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ERO Bid to Treasurer

WACOSS and Community Employers WA wrote to the Treasurer this week raising the risk to services for vulnerable and disadvantage West Australians as a result of steeply increased wage costs not being including in the indexation of Government contracts. With the Equal Remuneration Order and recent Minimum Wage increases driving up costs, the 0.83% indexation on offer from the WA Government is clearly inadequate.

WACOSS in National Training Role

WACOSS now has a voice in the national forum where the community sector’s training needs are identified and debated. WACOSS Manager Projects and Business Development Stuart Reid has been appointed to a three year term on the Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee which provides an industry based perspective to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.

Productivity Commission’s Proposed Human Services Reforms

The Productivity Commission has released its draft report proposing reforms to human services. The Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services draft report focus on find ways to put the people who use human services at the heart of service provision.

PBS Online Survey: Give your thoughts!

We are seeking your input into what we should include in this year's Pre-Budget Submission. Every year, WACOSS makes a Pre-Budget Submission to the WA State Government advocating for better investment in community services and to take community concerns directly to the State Government.

WACOSS Service Priority Review Presentation 30 August

WACOSS will provide an overview of its submission on the Service Priority Review, identifying elements of the interim report and future directions. The presentation will take place immediately following the WACOSS Special General Meeting from 10 to 11:30 am on 30 August 2017.

WACOSS congratulates Angie Paskevicius

Congratulations to Angie Paskevicius, CEO of Holyoake on winning the Hyatt Regency Perth Award for ‘Leader of the Year Not-for-Profit Sector’ at the Institute of Public Administration Australia 2017 Achievement Awards. A very well-deserved award!



Community Relief and Resilience Conference 2017 sold out

WACOSS is pleased to announce that the inaugural Community Relief and Resilience Conference is officially sold out. The swift response to register is indicative of a great program of speakers dealing with the very important topic of Childhood Poverty. .

Co-Design Toolkit Launch Last Chance to Register

The WA Co-Design Toolkit will be launched at the WA Zoo immediately following the Community Relief and Resilience Conference at 4:30pm on 26 July. Today is the last chance to register as we are rapidly approaching capacity for this event.

Sector News

Appeal to WA to follow other states and split super in de facto relationships

HESTA is calling on the State Government to change the Family Law Act to allow de facto couples to split their super when their relationships end. "Action is required to end this financial discrimination towards de facto couples and to bring Western Australian superannuation policy in line with the rest of the country" said HESTA CEO Debby Blakey.

St Pat’s committed to ending homelessness despite closure of Day Centre at weekends

CEO Steve McDermott has announced that the team behind Fremantle’s best known homelessness support service has made the “very difficult but inevitable” decision to cease operating on weekends because it had become impossible to financially sustain the service.

Strong and Resilient Communities grants rounds now open!

Under SARC, community organisations will be able to tap into a share of around $45 million in funding to help foster community cohesion by increasing people’s sense of belonging and engagement, and to strengthen the capacity of communities to become more self-reliant and empowered to address local issues.

AICD Not-For-Profit Award

The Australian Institute of Company Directors Not-for-Profit award will acknowledge a director who has exhibited leadership on director issues and promoted excellence in governance to achieve a positive impact for society. Nominations close on Friday 11 August 2017.

Community Legal Centres Association WA is now on Facebook!

The Community Legal Centres Association of WA is the peak organisation representing the 28 Community Legal Centres (CLCs) operating in Western Australia which provide free or low cost legal help to the community.

Entries are open WA Non-Profit Initiatives Award

The Awards provides recognition and encouragement for small business achievements and is open for individuals and organisations in Western Australia. Entries close at 5pm on 26th of September, 2017.

Nominations for Australian of the Year 2018

The Australia Day National Network's mission is to inspire national pride and spirit to enrich the life of the nation. The Australian of the Year Award looks for Australians that are doing outstanding things to contribute to the society and inspire other Australians. Nominations close by midnight on Sunday 6 August 2017.

HESTA 2017 Community Sector Awards are now open for nominations

Presented by HESTA in partnership with the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the national Awards recognise excellence in service provision, advocacy and leadership in the community sector. Nominations close on 4 August 2017.

ImproveIT Effectiveness Survey

ImproveIT assists non-profit and community organisations with improving various aspects of their IT. A survey is now available to evaluate on the effectiveness of the tools and any areas for improvement. For users undertaking the survey, ImproveIT is offering a prize draw, including a brand new iPad wifi, 32Gb.

Rise Network office space available in NFP Cockburn Hub.

Rise have now completed the change of use and fit out of the first floor at their Cockburn NFP Hub this comprise 16 desks and storage facilities. The ground floor offers various meeting rooms and toileting and changing facility to meet the needs of people with physical disabilities.

Sector Training & Events

Bursaries available for the ACOSS/VCOSS Conference

ACOSS is offering a range of bursaries to support the cost of conference registration, travel and accommodation for individuals and small organisations that wish to attend the National Conference 'Australia in 2030 - Creating the future we want', to be held in Melbourne in October.

Anglicare Workshop: Elder Abuse

This one day workshop will look at identifying risk situations for seniors, providing guidance as to the worker’s duty of care when concerned about an elderly person’s safety and wellbeing, and giving the instructions on who to contact to provide protection

Volunteering WA Key Issues and Masterclasses

There are several workshops held by Volunteer WA that would be useful for those organisations that are looking to refine their volunteer management. Key Issues, networking, volunteer supervision and communications are among the available offers.

Justice Connect - Upcoming Webinars

Two interesting webinars are now being offered by Justice Connect about the legal requirements for starting a not-for-profit organisation and understanding how a not-for-profit organisation operates and how to choose the best structure.

IPAA Awards

Judges had a hard time choosing the winner of the Best Practice in Collaboration category at this year’s Institute of Public Affairs Australia WA Achievement Awards, instead announcing joint winners. Congratulations to the WA Museum’s Yurlmun: Mokare Mia Boodja and to the City of Cockburn and Curtin University’s Cockburn Health & Community Project.

Lotterywest Grants Information Seminar

Are you planning a project or event that may require grant support? Looking for help so your group can deliver important work in the community? Join the Lotterywest Grants team to hear more about how they can support your organisation.

Workshop: SPSW Dangerous Liaisons - Friend or Friendly

Can men who are perpetrators of violence change? 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.
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