Stephen J Milne

BSocSc (Soc Wel) GradDipCouns GradCertMntlHlthPrac JP

I was born in Sydney, and raised in the suburb of Botany (the City of Botany Bay), and now live with my wife of 36 years in Grafton NSW. My four children have grown up and have families of their own in Grafton, Sydney and Brisbane. I am grateful still for my high school teachers who instilled in me a lifetime love of learning, but I still grew restless at school, and left before my HSC to experience "the real world". After leaving High School I pursued the trade of Motor Mechanic, working through a low paid apprenticeship, with training Sydney Technical College in Ultimo for four years. After moving to Grafton I continued my trade studies at Grafton Campus of TAFE, with a trip back to Sydney to gain LPG Mechanics credentials. I completed post-trade training in diesel, air-conditioning, vehicle inspection, post-trade tune-up and electrical, dozens of training schools in specialised products.

I was a Motor Mechanic for over twenty years, many times in the position of leading hand or workshop foreman. A workplace injury meant that I could no longer pursue my trade, so change was forced upon me. To retrain I enrolled in several courses of study at Grafton TAFE, OTEN and Community College. I trained and worked in several different areas, Office Administration, TAFE Teacher and Computer Support. I realised that I had a passion to help people so, late in life, I started a career in Community Service and an accompanying academic career. I enrolled in Charles Sturt University where I completed an undergraduate degree in Social Science (SocWel). Personal interest and community need saw me complete a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice through the University of New England, where I am now studying for a Graduate Diploma in Counselling. I happily work part-time as a Project Officer (Community Worker) in a local neighbourhood centre in a depressed socio-economic area where a diversity of people can access computers and internet for free, see a counsellor, get Legal Aid, get Financial Counselling, have a free lunch, and receive information about, and referral to a range of services.

  • Member Northern Rivers Social Development Council
  • Partners in Recovery (PIR) Recovery Team Community Member
  • Mental Health Professionals Network
  • Clarence Valley Aboriginal Men’s Group
  • NSW Justice of the Peace: 200764
  • Clean NSW Class ‘C’ Driver Licence
  • Working with Children Clearance: WWC0052711E
  • Community Work Experience

    Sept 2012 - Current

    Project Officer South Grafton Community Hub Project (Community Worker)

    New School of Arts Neighbourhood House

    Information & referral, volunteer supervision, assistant to coordinator, event planning, attend interagency meetings, presentations.

    2011 - 2014

    Casual Youth Worker, “Street Cruise”, Midnight Basketball, Midnight Sports.

    Youth Outreach


    Volunteer Telephone Crisis Support.

    Life Line

    2012 - 2014

    Volunteer helper, “Grafton Midnight Basketball”, “Yamba Midnight Sports”

    Youth Outreach

    2011 - 2013

    Volunteer, “Street Cruise”.

    Outreach & Harm Minimisation Project.

    2011 - 2012

    Volunteer Community Worker, “Information & Referral”

    NSOA Neighbourhood House.

    2011 - 2012

    Peer mentor, Bike mechanic,

    CHESS Community Bike Recycling Program


    Volunteer worker, “Caringa Day Program”

    Aiding with support of intellectually challenged young people & adults


    Volunteer Computer Tutor “Transition to Work”

    Aiding intellectually challenged young adults who are about to enter the workforce

    1988 - 1990

    Volunteer visitor, Grafton Gaol,

    Prison Fellowship

    Other Work Experience


    Casual Office Assistant

    Local Govt. Elections


    Casual Clerical officer.

    New Life Christian Church – (PT)


    Casual Office Assistant. Clarence Returning Office.

    NSW State Elections


    Casual Election Officer.

    Clarence By-Election


    Part-time Clerical Officer.

    Centrelink Grafton Provide general office and user support.

    2000 - 11

    One on one tutor for PC use

    Repair on a private lesson basis.

    1998 - 2000

    Part-time IT Teacher, North Coast Institute of TAFE.

    Prepare and deliver lessons; class management; assess students.

    Support teacher for students with disabilities.

    1998 - 1999

    Clerical Officer,

    North Coast Institute of TAFE

    Relevant Education


    Graduate Diploma in Counselling, UNE

    2014 - 2015

    Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice, UNE


    Diploma in Case Management, TAFE

    2012 - 2014

    Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare), Charles Sturt University


    Certificate IV in Youth Work, OTEN


    Diploma in Community Services (Mental Health, AOD) (Distinction), OTEN


    National Crisis Support Training Course, Lifeline


    Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), LivingWorks


    Mental Health First Aid (Standard & Aboriginal), MHFA


    SMART Recovery Group Facilitator Training, SMART Recovery Australia


    CBT Fundamentals: Processes & Techniques in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy , APS


    Consumer Advocacy - NSW Institute of Psychiatry


    Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training (BSZ40198) TAFE


    Diploma of Management & Leadership, TAFE


    Certificate IV in Management - Team Leadership, TAFE

    Other Education


    Certificate IV in Information Technology (Support) (Help Desk), TAFE


    TAFE Certificate IV in IT, Client Support , OTEN

    1998 - 1999

    TAFE Certificate IV in IT, Network Support (with Distinction), TAFE


    TAFE Certificate IV in Small Business Enterprise, TAFE


    TAFE Certificate III in Office Administration, TAFE


    TAFE Certificate IV in IT, PC Support (with Distinction), TAFE


    TAFE Certificate III in Information Technology , TAFE


    Mobile Number
    0427 004 643