29 August 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


Inclusive co-design for People with Disabilities

Connect with Me
People with Disabilities Western Australia recently developed the Connect with Me Co-Design Model, to make it easier for organisations to involve people with disability in service design.

It provides a mechanism to ensure people affected by a decision are partners in deciding what needs to change; that services work for them and others with disability. It can also be used to review and improve existing services or to design new service offerings. The model comprises a guide explaining the co-design process; a toolkit to support co-design practice; and a team of co-designers who provide advice and support to organisations.

Download the free guide and toolkit from If you would like to engage a team of co-designers, email:

The graphic design work for the toolkit was done by DropIN Solutions, the WACOSS in-house design team. If you would like a quote on your next design job, email:
Download the PWDWA Connect with Me Co-Design Model


  Sector Headlines   

ACOSS supports private member bills for people doing it tough

Last week, two private members Bills were introduced to Federal Parliament. Cathy McGowan introduced a bill to establish a social security submission, of which has long been an ACOSS policy. Andrew Wilkie introduced a bill to review the impact of removing Parenting Payment Single from single parents when their youngest child turns eight, which data has suggested contributes to an increase in the rate of child poverty. Both Bills were welcomed by ACOSS - see the media release here.

2018 Not-For-Profit People Conference registration winner

Congratulations to Paula Paul, HR Manager at Ngala, who won a free ticket to the 2018 Not-for-Profit People Conference in Melbourne! The two-day conference on 19-20 November is focused on how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector. Registrations are now open.

Young Carers sought to lead co-design project in WA

The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) in collaboration with Red Cross WA is seeking young carers in WA to develop ideas and solutions to the challenges they face. Five young creative people with lived experience of being a young carer are sought to join the core team as youth consultants. Express your interest via email to: by 12pm, Friday 7 September.

New grants program supporting WA Peer Support Groups – open now

ConnectGroups' new Give it Forward (GIF) easy grants program is now open to WA Self Help and Support Groups, managed by ConnectGroups and supported by Lotterywest. The objective of the grants is to help Self Help and Support Groups to grow, increase their capacity to support others and remain robust and sustainable. Grants are now open for submissions up to $10,000, and round one applications are open until Monday 15 October.

ACOSS Conference Early Bird Registrations close 31 August

Early Bird Registrations must close on 31 August, for the 2018 ACOSS National Conference. The national event held in Sydney, on 29-30 October, is a key event for civil society in Australia, attended by thought-leaders, policy makers, political leaders, social innovators, practitioners, academics, campaigners, community leaders, and social justice advocates, to unite and engage in collective public policy analysis, discussion and debate.

LeadAbility course applications now open

LeadAbility, a leadership Course designed to develop people with disability and those in the sector who have the potential to lead and generate change, is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 LeadAbility Course. LeadAbility is supported by the Department of Communities - Disability Services, and builds leadership skills to enable people to become more influential, confident and effective leaders. People with disability, family members, carers, and employees in the sector, should consider applying for the course.

How can we have the greatest impact on smoking?

Community services are in a unique position to support people accessing their services to reduce and quit smoking. In a video released by Make Smoking History, leaders within the sector share actions that community services can take to ensure everyone has the opportunity to access accurate information and support.

Community Link Booth to be launched at Fiona Stanley Hospital

A volunteer-run Community Link Booth will be launched at Fiona Stanley Hospital to connect patients at the discharge point to community support services that will enable them to manage their conditions and avoid re-hospitalisation. The first of its kind, the booth will be integral to individuals, families, and carers who require emotional and physical support upon departure from the hospital premises.

Young people sought for consultation on Family Court experiences

The Family Court’s role in assessing the best interests of children when making orders is important to ensure they have a say, and their needs are well supported. The Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) is interested in hearing from young people who have been through this experience, what they found helpful in the process and any ideas they have to improve the experience. Interested young people can send an SMS to 0434 327 803, phone 1800 072 444 or email: to participate.

Volunteer Grants 2018 funding round now open

Eligible community and not-for-profit organisations can now apply for a share of $20 million of Australian Government funding to support their volunteers. One-off grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to organisations to support their volunteers through practical measures - such as the purchase of equipment, reimbursement for the cost of fuel, training, and screening checks.

Funding for Women's Leadership Development

Women in Australia are invited to apply for a limited pool of scholarship funding that has been provisioned for participation in a range of leadership courses. The grants are allocated with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for women across the country. Expressions of Interest close Friday 21st September.

WA Youth Award nominations now open

The WA Youth Awards recognise West Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their contributions to the community, as well as outstanding youth groups and organisations that serve and support the State’s young people. Nominations are now open and will close on Thursday 6 September , with the WA Youth Awards to be presented on Friday 12 October 2018 at the State Theatre Centre Perth.

Centre Director Vacancies with Goodstart Early Learning

Goodstart Early Learning has a number of Centre Director vacancies open within WA. Areas include Joondalup, Perth metro, Cockburn and Mandurah. The positions are full time, permanent, 38 hours per week. Centre Directors are special people. They love children, are passionate about creating great learning experiences, and are keen to grow their skills and talents to really make a difference. Goodstart is a not-for-profit social enterprise and Australia’s largest early learning and childcare provider.
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  Sector Training and Events

31 AUG | Recovery House launch
Richmond Wellbeing - Queens Park - Free
3 SEP | Training Workshop: Advocacy and Impact of Child Trauma
Parkerville, P4P, WACOSS - Onslow - $20
4 SEP | Pilbara for Purpose Forum: Commissioner for Children and Young People WA
Parkerville, P4P, WACOSS - Onslow - From $25
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
10-11 SEP | Demystifying Men's Behaviour Change Programs
Various - Bentley  - TBC
18-20 SEP | Perth DRUMBEAT Facilitator Training
Holyoake Drumbeat - Mt Lawley  - $995-$1,160
19 SEP | AASW (WA) Body Connections
AASW (WA) - West Perth  - $150-$275
21-22 SEP | Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum
Pilbara Development Commission - Newman  - $200-$350
27 SEP | Domestic and Family Violence Discussion
Women's Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services - West Perth  - $25
27 SEP | Women In Prison Conference
Soroptimist International - Crawley  - $75-$127
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 - $430-$450
14-20 OCT | Anti-Poverty Week
Various - Australia-wide - TBC
29 OCT | Save the date - FCAWA Conference 2018: The Cost of Poverty
FCAWA - Perth  - TBC

  Job Opportunities

Policy/Senior Policy and Project Officer
Shelter WA - applications closing Monday 3 September 2018 
Aboriginal AOD/Mental Health Counsellor
Womens Health & Family Services - applications closing Monday 10 September 2018 
Program Manager - South West
Richmond Wellbeing - applications closing Friday 14 September 2018 
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