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Pre Budget Submission Launch & Annual General Meeting

The PBS forms a large part of our policy and advocacy work, influencing funding decisions that impact community service organisations and the Western Australian community, particularly those placed in vulnerable and disadvantaged situations. Following the PBS launch we will hold the Annual General Meeting, an opportunity to share achievements of the sector, and directions for the year ahead. Jarrad Oakley Nicholls from the Wirrpanda Foundation will be our guest speaker, reflecting on his journey as an Aboriginal worker in the sector. Everyone is welcome to attend both events, and WACOSS members are eligible to vote at the AGM.

Graphic design with impact, to fit your budget

Powerful and professional graphic design solutions for your social organisation within your budget. DropIN Solutions can quote all your annual reports, booklets, flyers and many more. DropIN Solutions is a social enterprise from WACOSS.
Anti-Poverty Week March
WACOSS CEO Louise Giolitto will be speaking at March Against Poverty on Saturday 21 October. The March, organised by the Anti-Poverty Network Perth, will call on influences and decision-makers to take action in light of the increasing number of people in Australia living in poverty.


Anti-Poverty Week breakfast forum

There’s still time to register for the Anti-Poverty Week launch next Monday 16 October. The Hon. Simone McGurk, Minister for Child Protection, will join the panel to discuss the high number of people living in poverty, and participate in a Q&A to help shape our future without poverty. Registrations close Thursday 12 October. WACOSS is part of the Anti-Poverty Week facilitating committee.

Natural Disaster Resilience Training: Albany

WA Community Service Organisations have an opportunity to build their capacity to ‘bounce back’ in the event of a natural disaster, with a training project being rolled out by WACOSS. The third workshop will be held in Albany, on Friday 1 December. Further dates coming soon.

Save the date:WACOSS Conference

The biennial WACOSS Conference 2018 will be held 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

Child and Parent Centre 2018 Procurement Strategy

The Department of Education is hosting a forum from 1:30-3:30pm on Monday 30 October 2017 that will explore elements of the Report Evaluation of the Child and Parent Centre Initiative, the service delivery model, and options and timing for the procurement process to select operators for the 21 centres. To register your interest to participate, please email [email protected] or phone 08 9264 4149.

Win a ticket to the 2017 Not-For-Profit People Conference has one free registration to give away to WACOSS eNews subscribers, to attend the Not-For-Profit People Conference, 13-14 November at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Enter for your chance to win a two-day ticket. Winners will be drawn on Thursday 19 October.

BCEC Book Launch Invitation

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre invites you to the book launch on Friday 20 October on Perth’s Infill Housing Future: Delivering Innovative and Sustainable Housing, with special guest speaker, The Hon. Peter Tinley AM, MLA, Minister for Housing; Veterans Issues and Youth. Tickets are $59.

National ACOSS Conference

The 2017 ACOSS National Conference, in partnership with VCOSS, is the event where community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia. There's still time to register to attend.

Two Non-Profits Amalgamate to benefit WA Parents

Communicare and Clan WA have finalised their partnership, ensuring WA parents will continue to have access to services throughout the Perth metropolitan area to build and strengthen their capacity as parents. The merger will propel Communicare’s aspiration and purpose of establishing community inclusion and community safety.

SNAICC searching for the next Chief Executive Officer

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is looking for a Chief Executive Officer to play a key role in building the future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. The successful candidate will be skilled and persuasive, strong and strategic, and a flexible and innovative thinker.

Seniors Week ‘Talk and Tour’ Parliament House

To celebrate Seniors Week, Parliament House is offering ‘Talk and Tours’ at 10:15am and 1:00pm between Monday 30 October and Friday 3 November. Each session will include a tour of Parliament House, of varying topics. Bookings are essential. Each tour costs $5 to cover light refreshments.

Harmony Week Grants

The Office for Multicultural Interests (OMI) is offering funding through the Community Grant Program, for culturally and linguistically diverse communities and organisations that support them. Grants up to $5000 is available for events, projects, and programs designed by the community to support social cohesion and community development.

Sector Training & Events

Workshop: The Lived Experience of Separation

The workshop has been designed to provide participants with an understanding of family breakdown from a child's perspective, highlighting issues which children state are often overlooked during this time. Participants will gain insight into the behavioural and emotional aspects of children’s responses to separation. Participants will actively engage in discussion and hands on activities designed to provide them with an experiential understanding of family separation from a child’s point of view.

Justice Connect Webinars

Justice Connect have two upcoming webinars, Governance and a well-run Board is essential for board or committee members who need to be an effective and legally compliant board member, and Financial Reporting is for those responsible for recording and reporting on financial performance. Each webinar is $25 plus a booking fee.

Workshop: The Lived Experience of Separation

This three-hour workshop will benefit those in the legal, community, education and health sectors who work alongside children whose parents are separated. Participants will actively engage in discussion and hands-on activities designed to provide them with an experiential understanding of family separation from a child’s point of view.

Workshop: The Impact of Pornography

This session will provide strategies, resources, and tools to many parents, carers, educators and professionals working with children and young people who feel ill-equipped to deal with the vast array of applications children use, games they play and websites they visit.

Lotterywest Grant Information Seminar

Are you planning a project or event that may require grant support? Looking for help so your group can deliver great work in the community? Lotterywest offers grants to a wide range of not-for-profit and local government authorities, come along to an information seminar to find out more.

Workshop: The Family Law System

Developed by the Family Separation Services, this workshop will review current system of family law in Australia, structure of the Family Courts of Australia and Western Australia, and the Federal Magistrates Court. This system can be complex, and this workshop will clarify the different roles and responsibilities of family law practitioners.

Mental Health Week events

This week marks 50 years of the promotion of mental health awareness and reducing stigma of mental health in WA. There are a range of events happening around the state, WAAMH has published many events on their website, for more information follow the link below.
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