Australian Business Awards 2016

Somerville are delighted to announce that we have been recognised as a Winner for the Employer of Choice award in The Australian Business Awards 2016.

Attracting and retaining quality staff is critical to fulfilling Somerville’s mission “to impact positively on the dignity and quality of life of people who are affected by social and economic disadvantage.”

It is an honour to receive this award and something our staff are very proud of.

Tour De Somerville

To encourage the community spirit between our staff, families and clients, we organised a 3.6km walk, run and ride for everyone to come together and enjoy an evening on the Nightcliff Foreshore.

Our participants were greeted with some much needed sustenance at the end of their journey, in addition to a participation medal, presented by CEO Vicki O’Halloran.

Everybody Counts 2016 expo – An event raising awareness of homelessness and aiding prevention

As part of Homelessness Week 2016 themed Homelessness Counts, Somerville, in collaboration with a long list of local service providers presents the Everybody Counts expo. The collaborative event aims to increase community connections for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as well as for those working in the homelessness and community sector.

At the event local service providers and community organisations will provide insight into the many services that are available for those in need.

Know your consumer rights – ACCC release educational resources for consumers with disability

A range of resources have been developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in partnership with state/territory fair trading bodies to assist in educating participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and consumers with disability more generally, about their consumer rights.

The resources cater to different levels of comprehension and literacy and empower consumers with disability to understand and exercise their consumer rights.

These resources include:

2016 Disability Awareness Festival Business Breakfast

Get involved in the 2016 Disability Awareness Festival Business Breakfast, run by the City of Darwin.

Join business professionals from across the NT in exploring workplace culture, team building, recognising skills, focusing on ability and corporate citizenship.

Time: 7.15am - 9.00am

When: Wednesday 24 August 2016

Where: Hilton Darwin, Signature Room, 32 Mitchell Street

Cost: $30.00 per person

Register online at:

Helping parents become NDIS Ready

Australia’s leading parenting website - Raising Children Network - and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have partnered to produce free online videos and articles to help parents become NDIS Ready.

The free resources cover many common queries including: what is the NDIS, how parents can access it, how to go about choosing services, early intervention and transitioning from Better Start and Helping Children With Autism to the NDIS.

Bankruptcy training for our Financial Services team

We held a two-day bankruptcy training course this week for our Financial Services team, designed to help them stay on top of their game. The course was run by Mary Petrie, from the Insolvency Delivery Service and the Australian Financial Services Authority (AFSA).

The training course is run annually, to ensure our Financial Counsellors are aware of legislation changes and the latest trends.