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 covers six key topic areas: economic, policy/political, social, environment, services, and service delivery.
Delivered by WACOSS senior staff and guest speakers, the Emerging Issues seminar provides detailed up-to-date information designed to assist organisations in planning for and responding to these critical issues.
WACOSS held the Community Sector Leaders Forum on Emerging Issues on Thursday 4th April 2013.
WACOSS would like to thank all who took the time to participate in this forum. Presentations from this forum are now available to view below.
For the first session, an Expert Panel provided short presentations on the changing social, political and economic context in WA, focusing on the implications for community services. The panel comprised of:
Nathan Taylor – Chief Economist, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia on the topic of "Our changing Economic context – now and the next decade"
Chris Twomey – Director of Policy WA Council of Social Service on the topic of "The changing Social context of service delivery in WA"
Prof John Phillimore – Executive Director, John Curtin Institute of Public Policy,Curtin University on the topic of "The implications of a changing Political context for community services in WA"
Irina Cattalini – CEO WA Council of Social Service on the topic of "Changing imperatives for Community Sector leaders"
The second session consisted of the Community Sector Leaders Panel responding to questions and debating the issues in a Q & A format. This panel was made up of CEOs and EDs from a range of large and small organisations across the spectrum of services.
Community Sector Leaders Panel
Marita Walker (Perth Homecare)
Rhonda Adamsam (Spiers Centre)
Sue Ash (Uniting Care West)
Daniel Morrison (Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service)
Emerging Issues Publications