19 June 2019
WACOSS Sector eNews

ACOSS Campaign to split the 2019 'Tax Cuts' Bill 

Image of many Australian bank notes lying in a dishevelled pile on a table.

In the coming weeks, the Federal Government will be introducing legislation to provide tax cuts for middle and higher income earners. The proposed cuts are forecast to cost the nation billions over the next 10 years.

With Australia already the seventh lowest taxed country in the OECD, there are significant concerns that these cuts will impact the Government’s capacity to fund the essential services we rely upon. At the same time, Australia is facing an increasingly negative economic outlook.

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is strongly opposed to the full tax cut package that is being proposed. It is calling for the Tax Cut Package legislation to be split, so that each Stage can be considered separately.

Cassandra Goldie, CEO, ACOSS said in an opinion piece in the Guardian Australia, "Income tax cuts are not the only lever for lifting household incomes. Indeed the bottom 40% of households will get little benefit from tax cuts as their incomes are already too low...the first obvious step is the long overdue increase in the Newstart allowance."

So how can we take action?

  1. Contact your local parliamentarian to encourage them to back the splitting of the Bill, lifting Newstart, support social housing investment, and support incentives for energy providers and households.
  2. Lobby the major parties and raise your concerns with them.
  3. Contact the cross-bench parties, including Centre Alliance, and Senator Jacqui Lambie.
And don't forget to write to your local media and jump on social media to make a case for splitting the tax bill and investing in services. 
Read more and get involved


  Sector Headlines   

Queen's Birthday honours to Western Australians making a difference

Among many of those who received Queens Birthday honours last week, three West Australians who are making a notable difference were acknowledged. Dr Noel Nannup received the Medal of the Order of Australia, for service to the Indigenous community of WA; Reverend Sealin Garlett has been awarded the Member of the Order of Australia, for his contribution to the Uniting Church in Australia; and Peter Kenyon received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to community development initiatives. WACOSS congratulates Noel, Sealin, and Peter, and thanks them for their ongoing contribution to the Western Australian community and the wider community service sector.

Research shows enormity of intergenerational trauma on children living in households with members of the Stolen Generations

'Children living in households with members of the Stolen Generations' research report provides genuine evidence showing that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in households with members or descendants of the Stolen Generations experience greater levels of social and economic disadvantage. The report demonstrates the transfer of intergenerational poverty and trauma, and the continued impact of the trauma experienced as a result of the Stolen Generations. 

Raise the Rate - a week of action 15-19 July 2019

With 900,000 people struggling to get by on an allowance of less than $40 per day, the Raise the Rate campaign is not going away, and is preparing for a week of action, starting Monday 15 July. Put aside some time during the week to meet, write, or speak with your MP or Senator, hold an event, share information and resources, and create awareness so that we can make change happen. All the tools are available on the website - share your stories, download resources, have a look at the lobbying guide, and find your politician's details here.

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!

NAIDOC Week 7-14 July 2019

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. This year's theme is Voice, Treaty, Truth. Attend one of the many events planned across the state, or register to hold your own event to celebrate NAIDOC week in 2019.

Funding restraints result in a change in St Pat's opening hours

Due to the constrained funding environment, St Pat's has had to make the difficult decision to change opening hours of the Community Support Centre. From 1 July 2019, the new hours for the support centre will be 7:30am-2:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 7:30am-9:30am Friday (breakfast, showers and bathroom facilities available, but no emergency relief appointments will be available).
The Fremantle Family Crisis Accommodation and Referral Service, a 12-week accommodation and support program for up to two families, will cease operation. Other caseworkers and outreach teams will continue to operate as normal, Monday-Friday, for individual support services.
For more information phone St Pat's on 08 9430 4159

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

Tickets are now on sale for this year's Social Impact Festival feature event, the Social Impact Summit. Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Towards 2029 and Beyond: Voice, Treaty, Truth Summit has been designed and will be led by Aboriginal leaders Dr Noel Nannup, Dr Richard Walley, Prof Colleen Hayward and Carol Innes in the spirit of 'Voice, Treaty, Truth'. The year 2029 will mark 200 years of colonisation in Perth, and so the summit will explore through keynote lectures, workshops, panel presentations, and yarning circles, positive change already underway in a number of social areas, and co-discover the most important steps for moving towards 2029 and beyond. At the end of the event, you will have co-created a 10-year plan with actions and outcomes for how we will walk together. Tickets sold out last year, so don't miss out, register now for the summit on 17-18 July. For anyone passionate about social change and community, the Social Impact Festival is not to be missed!

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, on 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.

FaCS Regional Training for service providers

FaCS recently launched its first 'Tendering for Community Services' training session and will expand the training to the regions starting in June. It is to help improve service providers 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).

Ngala Midwest Early Childhood Summit - 2-4 August

Join the Midwest Early Childhood Summit connecting educators, teachers, professionals and families in the Midwest in early August. Delve into critical reflection, hands on learning and connecting families and services during this weekend of professional development. Travel and accommodation subsidies are available, as well as registration subsidies.

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 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.

WA Mental Health Conference is now accepting abstracts

Be part of the official program of the WA Mental Health Conference in November 2019, by submitting your abstract for consideration. The conference theme Strengthening our Community reflects on a vision of working together for the greater good of the whole community, supporting holistic mental health and recovery. Abstracts can be submitted around one of the four conference streams - balancing the system; service integration; live, learn, work, play; and recovery and wellbeing. Abstract submissions are open until Wednesday 10 July.

Women's Community Health Network response to safe access zones

The Women’s Community Health Network submitted a response to the introduction of safe access zones in Western Australia to inform the development of the proposed legislative reform.

Consumer Protection launches Chinese language video on FDV laws

Consumer Protection WA has launched a video in Chinese language explaining the recent changes to WA tenancy laws related to family and domestic violence. The video is relevant for tenants, landlords, property managers and real estate agents, and community workers.

Corporate Volunteering Workshop - Volunteering WA

Did you know that one of Volunteering WA’s member benefits is having access to corporate volunteers at no charge? Join VWA’s Corporate Team for a ‘Step into Corporate Volunteering’ session on Tuesday 25 June. Participants will be introduced to the services available through corporate volunteers to VWA members and work through real examples, to help you get the most from this fantastic member benefit.

Elder Abuse research identifies prevalence, risk, and prevention

A multifaceted and often hidden form of abuse, elder abuse, has been explored by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in a recent research paper. Although in Australia it is difficult to determine the prevalence of elder abuse, it is estimated that between 2 and 14 per cent of older people experience it every year. Emerging evidence suggests social isolation and poor quality relationships are among the main risk factors associated with elder abuse, and social support and healthy relationships are key protective factors for people at risk. Read more in the latest research about the risk factors, prevention and intervention strategies.

Free 8 week workshops for people who have experienced PTSD/Trauma

A few places are available for the Angelhands BRAVE - Better Recovery Active Visionary Emergence - 8-week workshop. If you know someone or have a client who may benefit from learning the skills, tools, and strategies to work through trauma and PTSD, and who reside in the City of Bayswater or City of Swan, contact Jacqueline Glaser of Angelhands via or phone 9272 2242. The workshops will run for 8 weeks starting 10am-12noon, Wednesday 24 July.

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.

  Sector Training and Events

20 JUN | Pop Up Foodbank - Woodlake Village Community Hall
Foodbank - Ellenbrook - Free
25 JUN | Corporate Volunteering Workshop
Volunteering WA - West Leederville - Free
26 JUN | Collaboration for Sustainability - Broome
WACOSS - Broome - Free
26 JUN | Co-Design for Community Organisations – Broome
WACOSS - Broome - Free
27 JUN | Foundations in Governance - Broome
WACOSS - Broome - Free
27 JUN | Introduction to Outcomes Measurement – Broome
WACOSS - Broome - Free
27 JUN | State Budget Submission Forum - Geraldton
WACOSS - Geraldton - Free
27 JUN | Charities: Their Nature and Purpose
The University of Western Australia & WACOSS - Crawley - Free
1 JUL | State Budget Submission Forum - Midland
WACOSS - Midland - Free
15-20 JUL | Social Impact Festival
Centre for Social Impact - Perth - Various
16 JUL | Bridges out of Poverty
City of Mandurah - Mandurah - $66
17-18 JUL | Social Impact Summit
Centre for Social Impact, Social Impact Festival 2019 - Perth - $120 - $3,400
18 JUL | State Budget Submission Forum - Bunbury
WACOSS - Bunbury - Free
19 JUL | Introduction to Peer Work - Karratha
WACOSS and Consumers of Mental Health (CoMHWA) - Karratha - $24 / $30
20 JUL | Foundations of Peer Work - Karratha
WACOSS and Consumers of Mental Health (CoMHWA) - Karratha - Free
22 JUL | Gender and the Future Workforce
Australian Academy of the Humanities - Perth - Free
23 JUL | State Budget Submission Forum - Mandurah
WACOSS - Mandurah - Free
25 JUL | Leadership and Management Training - Broome
WACOSS - Broome - Free
2 AUG | State Budget Submission Forum - Perth Metro
WACOSS - Perth - Free
2-4 AUG | Ngala Midwest Early Childhood Summit Conference
Ngala - Geraldton - $40-$250
15-16 AUG | Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drug Workers Forum
WANADA - Perth - $0 - $300

  Job Opportunities

Sector Development Officer (Community Resource Centres)
Linkwest - Thursday 20 June 2019
Martu Leadership Program Practitioners - Newman
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa - Sunday 23 June 2019
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