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Big Data & Social Investment Forum

Find out how population and behavioural data can drive the design of more effective community services and systems at the WACOSS Big Data and Social Investment Forum on 4 April 2017.

See how data linkage and outcomes measurement can transform lives.

Hear from Dame Diane Robertson, chair of New Zealand Data Futures Partnership, as well as national and local leaders in the use of data... 

Vital Social Housing

The community services sector is calling on all Western Australian politicians on both a state and federal level to stand up for the vital social housing and homelessness services in our state. WACOSS has written to all Federal government MPs, and the relevant ministers and shadow ministers on a state level, asking them to protect the NAHA funding for services in WA...
(Daisy De Groot receiving her award)

WACOSS Congratulates Award Winners

WACOSS would like to extend congratulations to the winners of the Curtin University, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work Awards. 

Stuart Reid, A/Director of Sector Services and Development, presented Daisy De Groot the award for Highest Mark in Social Policy in Practice, and Lani East the award for Highest Mark for Working in Human Service Organisations.

Both awards were sponsored by WACOSS with Daisy and Lani also receiving a training voucher for our training courses... 


Join us for the inaugural Community Relief & Resilience Conference hosted by WACOSS on 24 May 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. 

The economic reality of WA means that the pressure felt by relief agencies, counsellors, homelessness services and community law is not going to dissipate. 

This conference will explore how to empower those most at risk to become resilient and self-sufficient. 

WACOSS Training & Events

Diploma of Leadership & 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 over 12 months, providing participants with practical tools they can put to use in their workplace from day one. For more information or to register, click on 'read more' below...

An Introduction to Influencing Community Behaviours - 8 March

This short session will provide participants with a brief introduction to social marketing and provide examples of ‘behavioural insights’ that participants can apply in their own programs and services... 

Taking a Coaching Approach - 9 March

This workshop introduces you to a coaching model to enable you to support and sustain improved performance by others. Practical exercises will give you the opportunity to practice coaching and allow you to be coached by others... 

Introduction to Strategic Planning - 9 March

By following a structured approach to future planning you are more likely to achieve clarity and confidence in your work and strategies, 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... 

Leading Teams - 14 March 

This workshop provides leaders at all levels with theory and practical ideas to develop their own team to improve cooperation, productivity and work satisfaction... 

Using Mailchimp to Design Professional Newsletters - 15 March

Stand out from the crowd with MailChimp. This course will teach you how to send, manage and track your e-newsletter and other marketing emails helping you to attract and retain clients... 

How to be a Super Supervisor - 22 March

This workshop provides a solid foundation for any person in a supervisory role who wants a suite of practical theory and models to apply 'on the fly' and within formal supervisory systems...  

Sector News

A Quick Guide to Collaborative Tendering    

The WA Department of Finance has just released a guide providing background information on collaborative tendering and service delivery arrangements, often referred to as consortium arrangements.
The guide covers subcontracting and the use of Memoranda of Understanding, with an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative arrangements.
This is essential reading for anyone involved in tenders in the community services sector and you can get a copy by emailing the Department at the link below. 

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 2 March 2017, which examines the gender pay gap in the Australian labour markets...

BSWAT Payment Scheme Process  

The Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Payment Scheme (the scheme) is open for registration and application.

The scheme will provide a one-off payment of $100 or more to eligible supported employees of Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) who have been paid a pro-rata wage assessed using BSWAT...

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. Their 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...

Advice and Assistance for Centrelink Disputes

WACOSS is supporting the national campaign being led by ACOSS, asking the Commonwealth to address problems in the Centrelink automated debt recovery program.

If your organisation has members or clients directly affected by this, assistance and advice can be sought through the avenues listed in this article...

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... 

Sector Training & Events

Free Outcomes Measurement Seminar

The Australian Evaluation Society is hosting a free seminar titled ‘Moving towards outcomes measurement and an evaluative organisational culture in the Not for Profit sector.’ Hear from Dr Roanna Lobo from St Bartholomew’s House and Tom Tolchard from Foundation Housing on Friday 17 March 2017...

Safe and Secure Forum

This FREE forum, specifically for parents, carers and families of people with a Developmental Disability, will help guide you through the process of creating a future plan for your son or daughter... 

The 2017 WA Volunteer of the Year Awards - nominations open

The prestigious WA Volunteer of the Year Awards exist to recognise these outstanding contributions and publically acknowledge these remarkable people and organisations.
Volunteering WA invite nominations of a special individual or organisation you feel is worthy of recognition through a 2017 WA Volunteer of the Year Award... 

The Daring Way Workshop

This Daring Way™ workshop provides an in-depth understanding of how shame and vulnerability affects how we connect with ourselves and others and the impact this has on our daily lives. Participants will learn psycho-educational tools that will develop shame resilience and also be trained in techniques to manage the fear and anxiety we experience when we feel judged by ourselves and others...

Fuel Your Body Forum: Supporting Nutrition & Ageing

Stay On Your Feet presents the Fuel Your Body Forum to be held at the Bendat Centre, Wembley on Thursday March 23 2017. This educational and engaging event is aimed at health and community care professionals to help identify nutritional issues in older adults and initiate conversations about improving diets... 

New Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid

This two day course provides participants with the skills to assist an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adult who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The course aims to cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health problems in communities, and mental health first aid strategies for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities...

Great Southern Evaluation Workshop Albany

Know Injury presents an intensive one-day workshop by leading evaluation consultant Stacey Waters. It is designed to help you effectively evaluate your projects, set clear goals and give you the opportunity to bring your own project for some on the spot advice and input...

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...

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. Anglicare is committed to workforce and sector development, delivering the latest research and best practice and we share our expertise and experience along the way...
DropIN is the free, flexible and interactive way to connect with the community sector
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