28 February 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


We need to Close the Gap on Justice

Community Resource Centres facing funding cuts
Social Reinvestment WA is calling for change. This year we are campaigning for justice targets to be introduced into the Close the Gap framework. We need to raise $10,000 by March 18th, 2018. The end of Close the Gap week. Your contribution will be vitally important to help keep us operating that little while longer, and working to right this major injustice. For ever dollar you contribute until March 18th, an anonymous donor has offered to match every single public contribution up to $10,000. Which means we could crowdfund up to $20,000 with your help! Check out the website, our facebook page or email today to get involved! Together, we can stand up to show our governments that Australians value an equal future for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
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  Sector Headlines   

ACOSS Budget Priorities Statement released

ACOSS have released the 2018-2019 Federal Budget statement. The document contains a range of recommendations calling on the government to lift people out of poverty and improve funding for childcare, education, health, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as well as the increase of social security.

Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees

Justice for Refugees is holding the annual Palm Sunday gathering to demonstrate a united movement of people and organisations who are calling for justice and dignity for refugees and for people seeking asylum.

Business Licensing Inquiry

The Economic Regulation Authority is undertaking an inquiry into reform of state government business and occupational licencing. WACOSS is seeking any examples or case studies you have of where business licencing has created barriers for you to achieve good outcomes, but also cases you have come across where licencing is or would have been to the benefit of your clients (such as protecting them from a dodgy trader) or your organisation. Please email any case studies you have to Graham Hansen at by March 9.

WACOSS prizes for Social Work Graduates

WACOSS congratulates Julie Jones and Maxie Reason for winning the Highest Mark in Working in Human Service Organisations and Highest Mark in Social Policy in Practice respectively. The prizes were presented by Stuart Reid, on behalf of WACOSS, at the Curtin University School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology Prize Giving Ceremony.

2018 Volunteer of the Year Nominations open

Nominate a voilunteer - individual or organisation - who deserves recognition for their contribution to the sectoor. The awards celebrate the significant and highly valued contribution that volunteering makes to the communities, and those who make WA a better place to live.
Impactful and cost-effective graphic and web design for not-for-profits. DropIN Solutions.

Call for Further Feedback on Sector Skill Needs

Is there a skills shortage in your area of work? Do you know of unmet demand for community services sector occupations? WACOSS is gathering more information on skills shortages in the community sector. In addition to the occupations we asked about in last week’s publication, we are also interested in any issues with the following occupations for feedback to the State Government for inclusion on the State Priority Occupations List (SPOL).

National survey on the impact of out of pocket medical costs

Out of pocket medical costs are hurting a rising number of Australians. The Federal Government has recognised the community's concern about this issue and has set up a committee to look into it. The Consumers Health Forum invites you to share your experiences by responding to the questions on this form.

Harmony Week offers diverse schedule of events

Not-for-profits can sign up to one of the many events taking place during Harmony Week, 12-16 March 2018. Join the panel of speakers championing cultural identify, attend the business breakfast to hear how to replicate successful stories of culturally diverse teams, or attend a workshop on how your organisation can benefit from diversity.

Aboriginal participants sought for north west housing & support study

Codeswitch is seeking participants on behalf of North West Aboriginal Housing Fund for a Needs and Aspirations Study, to inform and improve the design and targeting of housing and support services through co-design. The survey identifies participants who meet the criteria, and closes Thursday 1 March.

Pilbara Research Portal a knowledge hub for the north west

A joint project between RDA Pilbara, Pilbara Development Commission (PDC) and Pilbara Regional Council (PRC), the Pilbara Research Portal is a great resource for social services, browse content, and share relevant research, and reports with others.

New Volunteer Reference group government-sector partnership

The establishment of a Volutneering Community Reference Group will advise the McGowan Government on issues of importance to the volunteering sector. The group shows representation from across the sector, and will advise on issues and ways to advance volunteering.

WA Study on Injury in workplaces

Do you work in injury prevention? Injury Matters is looking to create a greater understanding of injury prevention and safety prevention. The survey will stay open until Friday 2 March.

NFP Scholarships available in Western Australia

Bankwest Foundation Community Leadership Scholarship Program and AICD and Australian Scholarship Foundation have joined forces with Bankwest Foundation to offer multiple fully funded scholarships to not-for-profit staff living and working Western Australia.

Sustainable Health Review

The Sustainable Health Review Interim Report was released on Tuesday. This review comes on the back of the near doubling of the state health budget over the last decade and government desire to reign in expenditure. The Panel will be holding Q&A sessions in March and is seeking feedback through a survey. For more information click here.
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  Sector Training and Events

1 MAR | ARTReach Exhibition Launch - A Showcase of Client Artwork
St Partrick's Community Centre - Fremantle  - Free
2 MAR | Gender Equity Insights 2018: Inside Australia's Gender Pay Gap
Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre/Workpalce Gender Equality Series - Perth  - $79
7 MAR | Anglicare Workshop: Person Centred De-escalation
Skills and understandings required to address client presentations that involve aggression or complexity - East Perth  - $240
8 MAR | Anglicare Workshop: Case Management Tools for Community Workers
Explore a practical, strengths based framework of case management, providing tools that can be implemented immediately in the workplace. - East Perth  - $240
5-22 MAR | Alternatives to Suicide Program
MercyCare - Various locations across Perth  - Free-$450
10 MAR | International Women's Day Symposium - Women As We Age
South West Women's Health and Information Centre - Bunbury  - $70
13 MAR | Lotterywest Grant Information Session
Lotterywest - Subiaco  - Free
13-16 MAR | Mooditj Leader Training
Sexual Health Quarters - Leederville  - $595 (negotiable - contact SHQ for more)
13-16 MAR | Kaleidoscope and Harmony Week
City of Stirling - East Perth  - $0-$50
20 MAR | World Social Work Day Breakfast
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Leederville  - $30-$35
20-21 MAR | WA Network of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies Conference
WANADA - Perth  - From $480
21 MAR | New Graduates Reunion Night - Alumni 2017
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - Perth  - $0-$15

  Job Opportunities

Consultant (WA)
Social Ventures Australia - applications closing Friday 9 March 2018 
Principal, Consulting (WA)
Social Ventures Australia - applications closing Friday 9 March 2018 


  Special Offers

Not-for-profit office space Oasis Lotteries House, Nedlands

Reasonable rates, great location with parking and like minded neighbours. Two tenancies available in Oasis Lotteries House, Hampden Road.
Contact the Oasis Building Manager at

Office Space for not-for-profit in Joondalup

Kira Community Services has a new office to share, 2km from Joondalup CBD, with a shared kitchen, bathrooms, meeting and training space, and two parking bays.
Contact Vik Jeyakumar at
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