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WA's Not-for-profit Landscape2017 

WACOSS CEO Louise Giolitto used yesterday’s launch of the first ever report on the WA Not-for-profit sector to call for greater recognition of the sector’s economic importance. ‘With 7% of the WA workforce and $6.7 billion in employee expenses, the sector makes a significant contribution to the WA economy. Investment by Government in our sector is an investment in our State’s economic health, not a drain on our resources.’ Ms Giolitto said.

Learning from our colleagues about self-direction

The Masterclass on 1 March 2017 will be a sophisticated and detailed opportunity to learn from the disability and mental health sectors who are further down the journey of self-direction than others. Those at the forefront will share their experience and wisdom, informing the disability and mental health sectors’ progress as well as drawing out lessons for the broader community services.  

Join us for the inaugural Community Relief & Resilience Conference hosted by WACOSS on 24 May 24 2017. Formerly known as the Emergency Relief Conference, WACOSS has hosted this biennial event for 7 years discussing some of the broad issues faced in this sector. 

Emergency relief agencies, financial counsellors, homeless services and community law services have never been under more pressure.  The economic reality of WA means that this situation is not going to change in the immediate future. How can we help those facing imminent or long term hardship to become more resilient? Come and hear from those researching and working towards this goal. 

WACOSS Training & Events

Changes to WACOSS Training to Suit Your Busy Schedules
WACOSS has recognised it is difficult to get out of the office to attend training. When developing our new training calendar we tried our best to accommodate this by providing more half-day training courses. Our training covers topics to build the capacity of your organisation and programs as well as build your personal skills. We have also developed two 5 part webinar series on Foundations in Governance and Organisational Planning and Development, each session only being 90 minutes. 
WACOSS tries to keep costs to a minimum without compromising on the quality and value. Check out what we have on offer  here!

LAST CHANCE! Self-Care and Professional Boundaries - 22 Feb 2017 

Working in the community services sector is rewarding work, yet it can present some unique challenges professionally and emotionally. Ensuring we take care of our own mind, body and spirit is vital for making a lasting difference and avoiding burn out.  This workshop will provide some concepts and tools to assist you reflect and refresh.  

LAST CHANCE! Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation – 22 Feb 2017 

This introductory course aims to provide a framework to assist participants to navigate the questions and decisions relevant to choosing the most appropriate tools or approach for outcome reporting.  Participants will experience and use various outcomes based approaches common in the social services and local government sectors of WA.  

DON’T MISS OUT! Thinking and Speaking off the Cuff – 23 Feb 2017

The ability to think and speak on your feet is a tremendous asset to have in your social, business and daily life. Speaking off the cuff is often required for meetings, impromptu presentations, supervising staff, and when responding to questions from an audience.  This workshop is designed to help you effectively deal with these unexpected situations.  

DON’T MISS OUT! Presentation Skills for Leaders – 23 Feb 2017 

Leaders can be knowledgeable and competent in their work and have a strong vision, but can struggle if they cannot clearly and effectively articulate and present their ideas.  Use this workshop to learn the key skills and traits that effective leaders use to gain the trust and respect of the audience.  

Organisational Planning & Development: Module 2 – Business Development – 7 Mar 2017

Planning the intentional growth of the organisation by expanding the number and range of services it  provides is an important element of building a sustainable organisation. This short webinar will cover business development, increasing financial and other organisational resources, and/or venturing into new areas of work..                                                                register

An Introduction to Influencing Community Behaviours – 8 Mar 2017 

To address today’s complex social issues, service organisations need to move beyond public education and awareness and start developing approaches that deliver tangible behaviour change. This short session will provide participants with a brief introduction to social marketing and provide examples of ‘behavioural insights’ that participants may be able to apply in their own programs and services..  

Introduction to Strategic Planning – 9 Mar 2017 

Crafting the future direction of your organisation can be a challenging task.  By taking a structured and planned approach you are more likely to achieve clarity and confidence in your work, and ultimately better client outcomes. This workshop explores the key skills and techniques you need to take a strategic approach to achieving goals and objectives..  

Taking a Coaching Approach – 9 Mar 2017 

As a leader, you take an active part in addressing and responding to specific opportunities to improve the performance of your staff. This workshop introduces you to a coaching model to help you to support and sustain improved performance by others. The workshop will give you the opportunity to practice and to be coached by others..  

Hurry!   Register now for 2017 Diploma of Leadership and Management  

The Diploma of Leadership and Management program is designed for managers in the community services sector to develop their managerial skills and achieve a universally recognised qualification. This 12 unit course is run monthly over 12 months providing participants with practical tools they can put to use in their workplace from day one. 

Customised Training & Support 

WACOSS offers all its courses in-house. We can also develop new courses to meet your requirements. This offers great value for money if you need to train multiple staff. If you would like a quote complete the enquiry form here.  

To see what courses we offer, check out our .


Sector News

Launch of new Gender Pay Gap Research  

Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency are launching the second report in their Gender Equity series on March 2, which examines the gender pay gap in the Australian labour markets.....

Alcohol and other Drug Workforce Development Surveys 2017  

With support from the Mental Health Commission, WANADA is mapping and evaluating the current delivery of alcohol and other drug workforce development activities in Western Australia, in line with The National Alcohol and other Drug Workforce Development Strategy. As part of the project, WANADA is conducting two surveys  ...

Make Smoking History 

Make Smoking History (MSH) has launched their new campaign ‘From Every Quitter’.  It features twelve Western Australians who have recently quit smoking or are currently quitting.  In the advertisement each person delivers a heartfelt plea directly to camera, asking smokers, “If you can’t quit with me, don’t smoke around me.” ...

WA's First One-Stop-Shop for Consumers and Providers Alike

My Care My Choice is a ratings and peer review site for aged care, disability and mental health services in WA. Our mission is to provide people with accessible, non-biased information on services which help consumers and families make informed decisions in the search for care quickly and easily...

ACNC Annual Information Statement now Available

If your organisation is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), your 2016 Annual Information Statement may be due soon. The ACNC has resources to assist you with completing the Annual Information Statement, including...

Purpose of the National Debt Helpline

In early December 2016, the National Debt Helpline was launched, replacing the previous state based Financial Counselling Helpline service. The telephone service is to address the unmet needs of people suffering financial hardship. Consumers from all over Australia can call the 1800 007 007 number...

WAPHA Needs Assessments

The Population Health Needs Assessments have been produced in partnership with Curtin University and emphasise the case for a focused place-based approach over the medium and long term. A health needs assessment is a systematic method of identifying unmet health and health care needs of a population and making choices to meet those unmet needs...  

Sector Training & Events

Better Boards Conference 2017

 Join hundreds of board members and CEOs at the 11th Better Boards Conference. This popular governance event is one of the largest regular gatherings of leaders from not—for-profit organisations in Australasia...

An Introduction to Trauma Informed Therapy

The understanding and management of trauma is fast occurring. This workshop explores the impact of childhood trauma and life threatening events. Suitable for clinicians and those who work with clients who have experienced trauma, it aims to understand new and innovative treatment modalities for the management of complex trauma... 

Child Safe Organisations WA seminars

iManagers of organisations working with children are encouraged to enrol in free Child Safe Organisations WA Workshops to be held in Perth during February and March. The Child Safe Organisations WA program was created by the office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Colin Pettit, to encourage organisations to  here...

State Volunteering Conference Abstract & Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2017 WA State Volunteering Conference is taking place on June 12 and 13 at the Duxton Hotel Perth. Volunteering WA are looking for dynamic and engaging presenters who have content they feel will be relevant to the conference attendees. Abstracts close 12 February. Sponsorship opportunities are also available..

International Women's Day Sparkling High Tea 2017

Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services invites you to their annual International Women's Day Sparkling High Tea. Spend a lovely afternoon celebrating with a scrumptious Sparkling High Tea and raising money for their Funds for Freedom Project...

"Alternatives to Suicide" Forum 

Alternatives to Suicide" is an innovative peer led suicide prevention program from the Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (USA).  MercyCare is pleased to bring Lisa Forrestal and Caroline White to Perth to outline how this approach evolved and why it has been so successful...

Seeds of Sustainability - Ensuring the Longevity of your Support Group

This workshop is tailored for incorporated and non-incorporated support groups that have been running for at least a year. It will run on Tuesday 28 Feb, 2017. The session will focus on identifying those risk factors that can adversely impact on the long term sustainability of the group  

Zonta House, Positive Pathways: Training Calendar and Summary for Semester One 2017

The new Positive Pathways Training Calendar and Training Summary for Semester One 2017 has been finalised.  The training calendar includes the workshops which have proven popular in previous semesters, as well as two new workshops: ‘Keeping Safe’ and ‘Magic Coat’. 

Anglicare WA Professional Development Workshops and Customised Training

Anglicare WA Training Services draws on over 30 years’ experience as a leading service provider to develop and deliver quality training and professional development. We are committed to workforce and sector development delivering the latest research and best practice and sharing our expertise and experience. 
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