General WACOSS News

Special event: Smarter Thinking in a Changing World! with guest speaker Glenn Capelli – 19 October 2011

Join WACOSS and guest speaker Glenn Capelli in this breakfast and seminar about leadership, decision-making and responding to the ever-changing nature of our sector. This is an event not to be missed by not-for-profit leaders in Western Australia, whether you choose to stay just for breakfast, or for the entire seminar.

For more information, and to register online, please click here.

Beyond Farming Update

WACOSS is delighted to welcome our newest member of staff, Program Support Officer Riann Aveling, who is joining Project Officer Gaynor Mitchell with the Beyond Farming Program. This strategy targets those thinking about their options outside farming, the program offers an opportunity to have a conversation with those who have made this shift. The Beyond Farming mentor program has been extended from the Midwest running in 67 shires to now taking in the whole of the South West of WA to 129. For further information about Beyond Farming see or contact Gaynor Mitchell on (08) 9420 7222.

Commonwealth People's Forum 2011

The next Commonwealth People's Forum will be held in Perth, Western Australia, from 25 to 27 October 2011.

The Commonwealth People's Forum (CPF), brings together civil society representatives from around the world, to discuss and debate key issues facing Commonwealth people. Held every two years in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the CPF is the single biggest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues.

Click here to read more

For the lastest information on CHOGM click here

WACOSS Workshops and Seminars

Facilitation Skills – 26 September 2011

Tips for people wanting to get a group working and learning together, solving problems, creating visions, making decisions & resolving differences.
For all the details and to register online, please click here.

OSH for Community Organisations – 27 September 2011

This full day workshop summarises the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) laws applying to WA.
It is designed to demystify the laws and assist your group with getting on the right track to fulfilling your duty of care obligations.
For all the details and to register online, please click here.

Dealing with Aggressive Clients – 3 October 2011

This workshop will help you to understand aggression, and learn ways to maintain your safety whilst communicating effectively when others behave aggressively towards you.
For all the details and to register online, please click here.

How to be a SUPER Supervisor – 12 October 2011

This workshop is a solid foundation for any supervisors/manager wanting a suite of practical tools and models to use 'on the fly' and/or within their more formal systems.
For all the details and to register online, please click here.

Making Productivity Possible with Outlook – 31 October 2011

Managing how to deal with the ever increasing emails is a real challenge these days for many in the not-for-profit sector. Learn how to take action to turn the tide and get on top of your emails using the highly acclaimed 'Getting Things Done' Principle.
For all the details and to register online, please click here.

Sector News

Homelessness Services in the Inner City Brochure Review

The City of Perth is reviewing the brochure on Homelessness Services in the Inner City and surrounding areas before undertaking its third reprint.

The brochure is a quick information directory and map for homeless persons seeking or requiring services and assistance in the inner city and surrounding areas.

Click here to read more

Festival call for community voices

• Call for community to take part in Commonwealth Festival
• Opportunity for individuals and groups to make their voices heard
• Speaker's Corner is a key part of the Festival's People's Space

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today called for the Western Australian community to grasp the opportunity and voice their opinions at the Speakers' Corner during the Commonwealth Festival Perth.

"The Speaker's Corner is one of the many festival events that involve community participation in celebrating the people and cultures of the Commonwealth," Mr Day said.

"The concept reflects the values of the Commonwealth including democracy, good governance and egalitarianism.

Click here to read more

Commissioner announces new online resource

Commissioner for Children and Young People WA Michelle Scott has released a new online resource that provides a socio-demographic profile of Western Australia's 500,000 children and young people.

The Profile of Children and Young People in Western Australia is both a comprehensive report and a website that describe the State's population of under 18 year-olds through current data on population distribution, diversity and family characteristics. Click here to read more

National Workforce Development Fund - Applications Open

The Australian Government has announced a new National Workforce Development Fund (the Fund) that will provide $558 million in funding over four years to support training and workforce develoopment in the areas of current and future skills need.
Industry Skills Councils are acting as brokers to manage the Fund on behalf of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) is managing applications from the Community Services and Health industries.
The funding is available to enterprises, professional associations, industry bodies and employment service providers to meet identified current and future business and workforce development needs.
Government funding will be supplemented by an employer contribution which varies for small, medium and large enterprises.

Applications are due to CS&HISC by 16 September 2011.
Visit the CS&HISC Website for application details and more information.

Sector Events

2011 ACSWA Leaders Symposium 22nd September 2011

The 2011 ACSWA Leaders Symposium is a one-day program specifically catered to WA's aged care sector and focussing on how to manage ongoing change, how the general economy has an impact and what managers should be considering in the areas of financial and operational risk.
Aimed at both residential and community care providers, the symposium will bring together a raft of well-known local presenters for this special intensive program, including:
• Alannah MacTiernan, former WA Planning and Infrastructure Minister
• Sabine Phillips of Russell Kennedy Victoria
• Associate Professor Yasmin Naglazas, CEO of Bethesda Hospital
• Alan Langford, Chief Economist of Bankwest.

ACSWA is pleased to offer WACOSS members a discounted registration fee of $295. Click here for more information

ASID WA State Conference 26th September 2011

Location: Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive BENTLEY

Time: Registration at 8.30, conference commences at 9

Theme: This year's conference will focus on Transformations in individual and organisations practice and what it does and could mean in the lives of people with intellectual disability. There will be a focus on how research can lead to excellence and also on programs and experiences which promote and provide transformations. Presenters will be people from education, health and service provision perspectives along with people with intellectual disability and their advocates. Further details of the program can be found on the ASID Web Site at

Information: Click here for further information about the program and click here for a registration flier.

Vocational Graduate Diploma Of Family Dispute Resolution

Anglicare WA Training Services is a Registered Training Organisation and is offering a Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution. The qualification can be obtained through face to face delivery, recognition of prior learning (RPL) or a combination of these methods.

Click here for further details of the Vocational Graduate Diploma.

Corporate Cook-Off Fundraiser

Mental Health Week is October 9 - 15. Give your staff a great Mental Health Week experience and support a great cause at the same time.
This will be a fun afternoon, filled with delicious food, will raise funds for Manna Inc and will provide the meals to nourish Perth homeless people that night. Click here for further information.

Upcoming Professional Development at Anglicare WA

Anglicare WA Training Services will be delivering the following training this spring:

Working with Children whose Parents have Separated
Child Abuse and Neglect

Communicating Effectively in Challenging Circumstances
Dealing with Aggressive People in the Workplace
Dealing with Sexually Disinhibited Behaviours
Assessments and Interventions for Perpetrators of Family and Domestic Violence

Please contact or 9263 2122 for information and registration.

Invitation COTA Consumer Forum Aged Care Reform –what could it mean for me?

Where? The Melbourne Hotel, Corner Hay and Milligan Streets in Perth,
When? 9.30 am to 12 noon on Tuesday, October 18th
Guest Speaker? Jo Root, National Policy Manager, COTA Australia

COTA wishes to hear what seniors think about these proposals. This will help us to tell the Federal Government what YOU think.

Click here to learn more

Upcoming Workshops at Richmond Fellowship WA

Understanding Psychosis and Working Towards Recovery with Dr Rufus May. 6 October 2011

Mindfulness, Mental Health and Well Being with Dr Rufus May. 7 October 2011

Recovery Seminar Series

3 October 2011 - Critically Understanding Mental Illness

4 October 2011 - Recovery in Mind
Hearing Voices Training

10 October 2011 - Reconceptualising Hearing Voices: An introduction to the 'Hearing Voices Approach'

11 October 2011 - Reconceptualising Hearing Voices: Working with Voice

Click here for further details on the workshops

Mental Health WALK OF PRIDE 2011

A big step against stigma

Sunset stroll at Cottesloe Beach, October 16

Take a step against mental health stigma. Join like-minded people who want to make a difference with a sunset stroll along Cottesloe Beach pathway at 5pm on October 16, 2011.

Click here to learn more

The Australasian Housing Institute presents a workshop on Working with clients who have drug and/or alcohol dependency

A one-day workshop for client services staff

At times, housing and support staff work with clients who are experiencing substance abuse dependency. This training is provided to assist housing workers who work with people who may be experiencing difficulties in living that may be associated with alcohol or substance abuse issues (abuse, miss-use and dependency). Click here to learn more

6th Annual Givewell Nonprofit Forum: Building resilience in the third sector 18th October 2011

  • Running a Resilient Nonprofit Organisation: Practical case studies and a grantmakers perspective
  • Sector Reform and Regulation: The National Not-for-Profit Regulator and the development of a capital market for social economy organisations
  • Economic Outlook: How the “new normal” economy impacts on charitable giving and the business of nonprofit entities
  • Strategic Governance: Building and maintaining an effective board
  • Partnering for success: Both with business and other nonprofits for shared service provision

Click here to learn more

Learning how to use the media. Training for consumers and carers

The Mental Health Commission is offering a series of four workshops for consumers and carers.
It will cover print, television, radio and social media. Some high profile media people will be presenting.
Click here to learn more

On Friday 7th October 2011 Communicare will be holding it's first ever Fashion Friday Fundraiser.

Communicare will be holding a lunch time event which will incorporate a fashion show from three local Perth designers to raise funds to support children and youth at risk in Western Australia.

Designers attending on the day include FuMoso, Love in Tokyo and Tiah.

Plus there'll be some great live acoustic music while you enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch and the beautiful views from the South of Perth Yacht Club Ball Room.

Download an invitation to register to attend. Seats are strictly limited

Bridges Out of Poverty: An Overview with Nairn Walker 14th October 2011

10 am – 4pm Friday 14th October, Progress Hall, Paget St, Hilton

Cost: $99 per person including lunch

Based on the work of Dr Ruby Payne, this insightful presentation will assist you to understand the unique challenges faced by people experiencing economic disadvantage and how economic disadvantage shapes people’s actions and attitudes.

Providers of services to people experiencing economic disadvantage often make ‘middle class’ assumptions regarding the person’s level of resources and capacity to help themselves. We then often find ourselves frustrated when our attempts to help people fail. This presentation will bring the unconscious assumptions we make to our awareness and give us tools to really understand and help those people who come to us for assistance on a daily basis.

Click here for further information. To learn more about Nairn Walker click here.
To book your place visit:
I have attached further information including a Bio of Nairn Walker. This workshop is open to all who wish to attend although we are limited in the number of places we can accommodate so early attention is critical.
To book your place simply register at

Walk against Parkinsons!

Join the 800 people in Western Australia and the golden voice of 6PR Radio, Tony Mac, who will be taking a united stand at the Parkinson's WA 2011 Unity Walk.
The event is a fun way for family, friends, loved ones and supporters to make a difference in the lives of people living with Parkinsons. Click here to read this article in full

Our Mob Our Minds Our Spirits

Indigenous Mental Health Conference
Venue: Esplanade Hotel
Fremantle WA
12-14 October 2011

Click here for further details and to register

Living Life to the Full with a Chronic Condition Forum 27th October

Do you have a chronic condition?
Do you care for someone with a chronic condition?
Then this FREE forum is for you. It's been developed by consumers and carers like you!

You can:

  • Learn about living life to the full with a chronic condition
  • Find out about help available to manage your condition
  • Understand Chronic Disease Care Plans and how to get the best care from your GP
  • Discover how your chronic condition story can make a difference
  • Obtain up to date information for consumers and carers
  • Hear from the Chief Medical Officer of the WA Department of Health

Most importantly...
Share your experiences and build relationships with others living with chronic conditions

Date Thursday, 27 October 2011
Time 10.00 am – 3.30 pm (registration from 9:30 am)
Venue The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat
Click here to download a Registration Form

Count Me In Awards 2011

The Disability Services Commission's Count Me In Awards recognise and reward the outstanding efforts of individuals, government, private enterprise, business and education and training organisations for projects or initiatives which create more welcoming and accessible communities for people of all abilities.

The Awards are part of Disability Awareness Week and will be presented on Thursday, 1 December at Burswood Entertainment Complex, in recognition of the large number of events held on 3 December, the International Day of People with Disability.

Submissions are now invited for the 2011 awards from individuals, businesses, education and training providers, state and local governments, developers, planners and architects. This year, organisations funded by the Disability Services Commission are also eligible to nominate activities or projects not funded directly by the Commission.

The closing date for submissions is 5pm Friday, 30 September 2011. Click here for further information

Community Sector Jobs

The following position are currently advertised on the WACOSS/ANSON Community Jobs page. Click here to view the vacancies in full.


If you would like to advertised your vacancies on the WACOSS/ANSON Community Jobs page please contact John Broweleit at ANSON at