15 March 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


Hands off our charities campaign update

Hands off our charities
The sector has been actively campaigning across all sides of politics to encourage politicians to oppose the Foreign Donations Bill. The campaign is at a critical point and needs support in the final advocacy push in the weeks ahead. It is a Senate sitting week next week, and the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is expected to report on the legislation on 28 March 2018. The sector needs to be prepared to come out with a strong campaign response.

There is still an opportunity to join the campaign and voice your concerns with the Bill. Your voice matters. We need to protect our charities' right to advocate.  

Sign up here to oppose the Bill


  Sector Headlines   

Call for young people to join MercyCare reference group

MercyCare is offering young people the opportunity to join their Youth Reference Group to foster engagement through positive conversations around youth culture, and give young people a voice and input in MercyCare services. Young people between the ages of 16-25 are invited to apply.

Everybody's Home campaign to make the system fairer

Everybody's Home is a national campaign to fix Australia's housing system. Preview the campaign before the official launch next week, and be one of the first to sign up and put pressure on the government to implement simple, straightforward solutions, so that everyone has a place to call home.

Feedback sought for Business Licencing Inquiry

The Economic Regulation Authority is undertaking an inquiry into reform of state government business and occupational licencing. Licences include registrations, notifications, authorisations, accreditations, permits, approvals and certifications that are required by government.

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.

Study into siblings with disabilities

A study is being conducted into sibling relationships, where one sibling has a disability. Siblings who experience intellectual disability (including cognitive and developmental disability) or autism, are invited to complete the survey. The link can be forwarded, if you know someone who may be suitable and interested in participating.

Health Consumer Excellence Award Nominations open

The Health Consumer Excellence Awards were created to honour everyday heroes in health in WA. Winners and finalists will be announced during Patient Experience Week at the end of April. Nominations close 5pm, Friday 30 March.
Impactful and cost-effective graphic and web design for not-for-profits. DropIN Solutions.

ConnectGroups Support Groups Demographic Study

ConnectGroups is collecting data from the community to demonstrate the impact of Support Groups on the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities across the state. The data generated by the study will provide tangible evidence to inform the sector on the benefits and value of Support Groups in WA.

WA Cancer Council launches campaign 'From Every Quitter'

Cancer Council WA has created new resources for their latest Make Smoking History campaign. The videos feature ex-smokers from WA talking about how their children inspired them to quit smoking. Download resources here.

Social Innovation invites WA not-for-profits to free innovation training

The program is designed to help your team learn and ultimately grow the organisation from within by developing innovation skills, and aims to build on relationships within an organisation for the future longevity and growth of the organisation. To enquire email
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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.

  Sector Training and Events

5-22 MAR | Alternatives to Suicide Program
MercyCare - Various locations across Perth  - Free-$450
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 MAR | Vulnerability Speaker Series
Commissioner for Children and Young People - West Perth  - Free
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
12 APR | Networking night: Risks & Returns Successes and Challenges
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Perth  - $0-$20
11-13 APR | Workshop - People Management
Anglicare WA - Perth  - $575
19 APR | Workshop - Responding to Challenging Behaviours
Anglicare WA - East Perth  - $240
17-19 APR | Workshop - Engaging with Aboriginal Communities
Aboriginal Insights - TBC  - $250 + GST

  Job Opportunities

KIFWA Children’s Program Counsellor
Women's Health and Family Services - applications closing Friday 16 March 2018 
Primary Carers – Family Group Homes
Uniting Care West - applications closing Friday 16 March 2018 
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Women's Health and Family Services - applications closing Monday 26 March 2018 
Aboriginal Family Support Project Worker
Women's Health and Family Services - applications closing Tuesday 27 March 2018 


  Special Offers

City West Lotteries House office available for NFP

Affordable, comfortable, close to public transport and the Perth CBD. The building has a great range of business administration services on site – photocopying, fast fibre internet and WiFi throughout the building. Offices approximately 40 sqm. Hot desk and temporary office options, meeting and conference rooms available.
Contact Tricia Slee on 9427 4200 or
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