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WA’s first Food Relief Framework Report identifies solutions to food insecurity

3 October 2019

The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) will today launch the Food Relief Framework report, a two-year project dedicated to understanding food relief in WA, the first of its kind in Australia. The report will be launched by the Honourable Simone McGurk, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; […]

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Gambling harm set to increase with introduction of Bill

4 September 2019

The decision by the WA Labor Government, Liberal Opposition and the Nationals to allow simulated gambling in TAB outlets across Western Australia has been slammed by the social service and public health sectors, as a ‘sweetener’ to the sale of the state-owned asset. The Western Australian Council of Social Service declared it a dark day […]

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WACOSS has moved

19 August 2019

WACOSS has re-located to Level 2, 3 Loftus Street, West Leederville. Our new phone number is 08 6381 5300.    

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No pokies in WA, State Government gambling with public health

5 August 2019

Public health professionals and the social services sector have united to urge the WA parliament to not risk voter’s health by lifting restrictions on addictive electronic gambling. Legislation for the sale of the TAB is currently being considered by State Parliament. The Bill will enable the introduction of highly addictive simulated racing machines, known as […]

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Electronic Gaming Machine restrictions in WA – advocacy and resources

5 August 2019

The community services sector, and WACOSS as the peak body of the sector in WA, have concerns about a Bill currently before State Parliament, which will see the inclusion of ‘Trackside’ as part of the privatisation of TAB (betting agencies). Trackside is an electronic gambling machine that simulates horse and dog races. WACOSS strongly opposes […]

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Statement on constitutional recognition of Australia’s first peoples

12 July 2019

Formally acknowledging and reconciling the wrongs perpetrated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people—and their long legacy of ongoing trauma—must be a national priority. It’s crucial the Federal Government works genuinely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to get the process and the wording right. Australia’s network of Councils of Social Service […]

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