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Training & Conference Subsidies for Emergency Relief Services - 2014

WACOSS is offering those who work or volunteer in the Emergency Relief Sector,  5 FREE training workshops and subsidies (travel and registration financial assistance)  to attend the WACOSS Conference 5th – 7th May.  

These one off, professional development opportunities has been made possible by funding from the Australian Government, Department of Social Services.  These courses fill up quickly so be sure to register ASAP.  

What is an Emergency Relief Service?

The Emergency Relief (ER) Sector are government funded and unfunded services that provide emergency financial or other assistance to individuals and families in immediate financial crisis.  Financial assistance may be provided in the form of cash, a food parcel/voucher/ and/or the payment of essentials bills such as rent, electricity, water or gas.

The Emergency Relief Services are often offered as specific emergency relief programs or as part of an already existing program. Whilst there are many paid workers within the ER sector, most ER services are delivered by committed volunteers.

If you are not sure if you are an ER service please contact WACOSS Emergency Relief Sector Support Program on 9420 7222 or

Subsidised Assistance to Attend the WACOSS Conference & Networking Day:

Emergency Relief volunteers and workers are encouraged to attend the biennial, WACOSS Conference – The Difference We Make – 5th & 7th May 2014 – Perth Exhibition Centre.   Click here for more information about the WACOSS Conference.  

As a result of funding, WACOSS is able to provide ER services with travel and registration assistance.  For more information about how to apply, please contact the WACOSS Emergency Relief Program: Sinead or Bernie on 9420 7222, or

FREE ER Training Courses:

Last year, WACOSS delivered a range of free training for the ER Sector.  These courses were very popular and feedback was excellent.  So register ASAP, so you don’t miss out.
If you have any enquirers about the registration or training courses please contact Training Services: 9420 7222 or