General WACOSS News

Fair Work Australia Equal Remuneration Order – Peaks Survey

We wish to remind members of a survey emailed to all WACOSS and Sector Peak body members between 19 – 20th December 2012 concerning the Fair Work Australia Equal Remuneration Order (ERO). Click here to read more.

Free Offer From WACOSS!

Due to an office reorganization WACOSS has a Board Meeting Table available should anyone be interested.
It is a Jarrah veneered table with a brass strip inlay around the sides. It is in very good condition.

Measurements: Width : At widest point it is 1800 mms .
Length: 2440mms
Height: 750mms

If you are interested please contact Reception at WACOSS 94207200 Or email

Single Parent Payments and Financial Hardship – Advocacy Campaign

WACOSS is part of a national advocacy campaign being led by ACOSS and the National Council of Single Mothers & their Children (NCSMC) to collect the stories of single parent families pushed into financial hardship by the changes to social security laws (affecting single parents) which are due to hit on 1st January.

Service providers assisting single parents who are affected by the changes to Parenting Payment Single are encouraged to participate. Click here to read more, and find out how to get involved. Click here for more information

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!

What does the ACNC mean for my Organisation? Free information sessions

The ACNC in partnership with WACOSS and Add Ministries are pleased to now be able to offer a series of free information/ training sessions in Perth and regional locations.
Regional Locations include Geraldton and Bunbury in February, with sessions being provided in Broome, South Hedland and Kalgoorlie being visited in May.

Click here to download the flyer.

GERALDTON - Tue 12th Feb 2013
PERTH - Evening - Wed 13th Feb 2013
PERTH - Morning - Thur 14th Feb 2013
BUNBURY - Sat 16th Feb 2013

Electricity, Water, & Gas: Strategies to Help your Clients Stay Connected – CANNINGTON – Thursday 28th February

WACOSS' utilities training will teach you how to be a smart energy user and how you can advocate on the behalf of your clients to help them stay connected. You will learn how to interpret and understand an electricity, water, and gas, bill. This Cannington event is being held on the 28th of February, so please register your interest ASAP. 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 Training, Workshops and Seminars 2013

By now you should have received your copy of the WACOSS Events Calendar in the mail for the Jan- June 2013 year.
If you have not received a copy or would like additional hard copies sent to you please call WACOSS reception on 9420 7222 or email through your details or click here for a print version.

The following is a list of some of the upcoming WACOSS events running soon. This year we have a number of free events and important seminars and forums as well as a great range of training workshops aimed at building your skills and knowledge.

WACOSS is currently working on a new Events Webpage to make it easier to navigate and find the event you are looking for. Watch this space.

Sector News

Meet the febfast Challenge and Support Holyoake's Young People's Program

Febfast has raised over $4.5 million since 2007 by challenging Australians to take a break from alcohol in February. This year, the funds will help young people who are affected directly and indirectly by substance misuse. Holyoake's Young People's Program (YPP) is one of the beneficiaries. Why not take up the Febfast challenge? Click here to read more.

Outstanding young people and youth workers sought for 2013 WA Youth Awards

Western Australian residents are encouraged to nominate an outstanding young person for the annual WA Youth Awards.

The awards, now in their 15th year, were established in 1999 to recognise outstanding young Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years.

In 2013 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 information.

Next phase of the Sustainable Funding and Contracting Initiative with the NFP Sector

The Partnership Forum is holding a briefing for NFP community service organisations on the next phase (Component II) of sustainable funding and contracting with the NFP Sector. For further information and to register please click here.

Two Scholarships – Certificate IV in Relationship Education

Delivered by Relationships Australia WA, commencing 13th February 2013

One full scholarship (no cost) is being offered to a community member to enhance skills and knowledge within refugee communities to provide support for families with relationship issues and parenting.

One partial scholarship (total cost to participant is $500) is being offered to a community worker engaged with refugee communities. Click here to read more.

HepatitisWA is facilitating a new peer support service for people living with hepatitis.

The new peer support group assists people achieve better health and well being through discussions and activities. The monthly meetings are confidential, free and provide opportunities to share experiences and thoughts with peers in a friendly and non-judgemental way. Healthy and tasty snacks will be provided.

For more information please contact Kim Rossow on 08 9227 9800 or Click here to download the flyer.

Ready for a Challenge? Volunteer Opportunities Now Open!

HepatitisWA operates a telephone information & support service which is maintained by volunteer staff, and provides information on hepatitis A, B and C to the general community, and phone support to people affected by hepatitis. Volunteer staff can also participate in our Needle & Syringe Program (NSP) which provides information, equipment and referral to people who chose to inject drugs. Additionally volunteer staff have the opportunity to participate in health promotion and community education events such as University Orientation Days and Health Promotion Fairs at schools and local councils as well as information stalls at Big Day Out and other community events.

Application kit:

The Lotterywest Stakeholder Survey

Lotterywest is currently looking at how their work is experienced by the Western Australian community.
You are invited to participate in a short survey to share your experience of Lotterywest. Click here to read more.

About the Grants for Women Program

The Grants for Women Program provides funding support for Western Australian-based projects
that focus on the unique issues faced by women, increasing their participation and networks and
strengthening their positive profile in the community.
Click here for more information. Click here to download the application form.


ConcessionsWA, launched late last year by the Minister for Community Services, Robyn McSweeney MLC, is the state government's new social concessions website.

This website is Western Australia's first online 'one-stop-shop' for state government concessions, rebates and subsidy schemes. Click here to read more.

Two extra weeks to complete your Award nomination!

There are now an extra two weeks to complete your nomination for a 2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Award, with nominations now closing on 1st February 2013.

Help us celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions made in our communities and be part of this important event by nominating today.

Download nomination forms and guidelines from

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

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.

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.

Sector Events

ACNC Community Presentations

Charities and others involved in the not-for-profit sector in Western Australia are invited
to find out about the new charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits
Commission (ACNC), at community presentations in Bunbury and Perth. Click here for more information.

COTA Policy Forum - Monday 11th February

Ageing in the right place
The key note presenter for this forum is a visiting Canadian family gerontologist Dr Norah Keating who has a special interest in ageing in rural settings.

The program offers opportunities for you to ask questions and raise issues with the speakers, so please bring your own questions and concerns! Click here to read more.

Advocacy Role Workshop: A master class in fundamentals – Tuesday 12th & Thursday 14th February 2013

Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc will be organising this one and a half day advocacy workshop for professionals working with victims/survivors of sexual assault. This workshop focuses on the journey of victim/survivors, their needs, and your role in supporting them. Expect to be affirmed in some areas, challenged in others, and to take away new insights and opportunities. Click here to read more.

The Impact of Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) Work in WA - Monday 25th Feb

This Forum is relevant to social workers and others involved in direct service delivery to communities, families and individuals as well as workers who are involved in policy development regarding FIFO.
Participants will be able to reflect on their own knowledge and experiences of the effect of FIFO on communities, families and individuals and what innovations participants can introduce into their professional practice in this area. The Forum will involve a panel of key speakers followed by a question and answer session. Click here for more information

Funds for Freedom Sparkling High Tea - Friday 8th March

Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA) invites you to attend a Sparkling High Tea to celebrate International Women's Day.

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.
Click here for more information.

Anglicare WA professional development workshops, accredited courses and customised training

Anglicare WA delivers professional development workshops, accredited courses and customised training for human services organisations. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Supervising Staff: Skills for Practice (Bunbury, 6 and 20 Feb 2013)
  • Certificate IV in Child Contact Services (Feb-Jun 2013, 20 day accredited course)
  • Elder Abuse (6 Mar 2013)
  • Working with Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse (7-8 Mar 2013)
  • Case Management Tools for Community Workers (12 Mar 2013)

Please click here for more details, or contact us on if you have any questions.

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

Call for abstracts now open.

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

Policy Officer - Essential Services

To view the vacancy 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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