Targeted Skills for Small Business (TSB)

Gunnedah – Community College Northern Inland Inc – RTO 90027 supports small business owners and their staff by providing accredited and non-accredited training that is subsidised by the NSW Government under the Adult and Community Education (ACE) Program.

The ACE Program also offers support to small business owners and their staff by providing fully subsidised accredited and non-accredited training in targeted courses in information technology, business services or foundation digital skills.  This category is referred to as Targeted Skills for Small Business (TSB).

Is my business eligible for the Targeted Skills for Small Business Program?

The Targeted Skills for Small Business Program supports small business owners and their staff by providing fully subsidised training in targeted courses.

For students to be eligible under Targeted Skills for Small Business, the student must be:

  • an owner of a small business; or
  • an employee of a small business.

If you work in or own a small business:

  • with less than 20 employees; or
  • with an annual turnover of less than $2 million

you and your employees  may be eligible to join our Admin Allrounder and our Digital Skills Training  fee free. This program is subsidised by the NSW Government

Please contact us on 67425630 for further information.

Get access to learning opportunities to skill your workforce right in your own neighbourhood.



Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council

Harvest Trail – AgMove Relocation Assistance Program

Travel Australia, earn an income, and receive financial assistance of up to $6,000 when you
move to take up a job on the harvest trail!

Whether you’re a job seeker, school leaver or working holiday maker, you could find yourself fruit
picking from a beautiful orchid, pruning vines for next year’s wine harvest or packing vegetables
ready for the market. There is a huge variety of jobs available, ranging in length from weeks to
months with no prior farm experience necessary.

If you’re thinking a stint in harvest work could be for you, there is financial support available
through the Australian Government’s AgMove initiative to reimburse the cost of travel,
accommodation and work-related expenses associated with moving for short term agricultural work.

Tell me about AgMove

Under an AgMove Agreement, harvest workers only need to complete 40 hours of agricultural work
(including harvest work) over at least a two-week period to be able to claim reimbursement of some
initial expenses including travel and accommodation, up to $2,000 for Australians and $650 for
eligible visa holders.

The reimbursement entitlement jumps to $6,000 for eligible Australian workers and $2,000 for
eligible visa holders if they complete at least 120 hours of work in a minimum four-week

To be eligible for AgMove you must:
• be an Australian citizen or permanent resident; or
• have a right to work in Australia that is not limited by an employer or a type of work (like Working Holiday Makers and international students)
• be at least 18 years of age, or if you are relocating to take up a job after 5 May 2021 and have graduated from Year 12, 17-years of age
• relocate to take up a short term agricultural work, including harvest work, that is confirmed by a Harvest Trail Services (HTS) or the Harvest Trail Information Service (HTIS) provider
• enter into AgMove Agreement with a HTS or HTIS provider.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve across the country, interstate relocation depends on the current border and travel restrictions of the states in question. It is important those considering relocation to take up harvest work keep up to date with the current border and travel restrictions.
To find out more visit Harvest Trail Services and join the thousands of Australians who are already benefiting from the AgMove initiative! This is a fantastic opportunity to earn while you explore some of Australia’s most remote and stunning locations.
For more information you can also call the Harvest Trail Information Service (HTIS) Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm on 1800 062 332.

Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council

Media Workshop – Gunnedah Times

It’s not enough to be great…..

We’re ready to help you make the most of the opportunities by offering free marketing workshops with marketing expert Damian Morgan, MBA, who has extensive experience in successful marketing of businesses of all sizes.

Don’t miss this free no obligation 45 minute workshops to plan effective marketing and advertising strategies.
Book now!

PHONE 02 5700 3815 or

Sessions: Tuesday, May 17 at 10am, 12:30pm or 5:30pm
The Green Room, Gunnedah Services Club.
Refreshments provided.

For 2021 Business Leaders’ Program participants, book your one on one session with Damian by calling 5700 3815 or emailing

Tech Savvy Seniors

Free, fun digital skills sessions for seniors!

Gunnedah Community College is delivering funded  technology training   to help seniors develop their digital skills and benefit from being online and connected no matter where they live, how old they are or what their interests are!

The popular Tech Savvy Seniors digital skills training aims to help older Australians, particularly those in regional and remote areas of New South Wales, develop the skills and confidence to use technology to stay connected with their families, friends and communities.

Campus Coordinator Lena Curran is thrilled to be helping seniors get tech savvy through the Tech Savvy Seniors program:

“You’re never too old to learn! The NSW Government’s partnership with the State Library of NSW and Telstra is an excellent example of government and the business community working together to increase opportunities for seniors and support our ageing population. The college can provide an ideal environment for the Tech Savvy Seniors workshops to take place where seniors will be guided by our experienced trainers to explore and connect with technology at their own pace.”

“Seniors over 60, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander seniors over 50, who are keen to improve their digital skills are welcome to enrol in the funded Tech Savvy Seniors workshops starting Friday May 13 running from 9am to 12pm for 8 weeks.”

Digital skills sessions may cover [introduction to using computers/ tablets, using the internet and social media, introduction to email and how to stay safe online. Call us on 67 425630]or visit us at 39 Chandos Street for more info or to book your spot.

Tech Savvy Seniors NSW is a partnership between the NSW Government, the State Library of NSW and Telstra, providing free or low cost technology training to seniors in the Gunnedah area through Gunnedah Community College – RTO 90027.


Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council

Calling Gunnedah Businesses to be part of Youth Expo

We invite you to 2022 Gunnedah Youth Expo to be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at the Gunnedah Town Hall from 10am – 1pm.

The Gunnedah Youth Expo was very successful in 2021, featuring 30 exhibitors including tertiary education providers, health and community services and local businesses. Thank you for making this possible.

More than 250 young people visited the Expo, which is a joint initiative of Gunnedah Shire Council, Gunnedah Youth Interagency and NSW Youth Week.

If you would like to register to be part of the event please complete the online form: by Friday 25 March 2022 at 5pm.

Exhibiting at the Youth Expo is FREE and a trestle table and two chairs will be provided. Powered stalls are available on request.

Please note we require Working With Children Check (WWCC) number and a copy of your Public Liability Insurance.

Youth Expo is the highlight event of Youth Week in Gunnedah Shire. The aim of NSW Youth Week is to celebrate young people and the contributions they make to their local communities. NSW Youth Week 2022 will run from 4 -14 April 2022. The theme for 2022 is ‘It’s up to YOU’th’.

Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council

Men in Small Business – A to Z Startup Panel Discussion

“Big business starts small” – Richard Branson. Get set to listen to the A-Z journey of men in Gunnedah small businesses that are creating an impact on the rural town we live in. They have created the vision, articulated the idea and driven small business growth through evolving economic times. Listen to their stories of innovation, goal setting and mistakes made along their journey. Compered by Ben Hennessy (Principal of Hennessy Real Estate Gunnedah and Narrabri) we welcome guest speakers Kurtis Doyle (Bubbles ‘n’ Bones), Richard Patriquin (Li’l Acheivers) and Matt Bettesworth (Campgrounds Gunnedah).

Date: March 8, 2022 – 5.30-6.30pm

Where – Bicentennial Arts Gallery – 83 Chandos Street Gunnedah

Cost: FREE

Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council

Business Partner Program – Round Three 2021/22 – Closing Soon!

Have you been thinking about expanding your business and need a financial contribution to make it happen? Do you have an idea for a new business initiative or event that will benefit the Gunnedah Shire through increased employment? From smaller scale items such as a website upgrade to a game changing project that will bring growth to our Shire, we want your ideas and are open to applications from all businesses! Gunnedah Shire Council would like to invite you to discover the benefits of being a recipient of the Business Partner Program. Available to all new and existing business owners in Gunnedah looking for assistance to enhance economic activity.

Round Three 2021/22 is closing on the 28th February, please find the Guidelines and Expression of Interest Forms here for you to apply today!

If you have questions or queries regarding The Business Partner Program, please call Gunnedah Shire Council on 02 6740 2100.

BSB30120 Certificate III in Business (Administration) Gunnedah Community College

Get the staff your business needs by building your own highly skilled workforce. Build your workforce capability with trainees. Recruiting a trainee gives you a worker keen to learn who can be trained in the targeted skills your business needs, now and in the future. Government support is available with wage subsidies for employers who hire an eligible trainee, and training subsidised under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Program/JobTrainer. Find out how you can strengthen your business through Vocational Education and Training by visiting or call 1800 952 264 to find out how Community College Northern Inland can help you meet your training needs with a qualification we offer. Please have a read of Eden’s story , local Gunnedah girl

Eden skills up at Community College to reach her dream of becoming a business owner

In three short years Eden has transformed herself from school-leaver to successful businesswoman and owner of her very own business. The Vanity Vault—Gunnedah’s newest Beauty Salon—specialises in everything beauty, skin and nails and is the only salon in town offering luxurious foot detox treatments. But peeling back the layers reveals there’s a lot more to the service Eden offers than meets the eye.

Eden had already completed an Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy when she came to Gunnedah Community College looking for ways to upskill that would help future proof her career. Like so many others, Eden’s employment had been put on hold more than once when her employer was forced into lockdown as a result of Covid 19.

Eden knew that if she wanted to be in control of her career and her own business she’d need targeted business skills training. She enrolled in the Leadership Skills part-qualification studying nationally recognised units from the BSB30115 Certificate III in Business. The training gave Eden skills to be an effective and proactive member of an innovative team—motivating, mentoring and coaching others to develop an efficient and united team and assisting communication between team members and herself as manager of her own business. These skills would be vital to Eden as she moved into business ownership, preparing her for business growth when additional staff may be required.

As a country girl, Eden understood the unique challenges faced by people living and working in remote areas and this lived experience was echoed in the thoughts of clients who shared their personal challenges during beauty sessions. Eden decided to develop skills to help her clients more holistically, enrolling at the college to complete Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). This course, facilitated by the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, was recently announced as the largest mental health first aid program in the world. It aims to train a range of community members in mental health first aid to become well-trained gate-keepers protecting small towns and communities throughout Australia.

Eden is confident that the training she’s undertaken at Community College has broadened her knowledge and skills in business and management. She places a high value on her ability to access mental health training—a key topic for business leaders around the world as they seek to manage burnout and stress in workplaces brought on by the ongoing pandemic.

Expanding her business with online sales is the next step in Eden’s future proof plan and she says she hasn’t finished with her learning yet:

“I would love to study Business including marketing, management and digital skills. I think all of these would come in handy as I’ve just opened my own small business.”

Eden’s story shows how building emerging business skills can help anyone who is interested in a career that will give them room to grow.

Community College Northern Inland is offering the latest BSB30120 Certificate III in Business (Administration) and a range of business skills and digital skills training at campuses throughout the region. As an approved community-based vocational education and training (VET) provider, the college reaches students in regional and remote communities that face barriers to training and employment through the NSW Government’s ACE Program and Smart and Skilled funding.

Eligible students can access fully funded training through JobTrainer – a $640 million program funded by the NSW Government and Australian Government over three years to support NSW citizens through this difficult employment and economic environment. JobTrainer offers fee-free training options to young people, job seekers and school leavers to boost skills with full and part qualification course options.

Anyone interested in a career that offers strong growth, the ability to move into a range of industries and options for further career development should contact the college on 1800 952 264 to find out how to get started. Classes are enrolling now.

Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council

New support payments for Small to Medium size Business hit hard by Omicron

The NSW Government will cover up to 20 per cent of a small or medium business’s weekly payroll as part of a new package of measures to help those who have suffered a large cut to turnover during the Omicron wave.

The Small Business Support Program helps those businesses with annual turnover of between $75,000 and $50 million with a decline in turnover of at least 40 per cent.

The minimum payment will be $500 per week and the maximum $5,000 per week.

Applications are expected to open in mid February.

In addition, the existing Small Business Fees, Charges Rebate will be increased by 50% from the current $2,000 limit to $3,000 and employing businesses will be able to use the rebate to obtain Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs). This measure is designed to support worker availability by helping reduce costs to small businesses and enabling healthy staff who have been exposed to COVID-19, but test negative, to return to work.

Rebates are expected to be available from late March.

Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council

International Woman’s Day – #Break the Bias

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

Join us at Gunnedah Community College 10am-12pm, lets have a cuppa and share your thoughts and ideas on how we can promote a gender equal community. Please call the College on 67425630 and indicate your willingness to do a short speech on how we can #BreaktheBias in our community