10 October 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


Out-of-Home Care Procurement and Contracts

The Department of Communities is currently working to finalise a procurement strategy to set the path for procurement of new services, in relation to reform around out-of-home care (OOHC) system, the objectives of which were outlined in Building a Better Future: Out-Of-Home Care Reform in Western Australia.

OOHC was originally placed on hold for the Department to address other issues first, but is now in the position to work with the sector in making this happen. In the next steps the Department will engage with the sector.

Submit your details to be informed of upcoming group sessions and to receive further updates on the OOHC reforms. Register your interest before 31 October 2018.

For more information contact Jacqui Herring, Assistant Director General Commissioning and Sector Engagement, 08 6552 4388, or Jane Simmons, General Manager Strategy and Reform, 08 9222 2516.
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  Sector Headlines   

National survey: impact of tenancy laws on women & children escaping violence

The South Australian Department of Social Services has contracted a group of researchers from the University of South Australia, to conduct research that aims to better understand the impact of tenancy laws on women and children escaping family and domestic violence. The study will provide recommendations to the government on how residential tenancy laws might work better to improve outcomes for women and children. Women who have experienced family and domestic violence, and had trouble trying to rent a property, are encouraged to take part in the survey.

Anti-Poverty Week Launch - Free Event

WACOSS, in conjunction with Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA) and the Anti-Poverty Week facilitating committee, are launching Anti-Poverty Week at a morning event at 7:45am, Friday 12 October, at the State Theatre, corner of Roe and William street, Perth. The event coincides with the YACWA conference, Un-Fair Ground 2018. The Hon. Simone McGurk will speak at the event, as well as young people who will talk to their experiences of poverty.

Anti-Poverty Week Networking Breakfast

An opportunity for businesses and the social sector to discuss the impacts of poverty on the lives of children and young people. Join the event to see guest speaker and internationally-renowned academic, Professor Donna Cross, Head of Health Promotion and Education at the Telethon Kids Institute and Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia. The community sector is encouraged to bring a colleague from the private, community or business sector to this event.

Pregnancy warning labels on alcohol

On October 11, Australian and New Zealand Food Ministers will meet to decide if alcohol products should carry a mandatory warning label on the harms caused during pregnancy. To have your say on the matter, make sure you follow the links to support the campaign and share on social media.

Connect with me Co-Design Video

The DropIN team recently worked on the Connect with me Co-Design Guide for People with Disabilities WA. In addition to the toolkit, the team have produced a video explaining the new guide.

Have your say on 10-Year Homelessness Strategy

Organisations and individuals can have their input on homelessness in Western Australia, as part of upcoming consultation sessions. Feedback will inform the development of the 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness (the Strategy). Led by the Department of Communities, the Strategy will be a whole-of-community plan to tackle homelessness in WA. The remaining consultation session is in Joondalup on Thursday 11 October.

Hygge Social Housing Home Hub - an opportunity to improve housing

Join Hygge Community Life, Beyond Bank, and a range of WACOSS members in developing Western Australia's first centralised Social Housing Home Hub. Do you want to give people across WA the ability to see all homes that they can apply for themselves at any time of night and day? Do you want to advertise homes and accommodation of all types to people across Western Australia and start to connect directly with all people who may need a home for a range of reasons? Do you want to improve the current state of housing where on any given night 1 in 6 social housing properties are underutilised, while in WA there are over 9,000 people experiencing homelessness and a further 20,000 applications are registered on waitlists? Here's the opportunity to get involved.

BCEC report on electricity tariff structures

Last week the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) released the report Power Plans for Electricity and the impact of tariff structure changes on energy-vulnerable households. The panel discussion focused on the findings of the report and the trial of an alternate energy pricing product in northern WA. The report found that over 80 per cent of customers placed in a vulnerable situation feel very or somewhat anxious about high summer bills.

What does the new DCSP and WAIPS mean for the sector?

Monday 1 October marked the commencement of the Delivering Community Services in Partnership (DCSP) Policy, the Western Australian jobs legislation (Western Australian Jobs Act 2017), and the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS). What does this mean for the community services sector? WACOSS released a special bulletin on the impacts and links to Q&A documents.

Consumer Protection Awards 2019 - nominations open

The Consumer Protection Awards provides an opportunity to reward and recognise the achievements of individuals, non-government organisations, businesses, local governments, journalists and media outlets that have increased awareness of consumer issues, provided support for disadvantaged consumers or contributed to injury prevention for children. Potential nominees may have helped consumers with tenancy matters, scam prevention, debt management or understanding contracts. Nominations are open until Friday 16 November.
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Local Government Act review

Community sector organisations may be interested in participating in the Local Government Act review, to have your say on issues like community engagement and integrated planning. Surveys will be open until 31 March 2019.

Everyone can be an advocate - download the Advocacy Toolkit

Download the Advocacy Toolkit, recently produced and designed by WACOSS and the DropIN Solutions team. The toolkit is divided into sections with tips and templates on writing letters to government, how to write and distribute media releases, and ideas for setting up face-to-face meetings with politicians. The toolkit is a resource to enable and empower anyone to be an advocate for change. Hard copies can be provided on request.

HESTA community sector award finalists announced

Congratulations to the Western Australian finalists announced in the HESTA community sector awards. WACOSS member Anglicare WA, along with the Youth Involvement Council in South Hedland, VisAbility (ROAM Project Team) in Victoria Park, and Noelene Jorgesen, of One Tree Community Services in Laverton, have been acknowledged. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony on Monday 29 October in Sydney.

All the graphic design your organisation needs, one affordable option

Are you planning a Conference or a major event and need to quote all the design and printing of your promotionals? WACOSS DropIN Solutions has an affordable option offering all the tailored graphic design solutions you will need, not only for your event, but over a year to fit your purpose. This option is just $4,500 and can be purchased now for use throughout 2018-2019. WACOSS Members receive a $500 discount. Want to know more? Contact Jaime our DropIN Project Officer at or at 9420 7222.

  Sector Training and Events

11 OCT | Mental Health Forum - Let's Talk About It!
ConnectGroups - Winthrop - Free
11 OCT | Pitch for Good
StartSomeGood/ImpactSeed/City of Perth - Perth - $35.75
11-12 OCT | Un-Fairground Conference 2018
YACWA - Northbridge - $430-$450
12 OCT | WA Youth Awards 2018
YACWA - Northbridge - $45-65
14-20 OCT | Anti-Poverty Week
Various - Australia-wide - TBC
20 OCT | Marion Kickett - Stories from York and Beyond
Sync7 & City of Fremantle - White Gum Valley - $19
17 OCT | Navigating Mental Health Services
CoMHWA - Cannington - TBC
24 OCT | AASW (WA) Annual Members Meeting
AASW (WA) - West Perth - Free
25 OCT | Metronet Community Sector Forum
Shelter WA - West Perth - Free
25 OCT | Supporting trans and gender diverse children and young people in schools
CCYP - Perth - Free
29 OCT | Save the date - FCAWA Conference 2018: The Cost of Poverty
FCAWA - Perth  - Varies
30 OCT | Working with Families Involved with the Family Court
AASW (WA) - West Perth - $50-$80
31 OCT | Parenting Youth Self-Harm Injuries
Injury Matters - Wembley  - $15-$25
9 NOV | Trauma Informed Care Symposium
AASW (WA) - West Perth - $150-$220
14 NOV | Preventing Youth Transport Injuries
Injury Matters - Wembley  - $15-25
14 NOV | Masterclass in Supervision for Social Workers
AASW (WA) - West Perth  - $150-$210
21-22 NOV | 2nd Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference (FASD2018)
FASD Hub - Perth  - $250-750
23 NOV | 28th Annual Silent Domestic Violence March
Women's Council - Perth  - Free
28 NOV | Preventing Youth Alcohol-related injuries
Injury Matters - Wembley  - $15-$25

  Job Opportunities

Board Members
Child Australia - applications closing ASAP  
Expressions of Interest - Project Worker/s
WACOSS - applications closing ASAP 
Reintegration Officer - Pilbara
PCSL - applications closing Friday 12 October  
Senior Communications and Marketing Advisor
Shelter WA - applications closing Monday 15 October 
Aboriginal Mental Health Practitioners
Richmond Wellbeing - applications closing Wednesday 17 October 
Expressions of Interest - Board Membership
Phoenix Support and Advocacy Service Inc - email  
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