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Federal budget attacks those on welfare yet again.

The WA Council of Social Service has slammed the welfare provisions in 2017 Federal Budget as unfair and unnecessary, while welcoming modest steps on affordable housing, health and education.
Louise Giolitto, CEO of WACOSS said, “What we have seen tonight is more pointless nastiness directed to those on income support.”


WA Treasury Economic Data - WACOSS Considerations.

WA Governments election commitments are included in the costing and economic forecasts in Treasury's latest Economic and Fiscal Outlook publication. Advice WACOSS has been given is that the election commitments will be the only new expenditure items in the coming budget.

Financial Assistance available for Community and Resilience Conference 2017.

Organisations that need help with travel costs from regional and remote areas and volunteers involved in emergency relief service can get financial assistance to attend this years Community Relief and Resilience Conference.

WACOSS Training & Events

Roles of Community Services in reducing Tobacco Use - 8 June

'It takes only 3 minutes to talk to your clients about their smoking habits as part of your routine care.'
This half day workshop will equip staff with the capacity to support clients to cut down and eventually quit using tobacco products.  This workshop involves intervention training as well as identifying client referral pathways and support.
Only $55 for WACOSS members.

Introduction to Residential Tenancy for Community Support Workers 14 - 15 June

Tenancy WA is delivering a 2 day introduction to tenancy law for community support workers.  The introduction will assist you in becoming familiar with the legislation that governs residential tenancies, discuss best practice in supporting tenants, navigate and understand dispute processes and legal remedies and will enable you to learn from industry peers.

Assertive Communication - 17 May 

Find it difficult to be assertive? Find it difficult to say no? Does this result in conflict in your relationships or workplace? Assertive communication will help you to reduce workplace conflict, assist you with the skills to speak up at meetings and deal with difficult conversations.  In turn, these skills will assist with strengthening your self esteem and reducing your anxiety.  

Workforce Planning - 18 May  

What is workforce planning and why is it necessary?  The Social Services sector faces several challenges driven by changing client needs and increased demand for services.  Being able to coordinate and plan your staffing levels to meet these challenges is crucial in effective service delivery.  This course will look at the six steps in successful workforce planning.  

DropIN 101 - Connecting you with the social services network - 16 May

Join this introductory session about the basics of the community sector's newest online platform and the skills to start collaborating online.  This 60 minute webinar takes you through how to navigate the DropIN platform, upload your own content and engage with other users in an online environment.

Marketing your Not for Profit - 31 May 

Marketing your organisation is becoming increasingly important in the changing funding environment.  This course will teach you how to engage your potential audiences and develop the skills to generate more business, increase your organisation's profile and attract funding. 


Sector News

What Welfare Blow Out? - ACOSS..

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is calling for an end to attacks on people who are unemployed by releasing a short Social Security Snapshot dispelling the myth that Australia has a 'welfare blow out' and unemployed people are the cause of it.

Nominate now to recognise excellence in Australia's community sector.

Presented by HESTA in partnership with the Australian Council of Social Service, these national awards recognise excellence in service provision, advocacy and leadership in the community sector.

Language and Communication in CaLD Communities and Aged Care Survey.

Language and communication difficulties have been raised consistently at culturally and linguistically  diverse (CaLD) community consultations. As a provider of services to CaLD people, Fortis consulting is keen to better understand your views ....

St. Pat’s Sleep Out Under the Stars.

Join St Pat's for St. Pat’s annual Sleep Out Under the Stars to raise vital funds for our services for homeless and vulnerable people within the greater Fremantle community. It’s a fun, family-friendly evening and a terrific way to start a discussion with your kids about homelessness and poverty...

WA State Volunteering Conference 12-13 June 2017. 

Bringing together volunteer-involving organisations, CEOs, corporate and not-for-profit volunteer managers from all sectors of the community, the conference will showcase the latest in volunteering from sector leaders and professionals, with a focus on the theme, Exploring New Directions Together...

Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2017 now open.

Now in its 16th year, Mission Australia’s annual Youth Survey gives voice to the concerns, values and thoughts of young people aged 15-19 across Australia. In 2017 we are focused on housing and homelessness alongside barriers to post-school plans. The online survey is now live and can be...

Sector Training & Events

Australian Unemployed Workers Union Inaugural Meeting. 

The Perth Branch of the Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) will be having its first meeting this Thursday, 11 May, at the Trades Hall, Northbridge, WA       

Anglicare WA Special Events - Professor Stephen Smallbone Series. 

Prof. Stephen Smallbone is a psychologist and editor of the Journal of Sexual Aggression.  His research and practice team is concerned primarily with understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse. 

Child Safe Organisations WA seminars.

Managers of organisations working with children are encouraged to enrol in free Child Safe Organisation WA workshops to be held in Perth during May and June. The Child Safe Organisations WA program was created by the office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People to encourage organisations to develop a comprehensive and daily vigilant approach ...

Preventing Relapse & Resolution Breakdown.

Changing human behaviour is a complex and challenging task. Many everyday resolutions to change behaviours such as ‘to get fit, lose weight or cut down one’s drinking’ are often not followed through, even though approached with the best intentions.The focus of this workshop is on relapse prevention ...

Giving a Voice to Marginalised & Migrant Families.

The William Street Family Therapy Centre is proud to offer this two-day Workshop by a world-famous Master Family Therapist & Teacher - Maurizio Andolfi. Topics covered include a multigenerational approach to understanding culture and diversity and what to do with marginalised families in therapy...
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