Dear All – as you can see, the big news is that the Top End Family Law Pathways Network finally has its very own website! After you have read the newsletter, have a look around the website and see what is there. There is a directory of services for Darwin and Katherine (Who Can Help?) and a separate directory of programs/courses for families. There is information about events, useful links and more! If there is anything you would like included, or any changes needed, please email me on

In this newsletter, there is information about new local services; national conferences; resources and local training. As always, any local training will be included on the NTCOSS work training calendar.

Our next Network meeting is on Tuesday 24 May at 12.30 pm at Relationships Australia, Level 3, 43 Cavenagh Street Darwin. Catholic Care will be presenting on their domestic violence programs. Please RSVP to for catering purposes as lunch is provided. Hope to see you there!

Cheers, Natalie


LAW WEEK 16 – 20 MAY 2016: Law Week 2016 – calendar of events V6

TRANSPORT TO DARWIN CORRECTIONAL CENTRE. Salvation Army are trialling a bus service to DCC.. The service will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. $5 per adult. To book seats on the Salvos bus, tell the DCC when booking to visit with family,that you would also like to book a seat on the Salvos bus. DCC will book them on a bus closest to where they live. Fore more info call Chris (Salvos) on 8945 1947.

THE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE – MULTICULTURAL FORUM This forum aims to inform culturally and linguistically diverse communities about the work of the Royal Commission, what has been learnt so far, and listen to ideas on how we can ensure a safer future for children. The ideas raised during the forum will contribute to the Royal Commission’s final recommendations. Questions and comments for the Commissioner can be submitted beforehand when you RSVP and Royal Commission staff will be on hand on the day to support people who wish to contribute.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm start – 8:00pm. Location: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, 7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, NT, 0800.
RSVP: Preferred by 13 May 2016 to
(When you RSVP, please note it is for the Darwin Forum; send any questions or issues you would like raised and any participation/access needs.
For More information contact Sally Grimsley-Ballard or Simone Payne at 02 82823897/ 02 9093 2966 or


This full day workshop identifies ways in which your skills and past experience can be blended with best practice, evidence based approaches when working with people from refugee and/or traumatic backgrounds. The course is designed for professionals such as social workers, nurses, teachers, counsellors, case managers, bi-cultural workers as well as others who wish to gain specific skills and knowledge required to assist people affected by trauma. It is recommended that individuals complete the Trauma Toolkit workshop (or have a working knowledge of trauma biology) before attending this course.
When: 12th of May 2016, 8:30am- 4.30pm
Where: Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Darwin
Cost: $160.00AUD  Lunch and USB of presentation and resources will be provided. For further information please contact Or register directly at

Engaging Communities: what’s involved and how it’s done WEBINAR 17 May, CFCA


Child Aware Approaches Conference
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 May 2016.

Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference 6 – 8 July 2016, Melbourne. Program Now Available. The program features presentations on a range of issues affecting family wellbeing, including:
• Population ageing and retirement
• Family violence and family law
• Labour force participation
• Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Third Annual Conference: Assessing and determining children’s best interests in the flood of family violence claims. 18 to 20 August 2016, Brisbane.  Program: AFCC 2016 2pp A4 Assessing Brochure Web


A practical guide to working with carers of people with a mental illness
This guide has been developed to assist staff across service settings in Australia in recognition and support of carers.

GAYBY BABY School Action Toolkit, Australia’s first comprehensive education resource to represent same-sex parented families and explore family diversity. Be an ambassador for your school community and download the toolkit today!


Australian Government Department of Social Services (2016). Hearing her voice: Report from the kitchen table conversations with culturally and linguistically diverse women on violence against women and their children.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016. Child protection Australia 2014–15. Child welfare series no. 63. Cat. no. CWS 57. Canberra: AIHW.

The Attorney General’s Department commissioned a report on how the future needs of the Australian community for family law services can be best met over the long term. The Future Focus of Family Law Services report is now up on the department’s website.

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