10 October 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


Family Violence Amendment Bill not passed, referred to Standing Committee

Last week State Parliament failed to introduce a key piece of legislation, which would make it easier for victims of family and domestic violence (FDV) to escape their situation without penalty. The legislation was instead referred to the WA Parliament's Standing Committee on Legislation.
The changes in legislation are essential for keeping people experiencing FDV safe, by allowing them to terminate a lease on the grounds of FDV, enable them to make modifications to the home they are renting such as changing the locks at short notice without agreement from the lessor, and to affix any prescribed fixture, or make any prescribed renovation, alteration or addition to the premises to prevent a perpetrator's entry onto the premises.

The Standing Committee will be accepting Submissions until Wednesday 31 October. WACOSS will be making a submission on the matter, encouraging the legislation is passed without delay.
WACOSS encourages interested parties to make a submission, the deadline to submit is 4:00pm Wednesday 31 October 2018 to
Read more and make a submission


  Sector Headlines   

Aboriginal Advisory Panel sought to provide expertise to government

Plans have been announced to establish an Aboriginal Advisory Panel, to provide advice on a range of issues to the Hon. Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services, relevant to the portfolio responsibilities. Nominations are being sought for the advisory panel from respected and knowledgeable Aboriginal people from across Western Australia, with expertise in one or more key areas relevant to these portfolios. Nominations will close Friday 23 November.

McGowan Government to trial change to out-of-home care age

The McGowan State Government has agreed to a trial to change the age of children leaving care from 18 to 21. An auditor-general's report released in August found the State Government was lacking in its obligations to help young people leaving its care find somewhere to live, tap into education and find a job. This has been an ask that WACOSS has advocated for in several State Budget Submissions, and has support from many services in the community services sector.

Kimberley Indigenous women influencing social change

Kimberley Jiyigas (Birds) is a movement of Kimberley Indigenous women influencing social change in the region by offering services in: community and cultural intelligence, conferencing and events, female leadership development, and business development. Kimberley Jiyigas is a new and recently launched business operating within the Kimberley region, and promotes women's voices whilst working towards greater reconciliation. For more information follow the link to learn more, or contact Natasha Short on 0409 156 756.

Delivering Community Services in Partnership (Policy) launched

The Delivering Community Services in Partnership (DCSP) Policy launch was held last Tuesday 16 October. The Policy aims to assist the community services sector to be able to deliver services more efficiently over the long-term.

Community Sector Engagement - out-of-home-care

The Department of Communities have announced it will be re-commencing work to reform Out-of-Home-Care (OOHC) arrangements in WA. Engagement activities will commence with a series of workshops across the state in November and December 2018. The workshops are an opportunity for stakeholders to share views and ideas about service models and requirements of OOHC arrangements. Information gathered will be used to inform the design of the OOHC services before proceeding to procurement. All organisations, Aboriginal corporations, Aboriginal community controlled organisations, local governments, and peak bodies are invited to join the workshops. RSVP by Friday 26 October 2018.

An update from the Supporting Communities Forum

The Supporting Communities Forum (the Forum) was established in late 2017 to support the implementation of the State Government’s Supporting Communities policy which is focused on improving the quality of services provided to vulnerable Western Australians. The Forum meets quarterly and held its third meeting on 17 September 2018.

Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) Workshops & Audits

The Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) offers training workshops and a unique experiential audit service to organisations in WA to improve awareness and inclusion for young people with disabilities. YDAN presents a number of professional workshops, which are created and presented directly by young people with disabilities and draws on their unique lived experience and stories. Additionally, they also offer tailored experiential audits for services, venues and events to assist organisations with learning about the youth-disability perspective and what they can do to tangibly improve access and inclusion – organisations receive comprehensive feedback on access and attractiveness to youth. Enquire today for a free quote, and receive a 10% discount on bookings for the rest of 2018!

Mandatory alcohol pregnancy warning labels win for consumers

Australian and New Zealand Food Ministers have agreed to mandatory labelling on alcohol products, warning of the danger that alcohol can have on an unborn baby. The alcohol industry has applied pregnancy warning labels on a voluntary basis since late 2011, which had a 75% compliance rate.

International Day of People with a Disability Grant Applications open

The Department of Communities is offering grants to support organisations and groups to hold inclusive community events or activities on or around International Day of People with Disability on 3 December 2018. International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations-sanctioned event celebrated worldwide. Funding of up to $1,000 is available for organisations to deliver a range of community events or activities.

WA Age-friendly Communities Toolkit Review

The Department of Communities is progressing a review and update of the Age-friendly Communities: A Western Australian Approach (the Toolkit) on behalf of the Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Hon Minister Murray MLA. The Department is keen to receive views from a wide range of interested stakeholders to inform the revised Toolkit. To provide your comments on the current Toolkit, and to make suggestions for content of the revised Toolkit, please complete the Age-friendly Communities Toolkit Review Survey by Monday 29 October.

The Justice Storytelling Campaign: calling storytellers & organisations

Social Reinvestment WA is a coalition of not for profits working for justice reform in Western Australia. The coalition is engaging a Storytelling Campaign, to raise awareness of the issues within WA's justice system. Social Reinvestment is looking for people to share their firsthand experiences and tell their stories for a series of podcasts, videos, and booklets. If someone does not want to be identified, there is scope to engage actors to retell the stories to camera.

ACOSS report shows 3 million Australians living in poverty

Analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service and the University of New South Wales, has shown national poverty rates remain high despite Australia experiencing decades of uninterrupted economic growth. In the report Poverty in Australia 2018, just over 3 million people (13.2%) are living below the relative poverty line, including 739,000 children (17.3%). The poverty line in Australia is defined as a single adult living on less than $433 per week, or $909 for a couple with two children.

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.

Office space for NFP close to CBD and parks

Expressions of interest are sought from NFP organisations and local government, for an office space at City West Lotteries House (CWLH). Four ground-floor office spaces of 20, 30, 50 and 70 square metres are available for tenancy. Parking bays and storerooms are options for inclusion in a lease agreement. CWLH is located close to the CBD, with train and bus stops outside, and easy access to cycle paths. For additional information, contact Tricia Slee, or 08 9420 7200.

All the graphic design your organisation's 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 for the entire year. 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, the DropIN Project Officer at or on 08 9420 7222.

Minimum floor price for alcohol in WA gains momentum

A report by the WA Alcohol and Youth Action Coalition (of which WACOSS is a member) supporting the case for a Minimum Floor Price for Alcohol in Western Australia has been released. Minimum pricing sets a floor price per standard drink below which alcohol cannot be sold. Evidence shows that putting a floor price on alcohol works to reduce harm, especially among heavier drinkers.
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  Sector Training and Events

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
26 OCT | State Budget Submission launch
WACOSS - Maylands - Free
26 OCT | Annual General Meeting
WACOSS - Maylands - 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
19 NOV | Lotterywest Grants Information Session
Lotterywest - Subiaco  - Free
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

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