CoE Update | October 2022

Welcome to the latest Centre of Excellence Update

In October the Centre of Excellence has continued delivering its programs including a second Local Produce famil in the Eurobodalla and a professional development session presented in Merimbula.

South Coast Hospitality is Hiring

The South Coast Hospitality Is Hiring Campaign was launched in September and the results of this campaign continue to deliver support to local tourism and hospitality operators with 101 jobs pledged and 18 jobs confirmed. This program aims to ease some of the pressure on tourism and hospitality businesses by connecting job seekers into jobs that have been pledged by local operators.
Businesses that need staff are asked to visit the campaign website to pledge the jobs they need filled. The Team at the Local Jobs Program will then work with employment service providers and other organisations to match job seekers into these roles. All pledged jobs will also be posted to the jobs board of the campaign website and promoted heavily across the region.
If you are looking for casual or permanent work in the hospitality or tourism industry, click here.

Eurobodalla Local Knowledge Famil – Local Produce

The Eurobodalla Local Knowledge Famil was held this month that showcased the rich diversity of tourism and hospitality produce in the region. The famil was attended by 19 customer facing employees and business owners who toured the region visiting Alfesco Coffee, Bodalla Cheese, The Oyster Farmers Daughter, Tilba Dairy, Big Niles Brewery, Mogendoura Farm and Broulee Brewhouse. South Coast Seaweed’s Sarah and James Thomas hosted the group on a tour of discovery along Broulee Beach to learn about indigenous aquaculture and habitat.
Feedback from attendees:
“Such a fantastic day connecting in with industry and learning from all of the incredible suppliers here in the Eurobodalla. It’s great to see the hospitality industry flourishing with new and exciting business popping up on the South Coast.”
“I have certainly learnt a lot of what is available. more importantly having been able to access new contacts this way and activities throughout the Eurobodalla area is exciting way to do it.”

The final Local Produce famil for 2022 is scheduled for Wednesday 9 November in the Bega Valley. If you wish to attend this famil please click here or for more details, and also refer to the November Program.

Business and Tourism Talks – Merimbula

The CoE partnered with the Sapphire Coast Destination Marketing and the Bega Valley Business Forum to present a Business and Tourism Talk workshop presented by Kelly Maher on what the outcome of the recent Jobs and Skills Summit means for local operators and what strategies can be developed to attract and retain your workforce.
Kelly delivered an analysis that she researched from the data from the 2021 Census on the Bega Valley Employment profile for October 2022. 
Click here to view this employment data.
Kelly Maher also spoke with the Hon Kristy McBain, Member for Eden-Monaro, and Federal Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, about her experience attending the Jobs & Skills Summit and asked her share her thoughts on what initiatives may be helpful to Bega Valley employers trying to attract and retain staff and on the Age Pension Work Bonus. Click here to view this interview.
The presentation was very well received by the attendees and was followed by an industry networking event.

Employers Take on Tomorrow webinar

Yesterday the CoE hosted a webinar about how the School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW program offers support to help you take on and train a senior school student to suit your business. Guest speakers included Tony Keir, Regional Manager NSW South, Apprenticeship Support Australia, Business NSW, and Jen Downes, Industry Innovation Specialist – Hospitality, Commercial Cookery & Finance, TAFE.
Tony and Jen were joined by Justine and Mikaela from Husky Bakery who shared their experience of the program.

A recording of the session and resources shared, will be available over the coming days through this link. If you would like to hear more, please complete the short survey here.


Happy to hear your thoughts on how the CoE can support you, please send me an email [email protected]
Speak soon,
Robyn & Sam

November Program

South Coast Tourism Industry Association

The South Coast Tourism Industry Association will be holding its launch event on Thursday, 3rd November at the Nowra Golf Club during Small Business Month. This will be a free event and will include a number of presentations followed by networking.
For more information on the event and to register to attend click here.

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Bega Valley Local Produce Famil

This full day famil on Wednesday 9th November will visit food and beverage producers in Bega Valley that offer visitor experiences.  Local knowledge of front-line tourism and hospitality workers plays a crucial role in shaping a visitors’ stay in Bega Valley and this famil is designed to grow local knowledge and network of the local producers. 

The famil will start in Bega and will include visits to the incredible oyster experiences on the pristine waters of Broadwater and Pambula Lake. It will also include stops at a few local craft and micro breweries and winery.

Each producer will present on the unique characteristics of their produce to educate the attendees on their visitor experience. This will expand or open new networks of producers that offer guests memorable experiences along with high quality local produce. 

If you are working in a customer facing role in tourism and hospitality click here to register to attend this famil.

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Visa Options for Employing Workers in Australia Seminars

The CoE is partnering with the Department of Home Affairs through the Business Industry and Regional Outreach program and Regional Development Australia Far South Coast to present an additional three seminars on the NSW South Coast on the current skilled visa options available to employ overseas workers.

  • Bega: Wednesday 9th November (Afternoon)
  • Batemans Bay: Thursday 10th November (Morning)
  • Moruya: Thursday 10th November (Afternoon)

Details on how to register for these seminars will be circulated shortly.

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T.H.E. Schools Day (Tourism and Hospitality Experience) – Shoalhaven

On Tuesday 22nd November the CoE will pilot a new program, T.H.E. (Tourism and Hospitality Experience) Schools Day, to engage and inspire school students to consider a career in tourism and/or hospitality.
Often regarded as what you do when you are studying, a career in tourism and hospitality offers so much more. Students will hear from industry experts who have travelled the world with their skills, experienced the most exciting events and who have built extraordinary careers.
The event will be limited to 80 students from across the Shoalhaven.

Download the event flyer here.

December Program

Eurobodalla Industry Workshop & Networking Event

The CoE is partnering with the Eurobodalla Shire Council to present a Business and Tourism Talk on Wednesday 7th December 2022. The event will be held at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens and will include a one hour presentation followed by industry networking. More information and registrations available here.

Other Skills Training and Education

TAFE Ulladulla

Ulladulla TAFE is delivering a one day Food Safety Supervisor course on Wednesday 2nd of November 2022.  Read more and register for the course here.

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Looking to Start a New Business in Tourism and Hospitality?

Register for this FREE online Exploring Self Employment Workshops to see if investigating if Self Employment is for you.

Read more in the program flyer here and register via the form here.

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NSW First Program

Destination NSW delivers the NSW First Program to assist tourism businesses across the state to develop, promote and sell their tourism products.

It includes face to face workshops and online webcasts that offer ‘how-to’ insights on a range of topics for the tourism industry, with events regularly added to the calendar.

Find out more and view on demand webcasts on the Destination NSW website.

For assistance with the NSW First Program and to discuss your business’ needs, please contact the Industry Development Manager at your Destination Network:

For Shoalhaven operators:
Aaron Matis
Destination Sydney Surrounds South
[email protected]
For Eurobodalla & Bega Valley operators:
Jenny Robb
Destination Southern NSW
[email protected]
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Business Connect

Looking for support in running your business? Find and book a Business Connect webinar or event from business experts. Develop your business skills and help your business achieve its potential. Visit the Business Connect website for further details.

Looking for more information?

For further information on the Centre of Excellence, please contact:

Robyn Johnson
Manager Skills and Opportunities
[email protected]
Sam Tooley
Industry Partnerships Specialist
[email protected]
This Local Economic Recovery project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Images: (1) Merimbula Business & Tourism Talk event. (2-5) Eurobodalla Local Knowledge Famil.