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22 May 2019
WACOSS Sector eNews

 

Updated DCSP Policy: A Message from FaCS

At a recent meeting organised by WACOSS between CEWA, Funding and Contracting Services, and a number of peaks, the Director General of the Department of Finance, Jodi Cant, discussed a range of procurement issues. Key factors discussed included the need for: procurement practice improvement especially around minimum notice periods, the impact of the ERO and how this is managed by Government line agencies, contract management practice, better co-design and engagement processes as well as the need for the establishment of a mechanism to enable senior representatives from both government and the NGO sector to engage directly and jointly address sector-wide issues. There were a number of recommendations and ideas made by Peaks at the meeting. It was agreed that FaCS will continue to engage with peak bodies on the development and refinement of strategies that will deliver the greatest value to the community. Peaks and FaCS will keep the sector posted on this important collaboration as it moves forward, particularly around the effectiveness of compliance with DCSP Policy. This information will continue to be shared by WACOSS. 
 
Read more in the latest FaCS Bulletin

 

  Sector Headlines   

Supplementation for 24/7 NHHA Services: A Message from FaCS

"The State Government, led by Minister McGurk, has taken onboard feedback from peak bodies in regards to sustainability concerns for critical services delivered to the most disadvantaged in the community. To ensure the ongoing delivery of those critical 24/7 social housing services the State Government has agreed to supplementation of up to $1.9 million to support 24/7 services contracted under the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement to address concerns raised by some peak bodies as a result of the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO). In accordance with the DCSP policy, service providers who have demonstrable sustainability concerns are invited to engage with their contract managers in the first instance to discuss how to address and improve the sustainability of services. For additional assistance or to raise any concerns about how your interaction with your contract manager is going please contact FaCS. FaCS is currently finalising a financial template that service providers can use to start the dialogue with contract managers. This template will be made available in coming weeks."

Transition of Early Years Networks to Department of Communities

WACOSS through the Connecting Early Years Network Support Program has successfully worked in partnership with 44 Early Years Networks across the state, to improve outcomes for children in local communities and provided opportunities for place-based early years strategic direction. On 16 May, all Early Years Networks were provided an emailed letter and Q & A document to notify of the transition of support. From 30 June 2019, the role of supporting Early Years Networks will be undertaken by the Department of Communities.

Community Enhancement Grants - City of Perth

The City of Perth is calling for applications for its first round of Community Enhancement Grants for 2019/20, for activities between 1 September 2019 and 1 September 2020.
The Grants program offers up to $15,000 to help facilitate programs or initiatives from community organisations or not-for-profit groups that help to support strong, connected and inclusive communities. Application close 4:00pm, Tuesday 4 June 2019. Find out more and apply through the City's SmartyGrants portal.

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 of WA, are hosting a WA Women's Health Conference on Monday 2 September 2019 at Perth Convention Centre. Abstracts are being sought on a range of topics, including family and domestic violence, sexual violence, gender inequality/inequity/identity/roles, health promotion and prevention, sexuality, sexual objectification and body image, gender and intersectionality, and gender-responsive models of service. Submit your expression of interest by close of business, Monday 31 May 2019.

CCYP calls for renewed approach to reduce childhood vulnerability

The Commissioner for Children and Young People has tabled a report in Parliament, which includes a key recommendation for a statewide Child Wellbeing Strategy. Colin Pettit said that the Vulnerability Speaker Series, held throughout 2018, aimed to "challenge current thinking on what causes vulnerability and how to best address these factors to improve the lives of children and young people." Government and non-government organisations need to assess whether services and policies are reaching children in need.

Social Assistance and Allied Health Initiatives

In response to the recommendations in the Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Strategy the Department of Training and Workforce Development are releasing a number of state based initiatives to support workforce development across these sectors.
The first is the establishment of the Certificate II- Introduction to Aged Care and Certificate II- Introduction to Disability Care which provides potential new entrants to the sector with a pathway towards a Certificate III qualification and the opportunity to gain some understanding and experience in the sector through the combination of on and off the job training prior to doing so. It will also provide potential employers with the opportunity to access students that have been screened for their suitability to work in the sector and have been provided with core skills identified as critical for new entrants.
The second is the Enterprise Training Program which has a focus on skill development for the existing workforce in the Social Assistance and Allied Health Sectors. The training aims to address previously identified priorities across these sectors to support workforce development. The program will provide funding to an individual organisation or a consortium of organisation of up to 80% of the training costs for eligible accredited training. To apply for this training funding you will need to have a “partnership” with a Registered Training Organisation who is currently funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development for delivery of qualifications or skills sets from the Health or Community Services Training Package. For further information on either of these programs and other initiatives currently under development please do not hesitate to contact the Community Services Health and Education Training Council on 08 9445 1511.

2019 Industry Skills forecast - public consultation now open

Guided by the 19 Industry Reference Committees SkilsIQ is in the process of developing draft 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts. They will provide an overview of the sector of focus and current challenges and opportunities it faces along with an analysis of current and projected employment and workforce skills needs, and proposed work plans for 2019-2020 and subsequent years which will be put forward to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration.

Have your say in the Make Renting Fair Campaign

The Make Renting Fair Alliance is a coalition of peak bodies and people who rent in WA. They are working together for better, fairer laws for the 750,000 people who rent in WA. The alliance wants to hear from renters about their experiences, and what would make renting fair.

  Sector Training and Events

28 MAY | Social Research Network Launch
Telethon Kids Institute (Perth Children's Hospital) - Nedlands - Free
30 MAY | Response Based Practice Training
Women's Council for Family and Domestic Violence - West Perth  - From $110
31 MAY | National Reconciliation Week Breakfast
Reconciliation WA - Burswood - From $84
31 MAY | Impact of the Federal Election on WA Property Owners & Investors
Telethon Speech and Hearing - Wembley - From $80 (save $15 by using the code psvip2019)
11 JUN | WA Forum on Impact Investment in Community Housing
Impact Seed - Perth - $45 - $65
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