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General WACOSS News

Reminder for WACOSS Members – Annual General Meeting and Pre-Budget Submission Launch – Friday, 28th October 2016

Last Chance to register your attendance to the Annual General meeting (AGM) and Pre-Budget Submission (PBS)
For information on both events please download the flyer. To register for each event, please click on the following links:

PBS Registration link

AGM Registration link

Board Elections – Vote Electronically

Don’t forget to have your say in who best represents you on the WACOSS Board. To ensure your vote registers in time for the 5.00pm deadline on Wednesday (26th October) you’ll need to lodge your vote electronically. The instructions for lodging your vote are shown at the foot of the ballot paper, which can be accessed via this link Ballot Paper.

ACOSS –  Australian Community Sector Survey 2016- Last Chance

This survey gives the community sector an opportunity to have their voices heard on a number of key issues affecting the sector, and on the experiences of people who access their services.

This year’s survey includes questions about the impacts of the current competition policy reform on human services, for which sector organisations input is vital to improve the evidence base around the impacts of reform, particularly on people on low incomes or otherwise disadvantaged.

In order to give people a little more time to participate, ACOSS have extended the closing date of the survey to 28 October. It should take about 15-20 minutes to complete.


Cost of Living Report Launch and Anti-Poverty Week 2016

WACOSS has released the 2016 Cost of Living Report, which shows that high rates of unemployment and underemployment, and the increasing casualisation of the workforce is placing increasing pressure on low-income households.

The report models three low-income households to investigate the adequacy of their income to afford a basic standard of living in line with agreed community standards. Through this modelling, WACOSS seeks to provide a valuable resource and reference to the sector, government, and the public, on the challenges low-income households face year by year.

The October 17th Launch marked the start of Anti-Poverty Week 2016, contributing to the campaign’s discussion about poverty, inequality and financial resilience in Western Australia, and serving as a demonstration of WACOSS’ commitment to the Anti-Poverty Week pledge to ‘Leave No One Behind’.

The full 2016 Cost of Living Report can be viewed here, or click here for a Fact Sheet on the Report’s findings.

A Media Release on the Report and its findings can be viewed here.

Visit the Anti-Poverty Week 2016 Website for a full list of events.

Newsletters and MailChimp

Email is one of the most widely used electronic methods of communication and promotion. But using a software like Outlook is not the most efficient way to send promotional emails and newsletters.
Register for this workshop and learn how you can use a simple tool like MailChimp to better manage your mailing lists and design newsletters that are simple, effective and optimised
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“Special discount for WACOSS members”

DropIN Solutions

DropIN and WACOSS with their mission to empower the community sector, have launched a series of different IT and marketing services specifically designed for the WA social sector.

Websites      Promotions        Workshops      Ads

Browse through our service offering and get in touch with us. We understand the needs of not-for-profits because
we are one as well!

“WACOSS members are eligible for a 20% discount on all our services”

Find out more

IT Issues – Training & Workshops

Had trouble registering for training? Our apologies – we have been experiencing some IT issues, and are currently undertaking some upgrades.  During this period, we will be shifting all registrations to Trybooking in the next few days. In the meantime, if you see a course and want to register please email direct to and we’ll make sure you get registered. Check out the WACOSS Training and Events Calendar here – you will be surprised at the quality and variety of training we have available.

Joint Councils of Social Service Network Submission to ACNC

WACOSS recently contributed to a joint submission with the Councils of Social Service Network to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission‘s 2017 Annual Information Statement Consultation.

A copy of this submission can be viewed here.

New Associations Act Support from WACOSS

The new Associations Incorporation Act (2015) came into effect on 1 July 2016 and WACOSS is providing a range of support to complement the Department of Commerce resources.

WACOSS additional support includes:

  • The ‘Testing Your Associations Knowledge’ quiz on DropIN
  • An online site, located on DropIN, with all of the resources referred to throughout the quiz in one place – Free
  • Board briefings – Fee for service
  • Quick scan constitution consultancy services – Fee for Service
  • Comprehensive constitutional review and update consultancy services – Fee for Service

For quotes or more information on Fee for Service support, please email

The WACOSS free support is provided through a Fostering Partnerships grant from the Department of Finance.

Training & Workshops

Applications open – Diploma of Leadership and Management 2017

Applications for the 2017 program of the Diploma of Leadership & Management are now open. This highly valued course has remained a benchmark for managers and team leaders in the business sector.

This program is designed and tailored for those in management roles within the community services sector who wish to further their managerial background with management qualifications. For more information on the course or to apply click here.

Save the Date: 
Transformational Change Through Self-Directed Services             27 Feb-3 Mar 2017

  • International Presenters
  • Worshops and Master Classes
  • Sector Briefings

More detail coming soo! To view the flyer click here

WACOSS Customised Training

Customised Training Discounts until 31 Dec 2016WACOSS is offering discounts on the full range of customised training booked between 15 September and 31 December 2016. The following discounts apply:

  • 20% off a Full day training course
  • 10% off a half day training course

All bookings must be made and dates confirmed before 31 December 2016 for the discount to apply. To view our full range of training on offer, click here. Hurry and get a quote now!

New and Improved Online Emergency Relief Directory

Major changes in Emergency Relief funding have made it more challenging for ER agencies and the wider community to know what support is available and where they can go to get it.

Thanks to Lotterywest, WACOSS launched the State’s first interactive online directory of services on April 6th 2016. This directory is for use by the sector, and was requested by the State Emergency Relief Committee as a means to address the ongoing challenge many organisations have of keeping up-to-date information on other agencies and their resources to support service referrals. The Directory will be integrated with the DropIN platform, meaning that agencies will not need to create a new log in account for yet another new system, and will allow agencies to update their service information in real time.

For more information, or to put your agency on the invite list, please contact Bernie Fisher at or by calling 9420 7222

Click here to read more.

ASeTTS Keys to Diversity Training Programs

People working with migrants and refugees now have access to two new online resources to help them better understand their clients, and better meet their clients’ needs.

Unlocking Cultural Diversity is a six-part program that uses personal reflection, family history and migrant stories to prepare staff and volunteers to work in a culturally aware and culturally secure way with people of any cultural background.
Working Effectively with People from a Refugee Background is a four-part program that uses powerful refugee testimony and a range of engaging exercises to prepare staff and volunteers to better understand the backgrounds and special needs of refugee clients.

The resources have been trialled by four regional and nine metropolitan organisations and feedback has been very positive. ASeTTS engaged Fortis Consulting to develop and deliver this online project working closely with the Office of Multicultural Interests, WACOSS and a Reference Group representing a wide cross-section of community and Government organisations.

Try the courses for yourself at For further information contact

WACOSS Training, Workshops and Seminars

For the full list of WACOSS Training, Workshops and Seminars, click here.

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Sector News

Linkwest – Supporting Community Resource Centres

West Australia’s network of Community Resource Centres (CRCs), is one of Western Australia’s longest running and most successful regional community service programs. Previously known as Telecentres, there are more than 100 CRCs across WA offering many services to help connect and support regional and remote communities, including an enterprise-grade video conferencing system, which is managed by Linkwest.

Linkwest is currently reviewing this video conferencing system to find out whether stakeholder requirements and access to technology have changed and whether the current system is still the best way to meet stakeholder requirements.
Both current CRC stakeholders and organisations who would like to deliver services to regional WA are encouraged to provide feedback on the current video conferencing system. There will be various opportunities to participate over the next few weeks.

Your participation will help Linkwest make the best possible decisions to support CRCs now and into the future.
If you would like to participate in the consultation process, either with a face-to-face interview or in a different way, or you have any questions about the consultation process, please email: or Linkwest CEO, Jane Chilcott at: .

Local Drug Action Groups Inc – Launch of the Meth Helpline

On 12 September 2016, the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA officially launched the Meth Helpline. Situated within the Alcohol and Drug Support Service, the helpline provides a 24/7, confidential, non-judgmental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s methamphetamine use.

The Meth Helpline is part of the State methamphetamine strategy and has been developed to increase access to support and help reduce the impact of methamphetamine use in WA.

The Alcohol and Drug Support Service will continue to provide 24/7, state-wide telephone counselling, information, referral and support to anyone concerned about their own or another person’s alcohol or other drug click here for further information and contact details.

Tenancy WA – Update from Community Legal Centre for Tenants

Tenancy WA would like to provide the following updates:

Fee for service
A fee for service has been introduced, click here for full detials,:

The community worker hotline, bond clinic and the duty advocate service at the Magistrates Court remain free.
Tenants seeking advice about getting their bond back can book online here: or call the advice line to book a free advice appointment. on 9221 0088 or 1800 621 888.

Online Booking
A new on line booking process. Tenants can book free or paid advice here:

Community workers hotline
Tenancy WA provide a community workers hotline to assist Tenant Advocates and other community workers with specialist tenancy advice for their clients. For hotline dtails or to register call 6263 8560. Details about the service are here:

New website
Tenancy WA’s new website is live and has new functions including:Book Advice, Finding a Local Tenant Advocate and New Factsheets  

Commissioner for Children and Young People – 2016‐17 Thinker in Residence

The Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit advises that he has appointed e‐mental health
researcher and advocate Professor Jane Burns as his 2016‐17 Thinker in Residence.

The Commissioner said the appointment of Professor Burns is a key initiative in his work to promote an increased focus on how innovation and technology and can be used to strengthen children and young people’s mental health, a key recommendation of his 2015 report Our Children Can’t Wait.

The 2016‐17 Thinker in Residence will be held in two phases:

  • 24 to 28 October 2016 (Children’s Week)
  • 13 to 16 March 2017

More information about the Thinker in Residence and consultation  is available here.

CommunityWest – Learn to navigate disruption in the community services sector

In response to major disruption in the community sector CommunityWest have developed a series of sunrise sessions and masterclasses built around the theme of ‘Navigating the current and future territory of disruption across the community sector.’ These have been designed to provide participants with tools, insights and learnings which they can immediately apply. In doing this, executives and leaders will be better equipped and have greater confidence in managing their organisations.

Each session builds on the previous topics covered, giving participants a suite of knowledge and tools by the end of the six sessions. They can be attended on an individual basis, however it is recommended to attend all six to gain the full benefit. Purchasing attendance gains you a seat at both the sunrise session and the masterclass. Click here for pricing and more information.

New Guides to Navigate Rights for NDIS Purchasing Decisions

Consumer protection agencies around Australia have recently released three new guides that provide key information about consumer rights and trader obligations under the Australian Consumer Law.

The guides are specifically designed to help consumers when buying goods and services under the The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and have been developed to also inform providers of goods and services, community organisations, carers and support networks of traders’ obligations under the law.

The following resources are available:

  • Your Consumer Rights – A guide for consumers with disability
  • Easy English Guide – Your rights when you buy something (designed for people who have difficulty reading and understanding written information)
  • A Guide to Competition and Consumer Law – For businesses selling to and supplying consumers with disability (guidance for suppliers to consumers with disability, outlining their role and obligations under Australia’s competition and consumer laws)
  • Factsheet – Including a snapshot on legal rights

These guides are available for free from the Department of Commerce Website. Limited hard copies are also available to order – Please call 1300 30 40 54 or email

ISA Fundraising Campaign

Incest Survivors’ Association Inc (ISA) is aiming to raise funds to assist with capacity building of their organisation in order to provide more support to those who have been impacted by childhood sexual abuse.

For further information use this link to ISA’s ‘go fund me’ page.

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Join AHURI at the iconic Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 19 October 2016 for our next national one-day conference The Future of Housing Assistance.

With the election of a new Federal Government and national funding agreements up for renewal, now is the right time to debate, discuss and consider the future of housing assistance in Australia.

We would love to see your organisation represented at the conference. If you would like to register a number of staff to attend this conference, there is a special discount of 10% for groups of 3 or more. For full details visit the AHURI website.

Office Space Available at Claisebrook Lotteries House

Claisebrook Lotteries House have office space available for not-for-profit organiations. Click here for further information.

For further information please contact Jane on 9221 7282 or at

Office Space Available in Midland

The Department of Education are offering units in Midland rent-free to selected not-for-profit organisations. Criteria for selection includes, but is not limited to, services for children, teens, families or communities in the Midland school catchment area, or organisations supporting education, welfare, health, young parents, and financial or relationship counselling.

Please contact Peter Petkov on 9264 4210 with expressions of interest.

Sector Events

SPSW – Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Workshop

Society of Professional Social Workers (Inc) are excited to bring to you a workshop on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) presented by Robyn Williams. Robyn is a Nyoongar woman with extensive experience as a FASD trainer and researcher.

The workshop is being held on Thursday 10 November 2016click here to see flyer for further information. For complete a registration form click here.


Australian Association for Infant Mental Health West Australian Branch Inc are holding a presentation on Infant Mental Health, Challenges for a Changing World which is being presented by Hiram E. Fitzgerald and facilitated by Lynne Priddis.

When:  Thursday 17th November 2016
Time:   5:30pm Drinks and light supper 6:00-8:00pm. Presentation and discussion
Venue:  St John of God Health Care Conference Centre, 3rd Floor SJOGHC Medical Centre, Cnr McCourt & Cambridge Sts, Subiaco

Click here for further information.

RSVP: Thursday, 10th November to Kath Craig,

Rural clinicians are invited to join the seminar for free via video & teleconference and are asked to please RSVP to Cherie Braden

AASW WA – Expressive Art Therapy Workshop – “Becoming your hopes and aspirations”- Saturday 12th Nov 2016

Art Skills for Therapy, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW) is pleased to present this experiential workshop for counsellors and support workers who wish to experience first hand the benefits to professional wellbeing of the process of therapeutic art making.

This workshop addresses the following:

  • Ways to take art making into positive and therapeutic processes alongside of ways to create a personally satisfying final product.
  • How to create safety and support by attending to the environment and therapeutic relationship.
  • Ways to use art making to self regulate.
  • Ways to use narrative therapeutic questions to focus on newly developing skills and abilities.

Presented by Daphne Middleton, an experienced trainer, supervisor and arts educator with specialties in Clinical Supervision, Trauma Informed Expressive Art Therapy/Positive Psychology and Narrative Therapy. She has had a positive response to the staff art therapy projects and experiential art therapy training she has brought to helping practitioners based in government, non-government and the private sector. For Flyer click here, to register click here

AASW WA Branch – 70th Anniversary Celebration October 27th

Australian Association of Social Workers WA Branch would like to extend invitations to celebrate the AASW’s 70th Anniversary on 27th October between 6.30 to 9.00pm at St Catherine’s on Park.

Click here for more information or to register.

AASW NT Branch Conference – March 20-22 2017 – “Dust, Diversity & Dedication”

Australian Association of Social Workers NT Branch invites social workers and other allied health representatives to its annual conference which is being held in the heart of Australia,.

If you’re interested in regional and remote service delivery and employed in interdisciplinary positions in the human and community services sector the ASSW NT Branch would like you to join them! The event

The event will be held between the 20th and 22nd March in Alice Springs at the Star of Alice Function Centre with a strong focus on remote and regional practices within the Northern Territory and similar locations. Click here for more information.

Relationships Australia – Professional and Workplace Training

 Understanding Domestic Violence Workshops – 4 & 11 Nov
 Introduction to Couple Counselling – 3 & 4 Nov
 Accidental Counsellor – 8 Nov
 Emotional Intelligence – 9 Nov
 Change & Loss – 30 Nov

For more information click here.

Anglicare WA Training

Anglicare WA draws on over 30 years’ experience as a leading service provider to develop and deliver quality training and professional development. They are committed to workforce and sector development delivering the latest research and best practice and sharing our expertise and experience. Anglicare WA can also partner with your organisation to develop and customise training solutions.

Upcoming training and special events include:

Please click here for more details on the full range of training services, or download a registration form here.

Community Sector Jobs Board

The following positions are currently advertised on the WACOSS/ANSON Community Jobs Board. Click here to view the vacancies in full.

If you would like to advertise your vacancies on the WACOSS/ANSON Community Jobs page please contact Soby Dutta at ANSON at

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