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Opportunity Pathways

Opportunity Pathways is a program under Future Directions for Social Housing to help people receiving social housing assistance to access education, training and work.

About the program

The NSW Government has partnered with local Opportunity Pathways providers that can support you to work towards your employment goals and greater housing independence (if it’s appropriate for your situation).

The program offers flexible, tailored support to help you make positive change.

Opportunity Pathways is aimed at people who want to improve their employment options, who are:

  • aged 17 and older
  • living in social housing as the head of a household or as a household member
  • approved social housing applicants
  • receiving a Rent Choice subsidy.

Program eligibility

To be eligible for the Opportunity Pathways program, you need to be:

  • 17 or older and meet the school leaving requirements, and
  • living in public, community or Aboriginal housing

or

  • receiving a FACS Rent Choice subsidy that helps you pay the rent for up to three years until you become independent

or

  • an approved social housing applicant on the NSW Housing Register.

To be accepted into the program you also need to be willing and motivated to take part in – and be able to commit to – a Training, Employment and Housing Plan that we will develop with you.

You will work towards training, employment and/or housing independence goals.

Places in the program are limited. The Opportunity Pathways provider for your area will work out who can take part, based on a priority system. The Opportunity Pathways provider will tell you if you are selected to take part in the program. They will also let you know if you are on a waiting list or are not eligible for the program. Timeframes may vary between different Opportunity Pathways providers.

Referrals to the program and list of providers

Your social housing provider can help to refer you to the program or you can refer yourself by emailing your local Opportunity Pathways provider.

Opportunity Pathways providers across NSW

Opportunity Pathways is available in the following sites across NSW.

ProviderFACS DistrictSitesReferral email
MAX Solutions Pty Ltd Sydney Sydney, Burwood, Campsie, Lakemba, Punchbowl, Marrickville opp@maxsolutions.com.au
South Eastern Sydney Rockdale, Sutherland, Maroubra opp@maxsolutions.com.au
Northern Sydney Chatswood, Brookvale, North Ryde opp@maxsolutions.com.au
Settlement Services International Western Sydney Parramatta, Mount Druitt, Auburn, Merrylands, Blacktown opp@ssi.org.au
Evolve Housing Nepean Blue Mountains Penrith, Windsor, Katoomba, outreach to Springwood and Lithgow pathways@evolvehousing.com.au
South Western Sydney Campbelltown, Macquarie Fields, Fairfield, Bankstown, Liverpool pathways@evolvehousing.com.au
Housing Plus Western NSW Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange, outreach to Parkes, Central West, Cowra, Mudgee op@housingplus.com.au
Far West Broken Hill op@housingplus.com.au
BEST Employment New England Tamworth, Inverell. Outreach to Gunnedah, Quirindi, Narrabri, Wee Waa, Moree, Armidale, Glen Innes, Tenterfield pathways@best.com.au
Social Futures Northern NSW Tweed Heads, Lismore, possible outreach to Clarence Valley cathy.serventy@socialfutures.org.au
Wesley Mission Mid North Coast Taree, Port Macquarie, Bowraville, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey opportunitypathways@wesleymission.org.au
Hunter Central Coast Dungog, Cessnock, Muswellbrook, Westlakes, Newcastle West, Charlestown, Raymond Terrace, Blue Haven, Gosford, Tuggerah, Woy Woy, Wyoming, Wyong opportunitypathways@wesleymission.org.au
Illawarra Shoalhaven Wollongong, Shellharbour, Nowra, Ulladulla opportunitypathways@wesleymission.org.au
Mission Australia Southern NSW Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Batemans Bay, Moruya opsouthernnsw@missionaustralia.com.au
Murrumbidgee Wagga Wagga, Albury, Griffith opriverinansw@missionaustralia.com.au

More information

For more information about Opportunity Pathways, see the:

  • Factsheet – this tells you how Opportunity Pathways can help you, what is involved and how to express interest in joining
  • Policy – this provides information for people who are referring clients to the program
  • Program Guidelines – these are the guidelines for Opportunity Pathways providers.
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Last updated: 04 Mar 2019
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