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A communications & leadership course for people living in public or social housing.

The Speaking Out Course teaches people public speaking, advocacy and communication skills in a fun and supportive environment. It is a part of the Voices of the South Side (VoSS) program, an exciting new program for people who live in social or public housing in Port Melbourne and South Melbourne to participate in creative projects.

Duration: Cost: Day and time:
12 weeks  Free Wednesdays 11am – 3 pm


Improve skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Grammar, pronunciation, conversation, current affairs and more!

Our English as a Second Language class will increase your confidence and ability in reading, writing, spelling and listening as well as improve your punctuation and understanding of the English language. We will help you to communicate more effectively. English as a Second Language classes help with returning to study and preparing for work, Australian culture in the workplace, Current Affairs and conversation This year we will go to see a film, go on city and local excursions as well as have guest speakers and have special morning teas where you can practice your conversation skills. We can adapt the classes to meet individual needs as well as cover preparation for Australian Citizenship with Australian history, geography and culture. Learn in a warm friendly environment with a caring teacher.

ACFE tuition fees for government funded programs have been set in accordance with ministerial fees and directions. Student amenity fees and materials fee are charged per course and may vary between courses. Proof of permanent residency / approved concession card is required to be eligible for ACFE subsidised rates.

Duration: Cost: Day and time:
8 weeks $35 Concession $50 Full Fee $ 90 Non- Resident Tuesdays 9.30am – 12.30pm


The RW&N classes at Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre provide students with the opportunity to improve their literacy skills in a supportive environment. This allows many to become more engaged socially and develop their capacities so that they can pursue further education, undertake volunteering opportunities or gain employment.

Some lessons have particular learning objectives around a theme, for example writing a short email or writing a story about their weekend. While writing is the key it is always necessary to assist most of the students with basic grammar, vocabulary and how to frame their work. Some students pursue projects in keeping with their interests. Others enjoy using special PC programs and even games that built their confidence and skill level.

Duration: Cost: Day and time:
8 weeks Free for concession card holders
$50 for Australian Residents
$90 for non permanent residents
Tuesdays 1 – 4.00pm


Voices of the South Side is a two year Federally funded project which aims to reduce the marginalisation of social & public housing communities in Port Melbourne and South Melbourne through community arts and community development.

Duration: Cost: Day and time:
14 weeks x 3 hrs.  FREE Wednesdays 1.30 – 4.30 pm


Learn skills & tools needed to market your projects and events online, through class and project work. Specially designed for staff/ volunteers working in the community sector.

Duration: Cost: Day and time:
7 weeks $150/$35  for concession card holders and unemployed TBA


Specially designed for staff and volunteers who want to develop the skills needed to manage various events. Combines classroom-based & practical hands-on event management training & experience on special projects.

Duration: Cost: Day and time:
8 weeks  FREE for concession card holders and unemployed / $150 full Mondays 12.30 – 3.30 pm

ARCS (Applied Reception & Customer Service) Training

Innovative learning program in a small group setting teaching real-life work skills in on-the-job environment, combined with classroom & project based learning. 6.5 hrs per week over 6 mths Req: Australian Citizenship or PR

Since 2009 PMNC ARCS training has a proven track record in successfully teaching reception and customer service skills and gaining employment for graduates. Every year over 60% of graduates have successfully transitioned directly to employment and around 10% to further vocational training.

This course is aimed at:

  • People who have been out of work for a significant time and would like to work again (e.g. mothers, people that have been ill and unable to work)
  •  People who find it difficult to find work due to lack of experience, self esteem or other reasons (e.g. young people that just finished schooling, those who didn’t finish school and don’t have work-skills)
  •  People who are underemployed or unemployed and would like to reskill
  • People with mild mental health issues that contribute to their isolation in the workforce but can be easily overcome by creating a safe, nurturing learning environment that can be easily adjusted to their learning pace.

The course is delivered in two interwoven streams:

  • one-on-one and small group on the job training and practical skills development through applied learning
  • classroom based training and documentation of acquired knowledge by completion of a workbook

Trainees must committ to 6.5 hours of training each week over 12 months. This includes 4 hours on-the-job training and 2.5 hours classroom training and/or project-based work.

For more information please contact Renee (ARCS Coordinator) on 9645 1476 or renee@pmnc.org.au

Duration: Cost: Day and time:
6.5 hours of training each week over 12 months  Contact renee@pmnc.org.au TBA


Make Your Mark will teach entrepreneurial skills to young contemporary artists exploring street art themes. These art development workshops and business skills training program will help young creatives to progress their art into a career. You will create street legal commissioned pieces whilst you set up your own online business. You’ll be mentored by industry experts as you make friends and create. Get ready for acceleration!

Duration: Cost: Day and time:
10 weeks  $150 concession full price (free for concession card holders and unemployed) Thursdays 6.30pm – 9 pm

154 Liardet Street 
Port Melbourne, Vic, 3207 

(03) 9645 1476