The Council has a vision for an inclusive, just and equitable society.
Our mission is to advocate for social change to improve the well-being of Western Australians and strengthen the community services sector that supports them. By challenging systems, behaviours and attitudes that create poverty, inequality and exclusion, we strive to make the lives of all Western Australians better. We amplify and add to the voice of the sector; advocating for change and building capacity to improve the lives of the community. We provide specialist advice and support to the government, the sector and research institutes to ensure all can deliver a vibrant community and a sustainable industry.
When you work in the not-for-profit and community services sector you are constantly witness to the amazing work of agencies across the sector. Even so, it is hard for anyone in the sector – or in government or in the general public – to know the full scope of work being done by charities and not-for-profits. WA’s not-for-profit sector provides a very wide range of services that will improve the lives of many Western Australians. The sector is a large employer, employing over 92,965 individuals (which is comparable to mining employment). It is also a very large and significant part of WA’s economy, with Treasury estimating that collectively, the sector delivers 1500 government contracts across Western Australia.
Not-for-profit Landscape Report, 2017
As the peak body for the community service sector in Western Australia, we collaborate for meaningful action to end poverty, inequality and social injustices. We represent three hundred member organisations and individuals and approximately five hundred organisations involved in the provision of community services to the Western Australian community. We also partner with the national Council of Social Service (COSS) network, as one of nine peak councils of the community services sector across Australia to ensure that there is a Western Australian perspective on the national stage.
In undertaking our work, WACOSS collaborates widely with the community services sector, hosting regular events and forums on current and emerging issues, generating discussion papers, establishing and maintaining consultative groups where a need is identified, and participating in consultative committees and forums. Being a conduit for communication and collaboration, as well as a representative voice of the sector to government, we seek to strengthen the community services sector so that it can continue providing the essential services that it does.