General WACOSS News

ACNC Bills have passed the Senate

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit (ACNC) Bill 2012 to establish a national charity regulator has passed through the Senate with some important amendments from the Australian Greens. The Bill was referred back to the House of Representatives which has today agreed to the Senate amendments. The legislation is now "done and dusted" and will likely take effect in early December 2012. Click here to read more.

JOINT WACOSS & ACOSS MEDIA RELEASE: National community sector meeting calls for certainty on homelessness funding, Tuesday 30th October 2012

The nations' peak Councils of Social Service have called for a clear Federal Government announcement on future funding for chronically under-funded homelessness services in Australia during a national meeting in Perth today.

The future of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) remains uncertain despite a positive report from the Western Australian Auditor General on the programs success in this State and amid growing housing pressures.

Click here to read more.

Policy Toolkit by the Building Skills, Network and Knowledge Working Group

WACOSS is a part of the Partnership Forum which is responsible for overseeing implementation of the State's Delivering Community Services in Partnership (DCSP) policy. The Partnership Forum has established a Building Skills, Network and Knowledge Working Group which has initiated a Policy Toolkit to help build the policy capacity of the public and community.

Click here to read more.

Funding Reform Support Groups

Do you feel like you could benefit from the experience of your peers in similar situations?

Would you like the opportunity to talk through something around the reforms with an expert?

If yes, click here to read on!

Shelter WA, in partnership with WACOSS, Present: Department of Housings' Disruptive Behaviour Policy, the Rights and Obligations of Tenants - Friday 9th November

The Disruptive Behaviour Management Policy (DBMP), reflecting the rights and obligations of tenants, is a revised approach to the disruptive behaviour of a small proportion of public housing tenants. This workshop is happening on Friday the 9th of November, from 9:30am-11:30am, at City West Lotteries House in West Perth. For more information, please contact Lauren at Please click here to register now. Click here to read more about the workshop.

Partnership Forum Event for Not-For-Profit Community Sector Leaders - Monday 19th November

The Partnership Forum is hosting an afternoon event for board leaders and Chief Executive Officers of not-for-profit community sector organisations to update the progress being made with the implementation of key government reforms relating to the delivery of community services.

The Western Australian Government is implementing a range of initiatives to strengthen the relationship between the Government, public sector and community sector so as to establish a genuine and collaborative partnership in the delivery of human services to the Western Australian community. Click here for more information.

Click here to download the latest Partnership Forum Newsletter.

Fostering Partnerships Program workshops and forums - Regional and Metro!

WACOSS is partnering with three departments to provide support to the community services sector with regards to the funding and contracting reforms.

If you are an organisation funded through Department of Correctives, Department of Health or Department of Child Protection, please read on to find out when your next event is scheduled for.

WACOSS and Community Employers WA Members' Forum - Thursday 22nd November

Members of CEWA and WACOSS are invited to an update on the December 2012 implementation of the Supplementation of the wage component of the FWA equal pay order.

Supplementation will apply to organisations with relevant Commonwealth contracts who are employing staff under the 'Modern SACS Award' i.e. the Federal 'Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services' (SCHADS) award.

Click here to read more.

Community Interest: Introducing the ACNC Taskforce YouTube video

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Taskforce has released a third in a series of new videos on YouTube. The video presents the human face of Australia's first independent, national charity regulator.

In the video, Interim Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM outlines her personal aims as the head of the ACNC for when it is finally launched. Assistant Commissioner David Locke explains why he left the UK to join the ACNC, and Murray Baird, Assistant Commissioner, General Counsel, gives his view on how the ACNC will support the not-for-profit sector.

Two earlier videos presented information on the role and functions of the ACNC. The videos can be found on YouTube through the following link

Further information about the ACNC can be obtained by emailing: or phoning: 1800 020 008 (Ask for the ACNC Taskforce). Click here to visit The ACNC website.

Social Enterprises in the Social Services Sector – a research project undertaken by WACOSS, Mission Australia and Edith Cowan University

WACOSS, Mission Australia and Edith Cowan University are conducting a project to gain an understanding of social enterprise ventures in the social services sector in Australia. We would like to hear from staff in all agencies, not just those operating a social enterprise! Click here to read more.

FREE EVENT! Western Australian Social Innovation Conference - Friday 30th November

The inaugural WA Social Innovation Conference is a unique opportunity for community organisations to share ideas, learn from each other's experiences and harness the creative talents of the sector. Projects funded to date under the Social Innovation Grants program will be showcased, together with many other fantastic projects that are currently under way around the state, highlighting the tremendous innovation taking place to meet the diverse and complex needs of the Western Australian community. For more information and to register click here.

Update: FairWork Equal Pay Remuneration Order

WACOSS is pleased to provide a further update on progress with implementation of the Fairwork Equal Remuneration Order, as well as further information on Pay Equity Education Webinars being held for rural and regionally based employers during October and November. Click here to read more.

WACOSS submission to Senate Inquiry about Australia's response to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health report "Closing the gap within a generation"

WACOSS has participated in a joint COSS Network submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry on Australia's domestic response to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health report "Closing the gap within a generation".

Click here to read more.

New Concessions WA website portal

The WA Government has launched a new website where you can find details on more than 100 concessions, rebates and subsidy schemes provided by the State Government.

The new portal, an initiative WACOSS has been calling for, will make it much easier for citizens to determine their entitlements, or for service providers to assist them.
Click here to read more.

Strategies to Reduce your Energy Bills: Midland

WACOSS, in partnership with Anglicare WA, invite you to register for the free workshop: Strategies to Reduce your Energy bills. This workshop is suitable for your client's attendance, so please encourage their participation. To register for this event, please click here.

We are also running an additional training workshop, Supporting Clients with Utilities Issues. This workshop has no current vacancies, however if you wish to be added to the waitlist in case of cancellations or for additional courses, please contact Lauren at

WACOSS Training, Workshops and Seminars

Sector News

Communicare Christmas Claus

We've all heard the adage - Christmas is a time of giving. This year, Communicare is appealing to WA businesses to stand with us and do just that – GIVE – this festive season.

Each year Communicare, through generous support from the community and businesses, are able to provide gifts to families for children who may not otherwise have received a gift on Christmas morning. Click here to read more

Affordable rental housing for city-based workers

The City of Perth "Key City Workers Development" is a 48-unit three storey apartment development in East Perth, specifically aimed at providing affordable rental housing for inner-city workers who earn moderate incomes. Currently under construction, the homes will be rented at below-market rates when complete in mid-2013. Tenants must work within the City of Perth boundaries, meet income limits and satisfy other criteria to be eligible. Visit for more information and to find out how to register interest.

City of Vincent One Life Suicide Prevention Strategy Survey

Help the City Vincent to determine what is needed in the community to coordinate
local responses to suicide prevention.

The survey is aimed at everyone and anyone, even if you have no direct experience
with suicide - community members, service providers, local businesses- EVERYONE!

Click here for more information and complete the survey.

2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards

The National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions that community organisations make to supporting people who are homeless in our communities. The Awards celebrate excellence and innovation by organisations, services and programs responding to the needs of people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

If your service or organisation, or one you know, has made a significant contribution to addressing homelessness issues—either at a local, regional, state or national level—tell us about it by nominating for a 2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Award.

To nominate, you can download the guidelines and nomination forms from
Nominations close at 5pm EDT Friday 18 January 2013.

Free Photocopier

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Can print black/white and colour. Quality on colour is moderate. Collection required from Northbridge.
Contact Leza 9227 6177 (ext 260)

CAN WA's Sharing Stories

CAN WA's Sharing Stories funding is available to communities located in the Wheatbelt, Goldfields and Great Southern regions of Western Australia.
Sharing Stories offers up to $5000 towards arts projects that encourage community participation, creative expression and relationship building in a safe environment, with a particular focus on young people.
The Sharing Stories fund is underpinned by Healthway and Relationships Australia's Make Time to Talk message. Make Time to Talk recognises the positive mental and social effects of giving people the opportunity to tell their stories. Projects that focus on young and Indigenous people are encouraged.
More information and the latest Sharing Stories showcase and guidelines publication is available at CAN WA website at

Apprenticeships and Housing Instability or Homelessness Survey

Do you know of an apprentice/trainee experiencing housing instability or homelessness? Please complete this short survey.
Researchers from Flinders University in partnership with the South Australian Council of Social Service and Anglicare SA are investigating a link between apprenticeships and housing instability or homelessness. Click here to read more.

Who are your consumer champions?

Nominations for the Consumer Protection Awards 2013 are now open. The Awards seek to recognise and reward those in our community who promote consumer rights, provide assistance and educational programs and raise awareness of consumer issues, including child safety. Click here to read more.

United Community Credit Union encourages WA charities to go green

Leading Australian credit union, United Community, has joined forces with not-for-profit carbon consultancy and offset provider, Carbon Neutral, to launch the inaugural Carbon Footprint Reduction Grant Program.

The Carbon Footprint Reduction Grant will assist charitable and not-for-profit organisations to reduce green house gas emissions, adopt sustainable and environmentally responsible practices and consequently improve business efficiency and decrease their electricity cost. Click here to read more.

Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations' (SWECO) Award

Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations (SWECO) is now open for applications from Australian women and men and will close on 22nd November 12.

The Australian Centre for Leadership for Women's 'Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations' (SWECO) Award aims to honour male and female individuals and groups who have developed a sustainable initiative to empower women in a community or organisation.

More information and the application for 2013 SWECO can be accessed at

Sector Events

November Showcase - Saturday 10th November

Joondalup and Merriwa Choirs will come together to present some Musical Delights. Entry will be Gold coin donation and The Craft group will be showcasing their wares. Afternoon tea will be provided ALL WELCOLME – Please register for catering purposes by calling 9300 1566.

Saturday at 1.00pm
Cost: Gold Coin Donation
Venue : Butler Community Centre, Corner of Connolly Street and Kingsbridge Boulevard, Butler

Community Day of Action, Support a better future for children – Saturday November 17th

United Voice is campaigning for professional wages for Childcare Educators through the Big Steps campaign.

Come to National Big Steps Day on Saturday, November 17th to celebrate and show your support for a quality childcare sector backed by government-funded professional wages. Click here to read more.

Restorative Justice Week Opening - Monday 19th November

This evening event will provide the foundation for what looks to be a very engaging week of activities across Perth. Come along and share you ideas, restorative solutions, and local practices with friends and colleagues. Click here for more information.

Recovery: Putting it into Practice with Prof. Dr. Marius Romme, Dr. Sandra Escher and Ron Coleman - Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th November

In November, Richmond Fellowship WA is proud to be playing host to three of the world's most respect figures: Prof. Dr. Marius Romme, Dr. Sandra Escher and Ron Coleman for a rare and insightful day of learning on Monday, 20 November and a special course focusing on Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse with Ron Coleman on Tuesday, 21 November.

Click here for more information.

WA Youth Sector Leaders Breakfast with Hon. Mark McGowan, Opposition Leader - Wednesday 21st November

The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) invites you to join us at our fifth Youth Sector Leaders Breakfast.
As the 2013 Election is looming on the horizon we thought we would give you the opportunity to hear from Opposition Leader the Hon. Mark McGowan about the Labor Party's agenda for young people and the community service sector.
It will be agreat opportunity for you to ask questions of the Opposition Leader, whilst enjoying a great breakfast and networking with your colleagues. Click here to read more.

YACWA Skillshare day - Thursday 22nd November

This is a free event for Youth Workers about creating safe spaces & feeling confident when talking to young people
about sexual health issues. Click here to read more.

Summer Energy Efficiency Workshop - Thursday 22nd November

Learn how to save money and become energy efficient through the HOT summer months with this workshop being held by The Spiers Centre. Click here for more information.

Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March - Friday 23rd November

The Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services have opened invitations to this year's 22nd Annual Silent domestic Violence Memorial march.

The Silent Memorial march is held each year to commemorate and honour people who have died in the past 12 months from family and domestic violence related incidents. Sadly there have been 20 recorded homicides since we marched last year.

Click here to download the flyer
Click here for information on stalls available at this event.

Community Development Events at Murdoch University - Friday 23rd November

Murdoch Univsersity has opened up invitations to the first in what they are hoping will be on-going workshop training sessions run through the Community Development programme at Murdoch. Peter Westoby from University of Queensland in Brisbane will be hosting a session on dialogue in community development.
Immediately following the workshop he is going to launch a new book Learning and Mobilising for Community Development
Click here to download the seminar flyer. Click here to download the book launch flyer

2012 Clare Burton Memorial Lecture - Friday 23rd November

For Love …. Well known writers, commentators and co-authors of "The F word: how we learned to swear by feminism" Jane Caro and Catherine Fox will co-deliver this year's Clare Burton Memorial Lecture. They will address modern feminism and the big challenges women still face in the workplace. The lecture promises to be interactive, informative and hopeful. The lecture commemorates and honours the significant contribution of leading researcher, bureaucrat and academic Dr Clare Burton who died in 1998 and is sponsored by the Department for Communities Women's Interest and Curtin. For full details regarding the lecture and registration form please Click here. For all other queries please contact Eileen Finn, 9266 4140 or

Connect with Technology Symposium - Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th November

ACSWA and the Independent Living Centre invite you to explore the latest that technology has to offer the aged care, community and disability industry at our "Connect with Technology" Symposium. The Symposium to be held on 26 & 27 November will boast's some of the most renowned speakers on telehealth in aged care and disability technology on an national scale including:
• Jennine Buckley (Feros Care) - "Telehealthcare - A key enabler for a modern aged care service" (pictured)
• Ken Marston (COTA) - "The Digital Divide"
• Allan Turner (Silverchain) - "Personally controlled eHealth Record"
• Natalie McCormack (North Metro Medicare Local) - "Telehealth & Medicare Local Initiatives"
• Jason Burton (Alzheimer's Australia) - "Enabling Environment Initiative"

Click here to download the flyer or visit the ACSWA website:

Training Workshop – Assessing Families in Dispute in the Family Court of WA - Wednesday 28th November

A one day workshop outlining the process of preparing family assessment reports for the Family Court of WA. It will be of interest to social workers who work with families in dispute involved with the Court and those who conduct assessments of individuals and families where decisions around risk and risk management are required. Click here to download the Flyer and Registration Form.

Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations (IBEC) Conference 3rd-4th December

The UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact is delighted to announce the 2nd annual Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations (IBEC) Conference to be held at UWA Business School on 3th –4th December 2012.

Register and submit a paper – Closing Date for Submissions to Present 15th October 2012

Visit the conference website to register :

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops at Anglicare WA

Anglicare WA offers a number of Professional Development workshops designed to enhance the skills of employees and provide opportunities for career development in a wide range of industries:

  • Understanding the Child Inclusive Practice (31st Oct 2012)
  • Introduction to Counselling (13th, 20th, 27th Nov 2012)
  • Assisting People Through the Grieving Process (15th Nov 2012)
  • Assessment and Intervention of Perpetrators of Domestic Violence (22nd – 23rd Nov 2012)
  • Suicide and Intervention (28th -29th Nov 2012)
  • Worker Safety for Home Visits (3rd Dec 2012)
  • Adult Survivors of Child Abuse and Neglect (6th Dec 2012)

Please click here for more details. [links to full text below]

Train with Us @ RFWA

Click here for information on the following courses now available at Richmond Fellowship WA

  • What is it like to hear voices? Saturday 17th November
  • Manage Conflict in the Workplace - Thursday 29th November
  • Discover Recovery - Thursday 13th December
  • Free Hearing Voices Information Session - Thursday 15th November

Life Skills Seminars In Albany September – December 2012

Relationships Australia (WA) is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation with a reputation for excellence in education services. Albany services include:- Community Education, Mediation, Mensplace programmes, Employee Assistance Programme and Counselling for individuals, couples, families and unplanned pregnancy. Click here for more information.

Professional Development Training Program Relationships Australia

The following Professional Training is available in November 2012
At Relationships Australia, 15 Cambridge Street West Leederville.

  • Recognising and Responding to Domestic and Family Violence - Wed/Thurs 21st & 22nd November
  • Parenting Between Cultures - working with Migrant & Refugee Families - Thursday 29th November

Click here for complete course information. To enrol call 9489 6322.

Community Sector Jobs Board

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

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

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