The Western Australian Council of Social Service has a vision for an inclusive, just and equitable society.

Our purpose is to drive social change with communities, through collective action and policy formulation, strengthening community services and influencing decision makers to ensure justice and equity.

As the peak body for the Western Australian community service sector, we believe that communities flourish where people are given the opportunity to contribute and create. We are committed to enabling and leading change that supports healthy, active and inclusive communities.

To create equitable and empowered communities, WACOSS must be a strong Peak body voice that works with its members to advocate with and on behalf of those who are the furthest from levers of power and influence, to amplify their concerns, their voices, and seek justice, to create a society that genuinely works for the benefit of all.

To change the systems, behaviours and attitudes that perpetuates entrenched poverty, inequity and exclusion WACOSS challenges and develops alternative solutions to systematic structures, community priorities and galvanises community support.

We also partner with the national Council of Social Service network, as one of nine peak councils of the community services sector across Australia to ensure that there is a Western Australian perspective on the national stage.

WACOSS is bold in its ambition, challenging belief structures and cultural norms, and building community empathy. It is time for us as a community to come together and create a fair and just society.  We invite all Western Australians to join with us and our 300 members to drive change and overcome entrenched poverty, inequity and exclusion.

Our Values


Our work is grounded in care and compassion for a fairer world.


We seek bold and empowering ideas and solutions to issues our communities face.


Our approaches reflect and respect human rights and our practices are ethical and inclusive.


We have the courage to persevere for transformative and positive change.

More than 60 Years in Community Service Sector

WACOSS was established in 1956, and whilst our vision has remained constant, we have grown in impact and in size. In 2016 we celebrated 60 years of continuous support and advocacy within the community, but we can reflect and acknowledge that there is more work to be done. Our values of Heart, Curiosity, Integrity and Tenacity underpin the work we do and keep us striving to deliver more to those we represent.