4 July 2019
WACOSS Sector eNews

Scholarship opportunity for WACOSS members

Two women leaders - faces out of frame - in business outfits standing at a table gesturing and pointing to a document.

WACOSS members have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to 'Entry to the C-Suite' program.

The C-Suite® is a Sponsorship and Career Readiness program for women, conducted by Tower Human Capital. The program was launched in collaboration with CEOs for Gender Equity (CGE) in September 2017. As a member of CGE, WACOSS is pleased to offer members the opportunity to nominate to receive a full scholarship, (valued at $15,000) for participation in the fifth cohort, due to commence on Thursday 5 September this year.

The goal is to build the pool of females in the C-Suites of our organisations and achieve real outcomes that make a positive contribution to gender equity. The participation of sponsors aims to build sponsorship skills in senior leaders and support knowledge sharing.

Read more about Tower Group C-Suite program here.

Nominate here


  Sector Headlines   

SalaryOne review of impacts of the ERO on 24/7 NHHA funded services

Earlier this week we sent a communication about the 24/7 NHHA Services ERO Report.
We strongly encourage service providers to contact WACOSS, CEWA, or Shelter WA and let us know if you are cutting or reducing services to people within your communities. Together, we need to collect the evidence that the lack of funding for the ERO is hitting hard in communities and essential services are being lost.

Hardship Utility Grant Scheme changes 1 July 2019

Key changes to strengthen the Hardship Utility Grant Scheme (HUGS), and ensure it continues to benefit West Australians most in need of support to access essential energy and water services, came into effect 1 July 2019. HUGS is administered by the Department of Communities through a partnership with utility providers and the HUGS Service Centre. The key changes include
  • An expansion of third party assessment for HUGS applicants linking them with services to address circumstances that lead to hardship,
  • An additional grant incentivising shared responsibility for both customers and utility providers, with up to $50 available for some HUGS applicants where utility providers also waive an equivalent amount of debt,
  • Strengthened focus on the shared responsibility principle while also ensuring that HUGS expenditure is targeted towards customers most in need.
The policy changes will be implemented using a phased approach, commencing with Water Corporation customers from 1 July 2019 with full implementation achieved by the end of August 2019.

AASW Conference November 2019: Challenging Inequality

Now is the time to challenge inequality. This professional development event for people in the health, advocacy and social services sectors will feature high quality speakers, forums for discussion, and presentations on key issues impacting vulnerable members of our community and the current policy and service system environments. Topics include poverty and social disadvantage, climate change and sustainability, human rights, Reconciliation, LGBTIQ rights, mental health, disability, family violence, trauma and abuse, children and youth, aged care, refugees and people seeking asylum, substance misuse and dependence and housing. With more than 600 delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region, this event is an opportunity to exchange information on the latest research, discuss current challenges and trends in service delivery, network and gain peer knowledge from leading experts on complex challenges intrinsic in addressing inequality.

Child Australia professional development calendar

Child Australia have released their professional development calendar for July-December 2019. Browse the forums, webinars, leader development series, and more. For any information contact 1300 66 11 64.

Brown Bag Lunch seminar: Walking the Talk in Indigenous Affairs

Walking the Talk in Indigenous Affairs: examining the reality of Government coordination and community partnerships in the Indigenous Affairs system through an evaluation lens of the WA COAG Trials project, is a free event Friday 26 July, organised by the WA Committee of Australian Evaluation Society. The session will be presented by Dr Dolman, Eastern Arrernte man and Indigenous evaluation consultant.

People with housing/homelessness lived experience sought for advocacy project

The Hear of My Experience (HOME) project is a capacity-building and co-design project that aims to empower people who have experienced homelessness or housing insecurity, to use their voice to help influence change in the housing sector. The project is looking for up to eight passionate people who want to learn how to share their experience and become a speaker as part of the HOME Project.

Jacaranda Family Fun Day to celebrate NAIDOC week

Join Jacaranda Community Centre and celebrate NAIDOC week on Tuesday 9 July, at Redcliffe Park. The celebration will kick off at 11:00am, with a flag raising ceremony, lots of activities, music for young and old, and a sausage sizzle, kangaroo stew and damper lunch. For more information contact Jacaranda via phone on 08 9477 4346, or download the flyer and share with your networks.

Sign up to ask your MP to Raise the Rate during the week of action

Real stories have lasting impact. They have the power to change peoples’ minds, to shift the way someone thinks about an issue. That’s why we’d love people to get involved during the week for action. Meet with your local MP as part of the Week of Action and share with them why you think it’s so important that the rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance is increased.
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, between Monday 15 to Sunday 21 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 and resources are available on the website - share your stories, download resources, have a look at the lobbying guide, and find your politician's details here.

Need to move office? The WACOSS office in West Perth available soon

The news is official, WACOSS will soon move premises, and as a result the organisation's current office in City West Lotteries House will be available for lease. Join other NFPs in a great location, with CAT buses at your doorstep and just a few minutes to City West train station. Enquire with Trish Slee via email or phone 08 9420 7235.
More details about the organisation's new location will be available in future editions of the WACOSS Bulletin.

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 and Contracting Services updates

In the latest Department of Finance FaCS bulletin you will find information about changes to the 2019-20 Indexation Rate for Community Services, and regional workshops for the community sector. Subscribe to the bulletin by email via

FASD Train it Forward Masterclass

NOFASD (National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) Australia will be delivering training in Perth on Monday 12 August. The training is suitable for managers and frontline workers from all service areas and aims to build capacity within organisations through a train the trainer model.

Research: Exploring a locally delivered model of sexual health training

What are the benefits, disadvantages, enablers and barriers of locally delivered sexual health training for youth services in the Pilbara? The Pilbara is isolated from most metropolitan youth services and it is therefore more costly to receive training for those working in this region, it is important that researchers explore how other services and policymakers can provide more accessible and effective professional development to youth workers. UWA want to know how youth workers can be better supported through training and/or professional development to address the needs of young people in the Pilbara. Participation involves a 45-60 minute videoconference interview and survey completion.

Webinar: Impacts of childhood trauma

Do you work or engage with children, young people and their families who may be impacted by diverse traumas? In this webinar, on Tuesday 30 July 2019, Dr Cathy Kezelman AM will discuss the types, prevalence and impacts of childhood trauma and the need for comprehensive implementation of trauma-informed practice, with a particular focus on organisations which engage with vulnerable children or adult survivors. This webinar is designed for professionals who work or engage with children and/or young people, particularly those at a higher risk of abuse, such as from a CALD or indigenous background, or living with a disability, as well as those impacted by diverse traumas. This includes a range of sectors, including but not limited to community services, education, health, retail, not-for-profit, sports and other industries.

Participate in the 2019 Enterprise Care Remuneration Survey

For more than 20 years Enterprise Care has provided the Not-For-Profit Remuneration Survey and Report as a source of salary and benefits data for the NFP sector. The Report ensures that your organisation's salaries and remuneration packages are competitive, and you can benchmark and conduct annual performance and remuneration reviews. CEOs, board members, managers, and staff of NFPs are encouraged to contribute, and all respondents go into the draw to win a prize.
All survey participants will be able to pre-purchase the report for $99, and any WACOSS members can purchase the report for $231, representing a saving of $55.

City of Belmont NAIDOC Flag Raising Morning Tea

The City of Belmont is holding a NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony, a yarn, and a bush tucker morning tea, 10:30am, Monday 8 July, at Faulkner Park, Cloverdale. This year's NAIDOC Community Award winner will be announced during the ceremony.

Save the Date: Anti-Poverty Week 2019

Anti-Poverty Week (APW) brings together a diverse network of individuals and organisations who share a focus to increase awareness of poverty, and develop positive solutions to collectively take action to end it. Anti-Poverty Week is from 13-19 October 2019. The week centres around 17 October, the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty. APW has facilitators in each state and territory, with a national overarching framework, providing a platform for advocacy for more than 17 years - this year, APW will partner with the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) on the campaign to Raise the Rate.

Office furniture available for NFPs

Norton Rose Fulbright - a global law firm with an office in Perth - have some good quality second hand office furniture to donate to NFP organisations. For more information, please get in touch with Gabriel Liew via email

Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2025

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) would like to hear your thoughts and ideas about priority programs, activities, and needs in your community in relation to suicide prevention. This will help inform the Western Australian Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2021-2025 that provides the framework for government, non-government and the community to reduce the incidence of suicide and self-harm across the Western Australian Community. The MHC, the local Suicide Prevention Coordinators, and Tuna Blue engagement team will be visiting metro-wide and 29 regional locations across the state. If you would like to speak to them email

16 Cancers - WA state-wide television-led campaign

There are 16 cancers which can be caused by smoking, all of which will be highlighted in a television campaign between 23 June -17 August, across West Australia, jointly funded by the Cancer Council WA, Healthway, and the Department of Health WA. Smoking can have devastating and debilitating impacts on smokers' lives, and this campaign aims to shed light on some of the lesser-known cancers, emphasising the immediate and long-term consequences of the impact.
If you, or someone you know is trying to Quit, there are resources on the website. Quitline (13 78 48) can offer advice on quitting smoking, make an appointment with a GP or pharmacist, or download MyQuitBuddy app.

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

Tickets are on sale for the Social Impact Summit, a feature event of the Social Impact Festival. 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'. Scholarships are available for those who would like to attend yet are unable to pay the fee - download the Scholarship form for more info.

  Sector Training and Events

5 JUL | Community Grant Program one-on-one session
Office of Multicultural Interests - Belmont - Free - register via email
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
7 AUG | Tendering for Community Services
Department of Finance - Broome - Free
14 AUG | FASD Train it Forward Masterclass
NOFASD - Perth - $139
14 AUG | Tendering for Community Services
Department of Finance - Geraldton - Free
14 AUG | Contextualising female genital cutting/mutilation as a form of gender based violence
Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services - Perth - $35-$55
15-16 AUG | Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drug Workers Forum
WANADA - Perth - $0 - $300
29 AUG | Tendering for Community Services
Department of Finance - Bunbury - Free

  Job Opportunities

Program Support Officer – Social Policy
WACOSS - Monday 15 July 2019
General Manager, Service Strategy
Anglicare WA - Tuesday 23 July 2019
Pilbara Manager
WACOSS - Friday 26 July 2019
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