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.