Federal Budget handed down last night
The Australian Council of Social Service has said that the Federal Budget "provides a glimmer of hope on jobs for young people, but comes is a crushing let-down for others without paid work". ACOSS's breakdown of the budget also said that it "misses key opportunities for job creation initiatives that would have delivered public good, particularly in female-dominated sectors, instead focusing on projects that will take longer to get off the ground". It has also failed to deliver a permanent and adequate increase to the JobSeeker rate. Read ACOSS' response to the budget and watch some community sector responses on the budget.
Last chance to register for our State Budget Briefing this Friday
Following the State Budget being released on Thursday 8 October, WACOSS will deliver our State Budget Briefing and what this year's budget means to the sector and the communities we work with. This year's budget will be crucial for economic and social recovery in WA. Join us, with Special guests, Michael Barnes, Under Treasurer, and Michael Andrews, Acting Executive Director of Strategic Policy and Evaluation. Register now for the webinar at 2:30pm, Friday 9 October.
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.
- Crisis and Issues management - 9:00am-1:30pm, Wednesday 21 October
- Generating Content - 9:00am-12:00noon, Thursday 22 October
- Media Performance Training - 1:00pm-4:00pm, Friday 23 October and Thursday 29 October
To register, contact Simon Bailey on 0400 248 880 or [email protected]
WACOSS members receive a 10% discount on individual sessions and packages.
Community Services Sector Digital Inclusion Workshop
Join WACOSS and the WA Government’s digital inclusion project team at a workshop for the community service sector, to discuss the Government’s proposed approach for digital inclusion in WA. What does digital inclusion mean for the community sector, and the communities they work with? Register for the face-to-face workshop on Friday 16 October in West Perth. In preparation for the workshop read over the Digital Inclusion Consultation Draft and the Our Community Blueprint for Digital Inclusion in WA. There is also a Public Information session on 20 October for the general public.
Webinar: Quick fixes or here to stay? The COVID-19 overhaul of Australia’s social safety net
Register for the policy event, Quick fixes or here to stay? The COVID-19 overhaul of Australia's social safety net, from 12noon, Thursday 15 October. Chris Twomey, Leader of Policy and Research will represent WACOSS among a panel of experts, researchers, front-line service providers and policymakers, to take stock of how the Government's COVID-19 measures have reshaped its social policies; to analyse their effectiveness and long-term effects; the gendered nature of the policy responses, and to take a look at what Australia’s social safety net may look like in 2021 and beyond.
Congratulations to 40under40 award recipient, Kelda Oppermann
The annual Business News 40under40 has been awarded. Congratulations to Kelda Oppermann, Chief Executive, Zonta House, who was an award winner for 2020, for her experience and dedication to the community services sector. Read more.
Nominate now for the Consumer Protection Awards
Nominate yourself, or others whose achievements help communities understand and have better access to consumer protection in everyday situations. Nominations are open until 11.59pm Monday 30 November 2020.
Building Bridges recommendations for youth mental health
Building Bridges is a three-year research project, located on Whadjuk Nyoongar boodja (country) and an innovative initiative in partnership with Aboriginal Elders, Aboriginal young people, youth mental health services and policy and advocacy organisations in Perth, Western Australia. The project demonstrated the impact of the sector and the community working together, and the value of strengthening the voices of Aboriginal young people and their Elders in youth mental health service provision. Read some of the recommendations for the youth mental health sector.
30th Annual Silent March
Join the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services and their partners and supporters for the significant event this year, of the 30th Annual Silent March. The march honours and pays tribute to those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence, and will feature a performance by the Madjitil Moorna choir. Please register for the event.
YACWA mental health and AOD consultations
The Mental Health Commission has engaged YACWA to consult with young people aged 12 to 24 about current and future priorities for the mental health and AOD service sectors. There is a short timeline for consultation and reporting, and there are gaps and opportunities in the system in WA. The consultation period runs from Tuesday 29 September to Monday 12 October, and there a number of ways to get involved - either through one-on-one interviews, forums, an online survey, and via a consultation run by a service. All young people who participate in a forum or interview will be paid $35 per hour in vouchers to thank for their time. Read more.
FCAWA Conference - Redefining 2020
This year's Financial Counsellors' Association of WA Conference is themed as Redefining 2020, Forging new Pathways for our Sector and will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, 26-28 October 2020. It's an excellent opportunity to network face-to-face, and the program has a stellar line up from around the country, and delegates attending from across our State. You may have the opportunity to apply for Lotterywest assistance to attend this conference. To find out more contact Pam via [email protected]. Read more and register for the conference.
Child Wise October virtual classroom training calendar available
Do you work or volunteer with children and young people? Learn how to facilitate meaningful consultation with children and young people, and get up to speed with WA and national child safety requirements with Child Wise Virtual Classroom Training. Browse all upcoming virtual classroom training sessions on the Child Wise website, and view all training sessions for October.