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NSW/ACT State Conference (Sydney) – 19 to 21 June 2024

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5 June 2024: ACT’s voluntary assisted dying law passed

Excerpt:The ACT Legislative Assembly has passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2023 today: an historic occasion for the ACT, for the ACT’s democratic rights, and for eligible Canberrans who are intolerably suffering at the end of their lives.

“It’s been a long journey pass voluntary assisted dying legislation. The passing of this legislation is a victory for democratic rights and human rights, and the result of a campaign more than a decade in the making. It’s the result of years of advocacy for equal rights – and I thank every Canberran who has supported the journey that has concluded today.” Chief Minister Andrew Barr said.

If the topic of voluntary assisted dying raises issues for you or your family, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Griefline on 1300 845 745.”

30 May 2024: NSW Retirement Villages ‘Draft Regulations’

ACCPA have been advised by the NSW Department of Fair Trading that the NSW Retirement Villages Regulations ‘Remake’ is continuing and we can expect ‘Draft Regulations’ in November 2024 for public consultation. We were advised that ACCPA’s submission last year has prompted several amendments and the department are now working on drafting potential changes. A new Regulation is expected to be finalised in the first half of 2025.

We will keep all Members informed and distribute a copy of the draft regulations as soon as they are released.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Paul Murphy, ACCPA’s Member Advisor – Retirement Living and Seniors Housing:

29 May 2024: ACCPA & DoHAC ‘Riverina Workforce Forum’

Both ACCPA NSW/ACT Team and the Department of Health and Aged Care collaborated to produce a much needed ‘Riverina Workforce Forum’ on Wednesday 22 May 2024 held in Wagga Wagga NSW.

Given the prevalent workforce challenges within the region, the forum was immensely beneficial and many themes were discussed and presented throughout the day: Workforce Recruitment and Retention Strategies, Staff Well-being and Support, Innovation and technology in Aged Care, Research and Training, Future Trends and Challenges, Collaboration and Partnerships, Professional Development Opportunities and most importantly, Celebrating Member Success Stories.

This is the list of speakers/presenters we had on the day:

  • Julie Evans, CEO – Sapphire Coast Community Aged Care
  • Simone Fuller, Aged Care Services Manager – Allawah Lodge
  • John Gregg, Policy & Advocacy Advisor – BaptistCare
  • Andrew Hollier, Strategic Industry Manager – iCare
  • Kerryn Butler Henderson, Head of School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Health Science – Charles Sturt University
  • Rosalie Staggard, Director of Training Package Development – HumanAbility
  • Dr Rebecca Bilton, Acting Director, Workforce Capacity and Capability, ARIIA Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia
  • Sarah Thapa, Managing Director –The Migration Agency
  • Kathryn Baird, Director – Assessment Services – Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council
  • Jordan Bartter, Assistant Director – Pacific Labour Operations Division – Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Julie Anderson, Senior Manager Innovation – ACCPA
  • Kasia Bail and Stephen Isbel from UC Centre for Ageing Translation and Research (CARAT)
  • Roslyn Smith, Assistant Director – Department of Health and Aged Care (WA Regional Office)
Julie Anderson presenting at ACCPA & DoHAC ‘Riverina Workforce Forum’

18 April 2024: Out and About

ACCPA General Manager Member Relations, Geraldine Ellis-Maguire, has this week embarked on a tour to visit members across our regional areas commencing in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Orange and Parkes.

She’s spent time on the ground, listening to members, to better understand how we can support providers and operators in the region on specific challenges, and where there are areas for opportunity to make the biggest difference.

Geraldine Ellis-Maguire - ACCPA

16 April 2024: ACCPA Home and Community Care Forum

On Monday 15 April, ACCPA NSW/ACT team hosted its first ACCPA Home and Community Care Forum for Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter New England Region in Hexham NSW.
This event provided a platform for those in the home and community care sector to come together and gain valuable insights into the latest sector changes. The forum featured igniting discussions, fostering collaboration, through shared experiences, strategies, and best practices that drive excellence in home and community care. Thank you to those who attended the event!

Grateful for the opportunity to participate in today’s Home and Community Care forum hosted by ACCPA. The discussions we thought-provoking, and it was energising to connect with fellow professionals dedicated to improving the sector. Big thank you to Rebecca and the team for facilitating a great event. Here’s to future collaborations and positive change.” – Ashleigh Ford, Senior Manager – Integratedliving

Special thank you to speakers:

  • Community Therapy
  • Carers Gateway
  • Seniors Rights Services
  • ACCPA Home and
  • Community Care (Jane Floyd)
  • ACCPA – CHSP Advisory Hub (Tim Moore)
  • Sector Support and Delivery (SSD) update on services and support available.
  • Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
  • iCare
  • McgrathNicol
  • NSW Trustee and Guardian

We hope to see you at ACCPA’s NSW/ACT Conference from 19-21 June at the Hilton, Sydney. Early bird registrations end 22 May 2024

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21 March 2024: ACCPA Seniors Week CEO and Leaders Breakfast today at NSW Parliament House.

The discussions and insights shared by our speakers, including The Hon. Ryan Park MP, Dr. John Ward, Emma Hartridge, Rohan Harris, and Jodie Harrison MP, provided valuable perspectives on the current landscape of aged care and the implications of the New Aged Care Act.

ACCPA Seniors Week CEO and Leaders Breakfast
ACCPA Seniors Week CEO and Leaders Breakfast
ACCPA Seniors Week CEO and Leaders Breakfast
ACCPA Seniors Week CEO and Leaders Breakfast
ACCPA Seniors Week CEO and Leaders Breakfast

1 March 2024: NSW Members occupying ‘Crown Land’

Over the past 6 months NSW members who occupy Crown Land have been receiving rent ‘re-determination’ notices from the Department of Crown Lands. Increases have varied from 60% to 6,324%, making the continuation for some operators impossible.

ACCPA commenced discussions initially with The Ministry of Health (MoH) in NSW in late 2023 to gauge the impact. MoH are certainly not keen to see any more aged care facilities close.

ACCPA have now written to Crown lands calling for an urgent meeting to present and discuss changes to the re-determination policy that will ensure the future sustainability of aged care and retirement village operators on Crown Land. We have also requested a ‘hold’ on the calls for payment and invoicing to operators until a sustainable solution and policy amendment is effected. We will keep NSW members informed as this matter progresses.

21 February 2024: Asbestos in NSW – updated communication toolkit including translated factsheets

The NSW Government is taking following the discovery of asbestos in mulch at some sites in NSW.

The toolkit contains the latest information and shareable resources including factsheets about asbestos and health translated into 30 community languages.

To download the toolkit and stay updated, please visit the new online hub.

1 February 2024: Seeking suggestions for new members to join the NSW Ageing and Disability Advisory Board

The Ageing and Disability Commission is seeking new members to join the Ageing and Disability Advisory Board. The purpose of this Board is to advise the Commissioner on matters related to, and that may impact, older people and adults with disability in NSW.

Please find here an outline of the role of the ADA Board and the type of candidates that we are seeking.

If you know of someone who would be a good fit please send their details to and include relevant information on why they are suitable. Self-recommendations are also encouraged.

30 January 2024: NSW Government now has a live public register of Retirement Villages

The NSW Government has introduced a public register for retirement villages to make it easier for retirees to choose a place to live in retirement. It would be prudent for all NSW operators to visit the web site register and check their details are correct and up to date.

Please see media release – Retirement villages | NSW Fair Trading

11 December 2023: NSW Retirement Villages – Compliance Visits by the Regulator

Operators will be aware that NSW Fair Trading as the Regulator, is responsible for administering the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (the Act) and the Retirement Villages Regulation 2017 (the Regulation) in conjunction with the Retirement Villages Amendment Act 2020 (the Amendment Act) and the Retirement Villages Amendment Regulation 2021 (the Amendment Regulation). 

To ascertain an Operators’ compliance with the legislative requirements, NSW Fair Trading conducts inspections of Operator’s records pursuant to sections 196A and 196B of the Act. Many NSW villages have undergone inspections and the following is a list (not exhaustive) of the main type of documents you may be asked to provide. Note these compliance visits are generally ‘with notice’ but we have had reports from some operators of ‘unannounced’ visits’. You will normally receive correspondence asking for a response indicating a suitable date and time. You may be asked for the following information and/or documents:

  1. Entering the Village– Two (2) recently executed contracts entered into by residents including the relevant disclosure statements
  2. Annual Management Meeting (AMM) and Budgets – Most recent AMM and Budget and accompanying notices
  3. Asset Management Plan – The Village Asset Management Plan
  4. Conflicts of Interest and Complaints Register .
  5. Emergency Plans – the Village’s Emergency Evacuation Plan including relevant maps and residents’ instructions 
  6. Evidence of the date of the last evacuation exercise conducted

  7. Departing the Village – Records detailing the last two departures from the village which includes;
    i) pre-departure estimates and actual departure payment
    ii) details of the sale price achieved by the same two departing residents
    iii) confirmation of whether the property was purchased by the Village
    iv) if purchased by the village, whether the property has now been “on sold” and the sale price for that property.

All of the above are legislative compliance requirements in NSW.

For further information or discussion contact ACCPA’s Member Advisor for Retirement Living & Seniors Housing – Paul Murphy.

8 December 2023: Welcome to our new NSW & ACT State Manager 

Anne King

Anne King

Anne King is our new State Manager for NSW & ACT. With a wealth of experience spanning 30 years in the Community Services Sector, Anne brings extensive knowledge from her roles in State Government and a member association.

Renowned for her expertise in public policy related to child protection, disability, frontline service delivery, operations, and advocacy, Anne has also played a crucial role in shaping legislation and public policy during her tenure with the NSW Liberal Government. Notably, she successfully championed the passage of the Ageing and Disability Commissioner Bill 2019 through the NSW Parliament, establishing the Ageing and Disability Commission in the state.

NSW/ACT Member Visit

In Anne’s first week she has met with Kerry Mann (Executive Director, Cranbrook Care and Chairperson NSW/ACT State Member Council), and Angie Robertson (National Executive Advisor, Community Care, Calvary and NSW/ACT State Member Council Member), joined by Geraldine Ellis-Maguire – ACCPA General Manager Member Relations in Newcastle, NSW.

Left to right: Anne King, Geraldine Ellis-Maguire, Rebecca Campbell and Mathew Campbell
Left to right: Kerry Mann and Anne King.
Left to right: Kerry Mann, Angie Robertson and Anne King.

29 September 2023: ATTENTION: NSW Retirement Village Operators!

NSW Fair Trading is seeking your feedback about the Retirement Villages Regulation 2017 (the Regulation) which is due to be remade in 2024. 

NOTE this is a legislated review and is seeking feedback about operator ‘experiences’ with the reforms over the past 2 years.

Once a draft Regulation is developed, NSW Fair Trading will conduct a public consultation for further feedback before it is finalised. 

All feedback is welcome, but we are also seeking specific feedback on: 

  • asset management plans
  • increases to recurrent charges after a former occupant’s liability to pay ceases, and 
  • rules of conduct for operators. 

Fair Trading is also currently evaluating three key reforms introduced in 2021 to asset management plans, exit entitlement money and charges after leaving the retirement village. The evaluation is expected to be completed in February 2024. 

The evaluation and feedback from this consultation will inform the remake of the Regulation. Please send your feedback to by 1 December 2023.

Alternatively you may provide feedback to Paul Murphy, ACCPA’s Retirement Living Advisor who can use this information to inform an ACCPA response. This will be required no later than close of business 29 November 2023.

29 September 2023: NSW Retirement Village Compliance Inspections – Are you prepared?

Operators will be aware that NSW Fair Trading as the Regulator, is responsible for administering the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (the Act) and the Retirement Villages Regulation 2017 (the Regulation) in conjunction with the Retirement Villages Amendment Act 2020 (the Amendment Act) and the Retirement Villages Amendment Regulation 2021 (the Amendment Regulation). 

To ascertain an Operators’ compliance with the legislative requirements, NSW Fair Trading conducts inspections of Operator’s records pursuant to sections 196A and 196B of the Act. Many NSW villages have undergone inspections and the following is a list (not exhaustive) of the main type of documents you may be  asked to provide. Note these compliance visits are not unannounced. You will normally receive correspondence asking for a response indicating a suitable date and time. You may be asked for the following information and/or documents:

  1. Entering the Village – Two (2) recently executed contracts entered into by residents including the relevant disclosure statements
  2. Annual Management Meeting (AMM) and Budgets – Most recent AMM and Budget and accompanying notices
  3. Asset Management Plan – The Village Asset Management Plan
  4. Conflicts of Interest and Complaints Register .
  5. Emergency Plans – the Village’s Emergency Evacuation Plan including relevant maps and residents’ instructions 
  6. Evidence of the date of the last evacuation exercise conducted
  1. Departing the Village – Records detailing the last two departures from the village which includes;
  2. i) pre-departure estimates and actual departure payment
  3. ii) details of the sale price achieved by the same two departing residents

iii) confirmation of whether the property was purchased by the Village

  1. iv) if purchased by the village, whether the property has now been “on sold” and the sale price for that property.

All of the above are legislative compliance requirements in NSW.

For further information or discussion contact ACCPA’s Member Advisor for Retirement Living & Seniors Housing – Paul Murphy,

20 September 2023: NSW Budget 2023-24 update

The 2023-24 Budget focuses on Health with $13.8 billion over four years for hospital and health infrastructure, and a further $4.5 billion for the healthcare workforce. Whilst there isn’t a lot of detail in this year’s Budget relating to aged care, ACCPA highlights areas in health, mental health, housing affordability and homelessness that may be of interest to members.

To see ACCPA’s summary of the NSW Budget click here

An overview of the NSW Budget is available here.

To view the full 2023-24 Budget Papers, click here.

5 September 2023: NSW Health updates

NSW Health have made a range of updates to advice for the aged care sector to remain proportionate and better align with national guidance for the prevention and control of acute respiratory infections.

The below resources have been published:

Advice to the residential aged care facilities

Key changes to this advice include:

  • softening the guidance for mask wearing for visitors and staff to reflect current levels of circulating respiratory viruses as per the NSW Respiratory surveillance reports
  • removing COVID-19 RAT surveillance testing for RACF staff every 3 days
  • incorporating the latest advice from ATAGI on COVID-19 vaccinations
  • removing the need to register positive RAT to reduce the burden on aged care staff and based on alternative pathways being available to monitor and manage respiratory illness outbreaks in RACF.

Guidance for residential aged care facilities on the public health management of acute respiratory infections (including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus)

Key changes to this guidance include:

  • removing RAT registration requirements for RACFs to reduce the burden on aged care staff and based on alternative pathways being available to monitor and manage respiratory illness outbreaks in RACF
  • amending guidance for visitors that test positive to influenza
  • updating guidance to support vaccination as per latest ATAGI advice
  • promoting the use of the pre-assessment action plan for respiratory infections
  • changing the frequency and type of test (PCR/RAT) recommended for resident and staff close contacts to address PCR access barriers
  • refining risk assessment categories to remove moderate risk category and align definitions for low and high risk with CDNA guidance.

Pre-assessment action plan for respiratory infections in aged care facility residents

Key changes to this form include:

  • changing the name to “Pre-assessment action plans” from the previous focus of “Antiviral pre-assessments”
  • incorporating further information on the prevention and testing of respiratory pathogens, as well as access to antiviral medication.

29 August 2023: Aged Care Representative for Southern NSW Local Health District

Mathew has joined the Southern NSW Local Health District as an Aged Care Representative to assist in Emergency Management Preparation and provision of advice in the Response phase of emergencies affecting the RACFs in and around the Southern NSW region. Mathew will observe the Local Emergency Management Committee meetings held in Southern NSW. 

24 August 2023: RSL LifeCare visit

Mathew was invited to join in for morning tea at RSL LifeCare – Albert Moore Gardens, Merimbula where Karen-Louise Angus – Regional Manager Residential Care (ACT & Far South Coast), RJ Singh – Facility Manager hosted and toured stakeholders throughout their facility; the view of the ocean was perfect!

24 August 2023: Sapphire Coast Community visit

Mathew visited Sapphire Coast Community to meet Julie Evans – CEO, Jo-Anne Deacon – Chief Operating Officer and her lovely team. Julie gave Mathew a tour of their facility, Hillgrove House in Bega and Mathew had the chance to meet Julie’s talented team and welcoming residents.  

18 August 2023: New Member

The ACCPA NSW/ACT team welcome the following highly valued new member and look forward to a long working relationship with Absolute Home Care, ACT.

Mathew visited the Home and Community Care provider; meeting with Amy Sutherland, CEO and Vesna Gold, Clinical Manager.

16 August 2023: Helping elderly patients avoid unnecessary trips to the ED

ACCPA has been working with the NSW Health Minister’s office identifying ways to avoid unnecessary hospital visits for aged care residents.

Following similar initiatives in other jurisdictions, residents living in aged care facilities across the Illawarra can now get more tailored and timely medical care in their home environment and avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency department, with the launch of the Aged Care Outreach Service.

The outreach service which will run from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week, allows a team of specialist clinicians to attend residential aged care facilities and provide direct intervention to residents with acute illness.

The service is being rolled out across the Illawarra Shoalhaven in a staged approach and is expected to be operating in all 42 residential aged care facilities across the region by the end of the year.

Read more in the NSW Government media releaseWe look forward to this being rolled out to other areas of the State. 

14 August 2023: Membership Renewals

Mark and Mathew welcome all the members that have renewed their 2023 – 2024 membership with ACCPA in NSW/ACT and we look forward to working with you in the future. We aim to reach out to you all over the coming months.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to either Mathew Campbell at  and 1300 222 721 or Mark Ashby at and 0435 117 807, if we can assist with any of ACCPA’s services.

11 August 2023: Partnership with NSW Ministry of Health

ACCPA NSW/ACT Team continues its collaborative partnership with NSW Ministry of Health to ensure best outcomes for older Australians by streamlining clinical and operational requirements for providers with the Ministry of Health and the Local Health Districts.

8 August 2023: Aged Care Employee Day 

Our state manager Mark Ashby and Mathew Campbell contacted many sites in NSW/ACT for ‘Aged Care Employee Day’. A fantastic initiative and a wonderful way to acknowledge the ‘Angels’ of care. Please check out our members who have submitted a #ThanksforCaring video here.

Mark visited sites in his local area for ACED including – The Pines, Woolooware ; Juliana Village, Miranda ; The Palms at Kirrawee ; Gymea Community Aid & Information Service ; Stella Maris at Cronulla ; and 3Bridges Community Ltd at Carss Park.

Everyone Mark visited appreciated the recognition of the work they do every day. Mark would really like to thank all the site staff and managers and GMs for generously allowing Mark to intrude on the important work they do in giving care and dignity to older Australians. 

Pictured above: The amazing team at 3Bridges corporate office

20 July 2023: The ACCPA New South Wales team invites all members and stakeholders to participate in Aged Care Employee Day this August. Find out more

20 July 2023: The Aged Care Quality Standards is hosting a series of workshops for CHSP services

Tuesday 10 August

Shell Harbour, Illawarra. Register now

Tuesday 22 August

Orange, Central West. Register now

Thursday 24 August

Campbell Town, Macarthur. Register now

18 July 2023: ACCPA CEO, Tom Symondson and ACCPA NSW/ACT State Manager, Mark Ashby are meeting with members in the ACT and surrounding areas this week to discuss ACCPA’s advocacy on the financial sustainability of aged care. Pictured here is Tom and Mark with Canterbury City Community Care CEO, Esta Paschalidis-Chilas.

NSW Workers Compensation Premium Update for the Aged and Community Care Sector: Tuesday 27 June 2pm-3pm AEST

Workers compensation insurance provider icare has released premium updates for the upcoming financial year, with several changes impacting the sector including:

  • Workers Compensation Industry Classification (WIC) rates increase by an average of 8% (some higher, some lower)
  • Employer Safety Incentive (ESI) evolves into the Safe Employer Reward (SER)
  • Claims Performance Adjustment (CPA) table of rates extended to 600+%
  • 8% increase to Loss Prevention and Recovery (LPR) claims adjustment factors
  • Minor changes to Dust Disease Levy (DDL) (as per SIRA’s instruction)

The solutions and strategies to manage the impact

Hear directly from icare’s Industry and Product Design Manager, Michelle Harrison on some of the key changes for 2023 -24.
Head of Workplace Solutions at Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers Trevor Creech will provide guidance on navigating the rate rises and explore strategies to optimise workers compensation insurance costs.

Find out more and register here.

13 April 2023: Outcome from NSW State Election

The 2023 New South Wales state election was held on 25 March 2023. The outcome resulted in the first Labor government in the state in 12 years. Of interest to our sector is:

  • Minister for Seniors – Hon. Jodie Harrison MP (who was previously the Shadow Minister in Opposition)
  • Minister for Health – Hon Ryan Park
  • Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education – Hon. Timothy Crakanthorp MP
  • Minister for Housing and Homelessness – Hon. Rose Jackson MLC

The new Government’s responses to ACCPA NSW Election Aged Care Policy Proposals can be viewed here:

30 March 2023: Survey feedback from CHSP providers in NSW

ACCPA’s Sector Support & Development Team thanks the CHSP providers in NSW who recently participated in our survey.  The survey results have given us a greater understanding of the current and future issues faced by CHSP providers and what “keeps them up at night”.  We have now collated the survey responses to plan how we can best support CHSP providers transition to the new “Care at Home” program.  ACCPA is planning a number of different ways that it can respond to the top issues that came out from the survey. The major issues identified are workforce, managing finances, preparing for quality audits, serious incident reporting and risk management.  ACCPA currently offers information and training sessions to support providers with some of the issues identified:

30 March 2023: Free health education sessions in western Sydney

Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association of NSW Inc is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and managed by the Western Sydney Local Health District. They are providing free online and face-to-face sessions for seniors on topics including arthritis, strokes, oral health care, diabetes, healthy bones & osteoporosis, healthy bladder & bowel habits, falls injury prevention and medicine management. Find out more and register

15 February 2023: NSW Government offers $4,500 to improve energy and water performance

The NSW government is currently offering up to $4,500 (ex GST) for residential aged care and retirement living facilities as a financial contribution to monitor and improve your building’s energy and water performance, achieving potential savings. This is employed to receive a NABERS Energy and Water rating with an action plan for improvements.  

Eligibility Criteria: NSW buildings that have never rated with NABERS, and a commitment to two consecutive ratings with an action plan between ratings.

How to Apply: To apply, get in touch with NABERS at  before 28 February 2023.
Find more information here. 

27 January 2023: Mental Health Awareness and the Older Person Online Webinar on 22 February for NSW CHSP Providers

Mental Health Awareness and the Older Person: An Aged Care Workers Guide to Supporting an older person through significant life events online webinar takes place 22 February. This webinar considers the impact of later life events on an older person’s mental health and wellbeing. This webinar series is designed for SA & NSW Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) personal aged care workers, team leaders, supervisors and CHSP volunteers. Read more and register here.

16 November 2022: Storm and flood support update for stakeholders

The NSW Government has prepared an updated communications toolkit to help you share important information with your networks and communities impacted by severe weather and floods. The toolkit contains the latest information and collateral including:

  • newsletter/website copy
  • translated floods preparedness and
  • safety social content and flyers
  • fact sheets on mould and health
  • mosquito-borne diseases protection advice
  • agriculture and animal services resources.

Download the Toolkit. For more information about all available flood support, please continue to check nsw.gov.au.

17 October 2022: Flood recovery and support stakeholder toolkit updated

This updated toolkit has been developed to help you communicate important information to your communities and networks impacted by severe weather and floods. The toolkit contains the latest information on

  • August-October 2022 storms and floods
  • June-July 2022 storms and floods
  • February-March 2022 storms and floods
  • Support for all communities affected by floods.

Stay up to date about flood recovery and support by visiting nsw.gov.au

17 October 2022: ABC TV seeking western Sydney provider for filming of Old People’s Home For Teenagers season 2.

The ABC has contacted ACCPA looking for a filming location in western Sydney for series 2 of the show Old People’s Home For Teenagers. They need a large room, minimum of 300 – 500 sqm, and the location needs to be available exclusively to Endemol Shine for 12 weeks from 27 February to 24 May 2023.  Any ACCPA Members in western Sydney that would like to assist can email State Manager Mark Ashby via 

6 October 2022: Grants and payments for businesses, NFPs and community groups affected by floods

If your business, community group or not-for-profit has been affected by severe weather and flooding in NSW during 2022, there are grants, payments and other assistance available. 
Find out more here 

6 October 2022: HPSOP is Recruiting Volunteers for Peer Education Training Program

The Health Promotion Service for Older People (HPSOP), funded by the NSW Ministry of Health, and managed by the Western Sydney Local Health District and auspices by the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW Inc. are providing free health education sessions to English and multicultural communities. They are recruiting 20 volunteers from all over NSW who are 60 or over and interested in health issues and would like to help the community. Volunteers need to speak, read and write English and/or other language/s well. Volunteers will deliver education sessions to groups of seniors in the communities. The Free Zoom training are: 

  •  Presentation Skills Training: 20 and 21 March 2023
  • Working with an Interpreter Training: 28 March 2023
  • Health Topics Training: Starting from May 2023

Download the Flyer for more information or contact: 1800 451 488 or email:  Application closes on 13 March 2023.

28 September 2022: The Silver Rainbow LGBTIQ+ Aged Care Awareness Training Workshop

Sutherland Shire Council in collaboration with ACCPA and Advance Diversity Services were proud to recently present the Silver Rainbow LGBTIQ+ Ageing and Aged Care Training for staff. Participants attending this workshop came together from various community organisations to focus on empowering disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in LGBTQIA+ older communities. Outcomes for those attending included:

  • current legislation and policies related to our community
  • the significance of historical discrimination and stigma and its impact on the unique health and wellbeing need of LGBTI+ older people.
  • the importance of sector requirements for diversity and inclusion strategies in aged care settings.
  • ways to promote individual and workplace inclusive practice in aged care settings, including workplace policies.

Visit the ‘What’s On’ page on the ACCPA website for future online learning and development opportunities. New workshops with a CHSP focus are in development and will be advertised shortly. 

14 September 2022: Invitation to Inaugural Rev. Harry Herbert oration

In honour of Rev. Harry Herbert’s relentless focus on championing and improving the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians, you’re invited to attend the inaugural oration, followed by a panel discussion. Featuring Keynote speaker The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Master of Ceremonies Stan Grant – Walkley award-winning journalist plus Panellist Tracey Burton – Executive Director at Uniting, The Hon Robert Tickner AO and The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO. Taking place on Wednesday 5 October 6pm at St Stephen’s Uniting Church 197 Macquarie Street Sydney. Find more event information here. 

30 August 2022: NSW single-use plastic ban 1 November 2022

From 1 November 2022 the NSW Government is banning certain single-use plastic items. Get everything you need to prepare for the plastics ban:

Get help with excess stock from the Great Plastic Rescue. Read about exemptions for businesses, organisations and individuals including providing a plastic straw to those with a disability or other medical need.