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Emerging Issues Forum 2021

$ Free incl. GST

$ 40 incl. GST non-members


Date: Mon, 24th May 2021
Start: 2:00 pm
End: 3:30 pm



Join the WA Council of Social Service for the 2021 Emerging Issues Forum.

The online forum is a future-focused scan to analyse the most current and relevant trends affecting the sector, providing an opportunity for members of WACOSS to gather information on the evolving landscape of the community services sector in WA for their future planning needs.

This is a free webinar for members, but is open for anyone to join.

Date: Monday 24 May
Time: 2:00 pm
Via webinar – Zoom details will be shared the day prior to the event.

Members: $ Free

Non-members: $40 per person, you will be invoiced after the event.

Become a member from as little as $15 per year and get access to critical sector events and news.


Megan Anwyl, Director, Anwyl Hardwired Corporate Strategy has had a career as a lawyer and State politician and has spent the last 19 years as a strategic and government relations professional and thrives on finding solutions for private companies and other organisations with an emphasis on achieving consensus support from all stakeholders. She maintains very strong links across much of regional Western Australia and liaises regularly with political and other stakeholders across all tiers of government and political parties- state and federal.

Chantal Caruso, Media and Campaigns at Shelter WA has been a passionate advocate in the housing and sustainable planning space for over a decade, with experience across government, academic, non-profit and startup sectors. Chantal spent eight years between Perth and Canberra working for a federal Senator with responsibility for the Housing and Sustainable Cities portfolios, and over this time established a senate inquiry into housing affordability and homeless, in which people with lived experience contributed to for the first time.

Associate Professor Rebecca Cassells, Deputy Director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre has been working at the intersection of academia and public policy for almost 20 years and has lead major research projects for federal and state government departments, industry bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Her research focuses on labour markets and economic and social issues that encompass aspects of inequality and disadvantage. Her work has provided the evidence-base to inform public debates and influence policy and legislation. She is passionate about gender equality in our workplaces, in our institutions and in our homes.

Tania Cecconi, CEO’s for Gender Equity is a senior manager and executive, who has worked across the public and not for profit sectors, specialising in post compulsory education, training and employment. She is motivated by improving the workforce participation of vulnerable groups in society, particularly women’s participation. As CGE’s first executive officer, Tania has successfully shifted the conversation in WA from fixing women to fixing organisations.

Edwina MacDonald, Deputy CEO, Australian Council of Social Service, a national advocate for people affected by poverty, disadvantage and inequality, and the peak council for community services nationally.

Professor Steven Rowley, Professor of Property in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance at Curtin University and is the director of the Australian housing and Urban Research Institute’s Curtin research centre. He is an expert on the WA property market, particularly the development industry and housing affordability.

Aimee Smith, Campaigns and Communications Manager at WACOSS, is an experienced campaigner and policy adviser, passionate about building more sustainable, just and resilient communities. Aimee helped deliver Shelter WA’s recent Unlock Housing campaign. She has worked as a campaigns and policy adviser to Senator Scott Ludlam and Senator Steele-John.

Chris Twomey, Research and Policy Development Leader at WACOSS, a position he holds in conjunction with being a Senior Industry Fellow with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. His key research fields include public policy, human service reform, poverty and cost of living, energy market regulation, social investment, child protection and family support, and Aboriginal community-controlled services.


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