24 April 2019
WACOSS Sector eNews


Raise the Rate Campaign

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My name’s Juanita, I’m a single mum to three boys – and I know how hard it is to survive on Newstart.

Since my marriage broke down seven years ago, I’ve had to juggle work with being the sole carer for my kids. I had to shift from full time work to part-time, contract work. But contract work is tough. It’s insecure, and sometimes when I finish up one job, the next one doesn’t start for a few weeks.

And while the work is on hold, the bills never stop.

Many of us out there are trying to move forward whilst overcoming barriers outside our control. I am trying to complete a Masters to improve earning capacity as well, but with Newstart being the only fall-back option when a contract finishes, it keeps putting back the time it will take to complete my course.

People don’t understand what a difference it would make if the rate of Newstart was increased. That’s why I’ve told my story, and I’d love for you to watch it and help share it far and wide. Click here to watch my story now, and then share it with your friends. 

With the Federal election just five weeks away, it’s more important than ever that we share these kinds of stories.

While the leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, last week acknowledged Newstart has to be increased, we don’t have a clear commitment from Labor and the Coalition Government continues to ignore people struggling on Newstart. By sharing our stories we can hold political leaders to account and build the public pressure for them to commit to increasing Newstart ahead of the election.

Will you help share my story by watching it now, and then sharing it with your friends and family?

Thanks for being part of the Raise the Rate campaign – an increase to Newstart would make a big difference to my life, and the lives of so many others. 


Get involved in the campaign

Federal Election Campaigns 2019

In the lead up to the Federal Election, there are a number of campaigns underway, highlighting community priorities, and seeking your support: 

Family Matters Federal election priorities to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: you can view the election brief, share with your friends and family, and take part in the upcoming National Week of Action, which is being held from 20-26 May.

ACOSS invites your organisation to ensure our next parliament acts to protect people from climate change impacts and a poorly managed transition by signing on to a joint community sector statement on climate change. You can also view ACOSS's key federal election asks here.


  Sector Headlines   

100 Families WA - Website is Live!

As part of our role in the 100 Families WA Project, we are excited to announce that the website is now live at

Learn more about the research project and the partnership between organisations in Perth to understand entrenched disadvantage. Subscribe for news, notifications and project findings.

100 Families WA is a partnership between WACOSS, RUAH, Centrecare, MercyCare, UnitingCare West, The Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, Anglicare WA, Social Policy Practice and Research Consortium UWA, Jacaranda Community Centre and Wanslea Early Learning and Development.

National Reconciliation Week Breakfast & Walk for Reconciliation

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. Book now.

A Walk for Reconciliation will also be held that afternoon, meeting at 12pm at the Wardang Gardens, for a 12:20pm start. You can view the walking route map and register here. A promotional toolkit is also available if your organisation wishes to promote the walk.

2019-20 All West Australians Reducing Emergencies (AWARE) grants program is now open

This year, the program is requesting applications for projects that will enhance WA’s Emergency Management arrangements by investing in capacity building and preparedness activities at a local and/or district level.
For a list of full eligibility requirements, access to the Guidelines for Applicants and the Application form, please refer to the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) website.

Applications close 4 pm Thursday 16 May 2019 and you will be notified of the outcome in June 2019.  

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Grants Manager via email or call 9395 9512. 

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.

Leadership Development for the Pilbara Community Sector

Leadership WA is a for-purpose organisation with the mission of transforming our participants into courageous leaders and helping create an environment in which they can thrive and contribute positive social impact. WACOSS is excited to partner with Leadership WA to support two, one-day workshops for the Pilbara Community Sector in June 2019.

Over the course of the program participants will explore:
•    Leadership styles 
•    Emotional intelligence
•    Communication skills & styles
•    Management vs. leadership
•    Team building skills
•    Maximising your impact

Nominate participants now via our expression of interest survey, successful applicants will be notified in early May.  Find out more about the capacity building opportunity here

Dream it Forward funding launch

ConnectGroups are launching the next funding round for their Dream it Forward small grants program targeting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families, and communities in Western Australia. Further information can be accessed here.

Pilbara Early Childhood Education & Care Conference - Karratha

The 2019 Pilbara Early Childhood Education and Care Conference will be held on Saturday 18 May, and aims to enhance the professional practice of school and community based educators in the region. Building on the success of the 2017 forum led by Baynton West Primary School the one-day conference in 2019 will highlight the early years and provide a day of professional development to attendees. WACOSS and our Connecting Early Years Networks project are pleased to be collaborating with Baynton West Primary School to deliver this opportunity. View Conference Program here. Discounted rates for accommodation at the Karratha International are available for registered attendees.

WACOSS Pilbara 2019 Not-For-Profit Capacity Building Schedule

For an overview of the WACOSS-supported capacity building training events for the Pilbara Community Sector, please see the training schedule linked below. For the latest event information and registration availability, please visit the WACOSS website or follow the Pilbara Bulletin fortnightly updates. 

Outcomes Measurement webinar now live

The Outcomes Measurement webinar held recently was a success, with more than 30 attendees keen to learn about program logic model, what is a theory of change, and what are methodologies to measure our outcomes. The webinar was recorded and is now available on YouTube. Don't miss our next free webinar: Introduction to Social Enterprise. See more details in the article below.

Free Webinar: Introduction to Social Enterprise

This webinar is designed to provide information about social enterprise development for the food relief sector, as well as an introduction to impact investment. It will cover: the spectrum of entities and structures from traditional business; social enterprise and not for profit; social enterprise impact models; an introduction to some concepts of social enterprise design and development; and case studies of where this has been done in other jurisdictions in the food relief sector. Don't miss this free webinar, 2:00-4:00pm, Tuesday 7 May. 

Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation

The Ministerial Expert Panel’s consultation on Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation has been underway for nearly one month. There are still a number of public forums to come, and registration is required for all sessions - please register via the website. You can also submit your feedback via the website above, via email or by writing to the Ministerial Expert Panel at: Ministerial Expert Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying PO Box 8172 Perth Business Centre Perth WA 6847.                                                                        Additional face to face and weblink sessions are being planned to accommodate demand for these and details will be advised shortly. If you have any queries about the consultation please contact the Ministerial Expert Panel via email or 9222 6859.
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  Sector Training and Events

29 APR | Lived Experience Forum: Mental Health Services Clinical Governance Review
Various - Perth  - Free
1 MAY | Pilbara Advocacy 
WACOSS - Hedland  - Free
6 MAY | Addressing Trauma in the Workplace 
WACOSS - South Hedland  - 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 - Members Free, Non-Members $30
14 MAY | Gender Based Violence in the CaLD Community
Women's Council - West Perth - Free - RSVP by 10 May to 
17 MAY | Collaboration for Sustainability
WACOSS - Mandurah - Free
17 MAY | Co-Design for Community Organisations
WACOSS - Mandurah - Free
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

Chief Executive Officer
Edmund Rice Centre WA - Friday 26 April 2019 
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