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Emerging Issues

As the Peak body for the community services sector in Western Australia, WACOSS has a unique role to play in informing the sector of important emerging trends and issues affecting both services, and the people they serve.

Each year WACOSS hosts the Emerging Issues Seminar, providing a comprehensive overview of the most important issues confronting the community sector. The seminar as based around environmental scans of five key domains: economic, political, social, services, and sector sustainability.

Delivered by  independent experts and senior WACOSS staff, the Emerging Issues seminar provides detailed up-to-date information designed to assist CEOs, Service Managers and Boards in their strategic, organisational and service planning.

The 2014 Community Sector Leaders Forum on Emerging Issues was held on Tuesday 1st April 2014. The final presentation including the political, economic, social and sector from this forum have been made available below.

WACOSS would like to thank our presenters and panel speakers who contributed on the day:

  • Elena Douglas, Convener of the Centre for Social Impact at UWA (presenter on the poltical environment)
  • Ryan Buckland, Senior Economist for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (presenter on the economic environment) 
  • Chris Twomey, Director of Policy at WACOSS (presenter on the social, services & sector environments)
  • Taryn Harvey, Chief Executive Officer at  Development Disability WA (member of the panel)
  • Tom Leeming, Executive Director Community and Human Services Cabinet and Policy Division, Department of the Premier and Cabinet (member of the panel)
  • Steve Joske, President of WACOSS and Executive Director, Red Cross (Chair)

Emerging Issues Publications

  1. 20140104 Community Sector Leaders forum on Emerging Issues - Final Presentation
    file (2.83 MB)
  2. 2013 Community Sector Leaders Forum on Emerging Issues - Chris Twomey Presentation
    file (1.54 MB)
  3. 2013 Community Sector Leaders Forum on Emerging Issues - Nathan Taylor Presentation
    file (233.47 KB)
  4. 2013 Community Sector Leaders Forum on Emerging Issues - Professor John Phillimore Presentation
    file (747.84 KB)
  5. 2013 Community Sector Leaders Forum on Emerging Issues - Irina Cattalini Presentation
    file (526.84 KB)
  6. 2012 Prof. Alison Preston Insecure Work and Gender in WA
    file (621.14 KB)
  7. 2012 A. Prof. Shawn Phillips Policy Capacity and Collaboration
    file (778.00 KB)
  8. 2012 Emerging_Issues_WACOSS
    file (1.33 MB)
  9. 2012 Dr. Tessa Boyd-Caine Federal Reforms
    file (162.64 KB)
  10. 2012 Emerging_Issues_WACOSS (1)
    file (1.34 MB)
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