WACOSS eNews- 2nd July 2012
General WACOSS News
Want to know how the carbon price will affect you?
As the carbon price comes in this Sunday many low and middle income families will be better off with the increase in the tax free threshold changing from $6000 to $18,200. This means that you will not be paying any tax on the first $18,200 you earn in the 2012-13 financial year. To see what the tax changes mean for you visit www.yourcarbonprice.com.au. This website was produce by The Climate Institutes in conjunction with Choice and ACOSS.
2012 Thinker in Residence with Dr Stuart Shanker a success!
WACOSS partnered with the Commissioner for Children and Young People in the 2012 Thinker in Residence with Dr Stuart Shanker which was a great success.
A range of resources available as a result of the residency can be found here.
Modern Award - Update for Community Organisations- Payscale Summary; Latest Advice National Minimum Wage Case Decision and Equal Remuneration Order
Employer Assist on behalf of WACOSS members have prepared a number of fact sheets relating to the Modern Award for organisations that come under the Federal System (Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010). When the Modern SACS Award was introduced in 2010 the rates of pay noted in the award did not apply as Fair Work Australia had yet to consider the Pay Equity application lodged by the ASU. Given the pay equity decision has now been made the rates of pay currently noted in the Modern SACS Award will now apply from 1st July 2012. Additional fact sheets available on our website provide you with indicative rates of pay that will apply from 1st December 2012 (based on the ERO decision and awaiting final orders) to assist you in budgeting for 2012-13. If your organisation falls under the state industrial relations system the WA Social and Community Service Award will apply for community service organisations.
Still confused about whether you are in the state or federal system? WACOSS members can call Employer Assist on 1300 153 154 for free one-off advice and further assistance.
The Modern Award and the FWA Equal Pay Decision Information Forums
NDS, WACOSS and Jobs Australia are co-hosting a series of forums to provide up-to-date information on changes to the industrial landscape occurring during 2012.
For more information on forums click here.
Funding Reform Resources Online and Free One-on-One Consultations on Pricing, Costing and Outcomes
The Sector Funding Reform Program is currently focussing on publishing a range of online materials and useful tools on the sector funding reform.
Need more support? Community Service Organisations have the opportunity to request free of charge, one-on-one support from one of WACOSS' expert consultants in the areas of pricing, costing and outcomes. Please contact us to arrange an appointment on 9420 7222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Leadership Program – Applications now open!
The 11th WACOSS Community Leadership Program is now taking applications. If you are a manager in the sector and don't have a formal management qualification, this could be the course for you! For all the details and application package, click here.
An Understanding of Contemporary Conflict Resolution in the Workplace for Managers – Wednesday 11th July - Perth
Do you struggle to understanding conflict in your workplace? Do Mediators solve everything?
New Funding Reform Workshop: Outcomes Based Evaluation - Tuesday 24th July
An outcomes- based evaluation framework takes into account measurement of outcomes as a key indicator of program performance. In this workshop, you will learn key steps and processes around undertaking outcomes-based evaluation.
To register, click here.
Launch of the Healthy You, Healthy Baby Website and Mobile App
The Healthy You, Healthy Baby (HYHB) website and phone App is aimed at providing practical advice on healthy lifestyle for mothers and families during pregnancy and the first 18 months. By utilising the App, families are provided with feedback and the latest information and links to resources to promote good health through lifestyle choices.
Consultations on the Parenting Toolkit and Evaluation Framework
The Engaging Families in the ECD Story is a Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth affairs (MCEECDYA) project led by the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD). The project supports the reform priority under the National Early Childhood Development Strategy to engage parents and the community in understanding the importance of early childhood.
Click here to read more.
SACS Web Launch
The Minister for Community Services, the Hon Julie Collins MP, is leading the whole-of-government communications to keep the social and community services sector informed about Fair Work Australia's equal pay decision and the Government's commitment to pay its share of wage increases.
Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards 2012 - Nominations are now open
The Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards honour and recognise the exceptional achievements of our State's mental health sector and celebrate inspiring role models whose activities and contributions have impacted positively on their community.
Click here for more information.
Expressions of interest for Western Australian Fellowship Program 2012 Round
The Department of Commerce is inviting Expression of Interest applications for the next round of the Western Australian Fellowship Program under the Western Australian Innovation Development Schemes. Applications opened on Monday 11th June 2012. Click here for more information.
Middle Years Network News
The Department for Communities, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, hosted the 2012 Middle Years program on 10th-11th May. The program focused on the social and emotional development of children aged nine to 14 (the middle years). Click here to read more.
20% Discount on Accommodation & Venues at Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra
20% Discount for ALL WACOSS members when you book a Venue and/or Accommodation at Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra during the months of July and August 2012.
Click here for more information.
Affordable Home Ownership for Lower and Middle Income Earners - Shared Equity Program
Would you like to own your own home but think you can't afford it? The State Government has introduced two initiatives to support moderate income Western Australians, like those working in the not-for-profit sector, to achieve their dream of home ownership.
Click here to read more about each of these exciting opportunities.
NAIDOC Week Program of Events for Perth
NAIDOC Perth is proud to present the 2012 NAIDOC Week Program of Events for Perth.
This year in Perth, NAIDOC is gearing up to be one of the biggest and best yet with five week long events and over forty individual events occurring throughout the City. The Program shows the depth and variety of this growing festival, which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and communities. The celebration will occur nationally between the 1st and 8th of July with the 2012 theme, 'Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 Years On'. The focus city of NAIDOC 2012 is Hobart, who will host the National NAIDOC Ball and Awards night on Friday 6th July.
Click here to download the program.
Vocational Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution
Anglicare WA Training Services would like to announce that we still have a few places left in our accredited course.
This qualification will equip graduates to provide a range of services including family dispute resolution, information,
This course is being offered as face-to-face delivery as of July this year. Click here to download the course flyer and registration form.
Fairground Youth Sector Conference 2012 - Thursday 19th - Friday 20th July