23 May 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


Raise the Rate campaign gains momentum

The Australian Council of Social Service has been working hard on the Raise the Rate campaign after the Federal Budget failed to address the inadequacy of Newstart and Youth Allowance earlier this month. 
Newstart and Youth Allowance haven't increased in real terms in 24 years, despite the cost of living increasing year on year, and while the issue is a Federal one, the impact has a flow on effect and places enormous strain on services and supports provided by the community services sector at a local level. 
In South Australia, ten local councils have joined to advocate for a rise to Newstart, along with two councils in Victoria, and in WA the motion has been put to the Fremantle Council to support an increase to the payment. This response from local governments is encouraging, and the wide support this issue is getting shows how incredibly important Raising the Rate is to those living on Newstart.
How can you get involved? 
Join the Campaign to Raise the Rate


  Sector Headlines   

Feedback requested for Aboriginal Heritage Act Review

The State Government is seeking feedback on the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (the Act) to determine its effectiveness and identify any gaps in the legislation. Written submissions are being accepted up to 1 June 2018, or you can complete the online survey here to have your say on an amended Act.

Yaandina Community Services creates space for elderly residents

Yaandina in Roebourne opened a new client facility last week. The gardens and centre have been built to encourage aged-care residents to venture outside and to provide a space for family and friends to share. The new centre, gardens, and refurbished administration building was possible due to the support from Lotterywest, the State and Federal governments, and Pilbara Development Commission.

Department of Communities Thrive Tender extension

The Department of Communities have extended the deadline for the tender process for the Thrive Program. The program builds on the Department's initiative, and will be delivered in partnership with NGOs. Thrive builds on successes of the STEP program with a stronger focus on early intervention. The extension is for an additional four weeks, and the new deadline will be Tuesday 10 July 2018. There will be an additional information session 10am, Monday 28 May 2018, at the Department of Communities’ Theatrette, 189 Royal Street, East Perth which will focus on pricing and payment schedules. Email or call (08) 6217 6299 for more details.

Pilbara headspace opens this week

headspace in the Pilbara opened this week, providing a new model of service to young people in the Pilbara region. Counsellors and support staff are based in Newman, Hedland, and Karratha, and will work in the field providing outreach for mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services. The innovative youth mental health service model was proposed by Anglicare WA, and is funded by the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA).  

My Health Record  

My Health Record is the national digital health record system, which aims to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of Australia’s healthcare system. Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, and test or scan reports can be digitally available in one place. Healthcare providers directly involved in your healthcare like doctors, specialists and hospital staff will be able to use My Health Record to improve their decision making and provide patients with a more efficient service. This year, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless you choose to opt out. For the latest information on My Health Record, visit:

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.

Community Sector Banking Social Investment Grant applications open 

Not for profits working to build resilience and capability in people experiencing homelessness and abuse are encouraged to apply for a grant of $25,000 or $50,000. Applications close Thursday 31 May.
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  Sector Training and Events

MAY | NDIS Information Sessions
Richmond Wellbeing - Various Locations  - 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
31 MAY | Facilitation Co-Design Forum
ConnectGroups - Wembley  - Free
1 JUN | Walk for Reconciliation 2018
Reconciliation WA - Elizabeth Quay  - Free
1 JUN | Workshop: WWC checks and Child Safety Made Simple
Department of Communities - East Perth  - Free
1 JUN | Workshop: Positive Psychology Tools
Western Australian Association for Mental Health - Perth  - Free
6 JUN | Forum: Celebration and Diversity - A vision for development of affordable housing
Shelter WA - East Perth  - Free
12-14 JUN | DRUMBEAT 3 Day Facilitator Training - Perth WA
Holyoake Drumbeat - Mt Lawley  - From $895
13-14 JUN | Introduction to Residential Tenancy Law
Tenancy WA - Perth - From $510
14 JUN | Workshop: Australia's Shared History
Cultural Convergence & Sync7 - East Fremantle  - $190
19 JUN | Doors to Safety:Women with Disabilities Experiencing Violence
Women's Community Health Network WA - West Perth  - Free
26 JUN | Forum with one of Scotland's biggest social landlords
ShelterWA/WACOSS/CHIA/Department of Communities - East Perth  - Free

  Job Opportunities

Area Manager - Karratha or Port Hedland location
Mission Australia - applications closing 24 May 2018 
Team Leader - West Perth
Save the Children - applications closing 27 May 2018 
Regional Coordinator - South East Metro Perth
Save the Children - applications closing 28 May 2018 
Service Manager
Outcare - applications closing 29 May 2018 
Coordinator – Pilbara Volunteer Hub
Volunteering WA - applications closing 1 June 2018 
Project Manager – 100 Families Project
WACOSS - applications closing 5 June 2018 
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