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  • Nominations open for the National Awards for Local Government 2014
  • New design tools for small business success
  • RDA Murray attends Newcomers Australia Expo – Sydney
  • Celebrating Women, Culture and Community - Friday 7 March 2014 - Albury
  • New Grants and Funding
Nominations open for the National Awards for Local Government 2014
The National Awards for Local Government is an annual celebration of Australian local government achievements. The Awards spotlight innovative and resourceful solutions that local governments have implemented to make a difference to their local communities.
The Australian Government works together with the states, territories and local governments to improve economic and social participation, strengthen the national economy, deliver better health services and close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.
The Awards recognise the important role of local governments in delivering targeted quality services to Australians in urban and regional communities. The Awards celebrate local government projects that are innovative, deliver better outcomes for communities, have the potential to be rolled out across the country and make a meaningful difference. Each year the Award’s focus is on local government projects that are relevant to the national agenda. Local governments are invited to submit projects that contribute to building a stronger more productive and diverse economy and deliver better services at a local community level.
The Awards are administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development with support from sponsoring Australian Government departments.

Nominations for the National Awards for Local Government will be accepted by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development until close of business on 21 March 2014.

For more information and submission guidelines visit the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
New design tools for small business success

A new, free, diagnostic tool has been launched for small businesses across NSW.

The new Design Thinking for Small Business resource has been developed in response to recommendations from the NSW Creative Industries Action Plan.

Small Biz Connect developed the design thinking resource, tailored for small businesses, to help companies better identify innovative or creative design-led solutions and opportunities for business growth.

The new resource comes in the form of an easy-to-use online diagnostic tool which takes the user through a series of questions.

The online diagnostic tool will assist small business owners with:
  • reviewing their strategic plan;
  • understanding their customer base;
  • brand development;
  • product design;
  • product development; and
  • building skills and innovation.

The tool will be initially tailored to manufacturing and designing small businesses and Small Biz Connect is currently developing a complementary service industry diagnostic tool.

To book a meeting with a Small Biz Connect adviser to go through the diagnostic tool, or for further information, visit

RDA Murray attends Newcomers Australia Expo – Sydney

RDA Murray team attended the Newcomers Australia Sydney Event on 15 February 2014.  The Expo targeted the employment, education, visa and settlement needs of both newly arrived and settled migrants as well as temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community currently living in New South Wales.

The Expo provided an opportunity to the NSW State Government and RDA Murray to meet potential on shore skilled migrants wishing to relocate and settle in regional areas of Australia. The team met and spoke with a diverse range of people from different backgrounds and vocations.   The team highlighted the skilled shortages within the Murray and showcased the regions lifestyle advantages as a better place to live, work and grow.  A big thank you to Suzanne Gillham (NSW Trade and Investment), for all her assistance and fantastic support for the event.
 If you are interested in relocating to the Murray region under the General Skilled Migration Program or Regional Skilled Migration program, go online to f
or further information or contact the  Skilled Migration Officer on 02 6058 0600.

Celebrating Women, Culture and Community - Friday 7 March 2014 - Albury
New Grants and Funding

Commonwealth Bank - Community Grants

Applications closes: 14 March 2014

To support initiatives that are youth-focused community organisations across Australia.


In 2014, we are pleased to be awarding $2,000,000 in individual grants of up to $10,000 to youth-focused community organisations across Australia.

The judging process

  1. State-based Committees made up of Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund members judge each application against the judging matrix.
  2. Each Committee has a specific allocation of funds to award in its state.
  3. Each Committee will look at the aims of your program, the number of children or youth that benefit from the program, and its community benefits.

To be eligible to receive a Community Grant each applying organisation (“Organisation”) must:

  • run, manage, conduct or implement programs (each an “Eligible Youth Program”) that support children and youth up to the age of twenty - one years old in Australia;
  • be endorsed with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Tax Office and maintain DGR status until such time as a Community Grant is paid; and
  • hold a current bank account in Australia in its name.

An Organisation may apply for a Community Grant for separate Eligible Youth Programs but only where each Eligible Youth Program:

  • is conducted in a separate location from any other Eligible Youth Program which is the subject of an application for a Community Grant; or
  • is managed by a part of the Organisation which operates out of its own distinct territorial location (eg. a State/Territory or part of a State/Territory).
For more information

Westpac Foundation Community Grants

Applications closes: 31 March 2014

Westpac, in partnership with Westpac Foundation, is committed to supporting local community organisations providing opportunities to those who need it most. Westpac Foundation Community Grants encourage local not-for-profit organisations that have a big idea to change lives for the better to apply for funding.


The general public, Westpac customers and staff have the opportunity to get behind their favourite community organisation by encouraging them to apply for a grant. Any community organisation that meets the eligibility criteria can apply for a community grant, and grants of up to $10,000 are available from a total grant pool of over $530,000.


To be eligible for funding, your organisation will:

  • Be endorsed as, or auspiced by, a Deductible Gift Recipient (but not another ancillary fund) listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936
  • Have an annual gross revenue of less than $3 million
  • Work in your local community to address social disadvantage with particular focus on Indigenous unemployment, youth depression, education and career pathways for new migrants, or the long term unemployed
  • Not have received funding from Westpac Foundation in 2013.

What we do fund

  • Projects that build on a community organisation’s core work
  • Running costs, including salaries, to ensure that community organisations can maintain and develop their core work and services.

What we do not fund

  • Organisations that do not have a Deductible Gift Recipient item 1 status with the ATO
  • Charities that mainly work overseas
  • Hospitals, hospices or medical centres
  • Medical research, funding for medical equipment or medical treatments
  • Rescue services
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Sponsorship or funding towards a marketing appeal or fundraising activities
  • Capital projects, appeals and refurbishments
  • Projects that support animals or to promote animal welfare
  • Programs promoting religion.
For more information
1300 851 357
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