6 June 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


3.5% National Minimum Wage (NMW) increase 

Last week the Fair Work Commission ruled to increase the National Minimum Wage to $719.20 per week, which works out to $18.93 per hour, or an extra $24.30 per week. This is a step in the right direction, but still falls short of the amount that would sustain a decent standard of living.  Read the ACOSS Submission here

WACOSS will be at the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on Wednesday (today) to argue the case for a minimum wage for those covered by the State Award. The hearing will commence at 1:30pm WST and is available online. Listen here.
Read the Annual Wage Review Decision
Read WACOSS Submission to WA Industrial Relations Commission


  Sector Headlines   

DropIN Solutions has a new website and a new look

DropIN Solutions is proud to launch a new website. Learn about who DropIN Solutions is, what they stand for, and where our value lies when designing, developing, and delivering graphic design and marketing solutions for community service organisations. The website boasts a clean design and intuitive navigation system with improved functionalities that directs you to the information relevant to you. Complete the easy-to-fill form for quotes on projects you have in mind.

Pre-Budget Conversations in Albany

If you're based in Albany and would like to contribute to the WACOSS Pre-Budget Submission, join the conversation at Pivot Support Services, 121 Aberdeen Street, Albany at 2pm, Thursday 7 June. 

Mawarnkarra Health Service Dialysis Unit in Roeburne completed

A Dialysis Unit is in the process of being furnished, and as a Home Dialysis Unit, those undergoing dialysis will need to have a carer present at all times. Funding options are being sought to provide nursing support to patients during their dialysis sessions. The Child and Maternal Health Unit construction is underway, with an estimated completion date of December 2018, which will house a midwife, child health nurse, support workers, and specialists. Following recommendations, the Mawarnkarra Board have allocated a space for a men's program, and committed to work closely with men in the community to develop a men's health program.

Social Impact Summit at UWA Business School

The Social Impact Summit, hosted by the Centre for Social Impact UWA, is the highlight of the Social Impact Festival 2018. Bringing together aspiring and experienced leaders of social change and innovation across community, academia, government and business sectors; the 2 day Summit will explore social innovation, co-design, systems thinking, social enterprise, and measuring impact. It moves beyond just talking – it is a carefully designed journey for learning and co-creating our future together. Don't miss out! 

68% of people support an increase to Newstart, Youth Allowance

An Essential Media Poll has found that 68% of people support an increase to Newstart, Youth Allowance, and related payments. Almost all respondents agreed that no one should go without the basics like food, healthcare, and power, and 70% said that a fair government would increase these payments. ACOSS leads the Raise the Rate campaign, and support for the campaign is encouraged. 

Countering attacks on democracy

This week the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017 is pushing ahead. Greenpeace published a video this week that sums up the three pieces of legislation that threaten to criminalise, curtail, and silence advocacy groups.  

Cancer Council WA Make Smoking History ad to air for first time in WA

'Terrie's Tips' was produced by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States in 2011, featuring former smoker Terrie Hall, who started smoking in high school and didn't quit until diagnosed with cancer in 2011 at age 40. Terrie passed away from cancer at age 53, and the final ad in the series was filmed days before she died. The ad has started airing, and will continue through until 11 August.

New AEC Guidelines Leave Charities ‘Confused and Uncertain’

A new clause in the Commonwealth Electoral Act – which came into effect on 15 March – defines political expenditure as: “The public expression of views on an issue that is, or is likely to be, before electors in an election (whether or not a writ has been issued for the election) by any means”. In the AEC’s Financial Disclosure Guide for Third Parties incurring Political Expenditure, released this week, the commission said there were a number of things organisations needed to consider in assessing “what issues are before electors”. A number of organisations and charities have flagged the guidelines as difficult to navigate, and a challenge for advocacy.

Applications open for Regional Community Child Care Grants

Applications are now being accepted on an ongoing basis to the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund (RCCCDF) Grants Program. Grants are available for projects that address one or more of the strategies identified in the Education and Care Services Plan for Regional Western Australia (ECSP). Objectives of the program include building capacity, improving services and retaining benefits. The closing date for applications is 31 December 2018.
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Online Pilbara Research Portal

The Pilbara Research Online is an online portal for publications, journal articles, and online resources relating to the Pilbara. It is a comprehensive source of consolidated knowledge, a website repository for information about the Pilbara, drawn from a variety of sources.

Outcare gets website and newsletter

Outcare has launched a new website, and has developed a monthly newsletter for those interested in subscribing. The first newsletter highlights some of the changes, and what you can expect to see on the website. Read the first edition here, and view the new website:

Disaster Resilience Recovery resources

Supporting communities after a disaster is a complex shared responsibility between government, as well as NGOs, community, community groups, business sector and corporate and philanthropic agencies. Successful recovery occurs when an affected community can exercise a high degree of self-determination, contribute to planning and when recovery workers understand and work with the unique context of each community. The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience provides a range of resources suitable for community service organisations to prepare for disaster.

Donations sought for Raise the Rate campaign

People on Newstart are forced to live well below the poverty line while they look for paid work. Newstart hasn’t been increased in real terms in 24 years. Today almost one million people are subsisting on $39 a day. Even the minority of people on Newstart who get additional payments (like rent assistance or family payments) live in deep poverty. It is impossible to pay for housing, food, power, clothing, transport, healthcare, the phone – and to look for paid work. Can you help us Raise the Rate? You can help Raise the Rate of Newstart by donating.

  Sector Training and Events

6 JUN | Forum: Celebration and Diversity - A vision for development of affordable housing
Shelter WA - East Perth  - Free
7 JUN | Pre-Budget Submission Conversation: Albany
WACOSS - Albany  - Free - email
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 | Family Inclusive Practice - Supporting clients and families living with Mental Illness
RUAH Community Services - Subiaco  - From $25
14 JUN | Workshop: Australia's Shared History
Cultural Convergence & Sync7 - East Fremantle  - $190
18 JUN | Beyond the Royal Commission: Where to from here for Australian organisations?
AnglicareWA - East Perth  - $300
25 JUN | Beyond the Royal Commission: Where to from here for Australian organisations?
AnglicareWA - Broome  - $330
19 JUN | Beyond the Royal Commission: Where to from here for Australian schools?
AnglicareWA - East Perth  - $300
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
27 JUN | Fighting Poverty: Strategies for Change
Anti-Poverty Network and AUWU - Perth  - Free
JUN-JUL | Social Impact Festival
Centre for Social Impact and UWA - Perth  - Varies
18 JUL | New Graduates and Students Networking Night
AASW (WA) - Perth  - From $15
19-20 JUL | Social Impact Summit - Social Impact Festival
Centre for Social Impact and UWA - Perth  - From $99
25 JUL | WA Branch Symposium - Going forward with the NDIS
AASW (WA) - Perth  - From $95 (Webinar access from $30)
29 OCT | Save the date - FCAWA Conference 2018: The Cost of Poverty
FCAWA - Perth  - TBC
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