5 December 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


New Framework for Lotterywest Grants


Lotterywest grants support many of Western Australia's community service sector. As part of continuous improvement Lotterywest and Healthway have reviewed their grant making strategy, and have developed the Lotterywest and Healthway Community Investment Framework. The Framework sets out priority areas and desired outcomes, that aim to measure community impact, and include mechanisms to show what was achieved and how the community benefits.

The five priority areas for grant making are:

  1. Active Healthy People
  2. Protected Sustainable Ecosystems 
  3. Inclusive Thriving Community 
  4. Connected Cultural Experiences 
  5. Smart Innovative Society
The Framework transition is underway and will be implemented over the next few months. For more information, you can talk to a Grants staff member at Lotterywest. Email: or phone 133 777. To contact Healthway visit or call 1800 198 450.
Read more and download Framework


  Sector Headlines   

Do you have news to share with the community services sector?

As we fast approach 2019, community service organisations are invited to share upcoming events, information, and programs of interest to the sector, in the WACOSS Sector News. WACOSS Members can submit news for free. Share your news with 5,000 members of the community services sector, simply email or complete the submission form online.

Anglicare WA announce new CEO to start in early 2019

Anglicare WA have announced that Mark Glasson will take over the role of Chief Executive Officer in early 2019. Mark has an in-depth knowledge of the organisation's services and governance, and for the last five years has overseen the development of frontline service operations and strategy. Mark's appointment comes after Ian Carter announced he will step down after 24 years in the CEO role.

Crowdfunding workshop today - WACOSS Members get 50% discount

Leading crowdfunding organisation is running a Strategy of Online Fundraising Workshop today Wednesday 5 December and WACOSS has secured a 50% discount offer for WACOSS Members. Over the past four years has run thousands of online fundraising campaigns, helping to raise over $30 million. They’ve used that experience to distil down what works and what doesn’t and this workshop will share the essential elements of a successful process. Tickets range from $15-$50. To access the discount enter the promo code: WACOSS

Mission Australia Annual Youth Survey and Report

More than 28,000 young people aged 15 to 19 completed the survey, to share their aspirations and to speak out about issues that concern them. Mental health, alcohol and drugs, and equity and discrimination were identified as the three most important issues in Australia. Alarmingly, young people's concerns around mental health has risen by 10 per cent since the previous report (2017) with four in ten young people identifying mental health as the top issue facing Australia today. Many saw barriers to moving out of home, and there was a higher number of young women who felt that safety and security was a barrier to moving out of home.

Applications open for 2019 Emerging Leaders in Governance Program

The Emerging Leaders in Governance Program develops young professionals (under 40 years of age) for Board leadership in the aged care and community sector. The Program uses action and experiential learning methods and a range of tools and media aimed at developing your leadership and governance skills for a Board position within the aged care and community sector. Applications are open until Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Pilbara Regional New Industries Fund - open for applications

The State Government's Regional New Industries Fund will allocate funding across the nine regions of WA to support venture creation, accelerate small to medium enterprise growth, and seed innovation initiatives. Applications are now being accepted for the Pilbara funding component. Some example initiatives that could be supported include (but are not limited to), co-operatives, innovation programs, economic gardening/business development programs that focus on scaling-up existing established businesses and Aboriginal economic development grants. Technology innovation projects are encouraged. Projects must also align to the Pilbara Innovation Roadmap.

Volunteering and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Survey

Did you know volunteers don’t have the same legal protection from sexual harassment as employees under commonwealth laws? Justice Connect and Volunteering Australia are working together on a joint submission to the National Inquiry into Workplace Sexual Harassment. They want to change the situation for volunteers when it comes to sexual harassment. Complete the survey by Wednesday 12 December to have your voice heard.

The Smith Family releases report on young Australians and poverty

The new report Material deprivation and social exclusion among young Australians: a child-focused approach is a collaboration between the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW, the NSW Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People, The Smith Family and the New South Wales Department of Education. The report shines a light on poverty and disadvantage as experienced by young people in Australia.

Custody Notification Service a step closer to implementation in WA

In a media alert from the WA State Government, a Custody Notification Service (CNS) providing a critical welfare check and fundamental legal advice to all Aboriginal people taken into police custody is set to be operational in the first half of 2019. Police will be required to call a central number which diverts to the phone of a rostered Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA) solicitor, who will then undertake a welfare check and provide legal advice to the person in custody.
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Hedland Transitional Housing Project advertised on Tenders WA

The Expression of Interest for the Provision of Support Services and Property and Tenancy Management Services for the Transitional Housing Program in Hedland, is now open on Tenders WA. The early tender advice number for Tenders WA is EOIHOU201813171 and EOI will close on Wednesday 19 December at 2:30pm.

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.

The Pilbara hosts their first Pride event

The first Pride event has been held in the Pilbara, led by young people and the headspace Youth Reference Group. The YRG was formed three months ago and is an integral part of the headspace service, ensuring everything is youth-friendly and focused. Pilbara manager of headspace Samara Clark said the Pride event was the brainchild of the YRG and was created because there had not been a celebration in the region for those who identified as LGBTQI+. “The YRG want to show that inclusion is across the sector and that those people are going to be visible,” she said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Have your say to transform local government rates

Local government reform and the Local Government Act 1995 review has the potential to impact your community organisation. Most charities are exempt from paying local government rates because land used exclusively for charitable purpose is exempt by law. The legislation that provides for this exemption is being reviewed. Who should pay rates? How can everyone pay their fair share? Should your local government decide if your community organisation should pay rates?

  Sector Training and Events

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
1 FEB | Members New Year Sector Breakfast - save the date
WACOSS - Kings Park  - Free
1-2 APR | Non Lethal Strangulation Prevention Training
Red Rose Foundation and Women's Council WA - Crawley  - $620

  Job Opportunities

The Yiriman Project – Men’s Coordinator
The Kimberley Aboriginal Law & Culture Centre - applications closing Wednesday 5 December 
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