10 April 2019
WACOSS Sector eNews


Make Renting Fair campaign launched

Make Renting Fair Alliance

The Make Renting Fair campaign got underway at the WA Tenancy Conference last week with a very encouraging address from WA Attorney General John Quigley.

“We want tenants to feel it’s their home, not just someone else’s property,” he said.

The Attorney General acknowledged the need for reform of the Residential Tenancy Act, particularly to enable security of tenure for tenants, and being able to make minor modifications to make a property their home.

These are some of the issues the Make Renting Fair Alliance will be campaigning on in coming months as the review of the Residential Tenancy Act gets underway.

The Make Renting Fair Alliance is a coalition of Western Australia’s peak housing bodies and people who rent their home. We are working together for better, fairer laws for the 750,000 people who rent their home in WA.

This is a tenant-led campaign for tenants’ rights, so we want to hear from renters about their experience of renting. Tell us your story of renting by completing the survey at

You can also like the Facebook page and sign up to the newsletter to be part of the campaign.

Pictured above are members of the Make Renting Fair campaign alliance at the Tenancy WA conference.

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  Sector Headlines   

Voluntary Assisted Dying - Consultation update

Public consultation is now open for Western Australians to have their say on key issues to be incorporated into new legislation to introduce voluntary assisted dying in WA. The Bill is due to go before State Parliament in the second half of this year. The consultation will focus on key issues relating to the decision, eligible conditions and selected aspects of the process for voluntary assisted dying. Face-to-face sessions will be held in Perth metro areas, as well as Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Broome, and Bunbury. Feedback from the consultations will help inform the panel's final report and recommendations to the Minister for Health. Those who can't attend a consultation in person can provide feedback via an online survey or lodge a written submission via post or email.

National Reconciliation Week Breakfast

National Reconciliation Week Breakfast will explore the 2019 theme 'Grounded in Truth - Walk together with Courage' with a powerful panel of speakers committed to share with you, the reconciliation community. Join Reconciliation WA and their partners and supporters for the breakfast from 7:30am on Friday 31 May.

Governance Changes for NGOs - video now available

Last month Professor David Gilchrist, UWA, delivered a presentation on the possible governance changes that may impact NGOs from the ACNC, and a general update on where the regulatory environment for not-for-profits is heading. David and his colleague Ian Murray joined a panel conversation with Debra Zanella, CEO Ruah, and Jane Chilcott, CEO Linkwest. 

Apply for a scholarship for WACOSS Leadership Development Program

Designed and developed for the leaders in the community services sector, the WACOSS Leadership Development Program will 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. Thanks to the Australian Scholarships Foundation and the Bankwest Foundation there are 5 scholarships are being offered to staff and boards of NFPs. The next program commences in July 2019. Find out more, nominate yourself, or an emerging leader in your organisation.

New Cancer Symptom Website for Regional West Australians

On Sunday 24 March, Cancer Council WA launched the new Find Cancer Early website. The site aims to improve regional cancer survival outcomes, as research shows regional Western Australians are 20-30 per cent more likely to die within five years of a cancer diagnosis than people living in Perth. The new website has been designed to improve regional Western Australian's understanding of the early symptoms of prostate, breast, skin, bowel and lung cancer and encourage them to report any unusual changes in their body to their doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal health worker early. Read stories from local champions and share your story here.

St Barts opts for healthy lungs in Make Smoking History partnership

St Bart's has embarked on a partnership with the Make Smoking History program at Cancer Council WA, to tackle high rates of smoking among residents. The program has seen successes early. It trained and upskilled staff at St Bart's to ensure they felt confident and capable to initiate brief intervention, and support residents to change their smoking behaviours. The flow-on effect has seen residents saving, one resident saved the equivalent in cigarettes and purchased a computer and is considering further study, while staff have also reconsidered smoking, some changing their habits, reducing, or quitting. To make the most of the program's success, St Bart’s implemented other changes, increasing smoke free areas and committed to raising awareness about the harms of second hand smoke. A generous donation has seen the organisation able to provide smoking cessation products to their residents and assist them in reducing and quitting. As one resident described it, "It was a collaborative effort because I could not have done it by myself".
To find out how your organisation can go smoke free and assist people to reduce and quit smoking contact the Make Smoke History program at Cancer Council WA

Social Inclusion Forums 2019

Are you interested in building better and more inclusive communities? You are invited!
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about”- Margaret J. Wheatley
Inclusion Solutions is launching the second round of Social Inclusion Forums to promote the development of inclusive communities across Western Australia. The Social Inclusion Forums are an opportunity to engage like-minded people and ignite change within our communities. This forum will include presentations from industry professionals and community representatives who are passionate about social inclusion. Guest speakers include:
  • Joan Foley, Founder, Hedland Community Living Association(HCLA)
  • Christina Matthews, CEO, Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA)
  • Ben Popham, Elite Athlete, WA State Swimming Representative
  • Andrew Kikeros, Principle, Life Time Wise
  • Diana Allen, Senior Community Development Officer - Seniors, Town of Cambridge
The event is suitable for both professionals and volunteers in sport & recreation and community development, the forum will include practical tips & advice that you can implement in your community. If you share our passion for social inclusion, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss! Join us between 5:00-7:30pm, Wednesday 8 May 2019. 

Event: Towards better outcomes for young people transitioning from out of home care in WA

Curtin University is hosting one of Australia’s leading researchers on young people leaving state care. Associate Professor Philip Mendes teaches social policy and community development, and is the Director of the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit (SISPRU) in the Department of Social Work at Monash University in Victoria, Australia. He has been researching young people leaving state care for 20 years, is the Australian representative on the Transitions to Adulthood for Young People Leaving Public Care International Research Group, and has completed major studies pertaining to youth justice, employment and mentoring programs, disability, and Indigenous care leavers. He is currently working with researchers at Curtin University in the School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology on an Australian Research Council funded project investigating the service pathways and outcomes for young people transitioning from out of home care in Western Australia. Join the free event at 1pm, Tuesday 16 April 2019.

Lived Experience Forum: Mental Health Services Clinical Governance Review

Consumers of Mental Health Western Australia, Mental Health Matters 2, Carers WA, Helping Minds, Health Consumers Council WA, and the WA Association for Mental Health are inviting people with lived experience to a forum for the Review of the Clinical Governance of Public Mental Health Services. The forum on Monday 29 April is open to all people with lived experience, including individuals, families and carers, who would like to share their ideas for improving safety and quality.

Lifeline Workshops and Training

Lifeline are running a range of workshops and DV Alert courses to empower participants to be confident responders when facing family and domestic violence. The 2-day DV alert course is nationally accredited and free for community frontline workers. To find workshops happening in Perth and WA, visit the website below, and search by state.

Jason Nelson, keynote speaker, Men's Health Week Forum

“Imagine a trickle of water source emerging, high up in a beautiful mountain, commencing its journey as a fresh water stream. Taking the path of least resistance, growing, gaining strength, carving a path of invincibility on its way to a marriage with a sea or ocean.” On Wednesday 29 May, in celebrating Men’s Health Week, Jason Nelson (former defence force and police officer) will share his journey of living with PTSD, depression and anxiety. Jason has sought further education in mental health and now uses his lived experience to share his passion; motivate and encourage.

Child Wise Training for Child Safety Officers

Child Wise will be delivering the Creating Child Safety Champions training on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 May at Tompkins on Swan. This comprehensive training program is recommended for Child Safety Officers and other professionals that have a responsibility to lead the implementation of a child safe environment for children and young people.

Needs Assessments now on the WA Primary Health Alliance website

Primary Health Networks are required to submit a Needs Assessment to the Commonwealth Department of Health tri-annually. The purpose of the Needs Assessments is to identify primary health care needs. Identifying these needs will enable the WA Primary Health Alliance to set priorities for future planning. A Needs Assessment has been published for each Primary Health Network in WA – Perth North, Perth South and Country WA. For any enquiries about the Needs Assessments contact

Expressions of Interest open for North West Aboriginal Health Fund

The North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund is a $200 million initiative that 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 increase affordable, suitable and stable housing options, increase opportunities for educational attainment and job stability, and empower Aboriginal people and communities. All EOI submissions must be fully received by 2:30pm AWST on 31 May 2019, either by post, in person or electronically (through Tenders WA) as explained in the Request for Expressions of Interest. All EOIs submitted will be considered on merit to stated aims and assessed using the evaluation criteria set out in the Request for Expressions of Interest.

New Youth Injury Prevention Toolkit

Injury Matters’ Know Injury program has developed a toolkit to support Local Governments, community organisations and regional services generate awareness of the importance of preventing injuries among youth. Download the toolkit to access a range of activities that you can do to increase local community member’s awareness of how to keep youth injury free, such as posting on social media, displaying posters in public locations and sending a media release to your local newspaper. You will find everything you need to get started within this toolkit. For more information, contact Injury Matters’ Know Injury team on 6166 7688 or

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.

Senior Rights and Advocacy Service launched by Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA has launched the Senior Rights and Advocacy Service as a specialist legal service in the Civil Law Division. The Seniors Rights and Advocacy Service provides free legal advice and assistance to older people who have experienced elder abuse or who are at risk of experiencing elder abuse, as well as a range of services to assist elders seek assistance in tackling elder abuse.
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  Sector Training and Events

10 APR | Make Poverty Political
Anti-Poverty Network WA - Perth  - Free
11 APR | Governance for Boards & Committees - Katanning
WACOSS - Katanning- Free
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
16 APR | Towards better outcomes for young people transitioning from out of home care in WA
Curtin University - Perth- Free
17 APR | Pilbara Advocacy
WACOSS - Newman- Free
29 APR | Lived Experience Forum: Mental Health Services Clinical Governance Review
Various - Perth  - Free
18 APR | YACWA Youth Week Event
YACWA - Leederville  - Free
1 MAY | Pilbara Advocacy 
WACOSS - Hedland  - Free
6 MAY | Addressing Trauma in the Workplace
WACOSS - South Hedland  - Free
7 MAY | Outcomes Framework Consultations
WACOSS - West Perth  - Free
7 MAY | Addressing Trauma in the Workplace
WACOSS - Karratha  - Free
7 MAY | Introduction to Social Enterprise Webinar
WACOSS - Online  - Free
8 MAY | Addressing Trauma in the Workplace
WACOSS - Tom Price  - Free
8 MAY | Social Inclusion Forum
Inclusion Solutions - Wembley  - $10-$15
10 MAY | State Budget Briefing
WACOSS - West Perth - Members - Free, Non-Members $30
18 MAY | Pilbara Early Childhood Education & Care Conference
WACOSS - Karratha  - Members - $48, Non-Members $60
31 MAY | National Reconciliation Week Breakfast
Reconciliation WA - Burswood  - From $84

  Job Opportunities

Program Manager - Pilbara
Mission Australia - Friday 12 April 2019 
Project Coordinator Community Link Booth Program
ConnectGroups - Friday 12 April 2019
Supported Independent Living Manager
Richmond Wellbeing - Thursday 18 April 2019 
Prevention & Diversion Officer - Pilbara Community Alcohol and Drug Service
Mission Australia - Friday 19 April 2019 
Chief Executive Officer
Edmund Rice Centre WA - Friday 26 April 2019 
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