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Statement on the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT recommendations

WACOSS supports the recommendations in the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory report, and is pleased that the recommendations have focused on early intervention measures that aim to keep young people out of child protection and youth justice systems. WACOSS has championed for therapeutic approaches to health, education, and the prevention of harm, following the report into Western Australia’s youth detention centre, Banksia Hill, and is pleased to see this appraoch included in the report.

Marriage Equality Survey outcome

WACOSS is pleased the outcome of the Marriage Equaity survey was a YES from the Australian public, and a YES majority in every electorate in WA. This is the first step to achieving equality. It is now imperative that legislation that is passed is fair and just, and safeguards anti-discrimination protections.
National Housing and Homelessness Agreement update
WACOSS is working closely with the Department of Communities in light of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) Bill. We are advocating for Equal Remuneration Order supplement payments, and to ensure that homelessness services are kept informed, emphasising the need for a co-design consultation with homelessness services that are place-based.

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.
2018 WACOSS Conference committee members sought
We are looking for skilled and innovative representatives from the community to help shape an effective and vibrant event, for which planning is already underway. As a committee member you will provide input into the program, review abstracts, and assist with the Community Services Excellence Awards (CSEA). If you would like to nominate, or know someone who would be perfect, we'd love to hear from you.


Co-Design Webinar now online

The WACOSS Co-Design Toolkit is the focus of a new webinar that introduces the tools that government, community sector, and consumer representatives can use to make sure that new services and programs are designed to truly meet the needs of service users. The webinar is presented by Stuart Reid of WACOSS who had a key role in developing the Toolkit.

Albany Workshop: Writing Grants, Tenders, Submissions

Consultation with Albany community service organisations identified a need for a local workshop in grant writing, submissions, and tenders, which will be held on Monday 4 December in Albany. This workshop will coincide with Natural Disaster Resilience Training being rolled out in regional centres across WA.

Mandurah Workshop: The Impact of Trauma

The impact of trauma is the theme for a workshop in Mandurah on Thursday 7 December from 9.30 – 2.45. The workshop, delivered by the Sexual Assault Resource Centre as part of a Lotterywest-funded regional training project, is free for any community sector agencies working in the Peel Region. The workshop is in three parts: Impact of Trauma; Building on Trauma Knowledge; and Vicarious Trauma.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities WACOSS conference

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are now available for the 2018 WACOSS Conference. Sponsorship provides affordable registration for regional and metro community service organisations and helps develop a diverse and dynamic program. Your sponsorship supports and invests in the development of the community services sector and the sustainability of the local community. A range of sponsorship packages are available.

WACOSS Regional Training Survey

The free Mandurah workshop is one of many training options available to community service organisations. As part of a grant, WACOSS can provide free customised training in regional WA, in a range of areas, from co-design, to advocacy, to governance. Complete the online survey, detailing your local training needs, from there, WACOSS will develop a training plan that can provide up to two days of workshops, in regional centres over the next 18 months.

Sector News

Stolen Wages Class Action

Shine Lawyers are investigating legal action on behalf of Indigenous Australians in Western Australia, NT, and NSW, who were negatively impacted by wage control legislation that was in effect during the 19th to 20th centuries. Indigenous Australians who were directly affected, or whose relatives, alive or deceased, might have been subjected to this, are encouraged to get in touch for more information on the process.

Online Digital Tool for WA kids

WA children and young people now have a permanent, safe and fun way to express their views with the launch of DigiMe by the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA. DigiMe is a dedicated online space where children and young people can create their ‘digital image’ and have their views and ideas published anonymously online. All WA children under 18 years of age are encouraged to get involved.

Office space for non profits

Low cost office spaces available now for not-for-profit organisations. Various sizes available, between 9m2 to 48m2 in Midland Junction Lottery House. Available immediately. For enquiries, phone 08 9374 0774

North West Aging and Aged Care Strategy Launch

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Pilbara successfully launched the North West Aging and Aged Care Strategy. The Honourable Ken Wyatt, Federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health travelled to the Pilbara to officially launch the strategy. Mr Kevin Michael MLA, Member for the Pilbara was also in attendance, together with 59 representatives from the aged care and NFP sectors.

Shape the future of local government in WA

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has released a consultation paper seeking views on the future of local government as public consultation for the review of the Local Government Act commences. The paper seeks comment on councillor conduct, local government transparency, and accountability and accessibility of information through the use of technology. Workshops will follow to enable more people to have their say.

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.

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.

Sector Training & Events

Workshop: Case Management for Multi Problem Families

Anglicare is holding a two day workshop covering case management and case planning for families that present to an agency with a single problem, but on engagement multiple issues and problems are identified. Participants will explore the basic principles of case management when engaging and working with multi-problem families and the development of appropriate plans.

Emerging Leaders in Governance opportunity

The Emerging Leaders in Governance Program is a four month program between February and May 2018 that pioneers engagement of young leaders under the age of 40 on boards and committees in the aged care and community sector. Interested participants can come along to an information night on Wednesday 29 November.

Disability & Natural Disasters - new resource available

The WACOSS project on natural disaster resilience for community organisations has some new resources on disaster resilience and people with disabilities. These US resources have lots of useful content, relevant to many of our community service sector disaster planning.

Webinar: Collective Impact

WACOSS eNews Subscribers are invited to join a webinar on the opportunities and challenges of collective impact, on Thursday 30 November. The webinar will focus on leadership, governance, community engagement, and evaluation. The webinar will draw on recent literature to consider these issues.

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.

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.
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