WACOSS Submission for the Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA)
In a submission to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (Consumer Protection Division), WACOSS has endorsed the Make Renting Fair WA Alliance submission, and urged for the following 10 Key Recommendations to be introduced:
- End unfair evictions.
- Allow reasonable modifications.
- Create minimum standards, including for climate appropriate housing.
- Stabilise rent increases.
- Include boarders and lodgers.
- Allow pets
- Quick, fair and consistent dispute resolution.
- Provide a better deal for public housing tenants.
- Increase access to tenant advocacy and information.
- Greater protections for tenants’ privacy.
Everyone has the right to have access to safe, secure and affordable shelter, which is essential for people to be able to fully engage in our community. The landlord/tenant relationship is an inherently inequitable one, which is compounded by the disempowerment of renters under the current legislation. Read the full submission on the WACOSS website.
WA Industrial Relations Commission State Wage Decision
The Industrial Relations Commission has handed down it's State Wage Decision, increasing the State Minimum Wage and award rates of pay in the State industrial relations system by 1.75%, or to $760 per week. The increase however, will be delayed until after 1 January 2020 - which is disappointing - with the Commission citing the high level of uncertainty resulting from COVID-19. Read the WACOSS State Wage Case Submission.
MercyCare launches Amber Youth Wellness
MercyCare’s new youth mental health outreach service - Amber Youth Wellness - is now up and running, providing free specialist mental health support to young people in Perth’s northern suburbs. The service is aimed at people aged 12-25 years old who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health needs or facing complex life challenges. It is designed to help those looking for support to function better and improve their mental wellness and relationships. This service will complement MercyCare’s existing youth and accommodation services. “We know from the young people we work with that accessing timely mental health support is one of the biggest challenges they face,” MercyCare Manager Youth Services Nikki Peapell said. Amber Youth Wellness is currently working with an initial group and will open for referrals during August.
Make Smoking History 'From Every Quitter' campaign returns
In the advertisement, a diverse group of twelve Western Australians who had stopped smoking or were attempting to quit are asking their family and friends to not smoke around them. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this message is particularly important with people spending more time at home. For more tips visit: makesmokinghistory.tips
Anti-Poverty Week 11-17 October 2020
Anti-Poverty Week is starting early this year with a focus on Raising the Rate For Good ahead of impending decisions on JobSeeker expected on Thursday 23 July. Raise the Rate for Good social media tiles are available in the Promotional Kit - feel free to send the link to your networks to use too. As well as raising the rate for good, we will also focus on affordable housing, partnering with the Everybody’s Home campaign in the run up to the Federal Budget. David Cain, Executive Director from Communicare and Greg Hebble, CEO of Foodbank WA are Co-Chairs on this year's Anti-Poverty Week 2020 WA committee.