21 November 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


WA Peaks Forum - a supportive network of community service sector leaders

WA Peaks Forum

The WA Peaks Forum is a supportive network of influential leaders who identify with and collaborate on cross sector strategic and policy priorities for the community services sector, aimed at enhancing the wellbeing and improving the outcomes for all Western Australians.

Meeting regularly through the year to exchange information, and facilitate projects and initiatives, the Forum also have an established link between the community services sector and representatives in State Government.

Pictured above are some WA Peaks representatives at the last Forum for 2018.

Pictured: Ross Wortham, Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA); Jennie Gray, Western Australian Council of Social Service; Taryn Harvey, WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH); Jo Collins Children, Youth and Family Agencies Association (CYFAA); Traci Gamblin, Volunteering WA; Shauna Gaebler, Consumers of Mental Health WA (COMHWA); David Zarb, Playgroup WA; Mark Teale, Council on the Ageing (CoTA) WA Inc; Kedy Krystal, Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services; John Bouffler, Community Employers WA(CEWA); Pip Brennan, Health Consumers' Council WA Inc (HCC); Jane Chilcott, Linkwest.

Other members of the Peaks Forum not pictured include: Jenny Sala, Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA); Sharryn Jackson, Community Legal Centres Association (CLC) (WA) Inc; Antonella Segre, ConnectGroups - Support Groups Association WA Inc; Emily Anderson and Sandy Lukjanowski, Injury Matters; Ramdas Sankaran, Ethnic Communities Council (ECC); Bev Jowle, Financial Counsellors Association of WA(FCAWA); Ruth Metcalf, Leading Age Services Australia; Jim Vanopoulos and Julie Waylen, National Disability Services (NDS) WA (Formerly ACROD); Samantha Jenkins, People With Disabilities WA Inc (PWDWA); Michelle McKenzie, Shelter WA; Damian Green, Stopping Family Violence; Alison Evans, Women's Community Health Network WA (WCHN WA).



  Sector Headlines   

Flyer warns of payday lender & buy now pay later risks this Christmas

The Financial Counsellors' Association of WA along with Consumer Credit Legal Service WA have produced a flyer on Payday Loans, Afterpay, and Zip Pay in the lead up to Christmas to alert customers of the risks of using payday loans and buy now pay later methods.

RTRFM Social Impact Study

With a grant from Lotterywest, RTRFM commissioned WACOSS to investigate the community radio station's social impact, and launched the report last week. The report found that RTRFM's impact is extensive and overwhelmingly positive in each of the areas investigated: Local Representation; Influence and Change; Community Impact; Representation of Diversity; Education; Creativity; Economic; and Personal Impact. A key finding was the extent to which listeners and others involved with the station feel part of a community that supports and enjoys local music and arts, and invests time, energy and money into promoting their creativity.

Supporting Communities Forum Working Group Project plans available

The Department of Premier and Cabinet has released the working group project plans for the Supporting Communities Forum on its website. The seven working groups focus on: Collaboration, Communication, Data Sharing and Linkage, Homelessness, Our Communities Report, Outcomes Framework, and Procurement Reform.

Last chance to register for Aboriginal Advisory Panel

Nominations are open until Friday 23 November for 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. Respected and knowledgeable Aboriginal people from across Western Australia are sought for their expertise in one or more key areas relevant to these portfolios.

Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients sought for survey

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is conducting a survey about how people on Newstart or Youth Allowance feel about covering additional costs over the holiday period. The survey will be open until Friday 23 November.

Silent March for domestic and family violence this Friday

Join the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services WA on Friday 23 November for the 28th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March. Guests are welcome from 10:30am in the Supreme Court Gardens, Riverside Drive, Perth. People who have experienced family and domestic violence will share their stories, and one minute silence will commemorate the lives lost. The silent march will be led by the Hon. Minister Simone McGurk, MLA along with Chris Dawson, Chief Commissioner of Police, WA Police Force.

New Snake Bite Awareness Raising Toolkit

Injury Matters’ Know Injury program has developed a toolkit to support Local Governments, community organisations and regional services to increase awareness on the importance of safe behaviours to prevent snake bites and actions to take if someone has been bitten. Download the toolkit to access a range of activities that you can do to increase community awareness in preventing snake bites, such as posting on social media, displaying posters in public locations and sending a media release to your local newspaper.

Free online course for early education committee and board members

The Department of Communities, in partnership with Linkwest and iClick2Learn, has launched a free online course for committee/board members of community managed early education and care services based in regional Western Australia. The course can help increase your committee's understanding and application of governance, with potential to attract additional funding and families to services.

Give a child living in a refuge a gift this Christmas Day

The Women's Council for Family and Domestic Violence Services are assisting metro refuges to provide gifts to children on Christmas Day. If you would like to donate a gift or voucher to a child you can do so by dropping into the Women's Council, City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth. A couple of things to keep in mind: don't wrap the gift, it does need to be something new, consider one substantial gift rather than many smaller stocking fillers, vouchers are welcome, and a range of gifts for children of all ages (newborn to 17) are encouraged. For inquiries email

Free national resources to support community safety

This year, the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience published nationally agreed principles on two important topics for communities – emergency warnings and safety in crowded places. The Public Information and Warnings and the Safe and Healthy Crowded Places handbooks are available for free download on the Knowledge Hub, along with companion resources. Developed with experts across sectors, the handbooks are designed to be accessible and applicable in every community.

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.

Talking Leadership - stories from our Aboriginal leaders

The Commissioner for Children and Young People has released a publication that recognises and celebrates a small sample of Aboriginal leaders in our communities. Their stories, quotes and messages of support demonstrate the breadth and capacity of Aboriginal leadership and cross-cultural solutions across the state. They speak to the opportunities and support needed to ensure young leaders’ bold visions for the future are realised, and the role we can all play to achieve those goals.

Update on the WA Alliance to End Homelessness

The Alliance has been successful in attracting funding from Lotterywest to implement actions from their 10 Year Strategy, which was launched during Homelessness Wee, and which is separate to, but conversant with, the current government 10-Year Homelessness Strategy. Meetings are hosted by the Alliance each fortnight to provide stakeholders an opportunity to hear updates on this work and contribute to the planning and development, project ideas, and address key challenges.
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Online survey for the 10-Year Strategy of Homelessness

The Department of Communities is leading the development of a 10-Year State Strategy on Homelessness – a whole-of-community plan to tackle homelessness in Western Australia. Consultations on the Strategy were held throughout regional and metropolitan Western Australia in September and October 2018. If you were unable to participate, or would like to provide further input, you are invited to complete the Homelessness Strategy Survey, by Friday 7 December.

Bright Tomorrows Start Today - Telethon Kids Institute Campaign

Scientific evidence shows early experiences have profound effects on the development of children’s brains and biological systems in ways that effect learning, health and wellbeing, and shape future chances in life. The way to help kids build healthy brain architecture is through “serve and return” interactions. A child reaches out for interaction (“serves”) and the caregiver responds (“returns”). Early childhood experiences impact the lifelong trajectory of children and shape the society we are and that we can become. This has formed the recent campaign Bright Tomorrows Start Today early childhood campaign, which started screening on TV recently.

Transforming local government – have your say

Local government reform and the Local Government Act 1995 review has the potential to impact your community organisation. Should community organisations pay rates? How should the community be consulted in local government decision making? How can we increase participation in local government elections? We want to hear your views to transform local government. You have an opportunity to have your say.

Imagined Housing Forums South West Metro

St. Patrick's Community Support Centre, supported by Imagined Futures and WACOSS, is engaging in community conversations around how we can improve housing and end homelessness. In an effort to bring people together around the issue St Patrick's has tailored a series of four unique community events, aimed at gathering as many viewpoints as possible. These will be building on the vital work within the community of the WA Alliance to End Homelessness, the State Affordable Housing Strategy, and the State Homelessness Strategy. By examining the work that's been done so far, we can expand and improve upon these ideas, effecting real change. Come along to one of four workshops for community, business, people with lived experience, and frontline and executive workers in early December.

Opportunity for a NFP in City West Lotteries House (CWLH)

Four ground floor office spaces of approximately 30, 50, 70 and 200 sqm will be available in early 2019. CWLH offers affordable, centrally located office space close to the CBD with bus and train services to the doorstep and within easy access to major cycle ways. Tenants are NFP organisations in human, social, environmental and community services. Expressions are sought from NFP organisations and local government. Email Tricia Slee or 08 9420 7200

  Sector Training and Events

22 NOV | Finding Your Way – Navigating the Child Protection System
FINWA and Ruah Community Services - North Perth  - $30-60
23 NOV | 28th Annual Silent Domestic Violence March
Women's Council - Perth  - Free
26 NOV | Meet the Employer
AASW (WA) - West Perth  - $10-$30
26 NOV | Regulation and the Contemporary Not-for-profit: a summit
University of Western Australia - Crawley  - $75-$150
28 NOV | Preventing Youth Alcohol-Related Injuries
Injury Matters - Wembley  - $15-$25
28 NOV | Get That Job: Application
AASW (WA) - West Perth  - $15-$30
29-30 NOV | Facilitator Training
Caring Dads - Midland  - $900
30 NOV | Housing the Dream
Shelter WA - Perth  - Free
4 DEC | Imagined Housing Workshop 1 - for people with lived experience of homelessness
St. Patrick's Community Support Centre - Fremantle Town Hall  - Free
4 DEC | Imagined Housing Workshop 2 - frontline staff from community service organisations (NFP and government)
St. Patrick's Community Support Centre - Fremantle Town Hall  - Free
5 DEC | International Volunteer Day Garden Party
Volunteering WA - Government House lower gardens, Perth  - Free
6 DEC | Imagined Housing Workshop 3 - for decision makers
St. Patrick's Community Support Centre - Fremantle Town Hall  - Free
6 DEC | Imagined Housing Workshop 4 -  for business & the community
St. Patrick's Community Support Centre - Coolbellup Community Hub  - Free
10-13 DEC | Safe & Together Model CORE Training
Stopping Family Violence - Midland  - $644
20 DEC | Cost of Living report launch and panel conversation
WACOSS - West Perth  - Free

  Job Opportunities

Senior Communications and Marketing Advisor
Shelter WA - applications closing Sunday 25 November 
Policy/Senior Policy and Project Officer
Shelter WA - applications closing Sunday 25 November 
Project Officer – Alliance for Children at Risk
Centrecare - applications closing Friday 30 November 
The Yiriman Project – Men’s Coordinator
The Kimberley Aboriginal Law & Culture Centre - applications closing Wednesday 5 December 
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