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26 April 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews

 

Make Redress Right campaign

Tuart Place Growing Strong Together
The Make Redress Right campaign is gaining momentum, in the concerns over the 9 years of betrayal felt by survivors of Redress WA. 
The campaign aimed to address the betrayal of Redress WA applicants which began in 2009, when their promised payment levels were halved after all applications had been received. 

Recent consultations with government have been received positively, and the plight of the group is being heard. 
Thanks and congratulations goes to Tuart Place and the organisations that have supported the Make Redress Right Initiative in the call for justice for the survivors of Redress WA - Forgotten Australians, members of the Stolen Generations, and former child migrants from the UK and Malta - who suffered childhood abuse and neglect in the care of the State. Your tireless work in this necessary area is gaining speed and attracting support. 
Read more about Make Redress Right

 

  Sector Headlines   

Vale Tony Cooke

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Tony Cooke. Tony was a valued friend and supporter of WACOSS for many years especially during the 2000s. A strong campaigner of social justice, he made a significant contribution to WACOSS’s policy work and the lives of working people. Tony will be remembered for his dedication to the union movement for more than 25 years. He will also be remembered as a social justice advocate.
 

Supporting Communities Forum Communique

The Supporting Communities Forum is to support the implementation of the State Government's Supporting Communities Policy to improve services to Western Australians placed in vulnerable situations. An overview of sector consultation taking place will be presented at the WACOSS Conference Networking Day (Tuesday 1 May).

Culturally secure care closing gap for Aboriginal mothers and babies

A study led by Murdoch University maternal health researchers has identified that Aboriginal midwives and culturally secure care in WA hospitals is closing the gap in maternity care and childbirth outcomes for Aboriginal mothers and their babies. The study found that birthing on country, family support, and providing a safe space for mothers to ask questions and feel empowered to make decisions were vital.

Foodbank releases Rumbling Tummies report

Foodbank's first national research into the prevalence of child hunger in Australia has been released, and it paints a stark picture. More than one in five children in Australia have experienced hunger; one in three parents living in food insecure households disclosed that their children go hungry at least once a month; at least once a week children from food insecure households go to school without eating breakfast.

National Day of Remembrance - Candle Lighting Vigil

The Women's Council is partnering with the Department of Communities, Stopping Family Violence, Communicare, and Family Law Pathways Network, to hold a National Day of Remembrance Candle Lighting Vigil at 5:45pm Thursday 3 May, in the Supreme Court Gardens, to honour those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic homicide.

Life in Pictures Short Film Competition to promote positives of ageing

Life in Pictures, now in its second year, is part of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, encourages people of all ages to collaborate on film projects. Submissions should explore What is ageing? Does it mean ‘getting old’? Is it ‘getting older’? Or is it simply ‘growing’? Film submissions should be 2 minutes or less, and workshops are being held to encourage new or less experienced filmmakers.

New HUGS service centre

Anglicare WA, thanks to an opportunity made possible by the Financial Counselling Network (FCN), will lead the establishment of a new service centre in Armadale, especially designed to handle state-wide enquiries and referrals from the community about the Hardship Utilities Grant Scheme (HUGS).

UNICEF Young Ambassador program open

The program is an opportunity for young people aged 15-24 to speak up for children and young people. Ambassadors develop skills in media and communications, government advocacy, engagement, and exercise leadership and become an effective advocate for children's rights at a local, national, and international level.

Community Champions in Mental Health

The program is an opportunity for young people aged 15-24 to speak up for children and young people. Ambassadors develop skills in media and communications, government advocacy, and engagement, exercise leadership and become an effective advocate for children's rights at a local, national, and international level.

Mock court sessions in Pilbara help understanding of justice system 

The Martu Leadership Program at Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ Rangers), in collaboration with local police, have developed ways of teaching information about the mainstream justice system, offering new pathways away from prison. Mock court sessions help bridge language and knowledge difficulties. Diversionary programs have resulted in offenders being diverted away from prison for unpaid fines, for example, and offered pathways on country as a pathway towards responsible behaviour.

Community Sector Banking Social Investment Grant applications open 

Open to not for profits working to build resilience and capability in people experiencing homelessness and abuse are encouraged to apply. Grants of $25,000 or $50,000 are available, with a total grant pool value of $300,000. Applications close Thursday 31 May.

St Patrick's Community Centre welcomes new CEO 

After nearly two decades of commitment to clients, staff, and volunteers, Steve McDermott has stepped down from the CEO role. Congratulations to Michael Piu, for his appointment to the role. Michael has celebrated 18 years continued service at St Patrick's, the last three as Deputy CEO. 

Pilbara Regional Innovation Partnership 

Established as part of the State Government’s New Industries Fund, the partnership across the nine regions of Western Australia will allocate $4.5 million to support venture creation, accelerate small-medium enterprise growth, and seed innovation initiatives. Get involved by registering for the Pilbara Regional Innovation Partnership and attending a workshop in Karratha or Port Hedland.

Economic Snapshot - Unemployment in the Pilbara  

At December 2017, the Pilbara's unemployment rate sat at 2.1 per cent. This is an increase of 0.1 of a per cent from June 2017, down from a high of 4.1 per cent in March 2014. For more economic statistics about the Pilbara visit the REMPLAN Economic Portal.

Single Touch Payroll changes as of 1 July 2018  

The new Single Touch Payroll reporting facility aligns reporting obligations to payroll processes. Each time a payment is made to an employee, employers are required to report their employees' salaries, wages, allowances, deductions, any other payments, PAYG withholding and superannuation information to the ATO. This is a requirement commencing 1 July 2018 for employers with 20 or more employees. WACOSS Members can contact Employer Assist for free advice, email wacoss@employerassist.com.au
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  Sector Training and Events

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
APR-MAY | NDIS Information Sessions
Richmond Wellbeing - Various Locations  - 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 | Journey to Recovery from Extreme Trauma - Dr Ann O'Neill
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Perth  - From $210
10 MAY | Pathways to Success: Partnering with a coach
International Coach Federation - Floreat  - $21.50
15 MAY | Influence, don't complain
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Perth  - From $10
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
18-19 MAY | Workshop: Working with children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse
Anglicare WA - East Perth  - $440
23 MAY | Engaging with Fathers in Family Services
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Perth  - From $10
31 MAY | Facilitation Co-Design Forum
ConnectGroups - Wembley  - 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
27 MAY | Movie Fundraiser - The Bookshop
Women's Council Funds for Freedom - Northbridge  - $25
28 MAY - 1 JUN | Workshops - Alternatives to Violence
Bloodwood Tree - South Hedland  - Free - Email daadmin@bloodwoodtree.org.au
17 AUG | Conference - Ensuring Safety and the Basic Needs for Students to Thrive Educationally
WISA - Wellbeing in Schools Australia - Burswood  - $295


  Job Opportunities

Coordinator, Pilbara FASD Prevention Project
Telethon Kids Institute - applications closing 26 April 2018 
Admin Support Officer - Aboriginal Health
Curtin University - applications closing 6 May 2018 
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