18 July 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


WA Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS)

WA Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS)
In March, the Premier of WA Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, launched the Western Australian Jobs Act 2017, and the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS). The Western Australian Jobs Regulations 2018 are underway, and will take effect from 1 October 2018.

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science, and Innovation (JTSI), in consultation with the Department of Finance, have taken into account the need to acknowledge differences inherent in the community and disability services sector. Service Agreements awarded to the sector via the Delivering Community Services in Partnership (DCSP) Policy do fall within the scope of the WA Jobs Act.

Under WAIPS, prospective service providers will be required to complete and submit an extensive and detailed participation plan as part of their tender bid for State Government Service Agreements.

There is a consensus that regulations should include an exemption for NFPs with Service Agreements formed under the DCSP Policy, removing the obligation of submitting a participation plan. Successful tenderers who are awarded a Service Agreement would also be removed from the obligation of reporting on the participation plan outcomes. This would be reviewed in five years' time.

Any queries can be directed to John O'Hare, Executive Director, Industry Development,, or 08 9222 0760
Read more about WAIPS Industry Development


  Sector Headlines   

Two-day Social Impact Summit starts tomorrow

As part of the Social Impact Festival, the Summit brings together aspiring and experienced leaders of social change and innovation over two days, to inspire and empower. Policy and Development lead at WACOSS, Chris Twomey, will talk to the key trends impacting on the living costs for Western Australians, particularly the more vulnerable members of our community at-risk of financial hardship, and how the nature of inequality and access to opportunity is changing across our society.

ACOSS Survey on jobactive users

ACOSS are developing policies to improve employment services, to put to government as part of the current government review of jobactive. To inform this work and increase its impact, they are seeking people who have used jobactive in the last three years to complete a survey on their experiences. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and you can choose to remain anonymous. The survey will be open until Friday 20 July 2018. Please feel free to pass this onto anyone you think may be interested in participating.

UN's review of women's human rights

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) met with non-governmental organisations and national human rights institutions from Australia, Cyprus, Liechtenstein and Mexico, in early July. Australian organisations reported gaps in women’s empowerment and protection, especially in relationship to Aboriginal, migrant and poor women. Also decried were impending budget cuts in welfare programs that disproportionally affect women, despite a declared gender-neutral approach to such issues, and what was seen as the muzzling of human rights advocates and whistle-blowers. The CEDAW Committee's final report will be available in the next month.

Expressions of interest sought for End Homelessness Campaign

The Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness is seeking Expressions of Interest for a team to implement the WA Strategy to End Homelessness. Interest is sought from people with lived experience of homelessness who would like to help improve services, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people with homelessness policy and stakeholder engagement experience, project management experience, people with stakeholder engagement skills, campaign skills, and capital fundraising. EOI close Tuesday 31 July 2018.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

Saturday 4 August marks the 30th anniversary since it was first celebrated in 1988. The national day is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children, and an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.

OnBoardWA to achieve goal of 50% female representation on boards

To increase diversity on WA Government Boards and Committees, OnBoardWA was created to allow Not-for-Profits to advertise board vacancies through the register. Community and not-for-profit sector are invited to register with OnBoardWA to promote any upcoming board opportunities.

Research on the impact of the Equal Remuneration Order

WACOSS understands that some readers may have been invited to provide feedback on the impact of the ERO for youth accommodation and support services, homelessness accommodation and support services, and family and DV accommodation. The project, funded by the Department of Communities is supported by WACOSS and Community Employers WA. Research is on the impact of the social and community services equal remuneration order on State-funded community services that operate on a 24/7 basis. The research will also establish benchmarks for employment costs across different types of services and client groups.

Download the ERO Impact Study User Guide

Download the Confidentiality Agreement

Download the Survey Form on the Impact of the ERO on 24/7 Services

If you would like to participate, contact Julian Keys via to confirm your participation (register by 31 July 2018), and sign and return the confidentiality agreement. The survey must be completed by 17 August 2018. Questions about the survey can also be directed to Julian Keys. 

VCOSS Governance Healthcheck

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has launched a free online tool to help NFPs asssess their governance and financial health. The VCOSS Governance Healthcheck asks participants to answer a series of questions about how their board and organisation functions. Results are then analysed and users given tailored tips and recommendtions to help strengthen their organisation.

MyHealthRecord opt out period commenced

In 2018, every Australian will get a My Health Record. If you decide that you don't want a record, you have between 16 July - 15 October 2018 to opt out.

Child Safe Organisations - Perth Seminars

The recent release of the WA Government's response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has highlighted the need for all organisations to have secure child safe practices and principles. Child Safe Organisation seminars will be held in August and September, in Subiaco. The free whole-day seminars coach organisations on how to create a safe environment, where children feel comfortable.

Learning for Purpose Not-for-Profit Workplace Study

Learning for Purpose workforce study 'Not-for-Profit People Management and Analytics' has been released. Based on nearly 4,000 survey responses the analysis by the UWA on the changing nature and narrative of capacity building in the sector is an interesting read. The survey that the Report is based on is open again. Complete the 2018 survey to be in the running for an iPod.

Review of the Carers Recognition Act 2004

The Carers Recognition Act 2004 was introduced in 2004 to provide for the recognition of carers. The Minister for Community Services, the Honourable Simone McGurk, and the Department of Communities, is undertaking a review of the Act. Community organisations are invited to provide comment or feedback on the Review. Download the consultation paper outlining the review.

Karratha Health Campus construction complete

The first patients of the purpose-built health campus are expected in late October 2018. The project has taken 22 months to build, and the expanded service is expected to cater for around 18,500 patients each year. The new facility will feature a surgical centre, maternity wing, and delivery suites.

Australian Institute of Family Studies paper released

Diagnosis in child mental health: exploring benefits, risks, alternatives, co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds, is designed to encourage practitioners in the child and family welfare sector to examine their own understanding of mental health diagnostic systems, and to critically reflect on the role that diagnosis plays in their work with children and families.

Children's Week Grants available

Grants of up to $1,000 are available for Children’s Week festivities organised by not-for-profit or local government agencies in regional, remote and metro WA. Apply online for one of our grant packages at by 4pm, Friday 17 August 2018.

Santa's Workshop in serach of a new space

The volunteer led community group, Santa’s Workshop, is currently looking for a new location to host its workshop. Since 1998, the workshop has built and refurbished unwanted quality toys and distributed them to disadvantaged children and families. The new premises will require space for woodwork and toy sorting and storage. Please email if you may have a suitable space to host Santa’s Workshop.

Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum - Open Call for presenters

The Pilbara Development Commission and FORM have recently announced the Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum, taking place in Newman, 21-22 September 2018. Local success stories are being sought to present projects as case studies at the Forum. Applications for Open Call presenters are now open. Share your projects, experiences and ideas to inform ways the Pilbara might succeed in the future.

DropIN Solutions – Marketing guidance for your NFP

Are you struggling with the strategic direction of your organisation or project’s marketing? The DropIN Solutions team at WACOSS has marketing professionals with experience in the NFP sector in WA who can assist you with the development and execution of marketing and promotional strategies, combining the best ways to support your organisation objectives while protecting your budget.

YACWA's Un-Fair Ground Conference - 11-12 October 2018

The 2018 YACWA conference theme, ‘Un-fair ground’, represents an opportunity to encourage social inclusion through the continued development of an even playing field for young people across Western Australia. The conference will focus on dialogue and discussion, and will include international and national keynote speakers engaging and interesting presentations, workshops and activities, in addition to valuable information and tools for those who work for - and with - young people.

Midland Women's Health Care Place - Term 3 Timetable

Midland Women’s Health Care Place is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation, whose purpose is to promote the total health and well-being of women and their families in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Western Australia. Services are designed to provide a holistic approach to overall health incorporating all aspects of a woman’s life and health including emotional health, education, exercise, family, work and community inclusion. Many group sessions and events are on offer, with the Term 3 Timetable just released.

Excellence in NFP sector – nominations now open

PricewaterhouseCoopers Director Award for Excellence in the WA Not-for-Profit Sector nominations are now open. The award will acknowledge a director who has exhibited leadership on director issues and promoted excellence in governance to achieve a positive impact for society.
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  Sector Training and Events

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)
26 JUL | Pre-Budget Submission Conversation - Geraldton
WACOSS - Geraldton - Free
27 JUL | Pre-Budget Submission Conversation - Rockingham
WACOSS - Rockingham- Free
30 JUL | Introduction to Australia's Family Law System
Anglicare WA - East Perth  - $240
31 JUL | Pre-Budget Submission Conversation - Mandurah
WACOSS - Mandurah- Free
2 AUG | Pre-Budget Submission Conversation - Busselton
WACOSS - Busselton- Free
9 AUG | Landlords Making a Difference - Homelessness Week Event
Shelter WA - Maylands  - Free
15 AUG | Legal Education for Social Workers - Privacy, Confidentiality, Documentation, Reports and Court Appearances
AASW (WA) - West Perth  - $20-$40
16 AUG | Introducing an early intervention approach working with children and families
Various partners - Riverdale  - Free
16 AUG | Youth Work Code of Ethics Training - Roebourne
Pilbara Development Commission/Youth Work WA/YACWA/Blue Beanie Projects - Roebourne  - $73.50
17 AUG | Youth Work Code of Ethics Training - Karratha
Pilbara Development Commission/Youth Work WA/YACWA/Blue Beanie Projects - Karratha  - $73.50
17 AUG | Finance Essentials for Not-for-Profits - Karratha
Northwest Accountancy & WACOSS - Karratha  - $20
22 AUG | LGBTI+ Peer Support Guide Launch
ConnectGroups - Wembley  - Free
28 AUG | Child Safe Organisations WA: Perth seminar
CCYP - Subiaco  - Free
29 AUG | Finance Essentials for Not-for-Profits - Karratha
Northwest Accountancy & WACOSS - Karratha  - $20
5 SEP | Workshop: Eroticising Inequality: Pornography, young people and sexuality
Women's Community Health Network WA - TBC  - $132
6-7 SEP | Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience - Perth  - $550+GST
21-22 SEP | Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum
Pilbara Development Commission - Newman  - $200-$350
10 OCT | Free Workshop: Empowering women to take control online 
Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services - West Perth - Free
11-12 OCT | Un-Fairground Conference 2018
YACWA - Northbridge - TBC
29 OCT | Save the date - FCAWA Conference 2018: The Cost of Poverty
FCAWA - Perth  - TBC

  Job Opportunities

Sector Sustainability Coordinator
Community Legal Centres Association (WA) Inc - applications closing 30 July 2018 
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