In a huge campaign victory, the FPINE (2019) Bill passed in WA State Parliament last night, ending the imprisonment of people for unpaid fines in WA. Social Reinvestment WA Co-Chair Glenda Kickett said that “Many people jailed for being unable to pay their fines were living in poverty, with women also adversely impacted. Aboriginal people were significantly overrepresented in this group, leading to tragic outcomes.”
In other SRWA news, Stories from the Inside explores the ways that our justice system fails vulnerable people. Hear from young people with lived experience in WA's youth justice system, which touches on themes of family and domestic violence, racism, drug use, and recidivism. Listen on a range of platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Castbox.
Funding and Contracting Services June 2020 Bulletin
In the latest FaCS Bulletin, the WA Government has announced the 2020-2021 Indexation Rate for community services, at just 1.67% - an increase of .2% from the previous year's rate. This increase will apply from 1 July 2020. Read the complete bulletin for further updates on procurement changes and EOI for PPE.
Consultation open for national Certificate III in Safety Patrol
A new qualification in Community Safety Patrol is in consultation stage, and feedback is sought throughout the process. The qualification has the potential to provide employment pathways, however it's important ensure the qualification match the skill and knowledge requirements of organisations that are likely to employ these staff. Anyone wishing to provide feedback and enable a State response is encouraged to contact the Community Services, Health and Education Training Council.
Australian of the Year Awards - nominations now open
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards. Give recognition to the people in our communities who deserve recognition for the achievements and contributions they have made. Categories include Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year, and Australia's Local Hero.
Mentoring for volunteer-run community groups and NFPs
The City of Joondalup is offering Communities in Focus to support and strengthen community groups and NFP organisations. A range of free programs are on offer from the end of June through to July, to enhance skills of people within clubs, increase and develop the capacity and knowledge of leaders, and to strengthen local networks.
Economic recovery, community services and COVID-19: roles, challenges and opportunities
Shelter WA has brought sector leaders together in an online discussion to explore the economic impacts of COVID-19. The session will review the responsibilities, impacts and opportunities for community organisations, housing providers and homelessness services. We will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on WA’s economy in the short and long term and how housing supply can play a critical role in stimulating our State’s economic and social recovery. The event will be hosted via Zoom, and meeting details will be emailed to attendees prior to the event.
Survey: MARKYT Community Resilience Scorecard
Local governments across Western Australia are collaborating with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Local Government Professionals WA and CATALYSE® to conduct a state-wide study into community resilience. Complete the survey by Friday 3 July 2020.