Thursday 11 June 2020

COVID-19 Update #29

The first State Recovery Advisory Workshop will be held today, bringing together experts across the NFP, business, and Government landscape to partner on recovery efforts for the State. WACOSS is part of the group, joining other sector peaks including Shelter WA, Women's Council and YACWA. Download and read the Recovery Plan including the vision, goals and objectives for the advisory group, as well as the Impact Statement snapshot of the COVID-19 pandemic on WA. 

In an email last week, the Department of Communities Community Sector Partnership Team have provided an update on the progression on work related to COVID-19. Read the full email for:

In addition, Communities Seniors COVID-19 Taskforce has a dedicated webpage.

Child Australia has called on the Federal Government to consider amendments to the childcare accessibility, to help support families in genuine need, as the hardship continues to be felt in the wake of COVID-19. The changes to the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package will end on 12 July 2020. There are transition measures in place, however Child Australia has said that the "temporary measures until October 2020 are not sufficient."

WA Mental Health Awards recognise achievements of sector

The awards are to recognise and reward the achievements of those who demonstrate excellence, innovation, and initiative in supporting carers and consumers of mental health, or their local community and workplaces. Nominations are open across eight categories.

On-Country Care to provide 26,000 free hot meals

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions across the Gascoyne and Midwest regions, the Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Limited has collaborated to implement an Emergency Relief Strategy: On-Country Care. The program aims to meet the needs of food insecurity and healthcare, and provide people access to other essential services. The program wouldn't have been possible without community partnerships, relationships with food providers Secondbite and Foodbank, and the support of Lotterywest.

Hesta Excellence Award nominations open

HESTA have announced their new awards to celebrate disability, allied health, aged care, and community sector professionals. Nominations are open for the HESTA Excellence Awards, to shine a spotlight on the work of extraordinary individuals, and the work undertaken across these sectors. Nominate now. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Monday 15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, providing a reminder for us to check in with our vulnerable family members, friends or neighbours to help prevent elder abuse and protect the rights of older Australians. The Peel Senior Relationship Service offers older people and their families living in the Peel region free support to find solutions to conflict, dispute and elder abuse related issues.

Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre has partnered with Unisuper to release new research exploring the appropriateness of the Superannuation System for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Hardships and vulnerabilities extend beyond COVID-19. This research shows that children living in employment stressed households has doubled in the last quarter across the country.

12 JUN | WAAMH & Mental Health Week WA Present Di Wilcox
WAAMH - Online - $ Free

12 JUN | Launch of the Review outcomes measurement platform
Social Ventures Australia - Online - $ Free

25 JUN | Economic recovery, community services & COVID-19 webinar
Shelter WA - Online - $34-$45

Project Officer - Social Justice
Social Reinvestment WA - applications closing Monday 15 June 2020

Coordinator Financial Capability
Communicare - applications closing Friday 19 June 2020

Development Coordinator - Alcohol or Other Drug Consumer and Community Coalition
Health Consumers' Council WA - applications closing Monday 22 June 2020

Executive Officer
Financial Counsellors' Association of WA - applications closing Monday 22 June 2020

Senior Policy Officer
ConnectGroups - applications closing Friday 26 June 2020

Changes in online gambling during COVID-19 pandemic

The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a statistical bulletin about online gambling behaviour in April 2020, compared with March 2020. The prevalence of gambling declined by 24 per cent in March, and to 20 per cent in April. While the prevalence of online gambling declined, the amount spent increased. 

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ACOSS publishes the Community Hub, a fortnightly publication that includes crucial work from the community sector across Australia, as well as resources and events. Subscribe to the newsletter.

Department of Education Community Services Request Tender

The Department of Education has announced that the Community Services Request (ED200029) for the provision and coordination of programs and services at and through the Child and Parent Centre-Arbor Grove, is now advertised on TendersWA. The Department is seeking the services of an NGO to operate the new centre, located on Arbor Grove Primary School, Ellenbrook. Interested organisations are invited to participate in a non-mandatory WebEx briefing, on 12 June.

Mental Health Week grants available 

Grants of up to $1,000 are available for organisations to hold community events and activities which supports the goals of Mental Health Week (10-17 October 2020). Apply for funding and read the criteria here.

Pat Dodson criticises failure to reduce Aboriginal deaths in custody

The Guardian Australia, Thursday 11 June 2020

Labor senator Pat Dodson, who worked on the 1991 royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, has criticised 30 years of government failure to “relieve this awful blight on this nation’s history”.

BHP to destroy at least 40 Aboriginal sites, up to 15,000 years old

The Guardian Australia, Thursday 11 June 2020

Mining giant BHP Billiton is poised to destroy at least 40 – and possibly as many as 86 – significant Aboriginal sites in the central Pilbara to expand its $4.5bn South Flank iron ore mining operation, even though its own reports show it is aware that the traditional owners are deeply opposed to the move.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Ngala kaaditj Noongar Wadjuk moort keyen kaadak nidja boodja.

In the spirit of deepening relationship, we acknowledge Wadjuk Noongar people as the original custodians of the land on which our metro office sits. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Western Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders both past and present.

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