Wednesday 9 September 2020

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Last week the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre released The Early Years, Investing in Our Future, which delves into understanding the drivers of disadvantage in the early years of a child's life, and supports the need for good health and wellbeing during this important developmental phase. Unfortunately, not all children and families get the support they need to ensure positive development: more than one in five children under the age of five in Western Australia (20.7%) lives in poverty.

Without dedicated attention and resources, the impact of disadvantage and poverty on a child’s outcomes will reinforces the inequities, and once this becomes entrenched, it is very difficult to break the cycle.

To treat all of Western Australia’s children fairly, we need to make sure that families and communities have what kids need to thrive and be healthy. With our members, we have been championing the development of a Child Wellbeing Framework and Implementation plan, which would put children, their families, and their communities at the forefront. We will continue advocating for this approach in the lead up to the State Election, which we know can create a healthier and fairer Australia for all children.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Giolitto
Chief Executive Officer

COVID-19 Update #39

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Phase 4 have been updated. Organisations and businesses that re-opened in earlier phases should ensure their COVID-19 Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented in line with the Safety Guidelines. We touched on this information in our COVID-19 Bulletin on 20 August.

Stay up-to-date on all COVID-19 health matters via the WA Government Coronavirus webpage. Community service organisations can visit the WACOSS Community Services COVID-19 resources page on the website for resources and information relevant to the sector. 

Save the date for the WACOSS Budget Briefing Webinar

This year's State Budget will be delivered on Thursday 8 October and will be crucial for the economic and social recovery in WA. Community services are interested in getting a good read on its implications, to enable them to plan and respond to changing need. WACOSS will deliver a briefing for the community sector via webinar, at 2:30pm, Friday 9 October. This will be free for members. Join the team for analysis, along with special guests, Michael Barnes, Under Treasurer, and Michael Andrews, Acting Executive Director of Strategic Policy and Evaluation, for their presentation on the trends and implications of the Budget. 

Review of the Disability Standards for Education

The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment is currently reviewing the Disability Standards for Education 2005. These help make sure students with disability can access and participate in education and training on the same basis as students without disability. They also help ensure all education providers comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. In early childhood education and care, the Standards currently apply to preschools, including kindergartens (but not child-care providers). Early childhood education and care providers, educators, and parents are encouraged to get involved in the review.

Delivering Community Services in Partnership Working Group

The terms of the DCSP Working Group have been released, and there are several key functions, essentially focused on working with government agencies on ‘best practice’ in procurement and contract management, advising on implementation of the Outcomes Management Framework and promoting the findings from the Good Procurement Practices Report to address capability gaps. WACOSS remains committed to actively engaging with various central and line agencies to influence positive change to procurement practices and compliance with the DCSP policy.

OAG Audit of the COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Auditor General is conducting an independent performance audit of the COVID-19 Relief Fund administered by Lotterywest, which will focus on the effectiveness of the governance and assessment arrangements used by Lotterywest to award grants between March and June 2020. Feedback is sought by 10 September, from organisations about their experience in applying for funding and from those who considered applying but didn’t. Feedback is welcome on the grants process and to hear if the information about eligibility, how to apply, and the criteria that would be used to assess applications was clear and if the application process was easy or not. Please note that the audit is not able to comment on or criticise government policy, or alter Lotterywest funding decisions.

National charitable fundraising reform

Charitable fundraising regulators across Australia are working together with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to examine options to reduce the regulatory burden for charitable fundraisers who operate in multiple jurisdictions. A cross-jurisdictional recognition scheme is being considered which would allow a charity registered with the ACNC to be automatically deemed as holding an authority in all participating jurisdictions. A discussion paper has been prepared detailing the proposal. Government is now seeking feedback on the proposed deemed registration model. Detailed information about the proposal and consultation process is available on the New South Wales Fair Trading website. Submissions can be made using the online form or by emailing [email protected] before midnight, Friday 18 September 2020.

Men's Sheds of WA seeks new Board Members

Be part of developing and growing the Men’s Sheds movement in WA ensuring all men have the opportunity to join a Men’s Sheds community, enhancing their health and wellbeing and enriching the lives of people in their local community. Men's Sheds have secured funding from the Department of Communities until 2024, and to continue their work, they are looking for skills and capabilities in:

  • Health and wellbeing (promotion/research/funding)
  • Local Government knowledge/expertise 
  • Legal (not-for-profit)
  • Finance (including Treasurer/Finance sub-committee lead)
  • Training and education

To reflect the diversity that is Western Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are encouraged to apply for all advertised positions. Women and younger people are also welcome. The roles are unpaid, and will require attendance at Board meetings throughout the year, as well as annual strategic planning sessions, sub-committee meetings, and other events.

Submit your application to James Wild, CEO, via [email protected], with a short professional CV, and cover letter (maximum 1,500 words) that outlines why you would like to join the Board, and how you match the priorities for recruitment. Applications close by 4:00pm, Thursday 24 September 2020.

Strengthening access for young people to the National Redress Scheme

Child Wise has developed a number of resources, including videos and fact sheets, to help young people learn about the National Redress Scheme (the Scheme), as they may be eligible to apply when they turn 18. Resources have also been designed to assist parents, caregivers and professionals in supporting young people who may have experienced institutional child sexual abuse to access the Scheme. Under the Scheme, they may be eligible for counselling and psychological services; a direct personal response from the institution(s) responsible for the abuse, such as an apology, via letter, phone or video, or where possible in person; a redress payment.

10% discount in all project quotes by DropIN Solutions

DropIN Solutions is a social enterprise by WACOSS, focused on providing professional graphic design, web and IT solutions and marketing services tailored for community services organisations. If you are working on an important publication, thinking of redesigning your organisation logo and brand, or planning on changing your website, then this is the right time to contact the DropIN Solutions team at WACOSS. They are offering a 10% discount in all service quotes until the end of September. Email Jaime via [email protected] or 08 6381 5300 and explore all the possibilities. Check out some of their other projects.

ACOSS and National COSS Network campaigning

The COSS network wrote to the Federal Government to address the gap in the COVID-19 response which is excluding more than 1 million people on temporary visas from accessing income support and JobKeeper.

ACOSS have produced a briefing paper on the impacts of financial distress on mental health during COVID-19. 

Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre has released The Early Years: Investing in our Future, a report in the Focus on Western Australia Report Series. Findings offer a deeper understanding of the breadth, depth and drivers of disadvantage in the early years of a child’s life, the impact of disadvantage on child outcomes, and the reinforcing effects of inequities in access to financial, developmental and learning resources. One of the stark findings from the report is that one in five West Australian children under the age of five are living in poverty. 

Highlighting the incidence of falls in WA and the need for additional falls prevention initiatives, Injury Matters has released the 2020 WA Falls Report. The report’s findings indicate that on average a Western Australian dies every 26 hours, is hospitalised every 19 minutes, presents to an emergency department every 12 minutes and requires an ambulance call out every 18 minutes due to a falls-related injury. In addition to identifying at-risk population groups, the report recognises a number of high-risk settings including; the home, regional locations, workplaces and residential aged care facilities.

9 SEP | Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series: The role of social enterprise, impact investment and co-operative
WACOSS, Impact Investment Alliance of WA, WA Social Enterprise Council, Impact Seed - Online - $ Free

10 SEP | Forum 2: Revision of the National Comorbidity Guidelines
University of Sydney Matilda Centre - Online - $ Free

12 SEP | FREE Community Open Day @ YMCA HQ
YMCA WA - Perth - $ Free

15 SEP | Mental Health and AOD
WAAMH / Women's Council - West Perth - $150-$180

16 SEP | Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series: Social impacts on COVID-19 on families living in hardship
WACOSS/100 Families WA - Online - $ Free

16-17 SEP | Reflective Supervision Workshop
Anglicare WA - Perth - $533

22 SEP | Tendering for Community Services
Department of Finance, Funding and Contracting Services - Osborne Park & Online - $ free

23 SEP | Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series: Digital inclusion and the Digital Inclusion Blueprint
WACOSS/Department of Premier and Cabinet - Online - $ Free

24 SEP | Harness the Power of Team: September Communities in-focus
City of Joondalup - Padbury - $ free

29 SEP | Accessing government documents in WA - FOI for advocates
Office of the Information Commissioner - Online - $ Free

30 SEP | Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series: Working in Partnership, lessons learnt through COVID-19
WACOSS - Online - $ Free

2 OCT | State of the Youth Sector Forum
YACWA - Online OR Face-to-Face in Leederville - $ free

9 OCT | State Budget Briefing - save the date
WACOSS - Online - $ free for members

13 OCT | The Role of Support Groups in Trauma and Recovery
ConnectGroups - Online - $ free

29-30 OCT | Power to the People 2020 Virtual Conference
Bank of Ideas - Online - $99

27 NOV | 30th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March
Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence - Perth - $ free

Community Support Worker - LibraryConnect-Freo
St Patrick's - applications closing ASAP

Chief Executive Officer - Bunbury
Waratah Support Centre - applications closing ASAP

Disability Services Social Worker - Stirling
Key Assets - applications closing ASAP

Family Engagement Facilitator - Derby
World Vision - applications closing ASAP

Equipment available from Lotterywest

Lotterywest is donating office furniture to community organisations. If your organisation is interested, contact Emma Linklater via [email protected] or 08 9488 6277. The items are to be picked up around Monday 14 September from the Lotterywest office, 38 Station St, Subiaco.

NFP community providers invited to apply for Belmont tenancies

The City of Belmont is inviting not-for-profit community service providers to apply for one of a range of affordable new tenancies, in a space funded by Lotterywest on the second floor of Belmont Hub. Belmont Hub, at 213 Wright Street, is a vibrant community centre which will soon house the expanded Ruth Faulkner Library, enhanced Belmont Museum, a digital hub, senior citizens club, a creche, café and more. To be eligible for consideration for one of the 12 tenancies, applicants will need to meet the application criteria, and register by Friday 11 September 2020 to attend a briefing session at 11:00am on Tuesday 15 September 2020. To register for the mandatory briefing or if you have questions about this opportunity, please email [email protected] or phone the City of Belmont Coordinator Property on 08 9477 7193.

CoLab Resources from Moving Early Childhood Up the Agenda

In a recent webinar, CoLab shared excellent research materials and a research report, Moving Early Childhood Up the Agenda, which lays out a Core Story of early childhood development in Australia. This is in addition to the Telethon Kids Institute's Core Story website, there are supporting briefs that work alongside it - Child Mental Health, Play, and Prenatal Development

The Bright Tomorrows Parenting App, is a practical resource developed by CoLab, a partnership between Telethon Kids Institute and Minderoo Foundation, which is based on neuroscience of early childhood development and learning, and delivers over 1000 brain building moments for children aged 0-5, and is wrapped in support for parents. It's free to download from the App Store and the Google Play store.

Dream it Forward small grant applications open

Connectgroups Support Groups WA is pleased to announce the next round of Dream it Forward small grants program, which focuses on social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their families, and communities in WA. Apply for Dream it Forward funding for projects based on needs identified by community, for community, and delivered by community. Applications close Thursday 15 October.

Early Tender Advice: Housing First Homelessness Initiative

The HFHI will support the outcomes of All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030 by providing accommodation and support to people sleeping rough. A total of $34.5m in funding over five years has been allocated to the HFHI. There are four discrete components which will each be procured separately:

  • The Housing First System Coordinator;
  • The Housing First Support Service – Metropolitan and Regional;
  • The Finding Home Program; and
  • An Evaluation of the Housing First Homelessness Initiative.

People engaged in the HFHI will be provided with intensive case management support to help them maintain their tenancy and will build on the strengths of existing collective impact housing first programs in Western Australia such as 50 Lives, 50 Homes and 20 Lives, 20 Homes. Underpinned by the ‘By Name List’, the HFHI will be an evidence-based approach towards ending chronic and rough sleeping across Western Australia.

The Department of Communities recognises the importance of reliable, critical and up to date information for day-to-day service provision to support vulnerable individuals and families. In line with the Strategy’s focus on improving Aboriginal wellbeing and recognising that Aboriginal people are overrepresented within the homeless population, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations are strongly encouraged to submit a response to deliver the HFSS.

The tender is scheduled to be advertised on Friday 18 September 2020.

Apply now for Volunteer Grants!

Volunteering WA, on behalf of the Australian Government, is offering Supplementary Volunteer Grants to Volunteer Involving Organisations across WA to help them support volunteers, with a particular focus on assisting organisations transition their volunteer programs back into operation following the disruption caused by COVID-19. Grants are available between $1,000 and $5,000. Apply by Sunday 20 September 11:59pm AEST.

Lotterywest launches Adapting Organisations grants

The first round of Strengthening and Adapting Organisations grant programs is now open. Grants will help NFP and local government authorities with three grant streams, including; enhancing organisational capability and governance; the development of innovative service models; and enhancing sector collaboration. Applications are welcomed until 5pm, Monday 21 September, and a second grant round will take place in February 2021.

Join the Movement - Become a WACOSS Member 

COVID-19 has forced us to evolve in new and challenging ways, and as a sector we are faced with an extraordinary challenge. It's a challenge we cannot take on alone, and to effectively Build Back Better we need to ensure no one is left behind. Joining WACOSS is joining the growing movement of people and organisations who have an unwavering commitment to social justice. Help us to continue doing the important advocacy work that is needed. Become a member today.

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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.

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