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Abstracts open for 2018 WACOSS Conference

Abstracts are now being accepted for the WACOSS Conference 2018, Making PLACE. The conference is an opportunity for us to have conversations about how we can overcome the challenges of place and make place better, to showcase and learn from place-based initiatives, and champion place. We invite submissions for presentations and workshops that generate thought provoking discussion and critical analysis, from across the community sector and beyond. Choose from a number of presentation formats, length, and style. Abstracts will be accepted until Thursday 30 November.

Disappointing lack of support for Aboriginal voice in parliament

WACOSS is disappointed that the recommendation of the Referendum Council has been rejected. We stand in support of our First Nations people, and call on the Federal Government to initiate talks with Aboriginal leaders to discuss the future of Treaty and constitutional reforms in Australia. Join WACOSS and more than 1000 signatories, to show your support for this as a national priority.
Water Corp 'Tap In' feedback
WACOSS welcomed Sue Murphy, CEO of Water Corporation, to the Community Relief and Resilience Forum for an interactive discussion, and to give feedback as part of the 'Tap In' community engagement and customer research program. The conversation focused around communication and access to hardship programs. 'Tap In' invites Western Australians to leave feedback on what is important in their water future.

Design solutions 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. The team has a range of previous work outcomes on the DropIN website.
Welcome to our Pilbara Manager
WACOSS welcomes Sarah Wright to our inaugural Pilbara Manager role. Sarah will lead and support coordinated community service delivery, play a key role in the identification and implementation of new partnership opportunities and innovations in local service provision, and contribute to ensuring that the needs of the sector and Pilbara are known and represented in state and national social policy. Sarah will be based in Karratha, co-located with Regional Development Australia in Welcome Lotteries House, and travel to other centres and communities on a regular basis.


Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre event

Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre is launching their report: The Price is Right? An Examination of the Costs of Living in Western Australia, on Friday 1 December. Chris Twomey, Research and Policy Development Leader at WACOSS will be presenting data from the cost of living report.

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.

WACOSS Conference 2018

Making PLACE is the theme of the WACOSS Conference for 2018. Our biennial conference will feature a full and dynamic program, to meet the multitude of people working in our sector. It is an opportunity to showcase and learn from place-based initiatives, and champion place in our future.

Sector News

SNAICC Voice of Our Children - Workshops

Exciting opportunity to learn more about supporting Aboriginal children and their families in workshops about recognising and responding to trauma, the importance of culture and journeying to school. These workshops are supported by Yorganup and Coolabaroo in association with SNAICC.

No consultation on housing & homeless Bill

The Federal Government has introduced a Bill to terminate the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), and define the terms of a new National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA). The Bill was introduced without warning or consultation. WACOSS has not yet made a public response, however is supportive of public statements made by other Councils of Social Service.

Issues Paper: Growing up Unequal

Growing up Unequal takes a comprehensive look at how sex and gender expectations impact health outcomes for young women. Findings show that there are opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of young people, which have been articulated in the paper's recommendations.

Foodbank Hunger Report

Foodbank’s Hunger Report has identified that more than 3.6 million Australians are food insecure, and large numbers of people are seeking food assistance due to struggling to afford daily essentials on a low 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.

Giving West Conference Scholarship

The Giving West Aspire Conference Scholarship is awarded annually to an individual representing a not-for-profit association, to assist in the professional development by funding attendance at an international conference in their chosen field of endeavour. Funding covers travel, accommodation, and registration expenses to the maximum value of the Scholarship. Apply by 29 March 2018.

Sector Development Officer role at Linkwest

Linkwest is seeking a highly motivated person to join a small, creative, and committed team to provide 8 months maternity cover in the role of Sector Development Officer. The successful candidate will possess a high degree of initiative and self-direction for this diverse and busy position. Applications open until 4pm Sunday 26 November.

Financial Literacy survey

ASIC is conducting a public consultation process to shape the National Financial Literacy Strategy from 2018. As part of this process they have released a consultation paper seeking feedback on a number of issues. You are invited to participate via an online survey, or by email: [email protected] Consultation is open until Friday 17 November.

Regional reform, expenditure, outcomes mapping reports

Resilient Families, Strong Communities: Mapping service expenditure and outcomes in the Pilbara and the Kimberley is a systematic approach to map Indigenous expenditure and outcomes across geographical regions. The Government will use this to support work between government agencies, other organisations and communities to develop place-based service systems.

Issues Paper: Focus on LGBTI

The Commissioner for Children and Young People has released an issues paper highlighting opportunities and challenges experienced by LGBTI children and young people. Issues that affect LGBTI people largely stem from social and cultural beliefs and assumptions about gender and sexuality, including systemic discrimination at an individual, social, political, and legal level.

Survey on community practices and conditions

The Australian Community Workers Association has developed a survey to understand the practices and conditions that hinder development and professionalism of workers. Responses from frontline workers, practitioners, and supervisors are encouraged. Results are anonymous and findings will be used for development and advocacy work in the sector.

Nous Community Partnership

Nous Community Partnership Scheme is offering up to $300k in discounted and pro-bono consulting services for eligible not-for-profits seeking to undertake projects that will help to build their capability to contribute to positive social, cultural, economic or environmental outcomes. Applications are open until Friday 24 November.

Office space for non profits

Oasis Lotteries House has two vacancies for not-for-profits, in a great location in Nedlands, close to UWA and Charles Gardiner hospital, with parking, and like-minded neighbours. The building is accessible, with ramps, toilet facilities, and a lift, and has a shared kitchen, and two meeting rooms equipped with kitchenette and projector facilities. Email the Oasis Building Manager for more information: [email protected]

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, about matters affecting the wellbeing of LGBTI children and young people. Apply until Monday 13 November. Contact Katherine Browne on 08 6213 2208 or [email protected] to submit an expression of interest for regional committee.

Workshop: Worker Safety for Home Visits

Anglicare is holding a one day workshop on safety for home visits. The session will help frontline workers understand and assess potential risks prior to a home visit, will look at how to work with hostile and aggressive clients, manage unanticipated risks, and provide strategies to make sure the visit is safe and productive.

Child and Parent Centre 2018 Procurement Strategy

The Department of Education is hosting a repeat forum from 2 – 4pm Monday 4 December to explore elements of the Evaluation Report and service delivery model, and request feedback from participants on the procurement process to select operators for the 21 centres. Register for the session via email [email protected] or 08 9264 4149, no later than Thursday 30 November.

Aboriginal Males' Healing Centre Conference 2017

The AMHC conference in Newman will facilitate cross-sector debate among Aboriginal men, men in government, and male academics, practitioners and policy-makers that contribute to new approaches to practice whilst challenging traditional disciplinary boundaries and thinking. The Honourable Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of WA is the Keynote Speaker.

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. The system can be complex, and this workshop will clarify the different roles and responsibilities of family law practitioners.

National Disability Services WA annual lunch

National Disability Services WA will be hosting its annual lunch in celebration of International Day of People with Disability, on Friday 1 December. Tickets are on sale, and registrations of interest are open, for people with a disability to attend the lunch for free.

WAAMH events calendar

The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) has a range of upcoming events, from training courses, to workshops, forums, community events, and seminars, as well as the WA Tenancy Conference 2017 at the end of November, in conjunction with Tenancy WA. Check out the event calendar listing for more information.

Silent March: Domestic Violence Memorial

The 27th Annual Domestic Violence Memorial Silent March will be held at the Supreme Court Gardens on Friday 17 November. Community stalls and morning tea will start from 10.30am, guest speakers include The Hon. Simone McGurk MLA from 11am, and the silent march around the CBD commences at 12 noon.

Workshop: Family Law for Social Workers

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) WA is presenting a workshop on Family Law Considerations in Social Work Practice, which will provide information on Family Law considerations for social workers. Learn about how to document clinical notes and reports for family law court proceedings, giving evidence, and your obligations.
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