Youth Worker Consultations

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is working with the Deputy Premier and his office to develop solutions to improve the lives of young people living in regional NSW. A key part of the process is to listen to those people who provide services to young people – be they state government agencies or NGOs.

In particular we are interested in your views about the current challenges confronting young people in our region as well as solutions to these challenges, either new initiatives or expansion of current initiatives that are working well.

As well as listening to those that provide services to young people, DPC will also be holding discussion directly with young people, in collaboration with the Advocate for Children and Young People.

The Agency & Provider Consultation Session for the Hunter will take place on:

Tuesday 31 July 2018

10 am – 12 noon

Rooms 1 & 2, East Maitland Bowling Club, Banks St East Maitland


To register contact Kristen Millington – or 49212600.

Maitland Family Support – Aboriginal Worker

Are you passionate about making difference in the lives of vulnerable families? We are looking for an experienced Aboriginal Worker to join our family work team.

Part time 30 hours per week Grade 3 SCHADS award $32.13 – 35.18

Applicants will have demonstrated experience in working to promote change with Aboriginal and non Aboriginal families who are disadvantaged. The work includes case management, home visiting, group work and playtime activities.

Employment of an Aboriginal Worker is authorized in accordance with part 14 of the Anti- Discrimination Act (1977)

MFS is an EEO employer

Full details including the selection criteria are provide in an information pack at or call Robbie King 49140444

Closing date: 5pm Friday 3rd August 2018

Details here: MFSS Aboriginal Worker Advert 2018

Lovebites Facilitator Training

When: 11th and 12th October 2018 (two day course)
Times: 9:00am to 4pm each day
Venue: Kurri Kurri Community Centre
251 Lang St, Kurri Kurri
Trainers: Natasha Anderson and Michael Winchester

Cost: $100.00 per person
– Payable directly to NAPCAN
– Includes USB of resources
– Lunch is included (please advise Will Doran of any dietary requirements)

How to Register: follow this link to the NAPCAN Website and register online.

Flyer here

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a great training course for people working with young people. The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Mental Health is the number one health concern for young people. Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents. Youth suicide in Australia is the highest it has been in ten years and we would very much like to equip the sector to work more effectively with young people who are experience mental health issues so that they can get help sooner.

If you would like to attend this training, please refer to flyer and registration form here. Email registration forms back to Will Doran Cessnock YDO at

The New Work Reality Report

The Foundation for Young Australians’ latest report highlights major issues within the youth employment space, but also highlights some ways forward.

See the report here.

Youth (Un)Employment

The latest youth unemployment articles from the ABC and The Sydney Morning Herald. Click the links for the full stories.


Jobs for young people already exist, so forget the ‘future of work’

While there is little consensus about the “future of work”, one thing is certain — young people are at the coalface. Young workers experience insufficient opportunities for work experience, a mismatch between work and education, a lack of career management skills and scant entry-level jobs, according to a report from the Foundation for Young Australians.


Young and out: Australia’s hidden scourge of youth unemployment

The political calculus of an ageing population means that the national debate is increasingly dominated by issues that concern older Australians, like retirement and superannuation policies.

Meanwhile, younger Australians are derided as avocado-gobbling whingers, too lazy or entitled to get a proper job and save hard.

But a new Reserve Bank paper has lifted the lid on what it’s like for young people entering the workforce today.

Upcoming Events

Effective Group Leadership

This 2-day workshop develops the necessary skills for group leaders to facilitate creative group work. The training covers the principals of using creative group work techniques and tools. Read more

Wakagetti Indigenous Corporation Corroboree 2018

Get your tickets early for the biggest display of traditional Aboriginal Culture in The Hunter for 2018. Through culture we connect.

Tickets here:

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Interagency Meetings

These meetings are open for any interested parties

2017 Maitland Youth Interagency Meetings

See the calendar here, and for information on this meeting click here

2017 Dungog Shire Youth Interagency Meetings

See the calendar here, and for more information on this meeting click here

2017 Maitland Networking Lunches

These Lunches are a partnership between the Maitland Youth Interagency & the Maitland General Interagency, and are open for any youth or community worker, group, volunteer, organisation or community member. See the calendar here.


Actions Planning & Partnerships

Maitland Youth Partnerships & Planning Session

The Maitland Annual Planning Session is a fun, interactive day held each year. This is a chance to have your say about local young people & youth services and discuss issues of relevance or concern. Partnerships are developed during this day and plans put in place to ensure that young people in Maitland are receiving the best service.

Please SAVE THE DATE: Maitland High School, Friday 3 March 2017, 09:30am-1:30pm

See the flyer here, register for free here

According to participants, last year’s event “Increased collaboration with other services in delivering groups, knowledge of referral pathways” and ” It will help to directly influence the planning for our team around how we work with and support local young people in Maitland”

Dungog Youth Partnerships & Planning Session

The Dungog Shire Annual Planning Session is a fun, interactive day held each year. This is a chance to have your say about local young people & youth services and discuss issues of relevance or concern. Partnerships are developed during this day and plans put in place to ensure that young people in Dungog are receiving the best service.

Please SAVE THE DATE: Paterson School of Arts, Wednesday 22 February 2017, 10:00am-1:30pm

See the flyer here, and register for free here.

According to participants, last year’s event provided “opportunities to collaborate and work together with other services to assist them in service delivery”

Online Youth Sector Survey

To enhance service delivery to young people in Maitland & Dungog, I am committed to regularly consulting with others about what they see in their roles.

I feel that you are in a well-placed position to share knowledge and advice about the local needs and priorities for young people & youth sector workers in Maitland/Dungog.

The results of the survey will be shared with you in a fun infographic, so you can gain an understanding of what’s going on for local young people and youth sector workers. Some of the information will be used to inform future training, meetings and opportunities for you in your role.

All questions are anonymous and optional, feel free to include as much or as little information as you would like.

The deadline for this survey is Friday 17 February 2017. Although this sounds like a little while off, why not just take some time now?

Do you cover the Maitland LGA? Complete the Maitland survey

Do you cover the Dungog Shire? Complete the Dungog survey


Maitland Service Directories

Maitland Community Directory:

The Lifeline Service Finder:


Maitland City Library – What’s On:

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) – What’s On:

My Maitland – What’s On:

Dont forget to also check out the RYDON/HSNet Service Directory on the homepage of this website.

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