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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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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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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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WACOSS welcomes McGowan Government decision to support fairer funding for sector

27 June 2019

The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) welcomes the State Government’s announcement today of changes to the indexation policy for community service contracts. Louise Giolitto, Chief Executive Officer, WACOSS, said that the changes announced by the McGowan Government are a reversal of an unfair and unreasonable policy introduced by the then Barnett Government in […]

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Bigger boost needed to the low-paid’s wages

14 June 2019

The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) is concerned that the decision today by the WA Industrial Relations Commission does not do enough to improve the pay of those on the lowest wages, and does little to address wage stagnation, increase consumer confidence, or boost our flat domestic economy.

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Families experiencing entrenched disadvantage less likely to be food secure, study shows

6 June 2019

More than 80 percent of disadvantaged households do not have stable access to food that meets their nutritional needs, according to the initial findings of a study into entrenched disadvantage in Perth.

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