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As part of its WA State Election 2013 strategy, WACOSS is working with our members and community service providers and advocates to ensure that our shared priorities for disadvantaged and vulnerable Western Australians, the services that support them and the wider community are clearly on the election agenda.


WACOSS - Media Release - 'International Women's Day: Time to focus on women in poverty in WA'

08 March. This year we celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March) the day before the WA election and at the culmination of a week when the community sector campaigned on poverty and the cost of living.

Arafmi release: Election Alert, Arafmi - Special Report: Political Promises on Mental Health.

07 March. Mental health carers, consumers, family members and all of us have an interest in getting Western Australia’s mental health policy right. How have the political parties performed in the upcoming State election and what tangible benefits do they offer? Who is best to steer mental health into the future?

WACOSS - Media Release - The big-ticket energy policy issues this election

06 March. The ‘cost of living’ is widely recognised as a key issue for voters ahead of Saturday’s
election. For more informaton, please view our Poverty & Cost of Living page.

Justice and Community Safety in WA: Efficient investment in effective outcomes Report

01 March. Joint report of WACOSS, WAAMH, & WANADA has been released. For more information, please view our People with Complex Needs page. 

WACOSS - Media Release - WACOSS, WAAMH, & WANADA Release the joint report

01 March. "Justice and Community Safety in WA: Efficient investment in effective outcomes" was released at the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service - 9am Friday 01 March 2013.

Create Report Card 2013: Experiencing Out-of-Home Care in Australia - The Views of Children and Young People

01 March. Release of the 2013 Report Card on The Views of Children and Young People in out-of-home care.

Human Rights in Western Australia - Community Legal Centres (WA) and King & Wood Mallesons Human Rights Law Group

Release of the 2012 Report Card on human rights developments in WA, on Wednesday 6 March at King Wood Mallesons.

Youth Justice Think Tank Report

Building a more effective youth justice system in WA. For more information, please see our Children, Young People & Families page to view our factsheets.

WACOSS - Media Release - Launch of the Youth Justice Think Tank Report

21 Feb. "Building a more effective youth justice system" was launched at Parliament House - 1:30pm Thursday 21 February 2013. 

WACOSS - Media Release - WA Needs Greater Focus on Children this Election

20 Feb. The WA Council of Social Service is calling for greater focus on children, young people and families as a priority for WA in this State Election.

Community Employers WA - Election Statement February 2013

With the upcoming Western Australian State Government election in less than three weeks, Community Employers WA calls on all political parties to reaffirm their commitment to working with the Employers in the Community Sector.

Enfranchising the Disenfranchised - Click here for more information

In an innovative approach to ensuring that disengaged members of the community are encouraged to exercise their entitlement and have a voice in the democratic process, St Patrick’s will have  a special pre-poll voting station at their community support centre in Fremantle between 8.30 and 10.30am on Monday 25th February. “While pre-polling is common in areas like nursing homes, this is a first for us,” said Michael Piu, Chief Operations Officer, “and in a sense “enfranchising the disenfranchised” is just as important a task for us, both at an individual and community level, as the other work we do”. 

WACOSS - Media Release - WACOSS Releases Regional Service Report

15 Feb. The Western Australian Council of Social Services today launched the Stronger Together: Regional & Remote Community Consultation report – the result of extensive consultation with regional community service providers during September 2012.

WACOSS Regional Consultation Report

15 Feb. Stronger Together, the Regional & Remote Consultation Paper for the WACOSS Pre-Budget Submission 2013-14. 

WA Peaks Forum - Media Release - Peaks Election Call for Services 13 Feb

13 Feb. The WA Peaks Forum has called on all parties to commit to work with the community sector to address key issues affecting the sustainability of community services on which over half a million Western Australians rely.

WA Peaks Statement of Principles 2013

13 Feb. The list of principles released by the WA Peaks Forum that they are calling on parties to respond to.

WACOSS - Media Release - Affordable Housing

5 Feb. The high cost of housing is the biggest cost of living challenge for Western Australian households and the greatest cause of financial stress among low income families.

Australians for Affordable Housing - Media Release

New research by Australians for Affordable Housing into the housing crisis has shown that Western Australian parents with children are increasingly foregoing home ownership.

WACOSS - Alert - Election Web Launch

The WA State Election webpage will go live, on Tuesday the 5th of February.

WANADA Forum - Click here for more Information

The WA Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies (WANADA) held a public forum on Thursday 24 January 2013 to learn about the Parties policies and commitments on this issue.

More information: Jill Rundle, CEO, WANADA on (08) 6365 6365.

Anglicare releases election statement - Click here for more information

Anglicare WA has released a list of 21 priorities that it hopes to see in party platforms for the upcoming State election. More information, please contact Mookie Tantiprasut Anglicare on: 0413436878

Women's Council High Tea Event - Click here for more information

The Women’s Council has written to each of the major Parties requesting information about their position on responding to victims of domestic and family violence in Western Australia. The Women’s Council will be profiling each political party’s commitment at their International Women’s Day High Tea being held at the Duxton Hotel on Friday 8 March. More Information: Angie Hartwig,  CEO, Women’s Council, 
(08) 9420 7264

Printed and Authorised by Irina Cattalina. 2 Delhi Street, West Perth. WA 6005

Launch of Women’s Ten Point Plan of Action Project report.

Women’s Health Matters: A 10 Point Plan of Action For Western Australian Women’s Health and Wellbeing 2011 – 2015 is the first of its kind in Western Australia.  The Plan drew from the knowledge and experience of local, national and international women’s sectors.  It proposes to integrate women’s health policy with other areas of government services in a coordinated way that embeds gender in the social determinants approach to health and wellbeing policy practice.  The Plan suggests a monitoring system that identifies women’s specific needs and ensures these needs are integrated into the planning, management and delivery of mainstream services.

Lotterywest funded a project that provided significant additional research on models of implementation, and discussions with community organisations, the public sector and political leaders, including the event, Women’s Health on the Agender, which was held in November, 2012.

Ann Deanus, the CEO of Women’s Health and Family Services and chair of the Women’s Health peak, said:  “There was widespread endorsement of the Plan and insights into strategies to take the Plan from words to action, which are reflected in a report, titled  Women’s Ten Point Plan of Action. Project report.”

WACOSS CEO Irina Cattalini was MC for an event on February 8th, organised by the Women’s Health peak to release the report.  A representative of each of the major parties was invited to attend to formally receive a copy of it.  Each political party representative has also been asked to provide their response to the 10 Point Plan and the Report so that it may be published in an electronic Newsletter for International Women’s Day, on March 8th.

WACOSS has developed an election strategy which is trying to ensure that the interests of disadvantaged and vulnerable Western Australians and the community service organisations that support them are clearly on the agenda for the upcoming election, by identifying a key priority issue (based on our Pre Budget Submission) for each of the 5 weeks in the lead-up to the election on March 9th. “Housing and Homelessness was the first priority issue highlighted as part of this strategy. Given the extent to which housing issues came up as integral to women’s health and wellbeing, it provided a timely opportunity for WACOSS to be involved in this event” said Ms Cattalini.

Copies of the Project Report are available from here

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