11 April 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


#EndHomelessnessWA campaign

End Homelessness in WA
On any given night in Western Australia, around 9,000 people are homeless. Many will be sleeping rough; others will be in their cars or relying on the goodwill of family and friends for a couch or spare bed. For others, the place they sleep will come at a high price, or will not be safe.
A group of committed Western Australian community leaders, executives, and CEOs are coming together to say, enough! 
#EndHomelessnessWA is a coordinated and collaborative commitment to end homelessness. This needs the whole community to drive it forward. You can be involved in making a change. 

How can I get involved? 

On Friday 13 April join the strategy launch

Sign the petition - register your support, and stay updated on the campaign.

Attend the 'Love Never Failed Us Yet' event - show your support for the campaign and commitment to making a real change to ending homelessness.

Follow the campaign - spread the word, find out more about #EndHomelessnessWA alliance, attend further events, and be part of achievable change. 

Join the campaign


  Sector Headlines   

Synergy Community Solar Fund

Synergy is giving six registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, or community groups, the opportunity to receive a SolarReturn solar system. The first 100 eligible organisations that apply will receive a free energy audit and report. If you know an organisation that is making a difference, encourage them to nominate today. Nominations close Monday 23 April 2018.

Extension to Homelessness Services

The Department of Communities intends to offer a 12 month extension for all current Homelessness contracts to 30 June 2019. During this extension period, the Department intends to co-design a new Homelessness Strategy with the sector, which will determine the future strategic direction and procurement strategy for services currently funded through NAHA and NPAH. Future extensions to existing contracts may be required in order to implement the future procurement strategy. Formal variation paperwork will be forwarded to current providers, offering variations to existing contracts to 30 June 2019.

Call for Tender: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Youth healing framework

Proposal submissions to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait youth healing framework that will assist the Healing Foundation to continue to document the story of healing in Australia, are invited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation. Development of the framework will support the Healing Foundation in building the understanding nationally on how to support quality healing work for young people across governments and community organisations.

East Pilbara consultation for Dementia Friendly Strategy

Consultation will begin next week for the Shire of East Pilbara's first Age and Dementia Friendly Strategy. The Shire is seeking the participation of older people, and organisations that work with older people in the consultations. If you know anyone who can provide input for this strategy, feel free to pass this information on. Consultations can be arranged over the phone if stakeholders aren't available for any of the public meetings.

Thrive request for tender metro and regional briefing sessions

Community services organisations have a chance to deliver the new Thrive program in partnership with the Department of Communities. Thrive builds on successes of the Housing Authority’s previous Support and Tenant Education Program (STEP), with a stronger focus on early intervention. Thrive has been developed through extensive consultation with stakeholders, and takes a more holistic approach to improve clients’ individual social and economic wellbeing. Briefing sessions will be held across WA to provide more information. Read the tender documents here.

Communicare's Children's Contact Services

Communicare is introducing Children’s Contact Service (CCS) from 30 April 2018, out of their Cannington office. The fee-for-service program is designed to help separated families experiencing conflict or difficulties with parenting arrangements. The CCS will provide a comprehensive intake, screening and assessment process, on site child orientation, facilitated changeovers, supervised and supported contact visits.For more information email Rhian Roberts, Coordinator,

Hand to Heart - Social Connections for Older People

Hand to Heart is a free community program connecting older people in the Melville region to local services, activities and groups. The program is a collaborative project between the Cities of Melville and Belmont, ConnectGroups, and Befriend, in response to data indicating an increasing number of older people living alone.

McCusker Centre internship opportunity for organisations 

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship collaborates with students and the broader UWA community, not for profit organisations, government, and business to make a difference through structured, quality internships, events, and exchange opportunities. Student interns come from across all faculties, and are matched based on their application and opportunities available. 

Find Cancer Early TV ad campaign launched 

A health promotion campaign to increase community awareness of early symptoms of the five most common cancers has been launched by the Cancer Council of WA. The ad encourages people to visit their doctor, Aboriginal Health Worker, or clinic nurse if they notice any changes in their body. The five most common cancers are bowel, breast, lung, prostate, and skin cancer. More at
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  Sector Training and Events

12 APR | The State of Homelessness in Australia's Cities - Report Launch
End Homelessness in WA - Perth  - Free
12 APR | Where The Wild Things Are – A Master Class with Claire Orange
Child Australia - Belmont  - $89
12 APR | Networking night: Risks & Returns Successes and Challenges
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Perth  - $0-$20
13 APR | End Homelessness in WA Launch
End Homelessness in WA - Perth  - Free
13 APR | Love Never Failed Us Yet #EndHomelessnessWA
End Homelessness in WA - Perth  - Free
13 APR | Future of Work in Australia: Preparing for tomorrow's world
Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre - Perth  - $29-$59
18 APR | Impact of Trauma
Child Australia - Belmont  - $69
18 APR | Theorists to Enhance Practice: Critical and Post-Structuralist
Child Australia - Belmont  - $69
18 APR | Mental Health Social Workers & Private Practice Networking Night
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Perth  - $0-$20
19 APR | Workshop - Responding to Challenging Behaviours
Anglicare WA - East Perth  - $240
19 APR | Quality Improvement through Critical Reflection
Child Australia - Belmont  - $69
17-19 APR | Workshop - Engaging with Aboriginal Communities
Aboriginal Insights - TBC  - $250 + GST
27 APR | Postcode inequality - WA's economic challenges
Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) - Perth  - From $185
1 MAY | Seminar: Child Safe Organisations WA
Commissioner for Children and Young People - Perth  - Free
4 MAY | Workshop: Australia's Shared History
Cultural Convergence & Sync7 - East Fremantle  - $190
8 MAY | Workshop: WWC checks and Child Safety Made Simple
Department of Communities - East Perth  - Free
9 MAY | Advanced Trauma Informed Care - Dr Ann O'Neill
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Perth  - From $210
15 MAY | Recognising and Responding to Amphetamine Intoxication / Toxicity & Opioid Overdose
Mission Australia - Newman  - Free
17 MAY | Vulnerability Speakers Series - the role of services in assisting vulnerable children and young people
Commissioner for Children and Young People - Perth  - Free
1 JUN | Workshop: WWC checks and Child Safety Made Simple
Department of Communities - East Perth  - Free
14 JUN | Seminar: Child Safe Organisations WA
Commissioner for Children and Young People - Perth  - Free
28 MAY - 1 JUN | Workshops - Alternatives to Violence
Bloodwood Tree - South Hedland  - Free - Email
17 AUG | Conference - Ensuring Safety and the Basic Needs for Students to Thrive Educationally
WISA - Wellbeing in Schools Australia - Burswood  - $295

  Job Opportunities

Campaign Coordinator
Linkwest - applications closing ASAP 
Manager Sector Capability and Stewardship
National Disability Services (NDS) - applications closing ASAP 
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