9 May 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


Federal Budget undermines the sector

The release of the Federal Budget yesterday will increase the pressure on the Western Australian Government and its own budget to address the needs of households facing hardship and vulnerable situations. 
The Australian Council of Social Service has been at the forefront of the Budget release, providing analysis for the community services sector, on the implications the budget has moving forward, as well as fact sheets on key statistics around Newstart and Youth Allowance to inform discussion on why we need to #RaisetheRate
Some of the key points ACOSS raised:
  • Tax cuts are the "wrong priority at the wrong time" and will not help the majority of people on low incomes, but will benefit high-income earners
  • Tax cuts will deprive governments the opportunity to fund essential services 
  • People on the lowest incomes have been ignored, with no measures to address Newstart or student payments
  • Aged home care packages are welcomed, but only address a backlog 
  • Hospital funding welcomed, but only restores funding cuts that would have commenced in 2020
  • New migrants lacking paid work will be left without income support for their first four years in Australia 
  • This budget affects the most vulnerable people in our communities 
Campaign materials can be downloaded from the ACOSS website. The Western Australian State budget will be handed down on Thursday 10 May. 
Read the ACOSS Media Release


  Sector Headlines   

Doors to Safety for Women with Disabilities Experiencing Violence

The Women’s Community Health Network WA is delivering two-hour capacity building sessions to enable staff of disability service providers to better identify and respond to women with disabilities experiencing family and domestic violence. This session was developed, and will be delivered, by women with disability, on Tuesday 19 June. RSVP to Zel by phone 0413813885 or email

Thrive program request for tender: metro & 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.

Funds for Freedom Fundraiser movie screening 'The Bookshop'

Funds for Freedom assists women and children to live a life free from domestic and family violence, offering a fresh start after fleeing their homes due to FDV. The Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence are holding a movie fundraiser, with a screening of 'The Bookshop' in Northbridge, Sunday 27 May.

Research Study - support for community-led disaster recovery

Researchers at the University of Tasmania are seeking participants for a study investigating how government can better support community-led recovery after a disaster. If you have experience working in community recovery after a disaster, as a community member, a community sector representative, or a local government representative, contact Carole Owen at the University of Tasmania on 0448 673 314 or

Deadly Jobs Expo  

The Town of Bassendean and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service, along with WA Jobs and Skills are inviting expressions of interest from employers who would like to showcase their employment opportunities to Aboriginal people attending this year’s Deadly Jobs Expo at Ashfield Reserve. The expo, held in conjunction with NAIDOC 2018 Family Day is Perth’s largest NAIDOC Week event and provides a unique opportunity for employers to engage with over 4000 local Aboriginal people who attend this event each year. To participate for free download the form here and email it to by close of business Friday 8 June 2018.

Empowering Communities Program draft tender released

The Department of Communities is inviting community service organisations to assist with the planning and development of the proposed Empowering Communities Program. The new program seeks to empower communities to be connected and inclusive places where people feel they belong, are valued and contribute.

Lotterywest grants available to community service organisations

Do you have plans for your community and need a helping hand? Lotterywest would love to hear about it! Lotterywest offer grants to not-for-profit organisations to support projects that benefit WA. You can do a lot with a Lotterywest grant.

Australian Institute of Family Studies Survey

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) have released a survey for clinicians working with young people and sexually abusive behaviours. They are mapping current service responses for adolescents (10-17 years of age), with an aim to develop a detailed understanding of effective interventions and contextual factors affecting impplementation.

2018 Industry Skills Forecasts - Consultation Sought  

The draft Industry Skills Forecast is open for public consultation via the SkillsIQ website. The Industry Reference Committee is responsible for advising the Federal Government on the changing training needs of the community sector, a key piece of advice being the Industry Skills Forecast. Encourage your networks to read the document and provide any feedback via the online feedback form by COB Monday 21 May. See a draft of the forecast here.

Westfield Local Heroes nominations open

Nominations are open to acknowledge Local Heroes as part of a community recognition and grants program. Nominations can be made for individuals and organisations who promote social wellbeing and harmony in communities through work, programs, or activities.
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  Sector Training and Events

APR-MAY | NDIS Information Sessions
Richmond Wellbeing - Various Locations  - Free
10 MAY | Pathways to Success: Partnering with a coach
International Coach Federation - Floreat  - $21.50
16 MAY | Focus on statutory and informal kinship care programs
Commissioner for Children and Young People - Perth  - 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 MAY | National Week of Action Community Meeting 10am-3pm
Family Matters - Kewdale  - Free - RSVP to
18-19 MAY | Workshop: Working with children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse
Anglicare WA - East Perth  - $440
22 MAY | Pride in Practice Forum
Richmond Wellbeing - Cannington  - Free
22 MAY | Program evaluation in WA with a focus on Aboriginal Communities
Injury Matters - Wembley (or video conference available)  - Free
23 MAY | Engaging with Fathers in Family Services
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Perth  - From $10
27 MAY | Movie Fundraiser - The Bookshop
Women's Council Funds for Freedom - Northbridge  - $25
29-30 MAY | Workshop: Reflective Practice Supervision
Anglicare WA - East Perth  - $440
28 MAY - 1 JUN | Workshops - Alternatives to Violence
Bloodwood Tree - South Hedland  - Free - Email
31 MAY | Facilitation Co-Design Forum
ConnectGroups - Wembley  - Free
JUN | Advocacy for community members and service providers
Bloodwood Tree - various locations in the Pilbara  - Free
1 JUN | Workshop: WWC checks and Child Safety Made Simple
Department of Communities - East Perth  - Free
1 JUN | Positive Psychology Tools
WAAMH - Perth  - Free
6 JUN | Forum: Celebration and Diversity - A vision for development of affordable housing
Shelter WA - East Perth  - Free
8-9 JUN | Revive and Refresh Carers Retreat
WAAMH - Perth  - Free
14 JUN | Seminar: Child Safe Organisations WA
Commissioner for Children and Young People - Perth  - Free
19 JUN | Doors to Safety:Women with Disabilities Experiencing Violence
Women's Community Health Network WA - West Perth  - Free

  Job Opportunities

Coordinator, Pilbara FASD Prevention Project
Telethon Kids Institute - applications closing 26 April 2018 
Administration Officer - Victoria Park
Victoria Park Community Centre - applications closing ASAP 
Accounts Officer - URGENT leave replacement
Armadale Community and Family Centre, contact Sarah Greenwood on 9497 4794 - applications closing ASAP 
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