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Federal Government continues to fail Aboriginal people

February 15, 2018

WACOSS is extremely disappointed by the announcement yesterday of the Cashless Welfare Card extension for a further year, and the imposition of a third trial site, following the passing of legislation in the Senate this week. The extension highlights the sustained attacks on people on income support, particularly on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who […]

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Nominations open for Community Services Excellence Awards

January 19, 2018

Nominations for the Community Services Excellence Awards (CSEA) are now open. The biennial awards are presented by WACOSS, in partnership with the State Government. They recognise the important role the community sector and individuals have on Western Australians. Organisations and individuals are invited to nominate people, programs, services, or organisations that have demonstrably made a […]

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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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