8 May 2019
WACOSS Sector eNews


Reform of New Zealand's social security system shows Australia what is possible 


A report released on 3 May by the independent Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) on reform of New Zealand's social security system shows Australia what is possible, and highlights the lack of any meaningful debate about fixing our social safety net in the current Federal election campaign.

The WEAG was established by the NZ Government as part of a deal to secure government brokered between Jacinda Ardern and the NZ Greens.

The report found that the welfare system was "no longer fit for purpose and needs fundamental change. The current social security system was set up in a different time and no longer meets the needs of those it was designed to support." 

The parallels to our circumstances in Australia are very clear.

Key recommendations include:
- Increase main benefits by between 12 percent and 47 percent
- Remove some benefit obligations and sanctions
- Fully index all income support payments and thresholds annually to movements in average wages or prices, whichever is the greater
- Index accommodation supplement rates to movements in housing costs
- Ensure sufficient resourcing for frontline services


View Report


  Sector Headlines   

WA Women's Health Conference - call for abstracts

The Women and Newborn Health Network at the Department of Health in partnership with the Women’s Community Health Network, Western Australia (WA), are hosting a WA Women’s Health Conference on Monday 2 September 2019 at the Perth Convention Centre. They are now calling for professionals, non-government/community organisations, researchers/academics, and interested members of the community who would like to participate in the event to submit an abstract in their area of interest/expertise.

There are 2 types of presentation opportunities available. Please submit one or more abstracts as:

1) Oral presentation – opportunity for oral presentations of no more than 25 minutes in duration, followed by five minutes for questions and discussion

2) Poster presentation – presented at the Conference for viewing during breaks

More details are in the overview linked below. Please share this opportunity with your networks.


Social Investment Grants Program - applications now open

Bendigo Banks applications for their 2019 Social Investment Grants Program are now open. This year $350,000 is available to not-for-profits working to build capacity within their organisations.

Building capacity of not-for-profit organisations can include, but is not limited to, acquisition of staff to deliver the project, training and/or development of new or existing staff to deliver the project and software development to improve existing capability/capacity of the project.

Grants of either $25,000 or $50,000 are available.

Applications can be made online via their website and close at 5pm AEST on Friday 31 May. 

All the information you need to apply, including eligibility, exclusions and frequently asked questions, can be found by clicking here.

The Community Enterprise Foundation are available to provide support. Simply phone 1300 304 541 or email

Resilience: A Path to Men's Health and Mental Fitness

Join ConnectGroups (the Peak body for peer Support Groups in WA) in celebrating Men’s Health Week, a few days early, as Jason Nelson (ex Defence Force and Police, and member of Sirens of Silence Support Group) shares his journey of living with PTSD, his road to recovery, and his passion to inspire others. Jason now uses his lived experience to educate, motivate, and encourage.

This is a free community event and includes a full catered breakfast.
Date: Wednesday 29 May 2019
Time: 7.30am - 9.30am, Catered Breakfast Included
Venue: Bankwest Place, 300 Murray St, Perth WA 6000

Djinda Falcons Community

The Djinda Falcons welcome you to join them at their yarning sessions, every Tuesday from 10am - 1pm at the Heathridge Park Clubrooms. This is an opportunity to have a hot drink and yarn about culture, meet the elders and hear about services and information that can support you and your families.

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 now open

This year, the AWARE grants 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 and nominate yourself or an emerging leader in your organisation.

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.

Friends Advisory Committee - call for nominations 

Friends of the Alliance is calling for nominations for the 2019-2022 Friends Advisory Committee.

The term of the current Committee expires on 30 June 2019 and the new Committee will commence on 1 July 2019.  Nominations will be accepted until 21 May 2019.

For more information on the nomination and election process visit -

New Friends joining before 21 May 2019 will be eligible to nominate and vote.

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. 

Easy Grants of up to $10,000 now available for Self Help and Support Groups

Are you involved with a Peer Support Group? Get resourced in the new financial year with a Give it Forward easy grant from ConnectGroups.

ConnectGroups is the WA Peak Body for peer support in Western Australia. Membership is free for eligible Western Australian Self Help and Support Groups and can be applied for online via the website. The member based Give it Forward easy grants program is now open, and applications are invited from grassroots Peer Support Groups who are ConnectGroups members.

You can apply for up to $10,000 for equipment, training, activities and project that support capacity building and sustainability for your organisation. ConnectGroups can assist you to develop up your application or meet with you to discuss your needs. For all enquiries about the Give it Forward grants program, contact

Applications close 28 June 2019. 

Supporting adults who can behave in challenging ways

DDWA is very pleased to release this new guide which helps us to understand the needs of people who can behave in challenging ways.

Providing a thorough overview of why challenging behaviours occur and how we can support people who experience the need to engage in challenging behaviour, this guide can help parents and carers to recognise their strengths to help achieve better outcomes for adults with disability.

How the Federal Election Results will dramatically impact WA property

On Friday 31 May Telethon Speech & Hearing are hosting a presentation on the "Impact of the Federal Election on the WA property market".

With Labor currently leading the polls, changes to negative gearing and capital gains look likely. Facilitated by Dan Wilkie, Business News Associate Editor and Propery Journalist, a panel of leading, independent experts will discuss the impacts of these potential changes on property interests and investments.

A discount on tickets is being made available to WACOSS associates; please quote discount code psvip2019 when booking your tickets.
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  Sector Training and Events

14 MAY | Gender Based Violence in the CaLD Community
Women's Council - West Perth - Free - RSVP by 10 May to 
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

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