13 March 2019
WACOSS Sector eNews


Hard hitting video released at FDV Roundtable

It's Time to End Domestic Violence - Ruah
It's Time To End Domestic Violence. It's estimated that 297,500 Western Australians have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner. In 2018 in WA, 28 people were killed in domestic-related murders.
It has to end.

On the eve of International Women's Day, Ruah, along with 17 organisations leading the way in ending family and domestic violence, held a roundtable to send a loud message that family and domestic violence is not acceptable.

Political panellists included Senator Rachel Siewert, The Greens, and Dr Anne Aly MP, Australian Labor Party, who spoke about their plans to end domestic violence and help us ensure this critical community issue looms large on our national agenda.

All organisations are standing together in their commitment to mothers, daughters, sisters, friends: they all deserve more. 

Ruah collaborated with UnitingCare West, Anglicare WA, Zonta House Refuge Association Inc, Womens Health & Family Services, Centrecare, Communicare Inc., Starick, Wungening Aboriginal Corporation, Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation, Patricia Giles Centre, The Salvation Army WA, Rise Network, Women's Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services - WA, Stopping Family Violence, Womens Community Health Network WA, and the Lucy Saw Centre.

Watch the video on YouTube


  Sector Headlines   

Expressions of interest sought for Legal Aid Review Committee

Legal Aid WA is seeking expressions of interest from lawyers with family or criminal law expertise, and from community members (non-lawyers) with an interest in justice issues to serve as a member of the Legal Aid WA Review Committee. The position is voluntary. Applications are open until 12.00noon Wednesday 20 March 2019.

WACOSS Leadership Development Program applications open

The program has been developed specifically for the leaders in the community services sector, to ensure our leaders are able to implement change and strategy effectively, and have the skills and knowledge required to continue delivering outcomes and goals while ensuring continuous growth and adaptability to changes that the sector experiences. The program is delivered in partnership with MODAL to create stronger teams and more resilient organisations by providing leaders with the necessary skills to enable successful change. The next program commences in July 2019. Find out more, nominate yourself, or an emerging leader in your organisation.

Get involved in a workshop to shape the State Disability Plan

Development of Western Australia’s 10-year State Disability Plan is underway. The Department of Communities is currently running a series of consultation workshops throughout WA to gain community input. The workshops are open to everyone including people with disability, family and carers, and those working in the disability/ community services sector or government, and will focus on defining the values of the State Disability Plan as well as the attitudes and behaviours that will support better inclusion for people with disability throughout Western Australia.

Anti-Poverty Network (WA) welcomes subscribers to monthly updates

The Anti-Poverty Network (WA) have launched the first edition of their monthly round up. Subscribe to their newsletter for updates on campaign activities, activist events you may be interested in, and a selection of articles related to poverty, inequality, and unemployment in Australia.

Workplace Workshops for Anglicare WA's most popular courses

Anglicare WA we have offered training to our sector for over 10 years. They recognise the value of tailoring a course to suit the participants and have developed workshops which are delivered on your premises and in a bespoke manner. Highly experienced Counsellors can facilitate training courses that include: Accidental Counsellor, Responding to Challenging Behaviours, Introduction to Family and Domestic Violence, White Ribbon training, and Case Management for Community workers. For further details contact Lauren Wooldridge on 9263 2065 or, or visit

Do you have any stories of Wage Theft?

Wage theft is the systematic and deliberate underpayment of wages and entitlements to a worker. The WA Government is conducting an inquiry into incidents of wage theft in Western Australia. If you have any stories of clients or others having their wages stolen or being denied entitlements, please send them through to by Monday 18 March to be included as part of the WACOSS submission. All stories will be de-identified.

North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund

The North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund aims to create pathways towards social and economic independence and wellbeing for Aboriginal people in the Pilbara and Kimberley. The Fund will invest in projects that will increase affordable, suitable and stable housing options, increase opportunities for educational attainment and job stability and empower Aboriginal people and communities. In 2019 the Fund would like to support potential partners to put forward and develop ideas that will contribute to the further achievement of Fund outcomes in the North-West. They expect to launch a request for Expression of Interest in the near future. This is the first step in working with organisations to develop projects that are strength-based and community driven. Find out more by attending one of the information sessions:
  • Perth, 9:30am, Thursday 14 March 2019, (Room 3.34, Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William St, Perth)
  • Broome, 10:30am, Monday 18 March 2019 (Broome Lotteries House, Lot 642, Cable Beach Road, Broome)
  • Derby, 8:30am, Tuesday 19 March 2019 (Shire of Derby Recreation Centre, Ashley St, Derby) 
  • Fitzroy Crossing, 2:00pm, Tuesday 19 March 2019 (Karrayili Adult Education Centre, 8 Flynn Drive, Fitzroy Crossing)
  • Halls Creek, 10:30am, Wednesday 20 March 2019 (Civic Hall Meeting Room, Shire of Halls Creek, 71 Thomas St, Halls Creek)
  • Kununurra, 1:00pm, Thursday 21 March 2019 (KGT Employment, 5 Kentia Way, Kununurra)    
Register for a session by emailing, or contact Cassandra Squance:

Applications for the Community Solar fund are now open

Is your organisation working from sun up until sun down to make a difference in WA? It might be time to put the sun to work for you - so you can save money on your electricity bill and invest these savings back in to your community. Synergy is offering community groups the opportunity to win a SolarReturn system supplied and installed for free. Apply by Sunday 31 March 2019.

Women's Plan for Western Australia

The State Government has commenced a consultation process for a Women's Plan, focusing on the areas of health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence, and leadership. Have your say and help shape the plan, and complete a short survey.

'I need you to say no' alcohol campaign led by Hedland youth airs

Young people in Hedland have been involved in producing a new community awareness campaign to raise awareness of the negative impact of youth alcohol consumption. The ads, which acknowledge WACOSS Member organisation in the Pilbara, Bloodwood Tree, will be broadcast locally on GWN7.

Child Australia pre-conference events

As part of the upcoming Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference participants can choose to attend one of the additional pre-conference workshops, forums, or masterclasses in the lead up to the conference dates. Read more about the pre-conference events on offer, and if you haven't booked, don't forget that WACOSS members are eligible for a $100 discount on a two-day conference ticket, by using the promo code ECLDEARLY on checkout.

BCEC release latest report on Gender Equity Insights 2019

Partnering with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, BCEC have released their fourth report in the Gender Equity Insights series. Women make up almost 50% of Australia’s workforce and hold around 40% of all full-time jobs. Although women still remain under-represented in positions of power and over-represented in lower-paid jobs, this report shows they are likely to dominate middle management roles in years to come. The findings from the report showcase the crucial role flexible workplace policies, employer provided on-site child care and employer-funded paid parental leave has on achieving positive change.

New Outcomes Framework Conversations

WACOSS has been working in partnership with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and with support from the Department of Finance, on a whole-of-sector Outcomes Measurement Framework. The aim of the Framework is to create scaffolding that assists in linking outcomes across different agencies and programs, and in particular to address some of the siloes in service delivery that have been evident across program, agency and departmental levels, in turn generating better service delivery outcomes for the community. This workshop is part of the second round of engagement and consultation with the sector. The first round focussed on feedback of the domains and the population-level outcome statements. The second round will focus on the sub-outcomes within domains, and mapping appropriate population-level indicators.
Please note this session requires an understanding of the information in the first round engagement sessions which ran between November 2018 and March 2019. If you did not attend one of these sessions, please tick yes to attending the one-hour briefing session starting at 9.30am. If you did attend one of the first-round sessions, you do not need to attend the introductory briefing in this workshop.

Mental Health Commission Alcohol & Other Drugs Services Plan update

The Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 (the Plan) is the Mental Health Commission’s key planning tool for the mental health, alcohol and other drug sector. The Plan was developed through an extensive consultation process with stakeholders across the sector and outlines how we can all work together to achieve an optimal level of services for both mental health and alcohol and other drug services. Feedback on the plan is now sought on a plan update, by 5pm, Tuesday 9 April 2019.

Free Lifeline WA domestic and family violence response training

Lifeline WA will be running FREE domestic and family violence response training in Perth in March. DV-alert (2 Days) and DV-aware (1 Day) are funded by the Department of Social Services and are a key initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Therefore, it is free to for all health, allied health, educational, childcare, and community support frontline workers. This includes anyone who is a first point of contact to clients/the community such as administration/reception staff. The course is an accredited course with a Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency CHCDFV001 - Recognise and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence.

Free training opportunity: Keeping Kids Central

The training aims to develop participants' knowledge and skills in adopting child-centred approaches in their work with vulnerable children and young people, particularly those who have experienced family violence. The workshop provides context for why working with children and young people is important; privileges the child's voice on how they are best supported; challenges and builds on participants' views and practices in working with children and their families; and presents tools and resources for working with children. Two workshops are available: Kids centred practice, and Leading the Way. For more information on these free workshops on 1 and 2 April, please email: or phone 03 9953 3644
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  Sector Training and Events

14 MAR | YEP Tours Hedland!
YEP/headspace Pilbara/WACOSS - Hedland  - Free
14 MAR | International Women's Day Breakfast - SOLD OUT
ANSON/WACOSS - Perth - Free
15 MAR | Driving your business' success
City of Stirling - Stirling  - $66
15 MAR | YEP Tours Roebourne!
YEP/headspace Pilbara/WACOSS - Roebourne - Free
18 MAR | YEP Tours Onslow!
YEP/headspace Pilbara/WACOSS - Onslow - Free
19 MAR | YEP Tours Karratha!
YEP/headspace Pilbara/WACOSS - Karratha - Free
20-21 MAR | Standard Mental Health First Aid
Neami National/Lifeline WA - Perth - $175 - $250
22 MAR | Governance Changes for NGOs
WACOSS - West Perth  - Free for members, $30 for non-members
24 MAR | Climate Change Conference: Building Bridges to Climate Solutions
Citizens Climate Lobby Australia - Perth $20-$60
29-30 MAR | Early Childhood Learning and Development Conference
Child Australia - Burswood $450-$950
1 APR | Emerging Issues Forum
WACOSS - West Perth  - Free
1-2 APR | Non Lethal Strangulation Prevention Training
Red Rose Foundation and Women's Council WA - Crawley  - $264-$317
3 APR | Finance Essentials for Not-for-Profits - Hedland
WACOSS & Northwest Accountancy - Hedland  - $24
5 APR | Outcomes Framework Consultations
WACOSS - West Perth  - Free
4-5 APR | Tenancy WA Conference
Tenancy WA - Wembley - $30-$595
9 APR | WA State Budget Mid-Year Review
WACOSS - West Perth  - Members free, non-members $30
9 APR | Finance Essentials for Not-for-Profits - Karratha
WACOSS & Northwest Accountancy - Karratha  - $24
11 APR | Voices from Beyond the School Gates: Secondary School Students’ and their Parents’ Experiences of Exclusion - public lecture
ECU - Joondalup  - Free
15 APR | 2019 ACOSS Federal Budget Breakfast
ACOSS - Sydney  - $45-$145
7 MAY | Outcomes Framework Consultations
WACOSS - West Perth  - Free
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