The Western Australian Council of Social Service has a vision for an inclusive, just and equitable society.

Our mission is to advocate for social change to improve the well-being of Western Australians and strengthen the community services sector that supports them. By challenging systems, behaviours and attitudes that create poverty, inequality and exclusion, we strive to make the lives of all Western Australians better.  We amplify and add to the voice of the sector; advocating for change and building capacity to improve the lives of the community. We provide specialist advice and support to the government, the sector and research institutes to ensure all can deliver a vibrant community and a sustainable industry.

When you work in the not-for-profit and community services sector you are constantly witness to the amazing work of agencies across the sector.  Even so, it is hard for anyone in the sector – or in government or in the general public – to know the full scope of work being done by charities and not-for-profits. WA’s not-for-profit sector provides a very wide range of services that will improve the lives of many Western Australians. The sector is a large employer, employing over 92,965 individuals (which is comparable to mining employment). It is also a very large and significant part of WA’s economy, with Treasury estimating that collectively, the sector delivers 1500 government contracts across Western Australia.

Not-for-profit Landscape Report, 2017

As the peak body for the community service sector in Western Australia, we collaborate for meaningful action to end poverty, inequality and social injustices. We represent three hundred member organisations and individuals and approximately five hundred organisations involved in the provision of community services to the Western Australian community. We also partner with the national Council of Social Service (COSS) network, as one of nine peak councils of the community services sector across Australia to ensure that there is a Western Australian perspective on the national stage.

In undertaking our work, WACOSS collaborates widely with the community services sector, hosting regular events and forums on current and emerging issues, generating discussion papers, establishing and maintaining consultative groups where a need is identified, and participating in consultative committees and forums. Being a conduit for communication and collaboration, as well as a representative voice of the sector to government, we seek to strengthen the community services sector so that it can continue providing the essential services that it does.



The WACOSS vision is an inclusive, just and equitable society now and in the future


We advocate for social change to improve the wellbeing of Western Australians and to strengthen the community services sector that supports them.



Working collaboratively with our membership, the community services sector and the national COSS network, together with our stakeholders and strategic partners.

Human Rights

The promotion and protection of human rights that respect the inherent value and dignity of all Western Australians.


Our commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.


Providing recognition of the quality and value of the work undertaken by our staff and our members to civil society in WA.


Striving for continuous quality improvement and new ways of working to achieve our mission

Indigenous Cultures

Acknowledging the unique strengths of and disadvantage experienced by WA’s Indigenous people.


The strengths and unique needs of our diverse population and sector.

60 Years in Community Service Sector



WACOSS was established in 1956, and whilst our vision has remained constant, we have grown in impact and in size. Having recently celebrated 60 years of continuous support and advocacy within the community, we can reflect and acknowledge that there is more work to be done to deliver our vision. Our values of collaboration, indigenous culture, diversity, ethics, innovation, human rights and recognition underpin the work we do and keep us striving to deliver more to those we represent.



Our Team

WACOSS’s experienced team is ambitious, community minded and ready to address the big questions. We care deeply about delivering value for the community service sector and are passionate about achieving better outcomes for all Western Australian communities

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