4 July 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


New Electoral Commission Rules on Third Party Political Advocacy

AEC rules changed on Third Party advocacy
Changes have been made to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) rules governing National elections (not State). They apply to any organisation spending over $13,500 within a financial year, on "the public expression of views on an issue that is, or is likely to be, before electors at an election." This is regardless of whether an election has been called yet or not. 

If you think this might apply to you, you need a complete a financial disclosure to the AEC, otherwise you risk a fine of up to $10,000. This includes communication via social media, text messages, voice calls, printing, and advertising. 
Read the briefing paper on new AEC rules


  Sector Headlines   

Homelessnes Week 2018: Event Grants available now

Homelessness Week is a national week to raise awareness about homelessness in our community, from Monday 6 August - Sunday 12 August. This year's theme is ‘There’s always something you can do' and will focus on actions people can take that will end homelessness, while supporting people who are currently experiencing homelessness. Shelter WA has received funding from Lotterywest and the Department of Communities to host Homelessness Week in WA, and administer $500 grants for organisations to raise awareness. Email for a grant application pack.

Support Create Ranger Parks' vision

Create Ranger Parks is a proposal that brings together five million neglected hectares of Outback land (more than twice the size of WA’s South West), and the demand for ranger jobs in Indigenous communities - to create a perfect opportunity. Support is needed to bring the vision of new protected parks, jointly vested in the Traditional Owners and managed by local Indigenous rangers, to reality. Read the proposal here.

NAIDOC Week 'Because of her, we can' - 8-15 July

NAIDOC week celebrations are being held across the country next week, for all Australians to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. There are plenty of events happening around WA to observe the national annual day. You can hold a NAIDOC event, or attend one of the many happening across the state.

NAIDOC Week special broadcast - TV and internet

Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) will run a special broadcast for NAIDOC Week 2018. You can watch ICTV on Channel 601 VAST in remote communities across Australia, on Channel 41 in Alice Springs, Broome and Roebourne. You can also watch on ICTV play online. In line with the theme of NAIDOC week, 'Because of her, we can', look out for the special programming, celebrating the women in Indigenous media behind and in front of the camera, from 4-6pm every day, between 8-15 July.

Workforce Incentives Survey - Pilbara Health Workforce 

The Pilbara Health Workforce Working Group (PHWWG) has been established to provide a collaborative and cost effective strategic focus to the development of a sustainable workforce and rural/remote career pathways in the Pilbara region. You are invited to complete a workforce incentives survey for PHWWG, to understand the types of incentives organisations may offer to their workforce, and those which may be successful in attracting and retaining staff.

Mission Australia and ReachOut release joint report

Lifting the weight: Understanding young people’s mental health and service needs in regional and remote Australia is a collaboration that draws on data from the Mission Australia Youth Survey and qualitative research undertaken by ReachOut. It identifies barriers faced by young people in accessing mental health services in regional and remote Australia and makes recommendations on a whole-of-community approach to address the mental health of young people in regional Australia.

Water Corp initiatives introduced from 1 July 2018

Three new initiatives have been introduced from 1 July 2018 - they include, Medical Assist for households that have a family member with a specific medical condition, Start Over, to assist customers in hardship with long-term outstanding debt over $5,000, and Time Assist, for people who have a consistent payment history but have been affected by a recent event which has left them unable to pay. Customers can phone 1300 659 752 to learn more about the financial assistance programs in place.

Perth to host Australian Disaster Resilience Conference in September

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) is hosting the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference (ADRC) in Perth from 6-7 September. The Conference will bring together local government, communities, NGOs, not-for-profits, research organisations, education partners and the private sector to share thinking and practice around disaster resilience.

WA Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy consultation

Health Networks of the Department of Health WA are inviting feedback on the Draft WA Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy. The policy provides direction to the WA health system and its partners to deliver strategies that improve the physical, mental, social, and emotional wellbeing of men and boys living in WA. Consultations will take place at forums across WA, or you can complete the online survey to offer feedback.

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! 

Women and unpaid care - Women's Health Victoria report

Women make a huge contribution to the economy and the wellbeing of families and communities. Women are more likely to have care responsibilities involving greater time and intensity (such as ongoing informal assistance to a person with a disability). The undervaluing of women's unpaid care work is linked to poorer health and wellbeing outcomes for carers and limits women's participation in the paid workforce.

Thinking about your Annual Report sooner rather than later?

DropIN Solutions recently launched a customisable Essential Package affordable for community service organisations, offering not only the professional design of your annual report but all the tailored graphic design solutions you will need over a year to fit your purpose. The package is just $4,500 and can be purchased now for use throughout 2018-2019. WACOSS Members receive a $500 discount.

Cahoots seeking bigger premises

Cahoots is an innovative, agile, disability services provider, looking to lease shared office space with another community sector organisation. The move would ideally happen prior to November 2018, and the small team requires between 150 - 170 square meters of office space. Some staff parking for staff and clients when they visit would be fantastic. If you have a space to share, or know of someone looking for a tenant, please contact Bev Wotzko: or 9240 6928 to discuss a potential collaboration.

Nominations open for annual HESTA awards

Nominations are open for the HESTA Community Sector Awards. The awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy, and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of this sector. Anyone can nominate an Unsung Hero, an Outstanding Organisation, or an individual, organisation, or network that has made an outstanding Social Impact.
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  Sector Training and Events

JUN-JUL | Social Impact Festival
Centre for Social Impact and UWA - Perth  - Varies
5 JUL | Family Inclusive Practice: Supporting Clients and Families Living with Mental Illness
RUAH - Stirling  - $25-$50
10 JUL | Jacaranda NAIDOC Family Fun Day
Jacaranda Community Centre - Redcliffe  - Free
11 JUL | Community Housing Study - Forum
Shelter WA - Maylands  - Free
11 JUL | NAIDOC Week Celebration
AASW (WA) - West Perth  - $5-$10
17-18 JUL | North West Aboriginal Women's Leadership Conference
Various - Broome  - Free - participants cover cost of transport & accommodation
18 JUL | Social Inclusion Forum - Community
Inclusion Solutions - Wembley  - $10-$15
18 JUL | New Graduates and Students Networking Night
AASW (WA) - Perth  - From $15
19 JUL | Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Australia's hidden epidemic
Australian Psychological Society - Crawley  - Free
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)
30 JUL | Introduction to Australia's Family Law System
Anglicare WA - East Perth  - $240
16 AUG | Introducing an early intervention approach working with children and families
Various partners - Riverdale  - Free
17 AUG | Finance Essentials for Not-for-Profits - Karratha
Northwest Accountancy & WACOSS - Karratha  - $20
22 AUG | LGBTI+ Peer Support Guide Launch
ConnectGroups - Wembley  - Free
29 AUG | Finance Essentials for Not-for-Profits - Karratha
Northwest Accountancy & WACOSS - Karratha  - $20
6-7 SEP | Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience - Perth  - $550+GST
29 OCT | Save the date - FCAWA Conference 2018: The Cost of Poverty
FCAWA - Perth  - TBC
10 OCT | Free Workshop: Empowering women to take control online 
Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services - West Perth - Free

  Job Opportunities

Clinical Lead - Karratha
Mission Australia - applications closing 9 July 2018 
Manager, Noongar Child Protection Council (NCPC)
WACOSS - applications closing 15 July 2018 
Business Development Manager
St Patrick's Community Support Centre - applications closing ASAP 
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