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21-Jan-2019
Grants Ending Soon!

Smart Farms, Small Grants

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits | Local/Territory/State Governments |Individuals

Funding:       $5,000 - $200,000

Round:          Closes 11 January 2019

The Australian Government’s policy purpose for Smart Farms Small Grants is to support land manager practice change and to deliver more productive and profitable agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and forestry industries; protect Australia’s biodiversity; protect and improve the condition of natural resources (in particular on-farm soils, water and vegetation); and assist Australia meet its international obligations. 

The purpose will be achieved through local, on-ground, projects funded by grants that contribute to achieving at least one of the two outcomes described below. Projects may contribute to achieving one or both of the outcomes, however, funding of more than $50 000 will not be available for projects that contribute to achieving only Outcome 2.

Outcome 1 - Doing and fostering sustainable natural resource management best practice

Outcome 2 - Capacity building for sustainable natural resource management

https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/national-landcare-program-smart-farms-small-grants-0 

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Transurban Community Grants

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits 

Funding:       $2,000 - $5,000

Round:          Closes 13 January 2019

As part of Transurban's aim to improve the communities along their network, they help fund great neighbourhood causes that could do with a helping hand.

Community grants are available for up to $5,000 for projects bringing social and environmental benefits to communities in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane near Transurban's roads. Grants are open to a wide range of organisations and initiatives. Past grant recipients have included road safety initiatives, disability services organisations, youth and community education programs, food distribution, homeless support and housing services, emergency services, arts groups, school and kindergarten projects and land care initiatives.

Criteria:

Applications are reviewed with a preference for the following criteria:

  • The benefit for communities close to Transurban roads Ability to achieve lasting benefits kick-started by a grant
  • The potential to positively effect a large number of people or drive significant environmental outcomes
  • The potential to help overcome barriers to transport, mobility and community inclusion
  • The potential to improve the lives of disadvantaged or underprivileged groups
  • How specific the application is about the grant’s intended use and expected outcomes
  • Whether the grant will help create community benefits that may not otherwise be possible without grant support.

https://www.transurban.com.au/community-and-sustainability/grants-and-partnerships

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Regional Grant-Making Program

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits 

Funding:       $2,000 - $5,000

Round:          Closes 15 January 2019

The regional grants program aims to support eligible charitable organisations providing services in the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and North Queensland regions.

Applications are invited for grants of between $2,000 and $3,000 each. Under special circumstances, the advisory committee may consider applications up to a maximum of $5,000.

Charities and causes supported may fit within, but are not limited to: community wellbeing, health, arts and culture, animal welfare, children and youth, education, environment, medical research, indigenous and religion which have the following characteristics:

  • One-off projects for a specific purpose 
  • Demonstrate sustainability beyond the funding period 
  • Strengthen the community 
  • Reduce social disadvantage 
  • Help find solutions to community problems 
  • Benefit as many people as possible

QCF prefers to fund whole projects rather than a small contribution to a large project. Part funding will be considered where applicants can demonstrate access to co-funding.

https://qcf.org.au/grants/regional-grant-making/

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TCR into Frailty in Hospital Care

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits | Universities 

Funding:       $Undisclosed

Round:          Closes 30 January 2019

This Targeted Call for Research (TCR) aims to encourage research that addresses how frail persons can be supported to avoid hospitalisations, receive optimal care when admitted, and achieve the best health recovery outcomes, through integrated and coordinated in- and post-hospital interventions.

This TCR aims to support research that addresses the following question: How can frail persons be supported to safely avoid hospitalisations, receive optimal care when admitted and achieve the best health recovery outcomes through integrated and coordinated in- and post-hospital interventions?

NHMRC invites proposals for collaborative and multidisciplinary research, to avoid duplication of effort and to develop synergies between researchers, clinicians and health systems (community, residential and hospital care settings).

Aims of implementing the call are to:

  1. Encourage research across a range of disciplines and sectors to generate evidence for new or improved interventions and models of care to improve hospital outcomes and well-being of patients with frailty within elderly or other affected age groups. 
  2. Promote and advocate for the accelerated translation of evidence-based interventions including increasing the uptake of already existing evidence-based approaches to community, residential and hospital care settings and organisational and government policies, to improve hospital outcomes and well-being of patients with frailty within elderly or other affected age groups.
  3. Encourage research that develops tools to identify risk factors for ‘becoming frail’ to allow earlier decision making on treatment options for effective and cost effective models of care.
  4. Build Australia’s capability for research into the health and well-being of frailty within elderly or other affected age groups.
  5. Up to $5 million has been allocated to support a small number of research projects identified via this call. Funding will be provided to the top ranked applications until the allocated funding is expended. The number of projects funded therefore depends on the size of the grants.

    Funding will be available for any period of up to five years over the period 2019-2023.

https://nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/targeted-call-research-frailty-hospital-care-complex-health-needs

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MRFF: Keepng Australians out of Hospital Grants

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits | Universities  | Businesses | State/Territory Governments

Funding:       $Undisclosed

Round:          Closes 30 January 2019

This grant opportunity under the MRFF Keeping Australians Out of Hospital program will support research into evidence-based, implementable and scalable preventive health solutions that can result in outcomes to prevent the development of, or promote better management of complex and chronic health conditions, improve quality of life for people with these conditions and keep them out of hospital.

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), established under the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015 (MRFF Act), provides grants of financial assistance to support health and medical research and innovation to improving the health and wellbeing of Australians.

Competitive applications will: 

  • build on research outputs that have proven to be effective at a local level; 
  • have a strong implementation component in the study design; 
  • address critical knowledge and evidence gaps in Australia; and 
  • have strong involvement with the community and other service providers who can help with the specific requirements of the target population.

Currently, $11.7 million from the MRFF is available for this grant opportunity. It is anticipated that 5 – 10 applications will be funded.

Funding will be available over a period of up to three years to 2020-21, unless applications specify a shorter period.

Applicants are encouraged to seek strategic partnerships involving organisations whose decisions and actions affect Australians' health, health policy and health care delivery in way that improve the health of Australians. They include organisations such as:

  • those working in federal, state, territory or local government – in the health portfolio or in other areas affecting health, such as economic policy, urban planning, education or transport 
  • those working in the private sector such as employers, private health insurance providers or private hospitals 
  • non-government organisations and charities 
  • community organisations such as consumer groups 
  • healthcare providers, and/or 
  • professional groups. Partnerships with an overseas partner organisation are acceptable, provided the objectives of the grant opportunity are fully met.

https://nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/mrff-keeping-australians-out-hospital-grant-opportunity

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Community Conservation Grants

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits | Individuals | State/Territory Governments

Funding:       $0 - $10,000

Round:          Closes 31 January 2019

The purpose of our Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of Australia's native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia. All proposals are evaluated by FNPW's Projects Committee based on funding priorities, funds available and quality and quantity of projects submitted.

FNPW may support approved projects through untied funds that belong to FNPW, or it may choose to run a targeted public appeal or seek third party sponsorship for the project.

FNPW Community Conservation Grants aim to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following Focus Areas:

Land and Water - Protection, restoration, rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded habitats to ensure their ability to sustain native species.

Threatened Species - Scientific research with tangible conservation outcomes and on-ground works to conserve Australia’s threatened species.

Cultural Heritage - Conserving and celebrating Australia’s cultural heritage as part of the gift we leave to future generations.

Parks for People - Improving National Park facilities for the enjoyment of all, to foster and encourage the appreciation of nature.

https://www.fnpw.org.au/grants/conservation-project-grants

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08-Jan-2019
WELCOME TO 2019!

We would like to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Our Office is open, and our friendly stafff are here, ready to answer your questions.

Call 1300 007 110, or email info@cmsolutions.org.au to speak weith our friendly staff.

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08-Jan-2019
Grants for Fire Affected Communities

Public Rural Crisis Fund: Drought, flood, fire, and family crisis support

Eligible to:     Businesses | Not-for-profits | Individuals

Funding:        $0 to $5,000

Round:          Ongoing

Born from the need to assist women and families during times of crisis, the Public Rural Crisis Fund has been an initiative of the Queensland Country Women’s Association since 1990. This fund not only supports families suffering from drought, flood or fire but is for all families experiencing any type of crisis.

http://www.qcwa.org.au/what-we-do/public-rural-crisis-fund/

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30-Nov-2018
Grants Ending Soon!

ooking for ways to grow your organisation - check out these incredible grants.

 

They are closing soon, so be quick!

 

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Mobile Black Spot Program

Eligible to:    Businesses

Funding:       $Undisclosed

Round:          Closes 10 December 2018

The Mobile Black Spot Program is the Australian Government’s initiative to extend and improve mobile phone coverage and competition, particularly in regional and remote areas of Australia.

https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/mobile-services-and-coverage/mobile-black-spot-program

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Family Relationships Advice Line  (FRAL) Delivery Services Funding

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits | State/Territory Governments

Funding:       $ Undisclosed

Round:          Closes 12 December 2018

The purpose of the grant is for an eligible organisation to deliver and manage a national Family Relationship Advice Line (FRAL) service that achieves the objective outlined below.

The FRAL will run over five years from 2019-20 to 2023-24. Funding will be offered to one organisation as a result of this process.

The Australian Government has announced a total of $44,422,340 (GST exclusive) over five years ($8,884,468 each year) for the FRAL, starting from 1 July 2019. Subject to negotiations, establishment costs of up to 20% of the first year of funding will also be available (that is, up to $1,777,000). However, payment of the establishment funding will be split and paid over two financial years – first payment in 2018-19 (up to $888,500 upon signing of the grant agreement) and the balance paid in 2019-20 (up to $888,500 following commencement of the FRAL services in July 2019).

The maximum grant period is five years.

The FRAL is intended to:

  • meet the Australian Government’s broader policy objective to enhance the family law system’s capacity to respond to the needs of separated families, in particular vulnerable families with complex needs
  • be delivered as an integrated service delivering the objectives stated
  • ensure clients receive timely, accurate and streamlined service that meets their individual needs.

https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/family-relationship-advice-line

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Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Project Grants

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits | Local Governments

Funding:       $0 to $40,000

Round:          Closes 14 December 2018

To engage migrants, refugees and the wider community in building a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland.

Eligible applicants can apply for funding of up to $40,000 for multicultural projects to be delivered in the 2019–20 financial year.

This funding round is for multicultural projects to be delivered in 2019–2020 that create pathways to participation for migrants and refugees in the cultural, economic, and social life of Queensland, for example:

  • to support migrants and refugees with pathways to employment 
  • to improve understanding of and connections with the history and cultures of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples 
  • to support community organisations, Councils and local industries to build their capacity to be responsive and inclusive of migrants and refugees 
  • to increase participation of migrants and refugees in community associations, service clubs and sporting groups.

http://www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/multicultural-affairs/programs-and-initiatives/celebrating-multicultural-qld-program.html 

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Sexual Violence Prevention Grants

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits

Funding:       $500 to $5,000

Round:          Closes 14 December 2018

Funding is available for community groups and organisations to undertake activities or develop resources that will support Queenslanders to have conversations about sexual violence.

The aim of the grants is to:

  • raise awareness and continue the conversation around sexual violence in Queensland communities
  • challenge misconceptions about sexual violence and promote community respect and support for victims and survivors of sexual violence
  • clearly communicate that sexual violence is not accepted and will not be tolerated in Queensland communities
  • educate friends, family, workplaces, sporting groups and other community groups on how to speak up against sexual violence and respond to victims and survivors who have disclosed sexual violence.

Funding of $500 to $5,000 per activity is available for activities that will address any form of sexual violence (including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, technology-facilitated abuse, sexual assault and rape, youth sexual violence and child sexual abuse) experienced by women, men, young people and children.

Applications which include a particular focus on cohorts experiencing additional vulnerability to sexual violence (e.g. young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTIQ+ communities, CALD communities) are particularly encouraged.

https://www.csyw.qld.gov.au/about-us/funding-grants/funding-available

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Boosting Dementia Research Grants: Implementing Dementia Risk Reduction and Prevention Research

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits | Universities

Funding:       $0 to $2,000,000

Round:          Closes 19 December 2018

This call will address the challenges in providing dementia risk reduction and prevention treatments and programs by supporting research that will deliver to the Australian community high quality, evidenced-based information on key risk factors of dementia for effective interventions that will decrease the prevalence or delay the onset of dementia. Knowledge translation is central to the initiative, given that research translation remains one of the biggest challenges to dementia risk reduction and prevention.

https://nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/boosting-dementia-research-grants-scheme-priority-round-5-implementing-dementia-risk-reduction-and-prevention-research

 

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Boosting Dementia Research Grants: Improving Dementia Data and Methods

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits | Universities

Funding:       $0 to $3,000,000

Round:          Closes 19 December 2018

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) is part of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative and will target, co-ordinate and translate the Australian research effort in dementia.

NHMRC has allocated funding to support partnerships of multidisciplinary, national teams to strengthen Australia’s national dementia data assets and capabilities to deliver high quality information and analytic methods for dementia research under the Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme: Priority Round 6.

The supported research will:

  • provide new capacity for reliable estimates of dementia incidence and prevalence, by different types of dementia
  • support research toward the development of new prevention, treatment and care measures by Australian researchers, including with international collaborators, and
  • contribute to planning services, monitoring trends, and identifying new markets and areas of need by governments, industry and providers.

https://nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/boosting-dementia-research-grants-priority-round-6

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30-Nov-2018
Grants Ending Soon!

Looking for ways to grow your organisation - check out these incredible grants.

 

They are closing soon, so be quick!

 

You can find more grants available Here.

 

Artists in Residence Program

Eligible to:     Schools

Funding:       $5,000 - $20,000

Round:          Closes 29 October 2018

The Artists in Residence program provides arts and education funding to kindergartens and schools seeking to increase their engagement with arts and culture through partnerships with artists, arts organisations or arts facilities.

https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/arts/funding/organisations/schools

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2018 SunSmart Shade Initiative

Eligible to:     Not-for-Profits

Funding:       up to $5000

Round:          Closes 1 November 2018

Cancer Council Queensland and the Queensland Department of Health are excited to support the 2018 SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative. The Initiative provides 50 per cent matched funding up to $2000 for portable shade and up to $5000 for permanent shade for not-for-profit organisations that cater to children 0-18 years. All eligible not-for-profit organisations, for example schools, sporting clubs, childcare centres and community groups, are encouraged to apply.

 

https://cancerqld.org.au/cancer-prevention/programs-resources/sunsmart-shade-initiative-2018/

 

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People's Choice Award Grants

Eligible to:  Businesses | Individuals

Funding:       $2,000 - $20,000

Round:          Closes 31 October 2018

We are committed to improving work health and safety (WHS) and workers' compensation arrangements across Australia and providing support through the Program to projects or initiatives of individuals, businesses, government and non-government organisations that align with this commitment.

The aims of this Program are to:

  • increase community awareness and knowledge of WHS and workers' compensation
  • build our profile as the national policy body for WHS and workers' compensation
  • build relationships with key influencers and national bodies, and
  • support priority areas including industries, action areas and conditions in the Australian WHS Strategy 2012-2022.

Shortlisted applicants will be offered a grant agreement valued between $2,000 and $20,000 for their project or initiative. Shortlisted applicants' submissions will be posted on the Safe Work Australia Engage portal and be subject to a public vote. Subject to the People's Choice Award Grant Guidelines, the finalist with the most public votes will win the People's Choice Award and may receive additional funding of up to $5,000.

https://engage.swa.gov.au/win-your-share-of-50000

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17-Oct-2018
CMSolutions Notice of Annual General Meeting

 

Dear Members,

 

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Community Services Employers Association, Union of Employers T/A: Community Management Solutions will be held on Wednesday, 27th June 2018 at 6.30pm.

 

Could you please inform us of your availability to attend by returning the RSVP form back to us by Friday, 22nd June 2018.

 

A copy of the ACSEA Financial Statements for 2017 is available at https://www.cmsolutions.org.au/acsea-board-of-management

 

For more information please do not hesitate to contact the office on 07 3852 5177.

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04-Jun-2018
Federal Minimum Wage Increase

The Fair Work Commission Minimum Wage Panel has handed down their decision to deliver a 3.5% increase to the Federal Minimum Wage and the Modern Awards.

 

All modern award base rates will increase by 3.5% from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018. Weekly wages will be rounded to the nearest 10 cents.

The national minimum wage will be $719.20 per week or $18.93 per hour. This constitutes an increase of $24.30 per week to the weekly rate or 64 cents per hour to the hourly rate.

Updated pay rate sheets will be emailed out to all Federal Members and uploaded onto the CMSolutions website as soon as they are completed.

If you are a member of the Award Service an updated copy of your subscribed Award will be emailed out to you as soon as they are made available.

Please do not hesitate to contact CMSolutions on 1300 007 110 should you require any further information or would like assistance in applying the increase.

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01-Jun-2018
What should you expect from a Workplace Investigation?

Workplace Investigations are a long process which is stressful for all parties involved. So before you start a workplace investigation lets discuss what you should expect and consider.

 

Stand Down

 

It is common for employers to want to stand down their employee whilst an investigation is taking place, however this may not always be the best option.

 

You should consider standing down an employee when, they are in a position to interfere with the investigation or tamper with information, or there is a serious and immediate risk to health and safety.

 

Standing down an employee should not be a form of punishment and you should always consider the employee innocent until proven otherwise. Before standing down an employee, ask "can they remain in the workplace?".

 

Investigator Bias

 

Choosing an Investigator can be the hardest part of a workplace investigation. The person responsible for the investigation must be able to ensure a fair and just process, whilst not holding any biases towards the parties.

 

Investigators should not have a predetermined outcome of the investigation. Investigators should also be personally involved in the case or be personally connected to the complainant/s or respondent/s.

 

Procedural Fairness and Natural Justice

 

When conducting an investigation there are a number of legal principles that will need to be applied. These include:

 

  • Notifying persons of any allegations to which they are required to respond.
  • Providing sufficient information for a response.
  • Disclosing any material which is adverse to a person's interests (which you may rely on later).
  • Giving persons a chance to respond to any allegations against them.
  • Allowing for a support or representative.

 

Timeframes

 

The timeframes for a workplace investigation can vary greatly. An Investigator will need time to understand the allegations, interview all complainants, witnesses and respondents, as well as follow up other information and write a report.

 

A basic investigation can often take up to four weeks, with complex investigations taking up to 6 months.

 

It is suggested that you talk with your investigator at the beginning of an investigation to identify some expected timeframes. You should remember however that most investigators will only be able to give you a guide and that the timeframes can vary.

 

For more information contact one of our Employment Relations Advisors on 1300 007 110.

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04-Apr-2018
Your CMSolutions...Not Going Anywhere!

It has come to our attention that some members have been directly approached by an alternate organisation and that there has been incorrect information broadcast about CMSolutions and our services.
 
Anyone can make empty promises however with almost 50 years experience working for P&C’s across Queensland there is no not-for-profit organisation (or for that matter organisations wishing to use P&C’s for their own profit) more attuned to serving the complex and varied needs of P&C’s.
 
We can assure you that your CMSolutions is not going anywhere! With almost 50 years experience working on behalf of P&C’s we are here, with you, for the long haul!
 
CMSolutions is part of the fabric of your industry, we know the complex and unique issues you face and we understand how hard it is, as mainly volunteers, to run a successful P&C, organising staff, ensuring entitlements are paid, balancing the books and so much more.
 
Our unique Employment Relations Service is a crucial tool for you. We helped write the Award (on your behalf) and are also fully up-to-date with the modernised Queensland Employment Standards. A simple phone call to our Employment Relations team ensures correct Award advice and pay rates – just one of the many free benefits of CMSolutions membership.
 
We also offer a range of free advice or cost effective fee-based services designed specifically for P&C’s. These cover:

 

  • Employment Contracts & Position Descriptions
  • Recruitment, Mediation & Selection Services
  • Work Health & Safety Audits
  • Human Resources Health Checks
  • Bookkeeping/Payroll Services
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Audit and Health Check Services
  • One on One Accounts Training
  • Successful Canteen & Tuckshop Management

 

We understand that the work you do, whilst often thankless, is important. And our key aim is to ensure your tenure is successful and hassle-free. Our business is NOT about lining our pockets.
 
Our specialist knowledge and friendly team combined with easy access website and 1300 number has all the answers. We actually know what we are talking about and have no hidden lock-in periods or hidden fees. What you see at CMSolutions is what you get – good, correct and honest advice.
 
CMSolutions has been supporting P&C’s for almost 50 years… and we plan to be around for our Centenary!
 
If you have any questions about what we can offer, or are confused in anyway about our role and how CMSolutions can make your tenure easier please don’t hesitate us directly or Bec White a call on (07) 3852 5177 or 1300 007 110.
 
We look forward to being of service.
 
 
Catherine Norris & Neale Brosnan
Joint General Managers

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14-Mar-2018