Wednesday 17 June 2020

Dear *|FNAME|*,

During COVID-19, we have strived to provide the sector and community with relevant and timely information and resources as they emerged. Our efforts are now pivoting to the recovery stage of COVID-19, and while we will continue to update the Community Services COVID-19 Resources page on our website, the content of our newsletters will be broader, returning to our more traditional fomat. WACOSS members can share news and events for free via the online submission form, and non-members for a nominal fee, to reach more than 4,500 subscribers.

Last Friday we sent an email letting you know that the WACOSS Conference has been postponed to early 2021. The community services sector has played such an important role in supporting families, children and communities during COVID-19, and by February 2021 we will all be in a better position to reflect on the crisis, evaluate our new circumstances, and have the most useful conversations about how we best build our new ways forward together.

Finally, our focus over the coming months will be in working closely with the community service sector and State Government. We have been attending ministerial round table discussions, and will be preparing proposals and recommendations for the state's recovery. We have, and will continue to advocate for the integral role the care economy must play in the state recovery process, from both a social and economic perspective, and to make sure that no West Australian is left behind in our economic and social recovery.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Giolitto
Chief Executive Officer

COVID-19 Update #30

The Lotterywest COVID-19 Fund has provided more than $6 million in funding to over 70 community groups, as part of the targeted Relief Fund. A list of all of the grants provided is available on the Lotterywest website. The Crisis and Emergency Relief Grants are open and currently accepting applications.

As part of the COVID-19 Taskforce efforts, the Department of Communities coordinated a short video to send messages of support to people experiencing domestic and family violence. The video was created with members from the Deaf Community, the Women's Council, Starick Refuge, Zonta House, and Stopping Family Violence. The video sends a strong message to victims of domestic and family violence during and after the social distancing and isolation resulting from COVID-19, that family violence is not ok; everyone has the right to feel safe; support is available; and that you can reach out to find the support you need.

Support is available:

Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline: provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence (including referrals to women’s refuges).
Phone: (08) 9223 1188 or free call 1800 007 339.

Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline: provides counselling and referrals for male perpetrators, as well as male victims of family and domestic violence.
Phone: (08) 9223 1199 or free call 1800 000 599.

Crisis Care Helpline: information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help.
Phone: (08) 9223 1111 or free call 1800 199 008.

Information about support services is also available on the Department of Communities website.

WA Parliament voted to end imprisonment for unpaid fines

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.

This report is an important first initiative toward building a systems response to the intersecting issues of domestic and family violence, alcohol and other drug use, and mental health.
In the second part of their Poverty in Australia 2020 report, ACOSS goes into detail about the people impacted most by poverty in Australia.

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

23 JUN | Webinar: Drafting a great MOU
Justice Connect - Online - $30-$50

23 JUN | Webinar: Mild Cognitive Impairment and Falls Prevention in Older Adults
Injury Matters - Online - $ Free

25 JUN | Webinar: economic recovery, community services & COVID-19
Shelter WA - Online - $34-$45

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

Taking the Temperature: Briefing paper from ACOSS

ACOSS has gathered the latest data and frontline feedback about the economic, social and environmental impacts of COVID-19 on people on lower incomes or facing higher risks. It seeks to track and monitor what we know about the impacts of Government and other actions designed to support people in the community.

Centre for Social Impact webinar series available

Impact 2020 - a six week online summit - have made available recordings of webinars from the event. Watch the webinars across topics including social impact, social innovation, and social enterprise on their YouTube channel.

Crisis and Emergency Relief Grants - Lotterywest COVID-19 Fund

Applications are open for Crisis and Emergency Relief Grants via the Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund. NFP organisations and local government authorities can apply to support people experiencing hardship that are at risk of becoming entrenched in disadvantage due to the COVID-19 crisis; to support people newly experiencing hardship; and to support people most at risk of serious infection.

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.

WA parliament passes bill to end controversial imprisonment of people for unpaid fines

SBS News, Wednesday 17 June 2020

The Western Australian parliament has passed a bill designed to end the controversial imprisonment of people for unpaid fines. The upper house late on Tuesday passed the Labor government bill, which advocates say will address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system. Continue reading article.

Was there slavery in Australia? Yes. It shouldn’t even be up for debate

The Conversation, Friday 12 June 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison asserted in a radio interview that “there was no slavery in Australia”. This is a common misunderstanding which often obscures our nation’s history of exploitation of First Nations people and Pacific Islanders. Continue reading article.

On-Country Care to provide thousands of meals to COVID-19 affected

The West Australian, Wednesday 11 June 2020

A new social enterprise has been launched by the Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation Foundation to provide thousands of meals to Mid West and Gascoyne residents struggling with food insecurity due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-Country Care aims to provide 26,000 free hot meals, healthcare and other help to people in need over the next six months. Continue reading the article.

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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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