Click on the links below for other websites of interest.
Contact us if you would like to have your organisation listed here.
Other Councils of Social Service (COSS's)
is part of an extensive network comprising Councils of Social Services
in all Australian States and Territories and a national body (ACOSS),
based in Sydney.
Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)
Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS)
New South Wales Council of Social Service (NCOSS)
Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS)
Australian Capital Territory Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS)
South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS)
Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS)
WACOSS Member Websites
has over 270 members throughout the Western Australian community
sector. This list is by no means complete - if you are a member
organisation and your website isn't listed below then please let us
know. Below are the categories of service, scroll down the page to find
the websites for the relevant categories.
Western Australian Peak Bodies
Community Housing Coalition of WA
The peak body representing and servicing organisations that deliver non-government community housing in WA.
Community Legal Centres Association (WA) Inc.
The peak organisation representing to 29 Community Legal Centres (CLCs)
operating in Western Australia. It is committed to the principles of
human rights, social justice and equity, including the rights of Western
Australians to equity in access to legal services.
Consumers of Mental Health WA (Inc.)
Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA) is the peak body in WA for people with lived experience of mental health issues. CoMHWA coordinates, promotes and supports the consumer voice within mental health services and the wider community.
Developmental Disability Council of WA
Provides a co-ordinated and united voice of service providers, other
organisations and individuals advocating for the rights of people with
developmental disabilities and their carers in Western Australia.
Genetic Support Council WA
The Genetic Support Council WA (GSCWA) is a not for profit organisation
that acts as a peak body for genetic support groups in Western
Health Consumers Council WA
An independent community based organisation, representing the consumers'
'voice' in health policy, planning, research and service delivery. The
Council advocates on behalf of consumers to government, doctors, other
health professionals, hospitals and the wider health system.
Linkwest is the state association for Community, Neighbourhood and
Learning Centres in Western Australia. It provides resources,
information, training and support to its member Centres and to groups
establishing as a Centre.
National Council of Women of WA
The National Council of Women of Western Australia has supported a wide
range of social reform activities, particularly those related to
education and to women’s, children’s and family welfare.
MAN Healthier Directions for Males
MAN Healthier Directions for Males is the peak body for service providers, organisations and
individuals concerned with men’s health, wellbeing and other issues
affecting males of all ages in Western Australia.
People with Disabilities WA
PWD(WA) is the peak disability consumer lobby group in Western Australia representing people with disabilities –
physical, intellectual, psychiatric and sensory. PWD(WA) provides a range of services from its office. Services include
advocacy, information and referrals, community education and lobbying.
An independent community based peak body committed to the principle of
accessible, affordable, appropriate and secure housing for every person.
Shelter WA focuses on people who have low incomes or who are otherwise
disadvantaged in the housing market. This includes people who are
homeless or who are at risk of homelessness.
Volunteering Western Australia
As the peak body, VWA promotes the concept of volunteering and provides a
range of resources, services and support within a comprehensive
framework for cost-effective use in Western Australia.
Western Australian Association for Mental Health
WAAMH is the peak mental health representative body in Western Australia
for non-government not-for-profit agencies that operate for the benefit
of people affected by mental illness. WAAMH supports and encourages the
development of the non-government not-for-profit mental health sector
for the benefit of people affected by mental illness.
WA Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies
The peak body for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) education, prevention, treatment and support sector in Western Australia.
ConnectGroups (formerly WISH)
Provides support and assistance for individuals and self help support
groups with start-up, ongoing development, advocacy and networking.
Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services
The WCDFVS is a state-wide peak organisation committed to improving the
status of women and children in society. The role is to provide a voice
on domestic and family violence issues that facilitates and promotes
policy, legislative and programmatic responses relevant to women and
children who have experienced domestic and family violence.
Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia
YACWA is the peak, non-government youth organisation in WA. It
represents the Western Australian non-government youth sector at State
and Federal levels.
Anglicare WA is a Community Service organisation advocating for social
justice and providing opportunities for people and communities to change
Centrecare is one of Western Australia's most well established,
professional and innovative providers of specialist social services.
With a not-for-profit status, the purpose of Centrecare is to provide
excellent, respectful and caring services which encourage all persons to
develop to their full potential.
Communicare is a multifaceted charity and support agency based in
Cannington. For more than 25 years, Communicare has offered Family,
Children’s and Employment services to the people of Western Australia
with the aim of developing a closer, caring community.
Melville Cares provides a range of services to address the needs of
frail aged and people with disabilities within the community.
Mercy Community Services
Provides a diverse range of health and community services to the sick, frail and most vulnerable in the community.
People Who Care
People Who Care is a volunteer-based, non-profit and non-denominational
charity helping the frail aged and people with disabilities to continue
living independently for as long as possible.
Southcare is a charitable Organisation based in Manning, Western
Australia. The Organisation has been providing caring services to
residents of the City of South Perth for over 25 years and recently,
residents of the Town of Victoria Park. Our friendly staff and team of
140 volunteers, work hard to ensure that the various Aged Care and
Family Support programs benefit the members of the local community.
St John of God Outreach Services
Social Outreach and Advocacy Services reach out to people experiencing disadvantage to improve health and wellbeing.
St Patrick's Community Support Centre
Ensure adequate opportunity for those who visit the centre to satisfy
their need of food, shelter, care, support and spiritual well-being.
Children, Young People and Family
Adoption Jigsaw WA
Provides search, mediation and counselling services to anyone involved
in adoption and/or separated from family through fostering, stepfamilies
or reproductive technologies.
Adoption Research and Counselling Service
ARCS is an independent community agency which provides professional
counselling, support and information to anyone dealing with the
challenges and opportunities in adoption, pre-adoption, step and blended
families, foster families; and families created through Assisted
Reproductive Technology (ART).
Albany Youth Support Association Inc
Young House provides emergency accommodation for young people in crisis.
The staff also support young people by negotiating for them with
advocacy and referrals. We help with independent living skills and
community access to support for the family.
organisation for young people (aged 12-24) living with cancer;
including cancer patients, their brothers and sisters and young people
with parents or primary carers with cancer.
Strengthens family life by encouraging healthy relationships, effective
parenting, support networks and community participation.
Council on the Ageing (WA) Inc
Goals: To build community capacity for increasing self reliance. To influence decision makers and community attitudes.
To co-ordinate and lead the senior’s sector. To create the organisational environment to enable achievement of our
KEYS - Kwinana Early Years Services
KEYS is a free family support service available to families in Kwinana
with at least one child in the birth to eight years age range.
Learning and Attentional Disorders Society of WA Inc
Life Without Barriers Ngala
Life Without Barriers is a national not-for-profit organisation working
to support children and young people in crisis, people with a disability
and those with a mental health issue.
Assists parents with young children who need support and advice to
confidently manage the challenges of early parenting. All families with
children from babies to school age are welcome at Ngala Family Resource
Northcliffe Family Centre
The Northcliffe Family Centre offers a variety of programs for fun, friendship support and learning.
Parents Without Partners WA
Provides support, and social outlets for adults and children who are
experiencing the changes associated with becoming part of a single
Playgroup WA has been supporting, servicing and establishing playgroups
throughout Western Australia since 1972. They provide support for
families with young children to have fun and learn together through
Relationships Australia (Western Australia)
Relationships Australia is an organisation that offers resources to
couples, individuals and families to help enhance and support
Starick Services Inc
The service provides court support and advocacy for victims of domestic
and family voilence. We also provide sensitive informed counselling for
children, young people and women that have or still are experiencing
domestic and family violence.
The Churches Commission on Education (Youthcare)
Youthcare represents a wide diversity of Christian Churches in the
context of Government School Education. They seek to provide a sensitive
Christian presence and voice in Western Australian Schools.
The Regional Education & Careers In Highways Foundation
The Regional Education and Careers in Highways (REACH) Foundation Ltd
was establised in November 2006 to provide training and development
opportunities for young people in regional communities across Western
Wanslea Family Services
Wanslea Family Services is a leading provider of services to children and families in Western Australia.
Waratah Support Centre
Waratah believes that promoting community awareness, training, provision
of information, research, advocacy, and lobbying are some of the key
elements in addressing the issues of violence. As an Organisation
Waratah is committed to providing and encouraging the development of
YMCA of Perth
Delivering professionally designed programs in recreation, accommodation, child care, camping, youth and family services.
Yorganop Association Inc
The Association aims to work in collaboration and consultation with the Aboriginal community, all relevant agencies and Government departments -State and Federal, to achieve its mission in providing services to the target group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carers, Children in Foster Care and Early Years through to School Age children, Students, and Community Members which empowers and enables the individual, and therefore the community, to achieve self-determination.
Youth Futures WA Inc
Provides a variety of community services focusing on young people requiring assistance.
Provides a range of professional services within the scope of the agency to people in the South.
Aged and Community Services WA
Aged & Community Services Western Australia Inc (ACSWA) is the
largest peak industry body in Western Australia representing
not-for-profit organisations that operate residential facilities or
community care services for the aged and people with disabilities.
Founded in 1972, Baptistcare is a church-based, public benevolent
institution and not-for-profit that provides a range of Aged Care,
Disability, Mental Health, Counselling and community services across
metropolitan and regional Western Australia.
Collie Family Centre
We aim to provide support to individuals and families to enhance their quality of life.
Community First Inc
ProvideS direct relief to persons who are suffering poverty, sickness,
destitution or helplessness, especially those who are helpless in long
term unemployment, those with disabilities and those in other
necessitous circumstances, and to enable such persons to become
Gay and Lesbian Community Services
Geraldton Resource Centre
Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre
GRCEC is an Association of the Geraldton Community, working on behalf of
the residents, communities and businesses of the Mid West and Gascoyne
regions. GRCEC provides individuals and communities the opportunity to
use a wide range of quality services to enhance their personal, family
and career development.
Glyde-In Community Learning Centre Inc
Jewish Community Services of WA
Offers a wide range of social welfare services in order to meet the
changing needs of the Perth Jewish Community as it grows and
incorporates new families from all parts of the world.
Milligan Community Learning and Resource Centre
Milligan Community Learning & Resource centre is a community
facility offering everyone the opportunity to learn and grow by joining
in classes, activities and discussion groups.
One World Centre Ruah Community Services
Seeks to inspire and resource people to become active global citizens
contributing to the building of a more just, peaceful and sustainable
Ruah Community Services is a work of the Daughters of Charity of St
Vincent de Paul. It is committed to working in partnership with citizens
marginalised by mainstream society to enable them to overcome their
disadvantage, improve the quality of their lives, enhance their spirit
and participate more fully in the community. Ruah is also committed to
advocacy in areas of social policy to enhance the social fabric of our
TAPSS Community Care
Waroona Community Centre
The purpose of the centre is to serve the community through promoting
social health, personal and community development and providing access
to information and modern technology.
Counselling Services Financial Counsellors Association WA Inc Lifeline WA
A volunteer based organisation dedicated being the leading provider of specialist, life-affirming counselling and education services for Western Australian individuals and families.
Western Australia's only specialist non government provider of crime
prevention services and programs. Outcare’s charter is to make Western
Australia a safer place to live by providing rehabilitative and
supportive services for offenders, ex-offenders and their families.
Advocacy South West
Provides advocacy for people with disabilities and their families in the South West Region.
Future Living Trust WA
The Trust is recognised for its provision of valuable services in the
disability field, supporting and upholding the rights and interests of
people with disabilities when their parents are no longer able to do so.
It assists West Australian families in creating a long-term plan for a
family member with a disability, including accommodation, financial
assistance and overall quality of life.
Provides services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
Valued Independent People
V.I.People provides a flexible, daytime occupation focusing on community
access, integration and participation for people with disabilities
according to their needs & desires.
South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc
SCNRM's purpose is to bring together people, organisations and
information to ensure that the regional community drives the management
of natural resources - to get the best environmental, social and
economic outcomes for the Region.
Community Midwifery WA
Cystic Fibrosis Association of WA
Provides a variety of support services to meet the recognised needs of
people with CF living in the community, their carers and families.
Provides sexual health services, information and training for men and
women of all ages and advocate for safe sexual health practices and for
the removal of laws which discriminate against people on the grounds of
their sexuality or gender, or which restrict the choices available to
Goldfields Women's Health Care Centre
The Goldfields Women's Health Care Centre is a not for profit
organization providing clinical services, health information and
referral for women.
Weekly meetings of small groups of people who have experienced
depression, anxiety or other mental or emotional distress, who come
together to help each other deal with the challenges of life.
Haemophilia Foundation of WA
Provides information and support to people with a bleeding disorder and their families.
Seeks to reduce the prejudice and stigma directed against those with
viral hepatitis (predominantly hepatitis C), assist those with the
disease to obtain the best possible care and support, and raise
awareness of the nature of the disease.
Holyoake, the Australian Institute on Alcohol and Drug Addiction is a
non profit, community based organisation. Holyoake has a unique focus
offering help to all family members, regardless of whether or not the
person with the alcohol or other drug problem seeks help.
Mental Health Carers Arafmi (WA) Inc The Richmond Fellowship Western Australia
ARAFMI (WA) Inc. began as the Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill, and is now known as Arafmi Mental Health Carers & Friends Association (WA) Incorporated.In 2006 we celebrated our Pearl (30th) Anniversary of supporting families and friends of people with a mental health issue and 19 years of incorporation as a charity.
Through the work of The Richmond Fellowship, people with a mental
illness have access to a range of support services that get them back on
their feet on their way to leading healthy, active and rewarding
WA AIDS Council
The WA AIDS council, established in 1985, leads the Western Australian
community in the provision of a wide range of services in the prevention
of HIV, and the treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Community Housing Coalition of WA
The peak body representing and servicing organisations that deliver non-government community housing in WA.
Swan Emergency Accommodation
Citizen's Advice Bureau of WA
A not-for-profit information and referral agency that offers mediation,
conciliation and facilitation services; legal advice; and prepares
documents like Wills, Powers of Attorney, and some Family Court
Employment Law Centre of WA (Inc)
The Employment Law Centre of WA provides free, confidential, legal
information to disadvantaged employees living in Western Australia who
cannot afford other representation.
Gosnells Community Legal Centre
GCLC is a not-for-profit, non-government community based organisation
that offers free, confidential, non-judgemental information, advice and
assistance to low income earners.
SCALES Community Legal Centre
Sussex Street Community Law Service
Sussex Street Community Law Service Inc. is a free and readily
accessible legal service to low income and disadvantaged people in the
community. It provides access to accountable, non-judgmental and
effective services targeted to people's needs, with an emphasis on the
gaining of knowledge and resources.
Welfare Rights and Advocacy Service
A not-for-profit community organisation which specialises in providing
independent information, advice, advocacy and referral. WRAS aims to
empower disadvantaged people, social security recipients and low waged
Local Government & Government
City of Cockburn - Human Services Department for Child Protection
Multicultural or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Groups
Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors
A non-profit, non-government organisation which provides treatment and
support to people who have been tortured or traumatized by violent
Coalition for Asylum-Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD)
Since January 2000 CARAD has provided settlement services for over 2000 refugees who are sent to Perth from detention centres.
Fremantle Multicultural Centre Inc
Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre Inc
Professional Associations Australian Association of Social Workers
Peel Volunteer Resource Centre
Volunteer South West Inc
Australian Red Cross
St Vincent de Paul Society WA Inc
Samaritans Crisis Line
WestAus Crisis & Welfare Services