General WACOSS News

Save the Date – WACOSS Events 2013

WACOSS Annual New Years Sector Breakfast

8am – 10am 25th January 2013
Invitations will be out soon.

The Learning Exchange will return

30th January 2013

WACOSS presents another exciting Learning Exchange opportunity on Wednesday, 30th January.
There will be many interesting and timely topics covered in the Learning Exchanges in the new year, so please save the date now! Click here for more information.

Emergency Relief Conference 2013

The bi-annual Emergency Relief Conference will take place on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May 2013. The theme of the conference in 2013 will focus on DivERsity - diversity in the ways our services assist those who are vulnerable in times of financial crisis and hardship, the diversity of services across the State and the environments in which they operate, and most importantly the diversity in the people - the volunteers, workers and those using the services. Click here to read more.

Changes to Single Parent Payments and Financial Hardship

Recent changes to social security law affecting single parents will hit on 1st January. Single Parents who currently receive Parenting Payment Single (PPS) will no longer be eligible of or when their youngest child turns eight years old. WACOSS is concerned of the impact of this significant reduction in family income for single parents.Click here for more information.

Update: Fair Work Australia Equal Remuneration Order

WACOSS has prepared this briefing paper for community service organisations in Western Australia to provide a further update on progress with implementation of the Fair Work Australia (FWA) Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) for community service workers covered by the Federal SCHCDS Award. This update covers supplementary funding for service providers who are contracted directly by the Commonwealth. Click here to read more. Click here to download the latest FWA Update.

Do you know someone remarkable working in the community sector?

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has joined forces with HESTA to launch the inaugural Community Sector awards, acknowledging excellence in service provision, advocacy and leadership in the sector. Click here for more information.

Registrations are now open for ACOSS National Conference 2013

Registrations are now open for the ACOSS National Conference 2013. The annual conference is the premier national community sector event bringing together key decision makers, practitioners, researchers and the people at the front line of social policy and services. Click here for more information or to register click here.

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.

WACOSS Training, Workshops and Seminars 2013

WACOSS Training and Events Calender available soon.

Sector News

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is now open for business. Susan Pascoe AM was formally appointed as the first Commissioner of the ACNC this December 7th. Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM (CGP) - New Major Projects Funding

The CGP now offers a new grant category for grants up to $50,000. Click here for more information.

Electricity, water and gas disconnection moratoriums for the Christmas period.

Alinta Energy, Horizon Power, Synergy and the Water Corporation won't be disconnecting households during the Christmas between the following dates:
Alinta Energy: 17th December 2012 until 4th of January 2013
Horizon Power: 17th December 2012 until the 4th of January 2013
Synergy: 19 December 2012 until 7 January 2013
Water Corporation: 17th December 2012 until the 4th of January 2013

First charity registered by the ACNC has human rights focus

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) held its official launch today, coinciding with International Human Rights Day. ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM mentioned the significance of the ACNC’s 10 December inauguration. Click here for more information.

No more ASIC annual review fees for charities

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) commenced yesterday as the specialist regulator for charities operating in Australia. The introduction of the ACNC will affect the way charities interact with other regulatory bodies, including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). The ACNC and ASIC have been working together to ensure a smooth transition to the ACNC for charities that are registered with ASIC as companies or registered bodies.Click here for more information.

Young Leaders in Aged Care: Young Leaders Program Applications Open

This program is hosted in partnership with three aged care organisations - Southcare, MercyCare and Baptistcare. It is a pioneering program to encourage and support more young people (under 35) to consider aged care Boards as an option for volunteering in their community. We want young people from diverse backgrounds and industry experience to apply. Click here for more information.

Commonwealth Contracts – Responding to late contracts, unfair conditions and inappropriate reporting requirements

Commonwealth departments are now required to nominate a Deputy Secretary to fulfil the role of Compact Advocate. The advocate has responsibility for supporting their agency's contribution to, and adoption of new processes to reduce red tape, streamline reporting requirements and implement priority actions under the National Compact and the Government's reform agenda. Click here for more information.

Join the Do Not knock campaign today!

A recent court decision has confirmed that salespeople who ignore a Do Not Knock sticker are breaking the law. To help your clients avoid the pitfalls of door to door sales we are encouraging your organisation to join the 'Do Not knock' campaign and help distribute these stickers.Click here to read more.

Shelter WA Housing Options Kit Now Available

With the high cost of housing in WA, it is important that people have useful, accurate information to find the right kind of affordable accommodation. People need to know what to consider and where to go for assistance in seeking crisis or supported accommodation, renting in social housing or the private rental market, and in purchasing a home. Shelter WA's free Housing Options Kit will help connect people to appropriate housing. The kit will be particularly useful to service providers working with people in need of housing, or in need of transitioning from one type of tenure to another such as out of crisis accommodation and into social housing, or from a private rental into affordable home ownership. Click here to download the complete Housing Options Kit. You can also download individual sections of the kit from the Shelter WA website at

A good gift, gives back

Christmas shopping can be downright frustrating. Not only do you need to find the time (and a park), but choosing something thoughtful takes time and buying junk can be unavoidable.
Thankfully the Internet exists and so too does The Good Gift Catalog—an online catalog featuring over 200 products and services from Australian businesses that benefit the community. Click here to read more.

Profile of the Middle Years in Western Australia

The Department for Communities has published the Profile of the Middle Years in Western Australia on its website at Profile of the Middle Years
The statistical profile provides a snapshot of middle years children (aged nine to 14) in Western Australia. This profile is one of the seven initiatives that the Department for Communities has committed to in its Middle Years Strategic Directions 2012–2014 available here.

The Independent Social Security Handbook

The Welfare Rights Centre Sydney has just produced the 7th edition of the Independent Social Security Handbook. The Handbook provides community welfare workers in the front line with a simple yet comprehensive guide to the main aspects of the social security system so that they can help their clients through the social security maze.
To purchase the Handbook go to and download the purchase form or contact the Centre on (02) 9211 5300. The Handbook costs $99 plus postage. Discounts are available for a bulk purchase.

Free home visits to help households reduce their energy use

Anglicare WA, Red Cross (Darwin College) and the Geraldton Resource Centre are now delivering the Federal government's new Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS) across Western Australia. The HESS program provides free home visits by professional and experienced home energy assessors. So if your clients are wondering why their energy bills are high, they don't know what to do about it, and are frightened of being unable to pay the next one coming, then a HESS home visit is for them. Click here for more details.

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.

15 Vacant Positions for The Big Issue Sellers

The Big Issue can offer 15 socially disadvantaged people positions as part time sellers in the city and also in regional centres. People who are long term unemployed, homeless, or suffer from a disability, including mental illness are welcome to apply. Click here for more information.

Sector Events

Community Energy Efficiency Program Grants Information Session

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) in conjunction with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) and the City of Vincent is pleased to present an information session for interested applicants in Round Two of the Commonwealth Government's Community Energy Efficiency Program Grants. Click here for more information.

Perth Convention Bureau Aspire Program

As a member of a WA association did you know you may be eligible to apply for the Perth Convention Bureau/ City of Perth Convention Scholarship worth $10,000? If successful this would allow you to travel to an international conference of your choice, with travel, accommodation and registration expenses to a maximum of $10,000 paid for by the Bureau. Click here for more information

ARAFMI's Mental Health Diary

There are a number of groups, workshops and programs throughout the Metropolitan Area and Southern WA. Click here for more information.

All members are inivted to the Members'Christmas Party on 19th December 2012. Click here for more information.

DIRECTION Road Trauma Support Group

Open to anyone affected by Road Trauma – directly or indirectly. Click here for more information.

Train with Us @ RFWA

Richmond Fellowship WA offers exciting and informative training courses for everyone from a 3 hour snapshot about Recovery to a full day course for people working in care-based environments. Click here for more information.

ARBOR - Grieving Aboriginal Way Cultural Training

Walking Alongside Aboriginal Communities Affected By Suicide, this training will provide you with the knowledge and competence to support families and communities in your professional role. Click here for more information.

Bringing them Home

A great opportunity to be with some amazing national leaders in Perth. In mid December ( 14th- 17th) Western Australia is priviledged to be hosting the National Stolen Generations Alliance Forum and AGM. Thirty delegates from around Australai will be in attendance for a weekend of decisions and sharing stories. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops at Anglicare WA

Anglicare WA Training Services can deliver a wide range of courses including accredited courses, short professional development courses or tailored workshops to meet your workforce development requirements. 

Upcoming 2013 professional development workshops include:

  • Supervising Staff: Skills for Practice (Bunbury, 6 and 20 February 2013)
  • Elder Abuse (6 March 2013)
  • Working with Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse (7-8 March 2013)
  • Case Management Tools for Community Workers (12 March 2013)
Please click here for more details.

Life Skills Seminars In Albany 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.

Certificate IV Relationships Education (CHC42412)

Relationships Education (CHC42412)- Group Facilitation Skills – commencing February 2013
This qualification is aimed at anyone considering or already involved in the delivery of group work in general and psycho-education groups in particular. Delivered over 7 months with 20 days attendance it is highly practical and provides successful students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to facilitate groups. Click here to read more.

WA Active Ageing Conference 2013

COTA WA and the Conference Organising Committee are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Western Australian Active Ageing Conference will be held on Weds 5th & Thurs 6th June 2013 at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle. Click here for more information.

4th WA Transcultural Mental Health & 2nd Australasian Refugee Health Conference 2013


The Local Organising Committee are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the 4th WA Transcultural Mental Health and 2nd Australasian Refugee Conference are NOW OPEN. Abstracts will be accepted on various themes and can also be submitted as a symposium. Click here for more information.

Opportunities at WACOSS

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Marketing and Communications Manager

To view the vacancies and to apply please Click Here

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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