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Safe, secure, affordable housing the key to reducing homelessness

14 March 2018

Homelessness is increasing in Australia, despite strong economic growth, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released today. The national rate shows an alarming upward trend – for every 10,000 Australians, 50 are homelessness – though WA homelessness rates have fallen by 11 per cent. While the rate per 10,000 people in WA […]

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Women and communities will suffer without financial commitment from the State Government ahead of International Women’s Day

7 March 2018

The Western Australian Council of Social Service and Community Employers WA are calling on the State Government to ensure that gender equity provisions for community service workers can be fully funded, ahead of International Women’s Day this Thursday. The community services sector was proud to advocate alongside its workers and their unions to achieve the […]

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Federal Government continues to fail Aboriginal people

15 February 2018

WACOSS is extremely disappointed by the announcement yesterday of the Cashless Welfare Card extension for a further year, and the imposition of a third trial site, following the passing of legislation in the Senate this week. The extension highlights the sustained attacks on people on income support, particularly on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who […]

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Nominations open for Community Services Excellence Awards

19 January 2018

Nominations for the Community Services Excellence Awards (CSEA) are now open. The biennial awards are presented by WACOSS, in partnership with the State Government. They recognise the important role the community sector and individuals have on Western Australians. Organisations and individuals are invited to nominate people, programs, services, or organisations that have demonstrably made a […]

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Three-year wait period added pressure for women experiencing family and domestic violence

19 December 2017

WACOSS and the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services Western Australia are calling on the Federal Government to stop social security cuts to the most disadvantaged people in the community, following the increase of the waiting period for new migrants to access social security from two years, to three years. The extended waiting […]

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Domestic and Family Violence leading cause of homelessness in WA

15 December 2017

The release of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Specialist Homeless Services Annual Report 2016-2017, has shown that women are outnumbering men when it comes to seeking homelessness services. The data indicates family and domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness in Western Australia, with 41.9 per cent of homelessness clients seeking […]

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