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Nominations open for the Supporting Communities Forum

Nominations are now open for membership of the newly established Supporting Communities Forum, including the role of Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and 13 community members. Supporting Communities Forum will bring government and non-government leaders together to progress the agenda of collaboration, coordination and information sharing, consistent with the Government’s Supporting Communities policy and public sector reform processes currently underway. Expressions of interest are being coordinated by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. All appointments to the Supporting Communities Forum are subject to approval by Cabinet. Applications close Tuesday 3 October 2017. Late applications cannot be accepted. For further information email the Supporting Communities Secretariat: [email protected]

Proposed Federal Government legislation

The Welfare Reform Bill may be decided in the Senate this week. If legislated, nine cuts to income support, drug testing, and income management will affect people already struggling to survive. We need to stop the attack, and strengthen the social safety net. Sign the petition here and share through your networks, contact your local member and the Nick Xenophon team (likely to hold the deciding vote), to tell them the Bill shouldn't be passed.
State Budget Briefing
Last week the McGowan Government handed down the 2017-18 State Budget. WACOSS is concerned there are not enough financial assistance measures for those who are struggling, and while there are welcome inclusions, there is a noticeable lack of early intervention measures. There are a number of new programs announced and reinvestment in programs previously defunded. WACOSS has prepared Budget Fact Sheets to help you advocate on particular issues.

Anti-Poverty Week campaign

WACOSS is a supporter of Anti-Poverty Week. In Australia, more than three million people live below the poverty line, 731,000 of them are children. No child should live in poverty. Download the booklet and campaign materials, add your logo, and share across your website and social media networks. Let’s create change.
Web and graphic design solutions
DropIN Solutions is a suite of high-quality and budget-friendly marketing consultancy, social media, graphic design and web development services tailored for not-for-profits in WA. As a social enterprise born from WACOSS, DropIN understands the unique needs NFPs have, and can customise solutions to meet your individual organisation's needs.


Natural Disaster Resilience Training

WA Community Service Organisations have an 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 second workshop will be held in Harvey, on Tuesday 10 October, and further dates around regional and remote WA coming soon.

Regional training opportunities

Thanks to a Lotterywest grant, WACOSS is 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. We can offer training for grant and tender writing, governance for boards and committees, collaboration for sustainability, and strategic planning.

WACOSS Conference May 2018

The biennial WACOSS Conference 2018 will be on 1-3 May 2018. The conference is highly regarded for its contribution to the professional development of staff across all sectors, and is an opportunity to share new approaches and practice innovation in service design and delivery. Interested in sponsoring the event? Contact [email protected]

Sector News

Youth Award grants available

Grants of up to $1,500 are available for eligible organisations to host an event during WA Youth Week. Priority is given to events that provide opportunities for young people to express their ideas and views, celebrate the positive contribution young people make to the community, or encourage the participation of diverse groups.

Australian Not-For-Profit Workforce Study

Organisations, employees and volunteers are invited to participate in leading research, into the opportunities and challenges of working in the Australian NFP sector. Findings will inform practice, policy, and funding on staff development, well-being, work engagement, careers and impact. Participating organisations get access to free workforce analytics.

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

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.

Collaboration for pro bono services to WA NFPs

Not-for-profits looking for assistance from architects and builders can get in touch with COLAB. As an organisation focused on collaboration, COLAB connects community organisations based in WA in need or services, with professionals looking to provide pro bono services at low or no cost.

Sector Training & Events

Compassion Fatigue workshop

Research has shown that those who help people that have been exposed to traumatic stressors are at risk for developing negative symptoms associated with burnout, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. This one-day workshop will provide a framework for understanding compassion fatigue, drawing on the work of Beth Hudnall Stamm.

Child Safe Organisation WA seminars

Free full-day seminars to encourage a 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.

Networking and events for social workers

The Australian Association of Social Workers WA is holding a range of networking events, practical workshops, and information sessions. Some of sessions are available online for rural social workers. Many of the events are endorsed by AASW and contribute to Continuing Professional Development.

Cyber Security Workshop

Cyber security and defence is often challenging in our sector, often due to resourcing, financing, or expertise. This half-day workshop is for leaders and decision-makers in NFPs in the human services sector, to help us understand risk and mitigation strategies, for the organisation and the communities we work with.

Invitation to share group conflict experiences

Have you been involved in a NFP group during a period of conflict which resulted in members leaving? Was it emotional? Stressful? Did it leave a lasting impression? Kath Sugars is researching group conflict experiences, how these schisms affect human beings, teams and organisations, for a PhD at Murdoch University. To share your story as an individual or a group, contact [email protected].
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