Wednesday 15 July 2020

Dear *|FNAME|*,

West Aussies have big hearts, which was reaffirmed through results of a collective study on Western Australians' perceptions of JobSeeker earlier this week. We joined frontline providers Anglicare WA, Communicare, Foodbank WA, Ruah, and Uniting WA to gather the data, which tells us that nearly 75% agree that the unemployment rate must increase. I spoke more about this in a piece in yesterday's West Australian

For the National Day of Action to Raise the Rate for Good yesterday, WACOSS joined the Australian Council of Social Service and other COSSes, organisations, individuals, and the collective voice across Australia to draw the Federal Government's attention to the dire situation that would result if we turned back to the pre- COVID-19 rate of JobSeeker.

And lastly, this week we are inviting everyone in the community services sector to participate in the Australian Community Sector Survey, COVID-19 edition. Responses from Western Australian community services is absolutely vital to ensure we get a full picture the impact these events have had on the sector. The survey will close on 21 July.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Giolitto
Chief Executive Officer

COVID-19 Update #34

In a Department of Communities Community Sector Partnership Team update from 2 July 2020 you can read about the State Recovery Plan, learn about the Phase 4 roadmap to recovery, and download other resources that may be helpful for you or your organisation.

COVID-19 resources for Aboriginal communities have been updated to include messages in a range of languages about Coronavirus health and travel information.

Red Cross WA has created new resources in a range of languages for people who are Temporary Visa holders to access to emergency relief packages.

In the latest PHEOC Bulletin, advice has been provided on the value of wearing a facemask, and there are links to the Australian Department of Health advice, and Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care fact sheets.

Contract funding eligible for State ERO payment

Earlier this year WACOSS, CEWA and a number of Peaks distributed a list of State Government contracts that pre-dated 1 July 2013 to ensure all eligible services received the supplementary ERO payment from the State Government.
We have now received a list of all State Government contracts funded after 1 July 2013. Once again we ask that you examine the attached spreadsheet for all of your contracts. If you identify errors or omissions, please let us know by emailing [email protected] so that we can alert the Department of Finance. Responses via email by Friday 31 July would be appreciated. COVID-19 has taught us many things, one being the need for accurate data on the community service system. Checking this list will ensure we have this data.
We are also pleased to report that WACOSS and CEWA have advanced in discussions with the Department of Finance to establish a new DCSP Working Group. This group will comprise senior government people from a wide range of line agencies and a number of NFP sector representatives. Its functions will primarily be to focus on a community service system that can sustainably meet the needs of Western Australians, improve future procurement practices, and provide advice on implementing the Outcomes Measurement Framework. We will circulate more information on the DCSP Working Group when it comes to hand.

Pilbara Family and Domestic Violence Network

Celeste Stephens, WACOSS Pilbara Manager, is facilitating a Pilbara Family and Domestic Violence Network (PFDVN) that aims to eradicate domestic violence in the region by co-designing solutions with social services, health professionals, relevant state peak bodies, government agencies, industry partners and those with lived experience. Supported by Creating Communities Australia, the Network meets monthly to discuss, plan and collaborate on sustainable, place-based solutions alongside smaller local working groups currently focussing on three priority areas: men’s and perpetrator programs; community awareness/education campaigns and; sector connectedness to improve information sharing at a case level. Local interviews were conducted to provide context for the Network, consolidated into a report that outlines innovative ideas for systemic change.

Community Services: survey of experiences during COVID-19

We want to hear from community sector staff about their experiences during COVID-19. In partnership with ACOSS and the COSS network across Australia, we are wanting to know what the experiences have been during COVID-19, so that we can inform Governments and other policy makers of the gaps in social services emerging during the recovery period. Take the survey, available until Tuesday 21 July 2020.

WACOSS Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series

WACOSS is launching a series of webinars about key topics facing the community services sector in WA. The eight webinars will run weekly on Wednesdays at 1pm, starting from 22 July 2020, and will be co-hosted with our partner organisations. We are inviting input and engagement from our members, and the broader community services sector, into our initial thinking about what an inclusive plan for recovery needs to look like for Western Australia in order to leave no one behind. One of the webinars includes the launch of the Food Stress Index, in Connecting to secure healthy food for all Western Australians: Food Stress Index – A world first, presented in partnership with Curtin University and the Public Health Advocacy Institute WA. Register for one or any number of the free webinars.

Lotterywest Grant Opportunities

Lotterywest is prioritising funding for communities and organisations affected by COVID-19. While the immediate health crisis has passed in WA, it has resulted in hardship and secondary impacts alongside a potential risk of a future pandemic crisis. Read more about the grant opportunities, grant programs, and new grant processes and subscribe to their newsletter to stay up-to-date

Campaign to reduce the number of young people locked up

In one year across Australia, nearly 600 children aged between 10 and 13 were locked up, and many more were hauled through the criminal legal system. Overwhelmingly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are impacted by these laws, and punished into prison cells at higher rates - accounting for 70% of younger children in prisons. Join the Raise the Age campaign and sign the petition to ensure that children are supported and loved so they can reach their full potential, not get locked up.

HESTA pledges to be net zero by 2050

Australian super fund HESTA should be applauded for working towards reducing absolute carbon emissions in its investment portfolio by 33 per cent over the next decade, as part of a plan to be net zero by 2050. HESTA’s Climate Change Transition Plan (CCTP) seeks to align the $52 billion fund’s actions and investment portfolio with the Paris Agreement. Read more about their commitment. Hesta has been a long-time supporter of the community service sector, and is a sponsor of the upcoming 2021 WACOSS Conference.

An implementation update on Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019

The VAD website has been updated to include new information releases, for both general community and health service providers. A range of fact sheets can be downloaded, that are tailored for service providers to share with their staff.

The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) has produced Principles of Rapid Innovation and Evaluation: Responding to COVID-19, to support organisations to capture and evaluate learnings, identify what has worked, what has effectiveness, and what could or should be discarded. 
Half the time it’s just guessing’: youth worker and youth service manager experiences of sexual health training in the Pilbara, remote Western Australiapublished in Sex Education, was developed as a result of research by the YACWA YEP Tour, and reinforces the role of peak body support and is a positive example of place-based research to support future learning and investment in Pilbara community services. 

21 JUL | Grants Information Session - Webinar
Lotterywest - Online - $ Free

22 JUL | Recovery: Background and Introduction - Webinar
WACOSS - Online - $ Free

22 JUL | Recognising and Responding to Child Abuse
Child Wise - Online - $121

23 JUL | Building a child safeguarding culture and influencing change
Child Wise - Online - $121

29 JUL | Connecting to secure healthy food for all Western Australians: Food Stress Index – A world first - Webinar
WACOSS, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Curtin University - Online - $ Free

29 JUL | Grants Information Session - Webinar
Lotterywest - Online - $ Free

30 JUL | Child safety risk management - Webinar
Child Wise - Online - $55

31 JUL | White Ribbon Night 2020 – Rosie Batty in conversation with Brad Chilcott - Webinar
White Ribbon Australia - Online - $ Free

2-8 AUG | Homelessness Week events
Shelter WA

5 AUG | The care economy - Webinar
WACOSS - Online - $ Free

6 AUG | Improving women's financial literacy - Webinar
Economic Society of Australia - Online - $ Free

7 AUG | Homelessness Crisis in Midland - A Call to Action
Swan Rotary & City of Swan - Midland - $ Free

12 AUG | Social isolation and wellbeing - Webinar
WACOSS - Online - $ Free

19 AUG | Regional place-based recovery and community wealth building - Webinar
WACOSS, Linkwest - Online - $ Free

26 AUG | Energy and conservation - Webinar
WACOSS, Conservation Council of WA, Shelter WA - Online - $ Free

2 SEP | Opportunities for justice reinvestment - Webinar
WACOSS, Social Reinvestment WA - Online - $ Free

2 SEP | Wild Butterfly - charity movie screening and Q&A with Minister Simone McGurk
Phoenix Support and Advocacy Service Inc. - Belmont Cinemas - $23 + booking fee

9 SEP | The role of social enterprise, impact investment and co-operatives - Webinar
WACOSS, Impact Investment Alliance of WA, WA Social Enterprise Council, Impact Seed - Online - $ Free

Youth Engagement Regional Support Officer
YACWA - applications closing 5pm Thursday 16 July

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

Graphic Designer - DropIn Solutions
WACOSS - applications closing Monday 20 July

WordPress/PHP Developer - DropIn Solutions
WACOSS - applications closing Monday 20 July

Chief Executive Officer
Waratah Support Centre - Bunbury - applications closing 12noon Monday 20 July

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

Family Engagement Facilitator - Derby
World Vision - applications closing ASAP

Resources for assessing impact of decisions on children

The Commissioner for Children and Young People has encouraged WA organisations to use a new guide to incorporate child impact assessments into their planning. Download the Child Impact Assessment Guidelines and an assessment template.

Consumer Credit Legal Service WA - debt and hardship resources

CCLSWA has produced a number of resources to help people experiencing hardship, including videos on credit card assistance, mortgage help with the National Debt Helpline, and debts and hardship.

From the Heart - toolkit to support Uluru Statement from Heart

Developed to use in schools, businesses and organisations, we can all promote greater understanding and awareness of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Download the online toolkit and share today.

Guardian Australia has created a Deaths Inside database

WARNING. Some may find the content distressing. The database tracks every known Indigenous death in custody between 2008 and 2020.

Local & Vocal - resources for young people to share experiences

The campaign will support young people aged 16 to 29 to share the impact COVID-19 on their living, learning, or working, with their Federal Government Member of Parliament, and culminate in two days of action on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July.

Australia Post Grants for Community Programs

The 2020 Australia Post Community Grants Program will provide grants of up to $10,000 to local organisations aiming to connect individuals and communities. Applications close Friday 17 July 2020. Apply for a grant

Lock in increased payment to jobless

The West Australian Opinion, Tuesday 14 July 2020

The coronavirus crisis continues to bring out the best in West Australians. When WA went into shutdown and we were asked to stay home to "slow the spread" to protect vulnerable members of our community, we did it. In fact, we did it so well, we seem to have no community spread. Now, as we move from the health crisis to the impending social catastrophe anticipated in September when JobKeeper, the JobSeeker supplement and other COVID-19 stimuli are wound back, West Australians have again shown their compassion for the vulnerable: this time, the socially vulnerable. Continue reading article.

West Australians want increase to JobSeeker

The West Australian, Tuesday 14 July 2020

West Australians are backing calls for a permanent increase to JobSeeker when the $1100 payment expires next month. A study commissioned by a coalition of frontline community service providers showed nearly 75 per cent of West Australians supported a permanent rise to the payment previously known as Newstart. Continue reading article.

WA is recovering well from coronavirus but the damage to its job market is already done

SBS News online, Tuesday 7 July 2020

In the heart of Perth’s financial district, West Australians are returning to office buildings after months of quarantine. But not everybody is going back. Social support organisations are now warning of a second unemployment wave due to the planned repeal of JobKeeper in September and more businesses realising they can’t survive long-term. “We know there are key industries that have been hardest hit; hospitality and tourism," says Chris Twomey, director of policy for WA Council of Social Services. Continue reading article.

Cultural change is just a start

The West Australian Opinion, Thursday 2 July 2020

We are very predictable, aren't we? The "shock, horror" of allegations that a former High Court judge used his power, privilege and position to intimidate and harass women (and yes, his vehement denials are noted) gives way quickly to the collective sigh of relief when there's a call for cultural change in the hallowed halls of the law... Continue reading article.

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