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WACOSS is proud to announce the WA Council of Sector Service Conference.  The WACOSS Conference continues to go from strength to strength and 2016 is going to be no exception. We have a full and dynamic program planned that will meet the diverse interests and professional requirements of the multitude of people working in the community from front line staff , policy makers, to senior managers and boards.

The 2016 Conference title is the WAy Ahead - Leave no One Behind. It will explore the future directions of community services in WA, where we are getting ahead with great outcomes and where we may need to change directions to make a difference.

The WACOSS biennial Conference is a significant event on the community sector calendar. We will bring together high calibre speakers from around Australia and the world to address the conference themes:

   •    The Civil Society - A society is thriving when it celebrates the involvement of all its citizens, actively engages individuals, families and communities in the design of services and communities.

   •    The Way We Work Together - Building an effective, accessible and sustainable sector in an environment of increasing demand for services, cost pressures with reducing funding and how our irrepressible sector still delivers.

   •    The Future of our Work - What are the key global, national and local drivers shaping the work we do? Can we predict the issues of the future? Are there things that can be done now to improve the needs and outcomes in the future?

•    WA’s First AustraliansWACOSS is proud to announce for the first time a partnership with Reconciliation WA to develop and engage with Aboriginal Lead Organisations to progress one of the four program streams dedicated to Australia’s First People. This theme is about Shining a Light on a Better Tomorrow. First Australians continue to be the most disadvantaged and vulnerable demographic in WA. We will explore and showcase examples on how justice equity in WA is producing better outcomes for Australians First People. The sector will have the opportunity to learn and work together with Indigenous lead organisations.

The conference will challenge our thinking, bringing together change makers from across the community, showcase talented individuals and ground-breaking programs, we will share stories, and debate current issues and seek collaborative solutions to make WA a socially just and equitable community for all people.

Our conference title also draws from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; which highlight the bold goal that  “As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that nobody will be left behind".

 I look forward to a memorable event for all involved.


Irina Cattalini

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