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WACOSS condemns mandatory drug testing

WACOSS condemns the drug-testing of welfare recipients. The policy demonises people on low incomes and does not address addiction, which is a serious health issue and requires an equally serious response. There is no evidence that drug testing people of income support works, and goes against previous recommendations to Government, from the Australian National Council on Drugs.

State Budget Briefing Members Event - Friday 8 September

Members are invited to the Council's State Budget Briefing on Friday 8 September 2017. Get the best insight and analysis of the State Budget, and the impact that it will have on the sector. Understand the impact in our communities, particularly on disadvantaged and vulnerable people and the services that support them. All members are encouraged to attend this briefing of essential information about the funding of services and service planning for 2017-18.
Service Priority Review
The interim Service Priority Review report has been released, and the final deadline to comment is Friday 15 September. WACOSS will prepare a final submission and meet with the SPR panel to discuss. Recommendations included the setting of whole of government targets as a mechanism to drive reform and deliver better community outcomes, which is pleasing. WACOSS welcomes comments on the interim report and issues raised in our original submission. This is an opportunity for the sector to make the case for those complicated and difficult problems that require more integrated cross-government solutions. Email: [email protected]

Power to the People - WA's energy future

WACOSS has contributed to ‘Power to the People’, a report on WA’s energy future, published by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. Projections show that the increased installation of solar panels will support consumption and allow Australians to participate in the energy market. While a big win for consumers, is this all consumers, or just a subset of the population? Chris Twomey presented at the Energy WA Conference, Opportunity, Innovation and Change, how policy makers and energy service providers can ensure low-income customers aren’t left behind in the transition to a customer-driven energy future.
Strengthen the social safety net. Stop tearing it apart.

WACOSS is a signatory to a Joint Statement, lead by ACOSS, calling on government to strengthen the social safety net and stop tearing it apart. As leaders from the community and health sectors, we unite to condemn repeated attacks by the federal government on people living in poverty. We stand together to say enough is enough. Social security is a right. Sign the petition now.


Introduction to Residential Tenancy Law Training - places still available

Tenancy WA, in partnership with WACOSS, is delivering a 2-day introduction training to tenancy law for community support workers. Some of the topics to be touched include best practices in supporting tenants and understanding the dispute processes and legal remedies.

Regional training opportunities

Thanks to a new Lotterywest grant, WACOSS will now be able to deliver subsidised training throughout regional WA. Over the next few months we will be identifying local training needs and planning the two-year roll out.

Disaster Resilience Training

WA Community Service Organisations have a unique opportunity to build their capacity to ‘bounce back’ in the event of a natural disaster with a new training project being rolled out by WACOSS. The first of 17 one-day workshops is on Monday 4 September in Broome. Other dates for Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra, Karratha, Mt Newman and Port Hedland coming soon.

Sector News

Last call for Youth Award nominations

WA Young Award nominations are open to nominate a young person, or young people aged 12 to 25 to recognise inspiration and dedication in their areas, commitment to their community, for helping others and thinking outside the box. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in October. Nominations are only open until Thursday 31 August.

Project Officer role - 'Looking Forward, Moving Forward' 

The successful applicant responsibilities will include managing and coordinating relationships with key stakeholders, who are working together with local and regional Aboriginal communities, to ensure the efficacy and sustainment of project outcomes/outputs. Find out more about this job opening by searching [email protected]

Volunteer Coordinator sought

ConnectGroups is looking for a capable, enthusiastic and compassionate Volunteer Coordinator to assist in the set up and to run a pilot projects in Melville. The successful candidate will be able to work a 5 hour shift 2 days per week. Email [email protected] for more information.

Australian Not-For-Profit Workforce Study

The Australian Not-for-profit Workforce Study is the leading research into the opportunities and challenges of working in the Australian NFP sector. It invites all organisations, employees and volunteers to participate. The findings will inform practice, policy, and funding on staff development, well-being, work engagement, careers, and impact. Participation provides direct benefits in form of free Workforce Analytics and actionable staff insights.

Community Gardens Grants

Community groups and local governments can apply for up to $10,000 to plan, develop and implement a community garden project. The grants are to encourage members to participate in community life, connect with the environment and with other people within their community, implement and develop skills, and give back to the community. Applications are open until Wednesday 18 October

Collaborating to provide pro bono services to WA not-for-profits

Inspired by "Medecines sans Frontiers" COLAB was formed in 2014 by some bright young professionals whose dream was to enable non- profit community organisations to have access to architects, engineers and construction professionals who offer pro bono services

AASW (WA) Issues of Capacity in the Health Arena

The AASW in conjunction with Slater & Gordon Lawyers is pleased to present this workshop on Issues of Capacity in Health which will provide the legal information you need to know to improve your daily social work practice.

State Training Board seek input

Input is sought from employers and industry stakeholders about the best way to increase apprenticeships and traineeships in WA, and services you would like to access through your local TAFE. The STB consultation papers are available online, with details on how to make a submission within the documents.

Sector Training & Events

Child Safe Organisation WA seminars 

Free full-day seminars to encourage comprehensive and daily vigilant approach to protect children from abuse and neglect are being held in Perth during September and October. Seminars provide participants with information and resources, and the opportunity to reflect on developing a child-focused organisational culture.

WAAMH mental health training calendar released

As the peak body for community mental health services in WA, WAAMH courses are in demand. WAAMH offers two scholarships per course, for carers, or consumers with low incomes. 

Supporting children affected by domestic violence

Family and domestic violence is traumatic for majority of those who have experienced it. This one-day workshop is for people working in a therapeutic, educational or care capacity with children who have experienced family and domestic violence. The Anglicare WA, workshop provides participants with a greater understanding of the impact of family and domestic violence on children and how to support children in the recovery process. 

Linkwest conference 

Linkwest conference 'Belonging' is about inclusion, sustainability, and celebration. These themes offer a forum for delegates to debate key issues and trends, examine best-practice avenues towards inclusion and its contribution to long-term sustainability and growth. Registrations for the September conference are now open. 

Group facilitation workshop

Being a good facilitator is a skill. A one-day workshop on Tuesday 5 September run by Anglicare WA 'Introduction to Facilitation Skills' will take you through mind mapping the concept of a group presentation, and creative a comprehensive session plan. The workshop will give you a kit of activities and ideas, help you understand group dynamics, and become a good group facilitator.

FCAWA branch annual conference 23-25 Oct 2017

Join the Financial Counselling Australia's, WA branch for their annual conference. The theme for this year is 'Waves of Change - Oceans of Opportunity.

WAPHA Primary Mental Health Plan

If you are a social worker in mental health, please come along and find out about the WA Primary Health Alliance's (WAPHA). Free Event for Members to be also broadcast as a FREE Webinar to Rural members.

Invitation to share group conflict experiences

Have you ever been involved in a nonprofit group during a period of conflict which resulted in members leaving? Was it emotional? Stressful? Did it leave a lasting impression? If so, you are not alone. Kath Sugars is completing her PhD at Murdoch University, and is researching group conflict experiences and how these schisms affect human beings, as well as teams and organisations. To share your story as an individual or a group, or for any questions, contact [email protected].
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