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Energy Price Rise Could Lead to Further Bill Pressure

WACOSS is concerned that electricity price increases will hit low income consumers hard. The last financial year saw significant increases in electricity customers seeking assistance from their energy retailer and a rise in direct debit terminations due to default.

Conference speaker announced

We are fortunate to be able to welcome Karina Chicote as a speaker to this conference. She is the Manager, Place-based Strategies at Save the Children. Her contributions around Human Rights research and her award-winning programs for Aboriginal children and young people could provide valuable guidance for WA organisations looking to develop and execute strategies to transform the lives of many.

Co-Design Tool Kit Launch - 26 July

A launch not to miss - book now for this free event. WACOSS has been working over the past year to develop a suite of resources and tools to help ensure that the design of any new programs and services in WA meets the highest standards for engagement and participation of funders, service providers, service users and other stakeholders. Why not join us as at the launch of this exciting tool kit.

ACOSS Federal Budget Snapshots 

This Federal Budget delivered a mixed bag of proposals, with some positive developments in revenue, housing, education and health. And after three years, the dreaded $13B of Zombie bills have been abandoned. However, various harsh social security measures show that the Government continues to penalise people for being on a low income, with expansion of income management and cashless debit cards, drug testing of people who are unemployed and stricter eligibility criteria for payments.  

CEO Sleep Out 

105,000 people experience homelessness every single night in Australia. Last year, with the generous support of the Australian public, Vinnies were able to provide 497,738 bed nights and 1,469,117 meals to those in need.  Louise Giolitto, WACOSS CEO, will spend a night with fellow CEO's to experience just a moment of what sleeping rough might feel like and to highlight the important work that Vinnies do in the Social Services Sector.  

Service Priority Review 

WACOSS has welcomed the opportunity to participate in the WA Government’s Service Priority Review and offer its assistance to the Review’s committee.  

State Wage Case 

Chris Twomey, WACOSS Research and Policy Development Leader, appeared before the WA Industrial Relations Commission last Friday to advocate for an increase to the minimum wage as part of the annual State Wage Case.  

WACOSS Training & Events

Communicating and Connecting with Aboriginal Clients – 7 June

This course is essential for every Not-For-Profit employee. Participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal people, their culture and history. This course has a significant emphasis on providing strategies for engaging, communicating and working collaboratively with Aboriginal people and communities.  

Reducing tobacco use: A service providers toolkit - 8 June. 

This half day workshop will equip staff with the capacity to support clients to cut down and eventually quit using tobacco.  

Negotiation Skills - 8 June. 

Knowing how to negotiate to bring about a win-win scenario is a valuable skill to learn. This course will look at principles and techniques of successful negotiation and give you the skills to negotiate with confidence.   

Finance Fundamentals for NFP's - 14 June. 

This course will look at accounting practices in the not-for-profit sector, overview legal, regulatory and taxation obligations and give tips for creating financial reports for boards and funders.  

Collaborations for Sustainability: Mergers, Acquisitions & Everything In Between - 14 June

Engage your potential audiences and develop the skills to increase your organisation's profile and attract funding.  

Writing Business Plans - 15 June 

Does your organisation need to map out how it will achieve the next level? Perhaps it is time for your organisation to develop or update your Business Plan. This course will show you how to develop a plan to clarify what you do, its feasibility, and why you will succeed.  

Drop IN 101 - 13 June 

This free webinar will give an introduction on how to use the community sectors newest online collaboration platform. Learn how to navigate DropIN, upload your own content, and engage with other users on the system through discussion forms, news updates, voting and heaps more!  

Sector News

Enhancing Workforce Capabilities

The project’s aim is to provide services and information designed to enhance the workforce planning capabilities of Not for Profit (NFP) organisations within the WA community services and health industries.  


On Sunday 28 May 2017 Make Smoking History (MSH) will air ‘From Every Quitter’. The campaign features a diverse group of twelve Western Australians who have recently quit smoking or are currently attempting to quit.  

DHS resists calls to restore staff to 'robo-debt' program in Senate hearing 

The Department of Human Services is resisting calls to restore staff oversight to its controversial debt collection program, saying Centrelink clients need to give the correct information. 

Centrelink robo-debt correspondence 'incomprehensible', Senate inquiry told 

Lawyers working for community legal centres have told a Senate Inquiry that it was extremely difficult dealing with Centrelink on behalf of people with “robo debts”.

Making Waves about the consequences of gambling

The 2017 Financial Counselling Australia Conference, held last week in the Gold Coast, explored the devastating impact of gambling on Australian people, families and communities. 

Sector Training and Events

Commemorative Concert - Sorry Day 26 May

Bringing Them Home Committee (WA) and Yokai: Healing Our Spirit have organised a major Concert to commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of Sorry Day at the Astor Theatre at 7.30pm on Friday 26th May 2017.

Anglicare WA workshop: Managing Mental Health & Organisational Change (For Managers) - 14 June

This one day workshop is presented in an engaging way with group activities to encourage reflection and practical skill development around managing mental health. 

Conference Opportunities: 13-14 July

WA’s biggest Mental health sector event, the WA Mental Health Conference and Awards 2017. The 2 day program is packed with national, international and local speakers and special events and opportunities.

Relationships Australia - Professional and Workplace Training

Training opportunities are available from Relationships Australia for the month of June, including 'Enhancing self Esteem in Adolescents' and 'Domestic Violence Workshops'. 

Keeping the Balance for Men's Health Video Campaign for Men’s Health Week 2017

Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA, is running a community social media engagement video campaign on what it means to have a ‘healthy body – healthy mind’. Send yours and have your video posted on Men’s Health Week! 

SPSW Men’s Behaviour Change Journey - 23 June

This workshop is aimed at those who would like more depth in understanding family violence, practical strategies, and specific skills in working directly with perpetrators against family members.  

Separated Dads and Mums- a specialist counselling service for WA. Help for separation or bereavement.

Lifeline WA welcomes parents and children from the LGBTIQA community. The Separated Dads or Separated Mums program provides support to parents before, during and after separation or if they have experienced a bereavement.  

Invitation: ASIC Financial Literacy (CoP) – The future of disclosure: how can we make it work better for consumers? 26 May  26

This presentation will outline the findings from a research that has been conducted by the Insurance Council into consumer pre-purchase decision-making and the role of disclosure in helping consumers obtain the right Insurance.  

‘Let’s Take the Next Step Together’ - Terrace Walk for Reconciliation - 2 June

The Walk is a great opportunity to outline further work which can be done in Australia to achieve parity and equity and to build a nation which celebrates with pride, the culture and contribution of our First People.  

AHURI’s second conference for 2017 – Affordability and liveability in our cities - 29 June

The next AHURI conference, to be held in Melbourne, will focus on the importance of affordable housing to developing and sustaining productive and liveable cities.  

State Volunteering Conference. Duxton Hotel Perth. 12-13 June

Are you a CEO, Board Committee/Member or leader of a volunteer involving organisation? Do you have know-how and solutions to maximise your opportunities and meet sector challenges ahead? Join us at the Conference, and delve into the minds of experts, futurists and change-makers in our sector.
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