WACOSS eNews- 10th February 2012
General WACOSS News
Registrations for the 2012 WACOSS Conference "THE BIG PICTURE" NOW OPEN
The Western Australian Council of Social Service has great pleasure inviting you to attend the WACOSS 2012 Conference THE BIG PICTURE.
Support available to cover registration fees and regional delegates partial accommodation and travel and expenses.
Click here to find out more and to register.
Nominations are Now Open for the Community Services Excellence Awards
The Awards, which are proudly presented by the State Government of Western Australia and WACOSS, provide a unique opportunity to showcase the fantastic work being undertaken by community service organisations around the state.
Award winners will be honoured at a Gala Dinner held in conjunction with the WACOSS Conference on May 9th 2012.
Click here for nomination forms and to read more
Member Consultation: Future Directions for Children's Policy and Services Members Roundtable 24th February 2012
WACOSS will be holding a Members Consultation for the Future Directions for Children's Policy and Services. This Members Roundtable will be held on the 24th February 2012 at city West Lotteries House Room 7, 2 Delhi street West Perth from 1-4pm. For further information click here
Assisting you on funding reform
To help with the transition to the Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy, a project has been created by WACOSS in collaboration with the Peaks Forum, and working alongside the Department of Finance.
The Funding Reform Program will make available from a range of practical tools, resources, expertise and workshops to the community sector from 13 February. The team members here to help you are:
Click here to read more
Community Sector Energy Hardship Service Delivery Consultation and Survey: Where are the Gaps and Needs?
WA Council of Social Service (WACOSS) is seeking your input to help inform future Office of Energy funding opportunities to community service organisations so they can delivery services to low income households to reduce their energy use.
Have you seen an increase in the number of your clients struggling to pay their energy bills? Are you interested in delivering innovative services to support your clients to reduce their energy bills? WA Council of Social Service (WACOSS) is seeking your input to help inform how the Office of Energy funds community service organisations to delivery services to support low income households to reduce their energy consumption. This consultation will provide WACOSS with information about the level of knowledge and understanding the community sector has about energy, energy efficiency and energy hardship; and if community organisations are delivering services to improve energy efficiency in low income households. Click here to read more
Low income energy efficiency program
The Federal government has called for expressions of interest for the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program. The Low Income Energy Efficiency Program has been established to provide grants to consortia of government, business and community organisations to trial new and innovative approaches to assist low income and vulnerable households overcome identified barriers to energy efficiency and to better manage their energy use. Trials under the program should be aimed at overcoming barriers to energy efficiency, such as information failure, capital constraints and split incentives, which prevent low income households from adopting more energy efficient practices. Click here to read more
Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program
The Federal Government has released the guidelines for the 'The Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program'. The Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program will provide funding to industry associations and non-profit organisations that work with SMEs and community organisations. These groups will deliver information about energy efficiency to SMEs and community organisations to enable them to respond to the impact of increasing energy costs, including the carbon price. The SME s targeted are those entities with up to 200 full time equivalent employees. Community organisations targeted are those non-profit entities with an annual turnover of less than $10 million. Click here to read more
'The Community Energy Efficiency Program'
Community groups that want to improve their energy efficiency may be eligible for funding from the Federal Government through the 'The Community Energy Efficiency Program'. The Federal Government is providing the not-for-profit sector and local governments the chance to share in 200 million dollars of funding to undertake energy efficiency upgrades to community infrastructure. To be eligible you need to:
Be a non-profit organisation constituted as a legal entity for at least 12 months and with public liability insurance to the value of $10 million, whose primary objective is to assist or service the community
Applications can range from $20,000 to 5 million dollars and the deadline for applications is the 23rd of March 2012
Click here to read more
Insecure Work Inquiry
The ACTU are currently conducting an independent national inquiry into insecure work, being chaired by Brian Howe.
Around 40% of workers are involved in insecure work arrangements such as casual work, fixed term work, contracting or labour hire. Most of these workers don't have access to the same rights as permanent workers, earn less, have limited access to sick or holiday leave and can lose their jobs with little to no notice without redundancy. For many Australians insecure work is not a preference – it's all they can get. Click here to read more
WACOSS MEDIA RELEASE: WACOSS calls for 'one stop shop' for concessions. 6th February
The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) today renewed its call for better coordination of concessions policy.
"There is very clearly a need to put in place better systems and strategies for assessing entitlement to state concessions, benefits and rebates to ensure that resources intended to provide assistance and support are reaching those who need it most." said WACOSS CEO, Ms Irina Cattalini.
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MEDIA RELEASE: Community Sector welcomes Equal Pay case decision
WACOSS today welcomes the Fair Work Australia decision that community sector workers will be paid a higher wages for their work with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
"This is an important step in addressing the historical undervaluing of community sector workers" said Irina Cattalini, WACOSS CEO.
The wages increase range from 19 - 41% close to what was agreed by the Australian Services Union and the Commonwealth Government in their application for the equal pay decision.
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WACOSS CEO Taking Part in febfast
febfast is a national health and fundraising initiative which challenges people to send their grog on a holiday in February – the shortest month of the year – for two key reasons: so we can take a break from the booze and approach the New Year with a clear head and a healthier body; to raise money to help young Australians overcome alcohol, drug and mental health problems.
WACOSS CEO, Irina Cattalini, has decided to take on the Leaders’ Challenge to support community organisations, including WACOSS member Holyoake, to help thousands of young Australians.
To support Irina in “sending grog on a holiday”, see her fundraising page at http://www.febfastfundraising.com.au/irina_cattalini
Are you ClimateClever? Opportunities and Actions
Are you or your organisation concerned about the impacts of climate change on your clients? Excited about the possibilities of a clean energy future? Unsure how the carbon tax works and how it might impact on low income families? Wanting to create change through climate action groups or engaging through online action hubs? Click here to read more
WACOSS Board Member Daniel Morrison for WA Business News 40under40 Awards
Chief Executive Officer of Aboriginal Alcohol & Drug Service and WACOSS Board Member Daniel Morrison has been recognised for his hard work with a nomination for the 40under40 Awards.
The 40under40 is designed to celebrate the depth of business talent in Western Australia
Click here for more information and to vote.
ACOSS NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2012 - "Sharing the Wealth of the 'Lucky' Country"
29-30 March 2012, Australian Technology Park, Sydney
Community Leadership Development Program – Expressions of Interest sought
If you work in the community sector and wish to complete a Diploma of Management – then this program is for you! WACOSS offers this program every year in partnership with MODAL. The 12 month course will commence in October, with applications opening in May. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh My Goodness – I'm on a Board!! – 15 February
Part of our new Just for Boards program of board training and networking events.
Understanding Strategic Planning – 14 March
Why do we exist? What are we doing? Where are we going? How are we going to get there? When are we going to get there? How do we know when we have arrived?
Using Performance Appraisals and Managing Staff Performance – 20 March
An introduction to managing staff performance and completing performance appraisals.
OSH for Community Organisations – 27 March
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.
City of Mandurah Scholarships
Individuals involved with a not-for-profit association are invited to apply for the inaugural $5,000 City of Mandurah Convention Scholarship.
Office Space Available – Excellent Location!
There is an opportunity for office space in in a building with other three Not for Profit organisations in the City at the end of Pier Street just 10 minutes walking distance from Claisebrook and Mc Civer train station.
To view the property kindly contact Antonella Segre on email@example.com or 9228 4488.
WA Youth Awards Nominations Now Open
The WA Youth Awards were established in 1999 to recognise young Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their achievements and contributions to the community. The awards also reward outstanding youth groups and organisations that serve and support the state's young people.
In 2012 the WA Youth Awards are proudly presented by the Department for Communities in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. The awards are supported by Lotterywest.
Click here for more details
New Partnership Forum Website
Department of the Premier and Cabinet have launched a new website will all the latest news on the Partnership Forum.
Click here to view the site
Free Social Business Listings
Social Innovation In Western Australia (SiiWA) in partnership with Social Traders is helping to deliver Australia's most comprehensive directory of Australian social businesses. Once compiled Social Traders will commence marketing the directory in order to promote the mainstream sourcing of socially procured goods and services. We'd love you to register and join the 4,900 business that have currently signed up.
Registering your business is quick and easy. Simply visit http://socialtraders.force.com/ased/Login and you'll be guided through registration process.
CLAN WA Volunteer Training
CLAN WA supports families with children from 0-12 through a home visiting program using highly trained volunteers. We are having our first volunteer training for 2012 starting in March at Cockburn Youth Centre. There will be other training offered later in the year in Armadale and Mirrabooka. For further information please refer to our website
Expressions of Interest – Towards Good Practice – 24 February 2012
ConnectGroups are calling for Expressions of Interest for Good Practice Models – "Sharing Stories" – National Self Help & Support Groups Awareness Day 2012.
Centrecare Corporate Training Calendar
Click here to view the Perth Corporate Training Calendar
Click here to view the Bunbury Corporate Training Calendar
Gimme Shelter is on for the Fifth Year
Gimme Shelter, the annual fundraiser for the homeless on the south lawn at Fremantle Arts Centre is on again on Saturday 25th February with another amazing line-up including Jill Birt and Alsy Macdonald from the Triffids together with Adrian Hoffman from The Morning Night. This trio creates a sound that is compelling in its stripped back intensity. With Birt taking the main vocals; keyboards and sparsely arranged guitar this is an intimate, acoustic sound very different from The Triffids but just as captivating. Click here to read more
Ready to Work Movie Fundraiser 22nd February
Ready to Work are holding a movie fundraiser on the 22nd of February. Click here for all the details
Movie Night Fundraiser 26th February
Help support George Jones Child Advocacy Centre's Resource Room by attending the movie night fundraiser on the 26h of February.
Click here for all the details
March Professional Development Workshops Anglicare
Anglicare are holding the following workshops in February;
Click here for details on all these courses
Funds for Freedom Sparkling High Tea 8th March 2012
Spend a lovely International Women's Day celebrating with a scrumptious Sparkling High Tea and raising money to help women and children to make a fresh start after living in a violent relationship.
COST – Early Bird (before 31st December 2011) $67.00 inc gst
Click here for more information
2012 QMS Quality Forum-Unravelling the Quality Maze 15th March
Quality Management Services (QMS) invites you to this exciting one day forum for all Health and Community Services with a desire to develop excellent organisations, services and programs. Come and hear key speakers on the quality challenges for Health and Community Services and find out about continuous improvement, accreditation options and quality choices.
Click here to read
Quantic Workshop: Measuring Outcomes – Demonstrate that Your Organisation is Making a Difference 27th March
Community based organisations and people who work in them want to make a difference in peoples' lives. The Results-Based Accountability™ Framework can help demonstrate that this is what you are doing.
Click here to read more
Specialist Homelessness Services Conference 2012
In partnership with the Western Australian Council on Homelessness, the Department for Child Protection is pleased to announce the 2012 Specialist Homelessness Services Conference, Leading the road home! Held at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre on 28 & 29 May 2012, abstracts for presentations and workshops are currently being sought from services and other key stakeholders.
The Seventh World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders 'The 21st Century Approach to Mental Health'. Perth Convention Centre, 17 – 19 October 2012
Your organisation is invited to submit a paper for this conference.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org