News & Events

Date: Thurs & Fri 24 & 25 August, 2017

 Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm

Fee: $440

Participants will be introduced to the key principles of Systems Theory and some major approaches to working with couples, including Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples and John and Julie Gottman's work.

The Women's Community Health Network WA (WCHNWA) is seeking to survey women about their health needs and concerns, how they seek help for their health issues, barriers to getting help and what they do to keep healthy. 

The information  will be used to assist WCHNWA to improve the health and support services that community-based women’s health centres provide.  Traditionally, women’s health centres provide counselling, clinics, education, health promotion and support groups.

This survey is anonymous and no personal identifying information is collected.

 This research is a joint collaboration between the Women’s Community Health Network WA   and the Women’s Health Strategy and Programs Unit, Women and Newborn Health Service, WA Health. 

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Care Collective was started with like minded people who converged to empower people with disability and their families. In the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) world we recognise the need for an independent place for information about disability services, supports, events and more. Since the adoption of NDIS, there have been a number of service directories to inform participants around choice and control, however we strive and focus on matching and relationships, rather than ratings and reviews. Our online community is not a directory but a social network where members can list, follow, private message and discover supports with the outcomes of capacity building, information sharing and self-advocacy.

Disability Service providers are welcomed to list programs, staff and events to showcase their services. Our online platform - at - has received awards and funding from RAC (SeedSpark Awards) and HBF (Activate). Care Collective is a social enterprise and is free for early adopters - post a listing today. Join our community and the movement of doing social good collectively.

Have more questions? Reach out at at one friendly team members will love to hear from you!



Semester 2, 2017 timetable now available!!

Some of the courses can be delivered by Relationships Australia for your organisation at a venue of your choice, customised to suit your particular workplace needs.
For more information, please phone Marion Dunn 6164 0200.


Rise purchased a facility in Cockburn with a view to creating a NFP hub, the ground floor of which has been occupied by both Rise and Therapy Focus for some time we have now secured planning permission and completed the fit out of the first floor.
The first floor comprises 16 desks with associated storage the facilities are located on the ground floor including accessible toileting and changing facilities. There are a variety of meeting rooms on the ground floor and ample shared parking. The reception space is staffed during office hours somewhat like a Professional Managed Office Suite.

Rise are offering the space to Community Groups/Service Providers on an inclusive cost-plus rent that is affordable to Community and Not-for Profit sectors.
To find out more or view the property please contact Simon Robbins 08 6274 3753

The Women's Council together with Boffins books invites you to Breakfast with Dana Vulin for the launch of her book Worth fighting For the amazing story of her battle for survival against unbelievable evil and pain. 


WHEN Tuesday, 29th August 7:30am – 9:00am Arrive from 7:15am
WHERE Duxton Hotel, Ballroom - Lobby Level 1 St Georges Tce Perth WA 6000
Tickets cost $45 or $75 with book, or Corporate Table of 8 with books $560 includes plated breakfast.

$5 from every copy sold by Boffins Books between 3rd July and 30th September 2017 will be donated to The Women's Council for Domestic & Family Violence WA's Funds For Freedom Project.


This one day workshop will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and ability to recognise the signs that suggest an elderly person may have been harmed or is at risk of harm. It will look at not only identifying risk situations for seniors but will provide guidance as to the worker’s duty of care where they are concerned about an elderly person’s safety and wellbeing. The workshop will cover who should be contacted to provide protection for the elderly person

 Anglicare WA can also partner with your organisation to develop and customise training solutions. As all our existing workshops can be customised and delivered at a location to suit the needs your organisation.

Please visit our website - for more details on the full range of our training services, to view flyers for each workshop and for registration forms.

To register for any of our training sessions, please send a completed registration form to


Getting Started for NFPs – WEBINAR - Wednesday 2 August – 12.45pm to 2pm

Thinking about setting up a community organisation? The decisions you make now are some of the most important ones you’ll make. This FREE introductory webinar will provide the low-down on legal requirements for starting a not-for-profit organisation - from choosing the right structure to registering as a charity.

Cost: $25 + booking fee




Social Enterprise Structures – WEBINAR - Wednesday 16 August – 12.45 to 2pm

If you’re thinking of setting up a social enterprise, make sure you fully understand the legal requirements before you start. This webinar will provide you with an overview of social enterprises, how they operate and how to choose the best structure for you.

Cost: $25 + booking fee


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

"Social Innovation Development" supports the Non-Profit Organisation Initiatives Award. Social Innovation Development is a social enterprise devoted to social change through social innovation. To be eligible to enter this award category, organisations can be located anywhere in WA and the award will recognise leadership and/or initiatives and innovation in a not for profit organisation. Potential entrants will be able to access a wide range of support in preparing their submission that includes Free Award Entry Kits, Workshops, Webinars and access to Award Mentors who can assist with tips in preparing award submissions to impress the judging panel.

Winners of this year’s 24th Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards 2017 ’will be announced at the ‘Night of Stars’ event that will take place in the Ballroom of the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre on Wednesday, October 25th, 6pm - 8.30pm.

For more information on how to enter the awards and other categories, please contact or phone: (08) 9479 3777 or visit

IPAA Awards

Housing Authority team at IPAA Awards


Judges had a hard time choosing the winner of the Best Practice in Collaboration Between Government and Non Government Organisations 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.

The Museum’s project was a partnership between the Albany Heritage Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation, the WA Museum and the British Museum which sought to reconnect the Menang community with sacred objects from the British Museum’s collection, facilitating interpretation, community engagement, personal response and the sharing of cultural knowledge.

The Cockburn Health & Community complex was built to help address rising levels of obesity and a lack of effective intervention. The project was ‘accomplished through the implementation of a tailored partnership model and the formation of exemplary strategic partnerships’.

The Housing Authority (pictured with Stuart Reid from WACOSS) were also nominated in this category for the collaboration with WACOSS, supported by Shelter WA, to co-design the model for a Private Rental Subsidy Pilot. The Pilot met its 200 tenancies milestone at the end of June.

 For full details on the winners and commendations see the IPPA website.

 Ngala Practice Development sessions aim to enhance practice for service delivery staff who work with parents, children and families. Sessions offer up to date information and draw on the latest research around child development. See attached flyer for information about upcoming sessions on nutrition (24/7), engaging fathers (26/7), early brain development (10/8), and sleep (14/8).


Come along to this annual professional development event with metropolitan and regional colleagues, to discuss, share and workshop ways to address community safety and crime prevention.

Featuring Dr Melissa Stoneham, Andrea Musulin, Leanne Hartill and more!

Open to anyone working or interested in community safety, development and support, youth development, rangers, place-making, social work, the not for profit, community and government sectors.

Registration close 28 July 2017, 5pm
Enquiries to Jenna Bowler, City of Rockingham at or 9528 0333

Friday 4 August 2017, 8.30am - 4.15pm
Perth Convention Centre, Perth

Tickets $149, Students $129 


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.

Lotterywest's Grants session is a great opportunity to learn about the types of projects that they can support you with, as well as answer any questions you may have.


Session 1


For more information about Lotterywest Grants, email or visit their website

Ph: 133 777 TTY: 08 9488 6236

WACOSS will be holding a Special General Meeting on Wednesday, 30th August 2017 to effect changes to its Constitution.

For Members wishing to attend and vote on these important amendments, Members will need to have renewed their 2017-18 Membership by 1st August 2017.

The formal notice and motion for the meeting will issue on 2nd August 2017.