Wednesday 1 July 2020

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have been working hard to make sure the community services sector is represented to State Government - especially through the Department of Communities Taskforces. We convened meetings of peak bodies in WA, which were upped to weekly at the height of the crisis, to ensure we are working across sector and collaborating and working with stakeholders on cohesive asks. We also increased our communication to the sector in WA, to make sure you were up-to-date with everything we were doing, and could

Crises have a disproportionate impact on people on the lowest incomes, and for people thrown into poverty due to this crisis, or for those in WA already living in poverty, it makes it substantially more difficult to cope, adapt, and recover.

Our recovery out of COVID-19 is imperative, and we shared with you last week State One Recovery documents that outlines some of the recovery recommendations we will be taking to the State Government over coming weeks and months.  But in our immediate future, I want to say thank you. Thank you to all of the organisations, services, staff members, support workers, on-the-ground support who have been working tirelessly and with often very few resources to do so, for the people in our communities doing it incredibly tough.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Giolitto
Chief Executive Officer

COVID-19 Update #33

The Australian Council of Social Service has released the results of a national JobSeeker survey, with 9 out of 10 respondents reporting that the removal of the new JobSeeker rate would have a significant or extreme impact on their ability to cover the cost of essentials.

The Family and Domestic Violence Taskforce has provided a Communique update as of Wednesday 24 June.

The COVID-19 Lotterywest Relief Fund has provided a $50.000 grant to the Lucy Saw Centre, which will support women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.

Strong Spirit Strong Mind has culturally appropriate resources for Aboriginal communities, on topics of social distancing, Coronavirus, and good hygiene practices.

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:

  1. End unfair evictions.
  2. Allow reasonable modifications.
  3. Create minimum standards, including for climate appropriate housing.
  4. Stabilise rent increases.
  5. Include boarders and lodgers.
  6. Allow pets
  7. Quick, fair and consistent dispute resolution.
  8. Provide a better deal for public housing tenants.
  9. Increase access to tenant advocacy and information.
  10. 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:

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.

Findings from an ACOSS survey of 955 people currently receiving the Coronavirus Supplement have reported the overwhelming difference the increased payment has made in their life.
Will Australia's charities be COVID-19 casualties or partners in recovery? A financial health check is a report from Social Ventures Australia Centre for Social Impact.

1 JUL | Australia Together: National Community Recovery Summit
Every Child - Online - $ Free

1 JUL | Energy efficiency and Australia’s economic recovery
ACOSS/Ai Group/EEC/Property Council of Australia - Online - $ Free

2 JUL | Leaders Through Crisis (COVID-19) connection group
Child Australia - Online - $10

10 JUL | Homelessness and Housing Update
Shelter WA - Online - $ Free

Community Engagement Officer – Indigenous
Foundation Housing - applications closing Friday 17 July

Connected Beginning Programming Co-convenor - Derby
World Vision - applications closing ASAP

Family Engagement Facilitator - Derby
World Vision - applications closing ASAP

Expressions of interest for office accommodation in Mandurah

The City of Mandurah is calling for Expressions of Interest from registered NFP community organisations to lease and manage the Falcon Family Centre, 60 Linville Street, Falcon. An Information pack outlining the selection criteria and site inspection will be available upon registration of EOI. All interested organisations will be asked to complete a Community Outcomes Survey. Written applications can be forwarded to: City of Mandurah, Land Management Services, PO Box 210, Mandurah WA 6210, or to contact officer Louise Collins, Land Management Services via [email protected]. The closing date for submissions is 4pm, Friday 10 July 2020.

Canon Grants for Community, Education and Small Business

Applications are now open for the Canon Oceania Grants 2020, which support local groups in addressing social and environmental issues in their community, and inspiring change for future generations. Apply for a grant.

Scholarships available for women to undertake Ignition program

The Department of Communities’ Women’s Interests portfolio is proud to provide fully-funded scholarships for women to undertake the Curtin University Ignition program for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators. Applications for the scholarships close on Friday, 10 July 2020. If you're after more info you can attend an information session.

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.

Unions, welfare groups push for $30 weekly minimum wage increase

The West Australian, Tuesday 23 June 2020

Unions and welfare groups are pushing for a $30 weekly pay bump for WA’s lowest paid workers but Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston wants a “more modest” increase to the State’s minimum wage. Continue reading article.

72% of Australians have been sexually harassed. The system we have to fix this problem is set up to fail

The Conversation, Friday 26 June 2020

With the investigation into former High Court judge Dyson Heydon, we are once again talking about the devastating impact of sexual harassment. This time, the background setting is the law, but at other times the allegations of harassment have been in medicine, politics, hospitality and the arts. Continue reading article.

Upped Jobseeker payment should be permanent

6PR Online , Wednesday 24 June 2020

In an interview with WA Council of Social Service Chief Executive Officer Louise Giolitto says the increased fortnightly JobSeeker payment is saving families from catapulting into poverty.A report from The Australian Council of Social Service surveyed nearly 1000 people and found 75 per cent could now catch up on bills and 69 per cent were finding it easier to pay their rent, or were considering moving into safer or more appropriate accommodation. Continue reading article.

Members can submit news and events for publication in each Sector News edition for free, and non-members for a nominal fee.

Follow WACOSS on Twitter
Follow WACOSS on Facebook
Visit the website
Follow WACOSS on LinkedIn
Watch our YouTube videos

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.

Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.