has impacted on people with disabilities.


Law profession welcomes police mental health initiative

A decision to expand the NSW Government’s Police Ambulance and Clinical Early Response (PACER) pilot and place 36 mental health clinicians in 10 Police Area Commands and Districts has been welcomed by the Law Society of NSW.

Law Society President Richard Harvey notes that the trial program, held in the St George Police Area Command, has shown that early intervention support can reduce the number of people with mental illness that end up in the justice system.

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Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19)

NSW health has provided information on physical distancing as restrictions ease across NSW. Physical distancing is still an important part of keeping Covid Safe. This includes

  • Keeping 1.5 meters away from others wherever possible
  • Avoiding physical greetings such as handshakes, hugs and kisses
  • Avoiding crowds – if you see a crowded space, do not enter
  • Avoid large public gatherings.

More details and regular updates can be found on the NSW health page, click here.