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

December 19, 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

December 15, 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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WA Community Relief and Resilience services receive Lotterywest Grant

December 6, 2017

The Honourable Minister Simone McGurk MLA has presented a Lotterywest grant to WACOSS on behalf of the community services sector, for the development of a sector-run, state-wide Food Relief Framework. The contribution will support the current community relief and resilience sector, leverage existing providers’ work, expand on collaboration between providers, and building capacity within the […]

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Households in financial hardship spend HALF weekly budget on housing

December 1, 2017

People in financial hardship are spending on average half of their weekly budget on housing costs alone, the WACOSS Cost of Living Report has revealed today. Data from 265 households who sought assistance from community-based financial counselling services in September, reveals that those with mortgages are spending 55% of their weekly budget on housing costs, […]

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Statement on the outcome of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

November 20, 2017

Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) supports the recommendations in the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory report, and is pleased that the recommendations have focused on early intervention measures that aim to keep young people out of child protection and youth justice systems. WACOSS has championed […]

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Put Compassion at the Heart of Our Community

October 30, 2017

WACOSS has released a blueprint for social and economic change to help achieve the inclusive, just, and equitable society we all desire, the 2018-2019 Pre-Budget Submission: At the Heart of Our Community. The Submission proposes an approach to government that puts people at the centre of decision making, and empowers local communities to drive systemic […]

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