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Submission on Cashless Welfare Card

WACOSS Research and Development Leader, Chris Twomey, presented at a public hearing of the Senate Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017. WACOSS is opposed to the blanket application of cashless debit cards or income management. The submission supports those by other members of the COSS network, the Queensland Council of Social Service and the Australian Council of Social Service.

Design and documents to fit your budget

DropIN is a social enterprise developed by WACOSS that delivers powerful and professional graphic design solutions for your social organisation, within your budget. The team can quote on annual reports, booklets, flyers, website development, and a range of other communication tools to help promote your organisation, or event.
Anti-Poverty Week March
Rounding out Anti-Poverty week, WACOSS CEO Louise Giolitto addressed the Anti-Poverty Network’s March Against Poverty on Saturday, alongside Mervyn Eades, Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Employment Service, Senator Rachel Siewert, John Windus, Australian Unemployed Workers Union, activist Kai Schweizer, and Fremantle Councillor Sam Wainwright. The rally was opened with songs from the Working Voices choir and saw the Perth public come together to demand a fairer social security system and action on poverty.


Pre-Budget Submission and Annual General Meeting reminder

Don’t forget that the WACOSS Pre-Budget Submission will be launched on Friday. The PBS is a cornerstone submission that plays a key role in our policy and advocacy work. It reflects the culmination of sector-wide consultation on key issues important to achieving our vision. The PBS launch will be followed by the Annual General Meeting.

Natural Disaster Resilience Training: Albany

WA Community Service Organisations have an opportunity to build their capacity to ‘bounce back’ in the event of a natural disaster, with a training project being rolled out by WACOSS. The third workshop will be held in Albany, on Friday 1 December. Further dates coming soon.

Save the date:WACOSS Conference

The biennial WACOSS Conference 2018 will be held 1-3 May 2018. The conference is highly regarded for its contribution to the professional development of staff across all sectors, and is an opportunity to share new approaches and practice innovation in service design and delivery. Interested in sponsoring the event? Contact [email protected]

Sector News

Child and Parent Centre 2018 Procurement Strategy

The Department of Education is hosting a forum from 1:30-3:30pm on Monday 30 October 2017 that will explore elements of the Report Evaluation of the Child and Parent Centre Initiative, the service delivery model, and options and timing for the procurement process to select operators for the 21 centres. To register your interest to participate, please contact [email protected] or phone 9264 4149, no later than Friday 27 October.

Information Sessions for Mandurah Drug Testing Trial

Information sessions are being held regarding the upcoming Drug Testing Trials in Mandurah. The sessions are an opportunity to learn detaild about the trial. Staff from Department of Social Services, Human Services, and Employment will be available at 11am (for social and community service organisations) and 7:30pm (general public) on Monday 31 October, at the Sebel Mandurah. Register via email: [email protected]

Pilbara Headspace Positions

Do you know someone who would love a challenge, and is interested in working in the Pilbara? Anglicare WA has four positions available as part of an exciting new headspace Pilbara outreach project. There are three Youth Wellbeing Worker positions and one Clinical Lead position available.

Anglicare Australia Jobs Availability Snapshot

Anglicare Australia have released their annual Jobs Availability Snapshot, which has highlighted a shortage of entry-level jobs across the country, dropping from 22 per cent in 2006 to 15 per cent in 2017. The report also found that more than 711,000 Australians are unemployed, and 1.12 million people are underemployed.

Harmony Week Grants

The Office for Multicultural Interests (OMI) is offering funding through the Community Grant Program, for culturally and linguistically diverse communities and organisations that support them. Grants up to $5000 is available for events, projects, and programs designed by the community to support social cohesion and community development. Applications are open until Friday 27 October.

Women’s Community Health Network paper

Growing up unequal takes a comprehensive look at how sex and gender expectations impact health outcomes for young women, ultimately finding that the most effective way to reduce the risk of poor physical, emotional and mental health outcomes for women is to create a more equal society for girls to grow up in.

Foodbank Hunger Report

Foodbank’s Hunger Report released this week identified more than 3.6 million Australians are currently food insecure, and large numbers of people seeking food assistance due to struggling to afford daily essentials on a small income. More than 1,100 charities and Foodbank recipients were surveyed, exposing “bill shock” as a major factor driving the growing need for food relief in Australia.

Sector Training & Events

Commissioner seeking young LGBTI people for committee

The Commissioner is seeking young LGBTI people to join a regional or metropolitan Advisory Committee, to provide information and advice, to provide information and advice about matters affecting the wellbeing of LGBTI children and young people. Applications are open until Monday 13 November. To submit an expression of interest for regional committee, contact Katherine Browne on 08 6213 2208 or [email protected].

Lotterywest Grant Information Seminar

Are you planning a project or event that may require grant support? Looking for help so your group can deliver great work in the community? Lotterywest offers grants to a wide range of not-for-profit and local government authorities, come along to an information seminar to find out more.

Consultation for Supporting Communities

Department of Communities is inviting the community service sector to help shape the Supporting Communities Program. Community consultation is underway to create a shared understanding of needs and desired outcomes. Workshops will also held across the State from October to December 2017. Info and workshop registrations are available on Tenders WA website (reference number DLGC029017ROIB).

Justice Connect Webinar

In light of new laws coming into effect in February 2018, Justice Connect is holding a webinar on Privacy for Not-for-Profits. The session will cover the personal information lifecycle – from collection, through to use and disclosure, storage and access, complaints, and the new data breach notification laws. The webinar is $25 plus booking fee.

Workshop: The Family Law System

Developed by the Family Separation Services, this workshop will review current system of family law in Australia, structure of the Family Courts of Australia and Western Australia, and the Federal Magistrates Court. This system can be complex, and this workshop will clarify the different roles and responsibilities of family law practitioners.

Online Crowdfunding Guidance

The State Government has published useful guidelines for the licensing of online crowdfunding campaigns for social causes. The guidelines clarify the type of online crowdfunding collection activities that will require a licence in accordance with the Charitable Collections Act 1946 (WA).

Seniors Week ‘Talk and Tour’ Parliament House

To celebrate Seniors Week, Parliament House is offering ‘Talk and Tours’ at 10:15am and 1:00pm between Monday 30 October and Friday 3 November. Each session will include a tour of Parliament House, of varying topics. Bookings are essential. Each tour costs $5 to cover light refreshments.
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