5 June 2019
WACOSS Sector eNews

Stories from the Inside 
Social Reinvestment WA launches new campaign 

Woman sitting on the beach with her daughter, her face in warm sunshine, looking calm and at peace.
Click on the image above to watch Renna's Story.
Four videos, a podcast series, and a collection of stories called Stories from the Inside have been developed over the past six months to tell the real human experiences of people who have been in WA’s justice system. These lived experiences demonstrate that our approach to justice and incarceration in Western Australia is flawed, and often ends up punishing the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community. It is also a system that has great economic and social cost.
Social Reinvestment WA is a coalition of not-for-profits, advocating for a smarter approach to justice in WA one which prioritises evidence-based policy and community-led design to build healthy families and safe communities for all people. WACOSS is proud to be one of the 22 members of this coalition.
Human stories are the most powerful agents of change and together we can challenge a 'tough on crime' narrative to instead focus on resolving the underlying causes of offending.

You can support this campaign by following and sharing Stories from the Inside on social media. A video story will be released each week for the next three weeks.  
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Subscribe to the Podcast, available on Spotify, iTunes, acast and Pocketcasts.
Take action now: Sign the petition
Read more and support the campaign


  Sector Headlines   

Take part in the largest survey of young people in Australia

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia's largest annual survey of young people in Australia and is open to young people between the ages of 15 and 19. It takes 15 minutes to complete and will help inform advocacy for policies and programs that support young people. The survey is open until Wednesday 31 July - if you're not eligible, please pass it on to a young person you know!

New Perth Community Choir Supports Social Inclusivity

A new community choir has been launched in Perth City with the aim of bringing people together and promoting social inclusivity through a shared passion. With One Voice (WOV) is a program run by Creativity Australia to build a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation. All people are welcome regardless of age, race, religion, disability or disadvantage. The WOV choir helps bridge the gap between people experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing. The Perth choir, one of 25 other One Voice choirs that have been established across Australia, is led by a professional conductor and meets weekly at the Old Boys School on St George’s Terrace. Rehearsal is followed by a supper where choir members can socialise and build meaningful connections with one another. Each week, choir members also participate in a Wish List networking opportunity which encourages choir members to fulfil the requests of those needing assistance in different areas of life. That support may help a member attain a new skillset, draft a resume, play an instrument or attain employment. 

Walking Together Towards 2029 & Beyond: Voice, Treaty, Truth Summit

This year's key event of the Social Impact Festival is a two-day event designed and led by Aboriginal leaders Dr Noel Nannup, Dr Richard Walley OAM, Prof Colleen Hayward AM and Carol Innes, in the spirit of 'Voice, Treaty, Truth’. The year 2029 will mark 200 years of colonisation in Perth; we are 10 years away from that point. The summit on 17-18 July will explore positive change already under way in a number of social areas, and co-discover the most important steps for moving forward together towards 2029 and beyond.

WA Aboriginal Alcohol and other Drug Workers Forum

WANADA will be hosting the 2019 WA Aboriginal Alcohol and other Drug Workers Forum, Working Together, Creating Change, 15-16 August 2019. The Forum aims to strengthen and develop culturally secure approaches to addressing alcohol and other drug issues. It allows workers in the alcohol and other drug service sector and community members to network, learn from, and empower each other and their communities, and to share and celebrate success stories from across the State. This two-day event is in collaboration with the 2019 Local Drug Action Groups State Conference. Abstracts for the Forum are open until 5pm Friday 21 June 2019.

Nominations open for Western Australia Mental Health Awards

The annual Mental Health Awards are now accepting nominations for individuals, organisations, groups, and corporates who have made an outstanding contribution to mental health in WA in 2018. Nominations can be made across eight categories, for individual and organisations, and can be for inspiring, making an impact, mentally healthy workplaces, promotion and prevention, and innovation and change, among others. Nominations open until Friday 5 July.

Nominate for the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability

The Minister for Disability Services invites interested people to nominate for membership of the advisory council. The council provides independent advice to the Minister on a range of issues affecting West Australians with disability, their families and carers. The Council comprises people with disability, family members, carers, advocates, service providers and others with knowledge and expertise of disability. Council members are appointed by WA Cabinet. Nominations are open until 5pm Friday 7 June.

FaCS Regional Training for service providers

FaCS recently launched its first 'Tendering for Community Services' training session and is will expand the training to the regions starting in June. It is for service providers to help improve understanding of the DCSP Policy, the community services procurement process, and submitting an offer. Sessions are available in Karratha (June), Kununurra (July), Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton, Port Hedland (August), and Kalgoorlie (September).

2019 Forum on Housing-Impact Investment in WA

The inaugural Housing-Impact Investment Forum will showcase a range of industry-leading speakers, panel discussions, and informative sessions on a range of topics. With unprecedented change and challenges in the housing sector and a shortage of 600,000 affordable and social homes forecast by 2030, learn from local and national thought-leaders and domain experts about inspirational new ways of investing in housing. General admission tickets are available, members of Shelter WA, CHIA WA, and ACSA receive a discount.

New Quad Bike Safety 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 quad bike related injuries. Download the toolkit to access a range of activities that you can do to increase local community member’s awareness of how to reduce the risk of quad bike related injuries, such as posting on social media, displaying posters in public locations and sending a media release to your local newspaper.

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive Scheme details

The Department for Training and Workforce Development have launched the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive Scheme. This Employer Incentive Scheme provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee and who have lodged the training contract for registration on or after 1 July 2019. The aim of the incentive is to increase apprenticeship and traineeship commencements by providing employers with assistance to meet the costs of employing an apprentice or trainee. The incentive is subject to the passing of Payroll Tax legislation through State Parliament.

Leadership event to foster innovation and effective change

The City of Joondalup's Communities in-focus program is a capacity building program which supports community based groups and organisations. The program's upcoming event 'Sparking Change: Community Leadership', 5-8pm, Thursday 13 June at the Joondalup Reception Centre, will include a networking sundowner followed by a presentation by Helen Cattalini OM on her pioneering leadership journey and interactive session with Gareth Durrant, Social Innovation Consultant.

Making diversity and inclusion the new normal in emergency services

With changes in climate and increasing exposure to a range of emergencies and natural disasters, community organisations are being required to pay more attention to their role, particularly with clients most at risk. News circulated by our colleagues at VCOSS provides valuable insights into what will contribute to better outcomes for our clients and communities. Find out more about making diversity and inclusion the new normal in emergency services.

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

11 JUN | WA Forum on Impact Investment in Community Housing
Impact Seed - Perth - $45 - $65
13 JUN | Communities in-focus - Sparking Change: Community Leadership
City of Joondalup - Joondalup - Free
27 JUN | Charities: Their Nature and Purpose
The University of Western Australia & WACOSS - Crawley - Free
15-20 JUL | Social Impact Festival
Centre for Social Impact - Perth - Various
17-18 JUL | Social Impact Summit
Centre for Social Impact, Social Impact Festival 2019 - Perth - $120 - $3,400
15-16 AUG | Aboriginal Alcohol and other Drug Workers Forum
WANADA - Perth - Free - $300

  Job Opportunities

NDIS Support Coordinator
Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia - Monday 10 June 2019
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