16 January 2019
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Tenancy WA Conference

Join the housing and community sectors for a chance to learn more about the upcoming reform of the Residential Tenancy Act, how it will affect you, and what you can do to have your say in the community. The event is a professional development opportunity, with separate sessions for those working in the housing, community services and health sectors and even includes CPD approved sessions for lawyers. Discounts available for NFPs and heavily subsidised tickets for individual tenants.

National Volunteer Week 2019 - Grants Available

Supported by Lotterywest, each year during National Volunteer Week, Volunteering WA offers small grants to be used for organisations to celebrate and thank their volunteers. In the past, organisations have held a vast array of traditional and creative ‘thank you and celebration’ events and acknowledged their volunteers with the NVW certificates.

Voices for Change project at Ruah seeking participants

Ruah is looking for people who want to share their personal stories about the experience and impact of violence - in the media, at forums, and beyond. It's an opportunity for people to tell their stories, help others understand the impact of domestic violence, inform and educate, change attitudes, and inspire others to make a change. To become a Voice for Change, you will attend a free three-day course, run by experts who can support attendees. The project is funded by Our Watch.

Do you have a publication or report to publish and looking for a design?

Why not have the DropIN Solutions team give that publication the professional graphic design it needs to improve its readability and deliver the desired impact within your audience. ACTCOSS Stories of Chance, WACOSS Advocacy Toolkit and People with Disabilities WA’s Connect with Me Codesign Guide are just some recent examples of the team's work. Excellent rates for NFPs and as a social enterprise by WACOSS, the team understands the sector to deliver the best product. Check out the DropIN Solutions portfolio. For more information contact Jaime the DropIN Project Officer at or at 9420 7222.

Shining a spotlight on elder abuse

In Western Australia, elder abuse is defined as: 'Any act which causes harm to an older person and occurs within an informal relationship of trust, such as family or friends'. Over 75,000 West Australians are potentially affected by elder abuse. If you, or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, you can call the hotline on 1300 724 679. It is an advice and information service funded by Advocare, to protect seniors from elder abuse. Read more about the Alliance for Prevention for Elder Abuse here.

McCusker internships an opportunity for students and organisations

The McCusker Centre has collaborated with students and the broader UWA community, NFP and community sector, government and business sectors to make a difference in our local, national, and global communities. Since the commencement of the internship program in 2016, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship has partnered with over 250 not-for-profit, community and government organisations to place 540 student interns contributing over 57,000 hours of service within the community. Students contribute to a wide range of social benefits in the community, across the community services sector. Invitations for host organisations wishing to offer Summer or Semester One internships are now open. For more information, please contact Tennille Trevaskis at the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at: ph: 6488 4254

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.

My Health Record opt-out ending soon and community workshops

A My Health Record will be created for every Australian who does not opt-out before Thursday 31 January 2019. Workshops are being in each state and territory to seek input from consumers as well as representatives from key community organisations and consumer peak bodies. Workshops are designed to assist My Health Record develop tailored education materials for consumers to help support them to receive information and use the My Health Record effectively. These materials will then be used in communication and education activities. A range of workshops will be held in February in Perth.

International Women's Day - High Tea Fundraiser

The Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services is holding a fundraiser High Tea to celebrate International Women's Day on Friday 8 March 2019. Funds raised on the day will contribute to the Funds for Freedom project, which assists women and children making a fresh start after living in a violent relationship.

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

Have your say to transform local government elections

Local government reform and the Local Government Act 1995 review has the potential to impact your community organisation. Local governments are led by an elected council but only one-third of people vote. Should voting be compulsory? Should property owners continue to be eligible to vote? Should caps be placed on the amount a candidate can spend on their election campaign? How can we ensure that councils reflect the diversity of the community? You have an opportunity to have your say.

Women Who Use Force in a Couple or Family Context

Women’s use of force is commonly described as a response to a primary aggressor’s violence (i.e. it is often an act of self-defence or defence of others, such as children, in response to a violent partner’s actions), though it may also take a number of other forms. Very little is known about this in the Australian context, so this study is aimed at gathering Australian evidence. This project is a partnership between Curtin University (led by Professor Donna Chung with A/Professor Robyn Martin, A/Professor Richard Norman, and Amy Warren) the University of Melbourne, and Baptcare, Victoria, and has been funded by the Department for Social Services. As part of this research, Curtin is undertaking a national workforce survey to help build an understanding of the workforce’s capacity to respond to women who use force, as well as identifying any required workforce and program adjustments to improve the sector’s ability to respond. We hope that this survey will provide evidence in the Australian context, and ultimately lead to improved responses to women who use force. Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2018-0638). If you have any questions about the project or would like more information, please contact Amy Warren at, or Professor Donna Chung at

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

ConnectGroups' Give it Forward (GIF) easy grants program is now open to WA Self Help and Support Groups, managed by ConnectGroups and supported by Lotterywest. The objective of the grants is to help Self Help and Support Groups to grow, increase their capacity to support others and remain robust and sustainable. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for your Support Group, within funding categories of capacity building and sustainability, marketing and promotion, information technology, or customised projects.

Sustainable Health Review (SHR) Update

The Final Report has been submitted to Government, for consideration early in 2019. The SHR Interim Report (in February 2018) received a lot of feedback, and the panel shifted focus to targeted consultation and engagement in the lead up to the Final Report. Consumer and carer engagement became a major focus, and the panel partnered with consumers to reach and engage Aboriginal people, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, mental health consumers and carers, and youth. Strong themes in the feedback included the focus on clear and practical recommendations addressing critical matters for sustainability in the WA health system, to ensure implementation is staged and achievable. Information about the release of the report will be provided when it becomes available.

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, they 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.

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

23 JAN | Whole-of-Sector Outcomes Framework Conversation
WACOSS - West Perth  - Free
26 JAN | Invasion Day Rally
Perth  - Free
1 FEB | Members New Year Sector Breakfast
WACOSS - Kings Park  - Free
5 FEB | Countering Violent Extremism (multiple dates across WA)
AASW - Various  - Free
6 FEB | Funding & Contracting Advocacy Consultation
WACOSS and CEWA - West Perth  - Free
6 FEB | Local Governments and Family and Domestic Violence Prevention: What is your role? - free webinar
Injury Matters - Online  - Free
7 FEB | Good Governance Workshop - Karratha
WACOSS - Karratha - Free
7-8 FEB | Tailored Governance Support - Karratha
WACOSS - Karratha and Hedland  - Free
13 FEB | Good Governance Workshop - Hedland
WACOSS - Hedland - Free
13-14 FEB | Tailored Governance Support - Hedland
WACOSS - Karratha and Hedland  - Free
20 FEB | Whole-of-Sector Outcomes Framework Conversation
WACOSS - West Perth  - Free
21 FEB | Grants Information Session Lotterywest
Lotterywest - Subiaco  - Free
27 FEB | Reducing alcohol-related harm in your community - free webinar
Injury Matters - Online  - Free
6 MAR | Foundations in Governance Training - Geraldton
WACOSS - Geraldton  - Free
6 MAR | Advocacy Training - Geraldton
WACOSS - Geraldton  - Free
7 MAR | Outcomes Framework Conversation - Geraldton
WACOSS - Geraldton  - Free
7 MAR | Outcomes Measurement Training - Geraldton
WACOSS - Geraldton  - Free
8 MAR | International Women's Day - High Tea Fundraiser
Women's Council for Family and Domestic Violence Services - Perth  - $85
1-2 APR | Non Lethal Strangulation Prevention Training
Red Rose Foundation and Women's Council WA - Crawley  - $620
3 APR | Finance Essentials for Not-for-Profits - Hedland
WACOSS & Northwest Accountancy - Hedland  - $24
4 APR | Finance Essentials for Not-for-Profits - Karratha
WACOSS & Northwest Accountancy - Karratha  - $24
4-5 APR | WA Tenancy Conference
Tenancy WA - Wembley - $30-$595
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  Job Opportunities

Family Support Worker - Newman
Save the Children - Wednesday 16 January 2019  
Policy Officer
Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia - Sunday 27 January 2019 
Manager, Wungening Moort Program
Wungening - Thursday 31 January 2019 
Program Facilitator, Connect and Respect - Broome
AnglicareWA - no closing date  
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