Wednesday 23 September 2020

Dear *|FNAME|*,

This week we welcomed the announcement by the State Government to extend the moratorium on rental increases and evictions for a further six months. While unemployment figures are improving, underemployment still remains alarmingly high. The Government can't afford to end the moratorium at a time when families and children are at risk of becoming homeless.

We have also heard from services who are feeling the flow-on effects from the pandemic. Last week in a national survey released by the Australian Council of Social Service, service providers reported that they are struggling to meet the needs of people reaching out for their services, while also adapting to the challenges that COVID-19 presents to service delivery. Some of the high level feedback from community services that is of concern:

  • 61 per cent observed that overall level of demand had increased for their service; 
  • 76 per cent have experienced an increase in the complexity of need people are presenting with; and 
  • 54 per cent are reporting an increase in the numbers of clients they are supporting. 

If the sector is to continue supporting people experiencing the social and economic impact of COVID-19, the Federal Government needs to provide adequate funding to the sector, in line with ERO requirements, so that we can continue to help those who need it through this incredibly difficult and uncertain period.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Giolitto
Chief Executive Officer

COVID-19 Update #40

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. 

The State Government opened a third COVID-19 testing clinic on 16 September in Kununurra, which is in addition to the clinics in Broome and Bunbury. The Government has also introduced new event guidelines and plans to enable more events in WA. The Guidelines will take effect from Friday 25 September and apply to public and private events involving more than 500 patrons. 

Get the lowdown on the State Budget at our Briefing on 9 October

The State Budget will be handed down on Thursday 8 October, and we will deliver our State Budget Briefing and what this year's budget means to the sector via webinar at 2:30pm, Friday 9 October. This year's budget will be crucial for economic and social recovery in WA. Come along and listen to the policy team who will provide an analysis on its implications, to enable the sector to plan and respond to changing need. Special guests, Michael Barnes, Under Treasurer, and Michael Andrews, Acting Executive Director of Strategic Policy and Evaluation, will be joining the webinar for their presentation on the trends and implications of the Budget. Register now.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 - information sessions

Final consultations are underway on new legislation to improve protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage. Following two years of consultation, the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 has been drafted to replace the outdated and inadequate Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 and reflects the feedback of Aboriginal people, industry and other stakeholders. Register for an information session and have your say.

Counsel Communications offering media workshops for sector

Counsel Communications is offering a series of workshops designed to enhance your skills and support your business outcomes. Three workshops will be held on 21, 22, 23 October, in Media Performance, Crisis and Issues Management, and Creating Content. WACOSS members can receive a 10% discount on individual sessions and packages, and Counsel Communications is offering a scholarship valued at $1,400 for an individual from a WACOSS member organisation to participate - apply by 2 October.

Congratulations to NAIDOC Perth Award nominees and recipients

Perth NAIDOC award winners were announced on Friday at an event at Crown. Of the incredible winners and finalists, we congratulate you all for the work that you do. A special mention to WACOSS Board member, Joanne Della Bona, Runner up of 2020 Community Person of the Year Award. View photos from the event.

Perceptions of poverty - West Aussies back JobSeeker increase

In a report released by Anglicare WA, Communicare, Foodbank WA, Ruah Community Services, Uniting WA and WACOSS, Above the Line - Perceptions of Poverty in WA, nearly 75% of West Australians surveyed said that they supported an increase in JobSeeker.

Power to the People Conference 2020

This year's Bank of I.D.E.A.S conference will create a space for participants to explore how communities can strengthen and become more resilient by activating their local assets. The conference program has just been launched, and includes additional optional masterclasses and a cultural tour, and there are both online and face-to-face registration options available. 

Preventing Violence Together questionnaire

Work to address violence against women and children fits into three broad categories: primary prevention, early intervention and response. Stopping Family Violence, the Women’s Community Health Network and the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services would like to build a picture of the primary prevention work currently occurring in Western Australia and learn how to better support this work in community or to support services to build the knowledge and skills required to undertake primary prevention of violence work. Complete the survey by Friday 2 October and email to [email protected]

WA Digital Inclusion Blueprint consultation

The Office of Digital Government has updated its digital inclusion consultation materials to make it easier to share experiences and engage with the draft Blueprint, while also extending the consultation period to 30 October 2020. Download materials, complete the lived experience survey, and have your say on a digital blueprint for our state.

10% discount on 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 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 on 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.

Nominate someone for the HESTA Impact Awards

Do you know a professional in the health or community sector who is dedicated to creating a better future? Nominate them for one of the three categories in the 2020 Impact Awards. Nominations close Sunday 1 November.

Webinar: Quick fixes or here to stay? The COVID-19 overhaul of Australia’s social safety net

Register for the policy event co-hosted by Anglicare WA and UWA, Quick fixes or here to stay? The COVID-19 overhaul of Australia's social safety net, on Thursday 15 October from 12noon. Chris Twomey, Leader of Policy and Research will feature on the panel of experts.

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

25 SEP | Cultural Foundations for Workplaces – Empowering Respect & Relationships
Aboriginal Insights, Jolleen Hicks - Online - $250

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

7 OCT | Cultural Foundations for Workplaces – Empowering Respect & Relationships
Aboriginal Insights, Jolleen Hicks - Online - $250

9 OCT | State Budget Briefing - save the date
WACOSS - Online - $ free for members, $40 for non-members

11-17 OCT | Anti-Poverty Week
Anti-Poverty Week - Online - $ N/A

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

15 OCT | Webinar: Quick fixes or here to stay? The COVID-19 overhaul of Australia's social safety net
Anglicare WA / UWA Public Policy Institute - Online - $ free

15 OCT | Translating research into policy
WA Social Research Network - Online - $ free

19 OCT | Workshop: Dealing with De-Escalation
Anglicare WA - Perth - $267

21 OCT | Crisis and Issues Management Workshop
Counsel Communications - West Leederville - $750+GST - apply for a scholarship to attend

21 OCT | Smart Justice: How we can reform a broken system
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Western Australia - Crawley - $ free

22 OCT | Generating Content Workshop
Counsel Communications - West Leederville - $450+GST - apply for a scholarship to attend

23 OCT | Media Performance Training Workshop
Counsel Communications - West Leederville - $450 - apply for a scholarship to attend

23 OCT | WACOSS Annual General Meeting
WACOSS - North Perth - $ free

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

12 NOV | Spotlight on Sexual Violence in Western Australia
WCHNWA / Alambee Counselling / Desert Blue Connect - West Perth - $ free

25 NOV | 2020 Mental Health Awards
Western Australian Association for Mental Health - Perth - $ varies

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

Manager Special Projects - West Leederville (re-advertised)
WACOSS - applications closing 28 September

Family Engagement Facilitator - Derby
World Vision - applications closing ASAP

Resources for people experiencing financial hardship

Many people may be feeling the effects of COVID-19 right now, and help is available from community service organisations, including financial counselling, food vouchers, assistance with bills, emergency accommodation, and referrals to other supports and services. To find these services, use WAConnect, a state-wide directory.

Feel free to share the resources, including:

If you're looking for assistance in sharing this info, here is an example post for Facebook. 

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.

Income safety net is crucial

The West Australian, Friday 18 September 2020

Mary very rarely smiles. Her chipped and broken teeth are a constant reminder of the violence she suffered at the fists of an abusive ex-partner. Her smile betrays the better life she has since worked hard to create for her family. Living on Newstart Allowance (now JobSeeker) made it impossible for Mary to get her teeth fixed; not with kids to feed and bills to pay. When the coronavirus supplement of $550 per fortnight was introduced, Mary's life changed. Continue reading article.

WA JobKeepers and JobSeekers are accessing crisis support as concerns grow for COVID-19 welfare deadlines

The West Australian, Friday 18 September 2020

WA Jobkeepers and seekers are lining up for emergency relief, with crisis support services voicing concerns that thousands will be forced into homelessness when payments dip back to dole levels. Many West Australians who have never been out of work and are used to high living costs are grappling to cope on COVID-19 welfare payments, according to WA Council of Social Service chief executive Louise Giolitto. Continue reading article (paywalled).

ACOSS commissioned report shows 15,000 jobs could be lost

ABC Radio Perth, Tuesday 15 September 2020

A new report commissioned by ACOSS has found 15,000 fulltime jobs could be lost in WA over the next two years if the coronavirus supplement payments including the JobSeeker are reduced this month. Listen to interview.

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.

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.