13 February 2020

Poverty and Inequality Website launched

The Australian Council of Social Service, in partnership with community service organisations and the University of New South Wales, have launched a Poverty and Inequality website.

The partnership will undertake a five year research and impact collaboration to sharpen the national focus on poverty and inequality in Australia. The partnership monitors trends in poverty and inequality over time, explores drivers, and develops solutions to sharpen the focus and stimulate action to tackle these policy challenges.

The website features a range of resources, reports, data trends, and stories from people impacted by poverty and inequality.


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Yorga Djenna Bidi Aboriginal Women's Leadership Program - Applications Open

The Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute is seeking applications for their Yorga Djenna Bidi Aboriginal Women's Program.
Yorga Djenna Bidi, Noongar for 'Women Walking Forward Together', is a five-month leadership program that has been designed by Aboriginal women, for Aboriginal women, based in Aboriginal culture and incorporated into a sophisticated leadership development framework. The Yorga Djenna Bidi leadership program sensitively considers Aboriginal culture, history and community. It acknowledges that Aboriginal women are walking between two worlds, the Aboriginal and Western, each having their own sets of rules and expectations. Yorga Djenna Bidi commenced in 2015 and has more than 100 graduates of Yorga Djenna Bidi who are now part of the Kwopertok Yorga Alumni. The Kwopertok Yorga Alumni has access to ongoing leadership development, networking, cultural connection and social activities for all graduates. Applications are open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women (25-60 years of age) regardless of language group.

WA’s children and young people in profile

The 2020 Profile of Children and Young People in WA report highlights while the number of children and young people in WA continues to grow, the birth rate has slowed. Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit said that WA was home to 598,000 children and young people, representing almost one quarter of the total population.
The report contains data across population demographics, education, housing, disability and poverty, including:
  • WA is home to around 40,000 Aboriginal children and young people.
  • An estimated 54,000 children and young people have a reported disability.
  • 14 per cent of children and young people in WA were born overseas.
  • Just over 5,000 children and young people are in out-of-home care.
  • At June 30, 2019 there were almost 7,000 children and young people on the public housing wait list.

Hesta Report - Why Equity is Vital

The Hesta Report, Vital Signs outlines the challenges in achieving gender and pay equity faced by a predominantly female member base. It provides a snapshot of work, income, education and employment for women in Australia. Vital Signs brings together corporate social responsibility, advocacy, and responsible investment and aligns them with our chosen seven strategic UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It covers our continuing efforts to make a positive impact through advocacy, investment and conduct as an organisation.

Could your organisation benefit from a UWA intern?

Do you have a project that could benefit from the hard work of a University of WA intern? The McCusker Centre for Citizenship partners with more than 250 not-for-profit, community, and government organisations to provide quality 100-hour internships to students. Interested in hosting an intern? Contact the Internship Coordinator via email or phone 08 6488 7553.

Documentary: Wild Butterfly

9 years in the making. Meticulously researched. Wild Butterfly is a dramatised documentary that explores the trauma of childhood sexual violence and its relationship to ongoing mental health issues and drug use. It uncovers the hidden story behind a family’s tragic circumstances and opens our eyes to the impacts of social injustices and prejudices that could befall anyone. 
‘Wild Butterfly is artistically engaging, compelling, and devastating. This film demonstrates the need for us to radically alter our thinking and our responses to people affected by trauma and alcohol and other drug problems' - Professor Steve Allsop Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute

Health & Disability Services Complaints - Resources for Young People

Complaints about health and disability services involving children and young people are often made by their parents, who have the responsibility for their health care in their early years. In recognition that young people transition to a stage in their life when they take responsibility for their own health care and may visit a doctor or other health service provider on their own, the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office has developed youth specific resources for young people.
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Child Wise WA Public Training Calendar now available

Do you work or volunteer with children or young people? The Child Wise Child Safety Public Training Calendar for WA is now available to download. Choose from evidence-based training with real-life examples, delivered by highly qualified and experienced trainers. Save your spot early in any of the scheduled public training sessions, or contact via or 1300 244 539 if you are interested in in-house training for your organisation.
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WA Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector Conference

The annual Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector Conference hosted by Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia will this year focus on the theme - Healthy Country, Healthy Communities. The Conference will highlight how a healthy country has such a major impact on the health and wellbeing of communities all over the world, but especially Aboriginal communities in the metropolitan area, regional, remote, and very remote Western Australia. Register for the event on 25-26 March 2020.
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Members sought for a DFV Lived Experience Group

The Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services is the peak non-government body in Western Australia committed to improving the lives of women and children in society, and ensuring they live free from domestic and family violence. WCDFVS is seeking members to join a Lived Experience reference group who are:
  • At least two years out of an abusive relationship and believe they are safe to speak publicly.
  • Willing to be involved at a level that they feel is appropriate to them and their circumstances at the time.
  • Know they can choose not to be involved and to change their mind if things change for them; expect respect for their contribution.
  • From diverse backgrounds, age groups and who have unique and individual journeys to share.
  • Have the capacity to volunteer their time.
The WCDFVS often receives requests from government departments, media and researchers seeking the input of women with Lived Experience. WCDFVS will operate as the first point of contact for these requests and facilitate and support members of the Lived Experience Group who have the relevant experience and capacity to engage with the request. 
For more information contact Kedy Kristal via 0401 934 479 or

Markets reflect the diversity of the Mirrabooka community

One of Australia’s most multicultural suburbs is celebrating its diversity with a unique, grass roots market showcasing authentic food, arts and crafts and uplifting entertainment from around the world. The Mirrabooka Community Markets represent an opportunity for local residents to learn new skills, establish a small business and create a sense of community. Markets are scheduled for February 13 and March 19 at The Square Mirrabooka. The initiative is led by MercyCare in partnership with The City of Stirling and The Square Mirrabooka, and Federally-funded by a Fostering Integration Grant. Photo: Gasian Tembo GeeTee Imagez Stallholders have been given training on how to market and sell their products; food handling; stall management and sustainability; as well as learning lessons from the organisers of other Perth markets. Stalls will be located in the Sudbury Road carpark of The Square Mirrabooka.


Pay it Forward ConnectGroups' small grants programs

The Pay it Forward Plan (PIF) is a small grants program available to ConnectGroups’ members. It is an early intervention and prevention mental health initiative. The objective of PIF is to empower and encourage peer Support Groups to achieve positive mental health outcomes and further mental health support to their members. Grants of up to $15,000 are available for your project within funding categories of capacity building and sustainability, marketing and promotion, information technology, or customised projects. Read more for inspiration from past grant recipients. Pay it Forward grant applications are open until Thursday 27 February 2020.
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Volunteering WA National Volunteer Grants now open

Volunteering WA, with thanks to ongoing support from Lotterywest, is pleased to offer volunteer-involving organisations around WA the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $1,000 to organise an event which recognises and thanks volunteers during National Volunteer Week, 18 - 24 May 2020. Grant applications are open until Sunday 8 March 2020.

Baptistcare’s focus on care extends to employees

Belmont-based Baptistcare have earned silver recognition from Healthier Workplace WA (HWWA) for their focus on employee health. Baptistcare is one of the state's largest NFP providers of residential care, home care services and retirement living. They employ more than 1,200 skilled and professional employees and engage more than 300 volunteers throughout their 11 residential care facilities, nine retirement villages and 'in-the-home' service deliveries. Baptistcare's Workplace Health and Wellbeing Program is overseen by a Program Coordinator and Wellness Taskforce. Baptistcare CEO Russell Bricknell said: “Prioritising and improving the health and wellbeing of employees is an essential way we demonstrate we are an organisation that cares deeply about people – both the people we serve as well as the people we employ.” 


Working with Children Check Organisation Obligations

The Working with Children (WWC) Check is a compulsory screening strategy for people who engage in certain paid or unpaid work with children, described as ‘child-related work’ under the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 (WWC Act). The Department of Communities administers the WWC Check in Western Australia. If you are an organisation, that has employees, volunteers or students who carry out ‘child-related work’ in WA and/or the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, then you have responsibilities to ensure that they obtain WWC Checks.

As an employer, you must ensure that all your employees, volunteers and students who undertake child-related work, have either applied for, or hold, a current WWC Card and that they renew their Card every three years. You can check validity of a WWC Card is on the WWC Check website.

If an individual has been issued with an Interim Negative Notice or Negative Notice, they are prohibited from engaging in any child-related work. 

Keep information that demonstrates you comply with the WWC Act and be prepared to supply this information to the WWC Screening Unit if asked. 

If you suspect that an employee, volunteer or student has been charged or convicted with an offence which makes it inappropriate for them to carry out child-related work, the WWC Act allows you to contribute to child safety by notifying the WWC Screening Unit, which runs regular free training for employers to learn more about WWC Check responsibilities and child safety.

More information about the WWC Check and upcoming events can be found on the WWC Check website. 

Survey - Our Turn to Speak

Our Turn to Speak survey will stay open until the end of March 2020. Our Turn to Speak is a national survey that seeks to understand the life experiences of people living with severe and complex mental health issues in Australia. This survey is being conducted by SANE Australia’s Anne Deveson Research Centre, in partnership with the University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences, with the support of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

Funding and Development Officer

St Patrick's Community Support Centre - applications close ASAP

13-14 FEB| Future of Work Workshop

Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre - Perth - $58 (dinner) $179 (workshop)

14 FEB| Group Supervision

Anglicare WA - East Perth - $267

19 FEB| Youth Mental Health Masterclass

WA Primary Health Alliance / Deloitte - Perth - $375 + GST

27 FEB| Hopeful Voyager: Navigating your way through the ambiguous losses of mental ill health

AASW - West Perth - $155 - $240

6 MAR| International Women's Day Sparkling High Tea 2020

Women's Council for Family and Domestic Violence Services - Perth - $91

10-11 MAR| Child Safety Champions - Perth

Child Wise - Crawley - $858

11 MAR| Mental Health Screening and Assessment Tools for Everyday Practice

AASW - West Perth - $190-$250

18-20 MAR| National Volunteering Conference

Volunteering Australia - Perth - $1,064

25-26 MAR| WA Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector Conference

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services - Fremantle - $ varies

1 APR | Exploring ‘Grooming’ Interactions in Counselling and Case Work

AASW - West Perth - $190-$250

5-7 MAY | WACOSS Conference - Finding Ground: Building a better way together

Western Australian Council of Social Service - Fremantle - $ varies
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