A NSW free from poverty and inequality

Templates and resources

These resources are specifically designed to be capacity building tools for the NSW social services sector. 

Listed here are media release templates, campaign letter templates and best practice guidelines on a variety of topics, from governance to management and more. 

See the latest resources below or browse by focus area.

Skilled to Thrive: Supporting decision making and problem solving using the Tree of Life

These resources are for disability advocates, social services staff and group facilitators who assist people through tough times.

This practice guide prepares workers to help people make decisions in difficult periods of their lives.

The implementation of the practice guide can be enhanced through the use of:

Skilled to Thrive: Service Alignment Resource for Advocacy & Information Providers

Some of the diverse services that Advocacy & Information providers currently deliver under the umbrella terms ‘advocacy’ and ‘information’ may, when viewed as distinct areas of work, be services that an A&I could offer under the NDIS.

Skilled to Thrive: 'Selling what I'm Good At' panel discussion resources

The "Selling what I’m Good At" panel session, held as part of the Skilled to Thrive project, featured two Advocacy & Information organisations who are investigating/in the process of commercialising aspects of their expertise in different ways. The session gave organisations an opportunity to explore and strengthen their understanding of the funding opportunities presented by the NDIS to develop their ability to plug some potential funding gaps.

Watch the session: 

 

Skilled to Thrive: Conflict of interest resource for potential providers of Support Coordination in the NDIS

This Conflict Of Interest (COI) resource has been developed for the Skilled to Thrive Project in response to requests for more detail on possible ‘best practice’ in the area of COI. In these early stages, there is not yet a clear definition of ‘best practice’, however, there are a number of key areas of consideration which can be used as a guide: Part A Governance, Part B Operations and Part C Clients.

Evacuation Planning Handbook

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) has recently published a revised Evacuation Planning Handbook. This free resource is a valuable tool for anyone involved in community services, or who may advocate for the interests of marginalised individuals or groups in the event of an evacuation.

Commissioning Q & A

Until the last five years the term commissioning was not well known in the NSW community sector. There was some knowledge of its use in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and the role it played in reforming their sectors but only a limited understanding of how it worked and its actual impact.

Its supporters maintain that commissioning will produce efficient, responsive and better quality services that are capable of driving improved outcomes for our clients and their communities.

Principles of Co-design

Co-design is increasingly being used by both government and the community sector to describe a range of activities and processes that involve people who use a particular service or product in the design of that service or product.  However there is a lack of consistency in how it is used and what it means in practice.

If co-design is to be effective there needs to be agreement on what it is and how it works. This paper presents the community sector’s perspective on what we have identified as the key elements of co-design.

Information Sheet: Changes to the NSW Associations Incorporation legislation

In 2016, the NSW Parliament reviewed the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW) and made a number of amendments to the Act.  They have also replaced the 2010 Regulation with the Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016 (NSW).  This information sheet only applies to organisations that are already incorporated under NSW Associations legislation.  It outlines the changes and new requirements of both the Act and the Regulation that associations in NSW need to be aware of to ensure they are compliant with the legislation.

Information Sheet: Electronic Signatures

The use of electronic documents and signatures has become popular practice and it will only grow. While they offer convenience, the benefits have to be balanced against security concerns and ensure they are legally effective. This information sheet considers the issues and provides strategies to protect your digital signatures.

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