19 December 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


Service providers encouraged to renegotiate contracts

Service providers encouraged to renegotiate contracts

Across the community services sector, we know that there is ongoing pressure to deliver old service agreements that have not included provision for costs to cover the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO). We also know that a significant number of services are reporting they cannot maintain quality, service, and staffing levels as a result of non-DCSP compliant contracts, award wage increases and obligations under the ERO.

Service providers are encouraged to contact their funding agreement contract managers to renegotiate contracts. This has been supported and encouraged by Funding and Contracting Services (FaCS) in their latest December Bulletin - click here.

As the Bulletin states -

"Service agreement variations are a useful tool to manage any changing aspects of service delivery and challenges that may become apparent through service agreement management, ensuring the service adapts to service user needs and is achieving the desired outcomes. A service agreement variation can be used for multiple purposes, such as extending the term of a service agreement, amending KPI’s or changing the volume of services. Service providers and government agencies can enter into negotiations at any time during the life of the service agreement to discuss key aspects of the service agreement including service levels and sustainability factors. Email if you would like to discuss service agreement variations."

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  Sector Headlines   

State Emergency Relief Committee celebrates another year

SERC’s vision is to work alongside the community relief and resilience sector with policy, advocacy and strategy to improve the outcomes for those experiencing poverty and financial hardship in Western Australia. The committee has broad and high level representation from around the state, with the aim being to collectively influence policy, funding and systems across the community relief and resilience sector. We thank SERC committee members for their leadership, hard work and collective advocacy in 2018 and look forward to working together in the new year.

Nulsen and Outcare to join forces

Outcare and The Nulsen Group have started a process to merge the two organisations together. Under the planned change, Outcare will transition into the Nulsen Group structure as a separate trading entity. In a challenging time for the sector, the two organisations are positive that steps moving forward will enhance services to clients and deliver benefits to employees. 

Mercycare welcomes new Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Smith

Anthony joined the Mercycare team earlier this month following a six-year stint as the Deputy CEO of St John Ambulance, and has hit the ground running spending time across the many areas of Mercycare including the Broome Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation facility. Anthony has more than 25 years’ experience delivering business success and societal impact in roles with several community services and member-based organisations, across a variety of sectors.

Dept of Communities consultation to reduce family & domestic violence

The Department of Communities has commenced State-wide consultation to inform development of a strategy to reduce family and domestic violence in the Western Australian community over the next 10 years. People can get involved and have a say through an online survey, by written responses to a consultation paper, sending a message to the Hon. Simone McGurk, and through face-to-face forums and workshops (dates and locations to be confirmed in early 2019). For further information please contact

2019 Lotterywest Grants Information Session

Are you planning a project or event that may require grant support? Looking for help so your group can deliver important work in the community? Or keen to find out a bit more information about Lotterywest and Healthway grants? Information sessions will be held throughout 2019, with the first session on Thursday 21 February 2019, at Lotterywest/Healthway, Level 2, 38 Station Street, Subiaco.

Pilbara Regional New Industries Fund - open for applications

The State Government's Regional New Industries Fund will allocate funding across the nine regions of WA to support venture creation, accelerate small to medium enterprise growth, and seed innovation initiatives. Applications are now being accepted for the Pilbara funding component. Some example initiatives that could be supported include (but are not limited to), co-operatives, innovation programs, economic gardening/business development programs that focus on scaling-up existing established businesses and Aboriginal economic development grants. Technology innovation projects are encouraged. Projects must also align to the Pilbara Innovation Roadmap.

The role data can play in eliminating violence against women

Following the 16 Days of Activism, the IDM (Individual Deprivation Measure) have shared an interview with Dr Sharon Bessell, of the Australian National University IDM Team. Dr Bessell discussed the existing data gaps in relation to gender-based violence, and why data is key for effective policies and programming.

Have your say to transform local government community engagement

Local government reform and the Local Government Act 1995 review has the potential to impact your community organisation. Local governments need to make difficult decisions. How local governments engage with the community to inform these decisions varies considerably. Should local governments be required to adopt a community engagement charter? When should local governments engage with the community? How can local governments engage with all of the community?

Ngala community hub to support WA families

Ngala has been granted a portion of land in Kensington to help expand its valuable support services to children and parents. Ngala's plans include a new multi-level building alongside their existing facility for a Children's and Parenting Services Community Hub, additional office space and a new childcare facility.

Pay It Forward Grants are open to Self Help and Support Groups

The Pay it Forward Plan (PIF), in partnership with the Mental Health Commission, is a ConnectGroups small grants program available to members. It is an early intervention and prevention mental health program. The objective of PIF is to empower and encourage Self Help and Support Groups (SHSG) to achieve positive mental health outcomes while promoting the Group's sustainability.

UnitingCare West Christmas Appeal sharing hope and belonging

UnitingCare West’s Christmas Appeal is up and running for those experiencing hardship this Christmas. While many of us are planning holidays, shopping for gifts, or deciding what size turkey we need for Christmas Day, all some people in our community want are the basics - being able to pay rent and put food on the table. Christmas is often a time of heightened stress for the three million Australians living in poverty. UnitingCare West is asking our community to help by donating Christmas food like pudding, tinned ham and long life custard to one of our Connection hubs in East Perth, Fremantle or Merriwa.

FREE Human Rights pocket guide made by young people

Seventy years ago the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - a framework for freedom and equality for all humanity. To commemorate the 70th anniversary, Community Arts Network (CAN) held creative workshops with young people to explore the 30 articles of human rights and express what it meant to them, using art, photography and storytelling.

The result is a beautiful pocket guide featuring the 30 articles interspersed with their creative musings. Through the eyes of young people, we were able to turn a 70 year old document into a contemporary booklet which uses augmented reality technology.

By downloading a free downloadable App called evista, some of the pages of the book literally come to life with videos of the young participants. The pocket guide also has reflections from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO, Federal politician, Dr Anne Aly MP and Human Rights Lawyer, Rabia Siddique.

This project was a collaboration between the Edmund Rice Centre WA and the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance. The book was launched on Human Rights Day in Yagan Square. If you would like a copy of the pocket guide WACOSS has a number of copies available at WACOSS reception desk, 2 Delhi St, West Perth.

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First release of children and young people’s wellbeing data

New wellbeing data released by the Commissioner will assist government and non-government organisations in addressing issues affecting WA children and young people. Commissioner Colin Pettit has published the first data set from his new Indicators of Wellbeing – an online resource which gives an overview of how WA children and young people are faring across 11 key areas. “This data is important for agencies that have a role in supporting WA children, young people and their families,” Mr Pettit said. “The Indicators have been designed to be a practical resource that provides a single, collated overview of the wellbeing of WA’s children and young people and to help identify what is working and where changes in policies and practices are required."

NFP Workforce Study closing Monday 24 December 2018

People working in the NFP sector are under increasing pressure to deliver more. Organisations struggle to attract and retain a skilled, healthy and committed workforce. The Australian NFP Workforce Study is an opportunity to participate in the largest research of its kind, and to support Australian NFPs, their employees and volunteers. Participate in this national opportunity and help shape a future agenda and NFP work.

Free online course for early education committee and board members

The Department of Communities, in partnership with Linkwest and iClick2Learn, has launched a free online course for committee/board members of community managed early education and care services based in regional Western Australia. The course can help increase your committee's understanding and application of governance, with potential to attract additional funding and families to services.

The Justice Storytelling Campaign: calling storytellers & organisations

Social Reinvestment WA is a coalition of not for profits working for justice reform in Western Australia. The coalition is engaging a Storytelling Campaign, to raise awareness of the issues within WA's justice system. Social Reinvestment is looking for people to share their firsthand experiences and tell their stories for a series of podcasts, videos, and booklets. If someone does not want to be identified, there is scope to engage actors to retell the stories to camera.

New Snake Bite Awareness Raising Toolkit

Injury Matters’ Know Injury program has developed a toolkit to support Local Governments, community organisations and regional services to increase awareness on the importance of safe behaviours to prevent snake bites and actions to take if someone has been bitten. Download the toolkit to access a range of activities that you can do to increase community awareness in preventing snake bites, such as posting on social media, displaying posters in public locations and sending a media release to your local newspaper.

  Sector Training and Events

20 DEC | Cost of Living report launch and panel conversation
WACOSS - West Perth  - Free
1 FEB | Members New Year Sector Breakfast
WACOSS - Kings Park  - Free
6 FEB | Local Governments and Family and Domestic Violence Prevention: What is your role? - free webinar
Injury Matters - Online  - Free
27 FEB | Reducing alcohol-related harm in your community - free webinar
Injury Matters - Online  - Free
1-2 APR | Non Lethal Strangulation Prevention Training
Red Rose Foundation and Women's Council WA - Crawley  - $620

  Job Opportunities

Program Facilitator, Connect and Respect - Broome
AnglicareWA - no closing date  
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