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Working with primary schools, early childhood services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to support children’s school readiness and their effective transition to formal schooling Workshop: $220 per person Friday 24th November 2017 (Workshop 1) In Partnership with Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre and Yorganop Association Incorporated Venue:  Kuditj 201 Beaufort Street, Perth,…
A Place for Culture?
Supporting cultural competence of non-Indigenous educators in ECEC services who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families Workshop: $220 per person Wednesday 22nd November – Thursday 23rd November 2017 (Workshop 1) In Partnership with Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre and Yorganop Association Incorporated Venue:  Kuditj 201 Beaufort Street, Perth,…
Trauma informed approaches to healing and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities Workshop: $220 per person Monday 20th November – Tuesday 21st November 2017 In Partnership with Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre and Yorganop Association Incorporated Venue:  Kuditj 201 Beaufort Street, Perth, Western Australia Morning/Lunch/Afternoon Tea Provided 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Key topics of discussion will be: What is Trauma – Complex,…
Exciting opportunity to learn more about supporting Aboriginal children and their families in workshops about recognising and responding to trauma, the importance of culture and journeying to school. These workshops are supported by Yorganup and Coolabaroo in association with SNAICC.     Recognising and Responding to Trauma - Trauma informed approaches to healing and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities     A Place for Culture?…
On 1 September there was another 12.5% rise in the price of cigarettes, and for the first time, loose tobacco was also taxed in line with factory-made cigarettes, taking the price of an average pack of cigarettes or 25 gram pouch of loose tobacco to more than $30. Health experts estimate 320,000 current smokers are likely to quit as a result of tax increases over the next four years. It is undeniable that the tax increase will impact some people.…
kath portrait.jpg Hi, my name is Kath Sugars and I am a PhD student at Murdoch University. Over the years, I have been involved in a number of nonprofit organisations, including schools, sporting clubs and charities, as an employee, volunteer and committee member. Two things I know for sure. One, there are a lot of caring and dedicated people in WA, working to help others. Two, arguing about how to do this is an inevitable and creative process.…
You’re at the front line of service delivery.  It may seem that you can do little to respond to angry and abusive clients and customers.  But you can!  This half day seminar (9:30am to 1pm) offers key principles and strategies to defuse clients' and customers' anger and reduce abusive behaviour right from the start. It also assists to reduce your own stress levels. Cost $110. To enrol, please phone (08) 6164 0239.
  This 2 day introductory workshop will be useful for those who are interested in becoming (clinical) supervisors, and for those supervisors who are looking for a 'refresher' or who are new to the role and looking to expand their knowledge and skills. This training is specific to the supervision of counsellors, social workers and case workers in the human services area. When: Thurs/Fri 14 & 15 September 2017 Time: 9.00am to 4.30pm Cost: $440 Where: Relationships Australia,…
Please join us for the latest in our series of seminars detailing components of the Department of Health’s report, Incidence and Cost of Injury in Western Australia 2012. This briefing will provide an expert analysis of the impact of injuries sustained by older adults in WA, including health sector costs, long-term care costs, loss of paid productivity and loss of quality of life. Keynote presentations will be delivered from the perspectives of research, policy and practice,…
Child Australia and Playgroup WA are pleased to be bringing Dr Kaylene Henderson http://drkaylenehenderson.com/ to Perth for two events on Thursday 24th August. Dr Henderson is a trusted, highly experienced Child Psychiatrist, parenting specialist, keynote presenter, radio and print media contributor. The two opportunities to hear from Dr Henderson are as follows:   Practitioner Master Class – “Exploring Challenging Behaviours” https://childaustralia.org.…
Homelessness Week
'Homelessness Week Launch WA' Monday 7th of August, 8.30-10.30am at The Platform, Level 3 256 Adelaide Tce 'Let's end homelessness, not just manage it' is the theme for Homelessness Week WA 2017, and the topic of discussion at the Homelessness Week Launch. Join us in discussing this key issue with key speakers,…
The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study has been launched as the largest ever research study on and for NFP organisations, and all their employees and volunteers.   NATIONAL RESEARCH TO INFORM NFP Practice that enhances organisational leadership, capabilities and impact, NFP Policy that supports the sustainability and success of the sector, and NFP Funding that better invests in and converts capacity building.…
  ECU_AUS_logo_C.jpg   Third year Edith Cowan University students, completing a Community Nutrition unit, are being trained to deliver food literacy programs.  Part of a work integrated learning opportunity and assessment is that they deliver this new found knowledge to clients of a Charitable Food Sector agency. If you are interested in hosting two students, at your service for an information session, in the weeks beginning either the 16th or 27th October, 2017, please email Ros Sambell r.…
The Berry Street Childhood Institute is proud to announce that as part of his 2017 Australian Tour, Richard Rose will for the first time be delivering a two-day workshop on Therapeutic Life Story Work on 11-12 September in Perth.   As a Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute, Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services (UK) and Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Latrobe University in Melbourne,…
Social marketing uses the techniques of commercial marketing, focusing on what your audience wants rather than needs, to encourage healthier and safer behaviours. Presented by Rob Donovan, Senior Principal Research Fellow in the School of Sport Science Exercise and Health at UWA, the two half-day workshops will take you through the principles and practice of social marketing and behaviour change, and give you the opportunity to workshop your own ideas and priorities.…
Thanks to a new Lotterywest grant, WACOSS will now be able to deliver (almost) free training throughout regional WA. Over the next few months we will be identifying local training needs and planning the two-year rollout. If you are in the Kimberley, you can get a head start by identifying your training needs now. WACOSS trainer Stuart Reid will be travelling to Broome, Fitzroy and Kununurra in the first two weeks of September for the Resilient Community Organisations workshops.…
The Western Australian Council of Social Services will be holding a special community sector briefing on the outcomes of the 2017-18 State Budget on Friday 8th September 2017, 2.30pm – 4.00pm,  followed by a sundowner from 4.00pm – 5.00pm. With the State Budget being released on 7th September, this event will be critical for sector stakeholders seeking to understand what this will mean for community services, and what the Government’s social policy priorities are.…
Owl Learning Australia provides quality, accessible and affordable professional development opportunities throughout Australia. Our focus is on partnering, empowering and responding to the current and future needs of the workforce. This includes providing public workshops, customised on-site training, distance education and consultancy services. Contact us (admin@owllearningaustralia.com.au mailto:admin@owllearningaustralia.com.…
The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study has been launched as the largest ever research study on and for NFP organisations, and all their employees and volunteers.   NATIONAL RESEARCH TO INFORM NFP Practice that enhances organisational leadership, capabilities and impact, NFP Policy that supports the sustainability and success of the sector, and NFP Funding that better invests in and converts capacity building.…
 Seminar overview The presentation will cover Social Ventures Australia’s experience in evaluating social change programs in Indigenous communities. Examples will include the Martu leadership program evaluation with an emphasis on approaches to support decision-making that leads to improvements and behaviour change. This is particularly important in the Indigenous space where meaningful results require meaningful engagement.…
Tuesday, 15 August 2016, 8am - 12pm (Registration from 8 - 8.30am) Woodside Auditorium, Mezzanine Level, Woodside Plaza   Who is this session for? Board Chairs and Directors NFP Senior Management Aspiring Board Directors Academics, Professionals and Students   About This Unconvention explores how to think like a disruptor so your NFP board and organisation is not left behind. Meet change makers,…
The Community Sector and Development IRC is an independent group which provides an industry based perspective to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Its role is to represent, and provide advice based on, the national interests of the community sector in the review, development and implementation of training products and undertake this in accordance with the public good.…
Behaviour management practices in youth custodial facilities have received considerable national media attention recently. The WA Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services has released a report, Behaviour management practices at Banksia Hill Detention Centre and is welcoming responses to this.   In 2016, there was increasing concerned at the growing instability of Banksia Hill Detention Centre, the state’s only youth custodial facility, following a wave of self-harm and serious damage.…
Each year 333 young carers are offered a $3000 scholarship to engage in education. The scholarship helps to relieve financial pressure of young carers while they combine study and caring responsibilities. Apply through the Young Carers website here http://www.youngcarers.net.au/young-carer-bursary-program/. Applications are open until Thursday 7 September. 
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.…
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,…
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 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.…
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.…
  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 Link: https://www.justiceconnect.org.…
Belmontbec.png http://belmontbec.com/awards/ 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,…
IPAA Awards
IPAA Awards - picture.JPG 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.…
 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). Enquiries: ProfEd@ngala.com.au mailto:ProfEd@ngala.com.au
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,…
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 Date: Tuesday 1 August 2017 Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm Place: Level 2, 38 Station Street,…
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.
https://files.podio.com/377034012 We’re pleased to announce that the Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA) which coordinates Stay On Your Feet®, Road Trauma Support WA and Know Injury has refreshed its name and logo, and will now be known as Injury Matters. We see this not just as a name change, but as a reinvigoration of our organisation and a chance to refocus our attention, and spread our injury prevention message further than ever before.…
Graduation Group 23062017.jpg Centacare Employment and Training, a not for profit registered training organisation based in West Perth, is helping disadvantaged members of the local community gain valuable qualifications to secure employment, with extraordinary success.  Eleven students studying a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) attended a graduation event to celebrate their fantastic achievement on Friday 23rd June at Centacare’s head office.…
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 Date: Tuesday 1 August 2017 Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm Place: Level 2, 38 Station Street, Subiaco 6008 RSVP: grants.events@lotterywest.wa.gov.au mailto:grants.events@lotterywest.wa.gov.au by Wednesday 26 July 2017   For more information about Lotterywest Grants, email hello@lotterywest.wa.gov.au mailto:hello@lotterywest.wa.…
Presented by Dr. Barbara Meddin, B.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., L.M.S.P.S.W. Wednesday, July 26th 2017 8:45 am – registration for 9:00 am prompt start – 4:30 pm Therapy Focus, 5/1140 Albany Hwy, Bentley WA Free Parking onsite Bentley Plaza Shopping Centre    The one day training workshop will be presented by Dr. Barbara Meddin, a well known and experienced social work practitioner, supervisor, and trainer.…
WACOSS is pleased to announce three Masterclasses running the morning after the conference, free for conference attendees. These masterclasses will delve deeper into 3 topics related to the conference. These are: Masterclass 1: Towards Indigenous Financial Inclusion and Resilience With Vinita Godinho, General Manager, Good Shepherd Microfinance  Masterclass 2: Food insecurity among children in regional WA With Dr Stephanie Godrich, Lecturer and Researcher,…
Claisebrook Lotteries House will have available office space on the ground floor from early July 2017. The space is 17sqm and is a good size for either a small organisation or as additional space in a central location for a larger organisation. The current tenant is happy to leave existing furniture if it can be of use to a new NFP tenant.    Please pass on to any interested parties.  They can contact me via this email address for further information.…
ACOSS is calling on governments to use the Finkel Report to now design an energy system that will both reduce shocking energy prices and confidently deliver on our international obligation to reduce carbon pollution and transition to clean energy. Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS, says we need an energy supply which is both affordable and secure for everyone and as clean as it can possibly be.  “Energy prices must be turned around.…
Last week ACOSS launched a brand new version of Improve IT https://acoss.devapp.com.au/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=27387&qid=433864, a website full of free resources for people working in not-for-profit organisations who want to make the most of the technology that is available to make their work better and easier. Have a look at the website (https://improveit.org/ https://acoss.devapp.com.au/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?…
Member’s training needs will get top priority in the new model for delivery of WACOSS training from 1 July. Instead of trying to anticipate what community sector organisations and their staff might need, we will now provide tailored solutions on request.   We will customise training and deliver it either ‘in-house’ or elsewhere and Members will be entitled to discount rates which make training with WACOSS an very economical prospect.…
Qld Funds ERO
QCOSS CEO Mark Henley is pleased to see the Equal Remuneration Order fully funded, as set out in Queensland’s budget priority statement.   ‘This funding will ensure no reduction in services and outcomes for Queenslanders experiencing vulnerability,’ he said.   Now it’s time for WA to follow suit!
  WACOSS would like to congratulate Chris Hall on receiving an Order of Australia award (AM) yesterday.  This is recognition for Chris’ exceptional contribution to the social services sector over his 40 year career - well done Chris!  Your perseverance and commitment to the social services sector is exemplary, and we thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.   Our best wishes for your continued success,  Below is a synopsis of Chris’ work over the years.…
Simone McGurk State Member for Fremantle Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services   Simone McGurk was elected the Labor member for the seat of Fremantle at the March 2013 state election. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Community Services; Women’s Interests; and Children’s Interests in 2015. With the election of the McGowan Labor Government in March 2017,…
  Dear Members   The Fair Work Commission decision to raise the minimum wage by 3.3% has caught us all by surprise. Attached is some preliminary advice about the decision from Employer Assist. Further advice about the detail of flow-on effects for the SCHADS Award will be available soon and we will provide that to Members as soon as we get it.   And in other news about wage pressures,…
  Professional training courses on offer @ Relationships Australia - to enrol: 6164 0200    Enhancing Self Esteem in Adolescents https://www.relationshipswa.org.au/courses-and-seminars/professional-development/Enhancing-Self-Esteem-in-Adolescents As a teacher, mentor or leader you can facilitate positive change in the lives of young people by supporting them to develop a healthy self-esteem.                    Domestic Violence Workshops https://www.relationshipswa.org.…
Men’s Health Week 2017 is fast approaching. Between the 12 to 18 June, communities across the country will come together to create fun and engaging events, promotions and activities tailored to the needs of men and boys. These events focus on improving and maintaining the health of our men, boys and their families, and having those meaningful conversations about the factors that keep us healthy in body and mind. This year’s theme, Healthy Body – Healthy Mind: Keeping the Balance,…
Ngala’s professional education sessions are for people who work with families with young children. Topics include sleep, nutrition, early brain development, group facilitation, and engaging fathers. Sessions include information and practical tips based on the latest evidence. Please complete the attached registration form to secure your place. Group sizes are limited so book as soon as possible! If you have any questions, contact the Ngala Professional Education team at profed@ngala.com.…
StockSnap_AMU57TOX5O.jpg Dress for Success, an NFP helping women back into employment are looking for new premises to carry out their work.  While we are happy to be in our own premises, we’d also love to share with some of our sector colleagues.…
StockSnap_G0V362YTA5.jpg In last week’s eNews, we reported on the Treasury’s outlook for the WA State Economy. The economic projections were not overly positive and the following points are important to consider for Community Service Organisations as we transition to a new economic norm. The Government's intention to honour their election commitments is reflected in the Treasury outlook.…
Changing human behaviour is a complex and challenging task. Many everyday resolutions to change behaviours such as ‘to get fit, lose weight or cut down one’s drinking’ are often not followed through, even though approached with the best intentions. Hence resolution breakdowns are a common and normal part of human behaviour. The processes involved in resolution breakdown have many similarities with relapse.…
The WA Treasury is forecasting further reductions in business investment and gross state product in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2017 financial years as a result of large LNG projects finishing construction phases. Migration to the state has slowed significantly and the overall population growth rate now sits at its lowest on record at just over 1%. The Treasury’s report shows that excess supply has driven down house prices, rents and property transactions. The median house price now sits at $525,…
To coincide with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) changes, a range of new consumer guides have been developed for providers of goods and services and for all consumers with disabilities. The information clarifies a consumer rights under the scheme and will support service providers to ensure they meet their obligations under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACL provides protection when you buy or sell goods like food,…
All incorporated associations are required to review and where necessary update their rules to ensure their document complies with the Associations Incorporation Act 2015. The Department of Commerce has released a new information pack to assist with changes under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015. Transition Pack 3 is a step by step guide on how to review and update the rules to meet the new requirements. Associations have until 1 July 2019 to comply,…
New data reported by the ABC last week http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-13/unemployment-down-in-wa-but-more-looking-for-work/8442676 shows Western Australia’s unemployment rate has risen despite an increase in the number of people working in the state. Based on the latest figures, 100 000 people are now looking for full or part time work in WA. This is the second consecutive rise in unemployment since November and it is only slightly below the 101 000 people unemployed in February 1992.…
The submission date for Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system has been extended. The community affairs committee is still accepting submissions, encouraging anyone who has been impacted to contribute. Details of the Senate Inquiry are here http://Details are here. Also known as the Better Management of the Social Welfare System Initiative, this inquiry has already received many submissions, from community groups, welfare rights organisations and indivudals,…
From data nerds to data novices there was something for everyone in WACOSS’s week of events on Big Data and Social Investment last week. The Forum on Tuesday brought together national and state government perspectives, with data linkage researchers and community organisations to showcase innovative uses of data. The Masterclass on Wednesday on New Zealand’s Family 100 Project took participants through the tools used to capture rich,…
As professionals in the community services sector, you are experts in the issues and challenges your organisation and community faces. The Emerging Issues Forum provides the opportunity for you to share your expertise with other organisations, whilst simultaneously learning from their experience. You will also hear from sector experts studying the issues and challenges from a ‘whole-of-sector’ approach.…
Data forms a critical part of the evidence you need in your organisation. It tells you: The impact of your services How to change your services to improve the impact they have Who to target to attract to your organisation How to make the case for more investment. Data helps you streamline your services and make better use of limited resources, because numbers don’t lie. It also helps during quality evaluation time, and can prove a point of difference between you and any competitors.…
Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability Working holistically with individuals, families and communities, social workers are passionate advocates for a socially-just Australia.  Along with us they continue to strive to deliver services that are effective and enable individuals to change and develop their capabilities to contribute to the success of our communities in Western Australia.…
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? Do you have a great idea that needs further development? Or are you just keen to find out a bit more information about Lotterywest grants? Join our grants team to hear more about how we can support your organisation, as well as some our ideas and advice on applying for a grant.…
Big Data = Big Brother!?
‘Big Data’ is getting a bad name! Recent media coverage on complications with Centrelink data can conjure up images of big brother. The recent automated debt recovery system failure has shown us how collecting and using data can go so wrong. The impact of this on our most vulnerable and disadvantaged has been significant. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Collecting and using data can bring great benefits to your organisation and the community services sector as a whole.…
Women & Superannuation
Understanding and maximising your super A free workshop for women working in not-for-profit services. In Australia women of all ages are likely to have significantly less superannuation than men. This means that women are less likely than men to live comfortably when they retire. There are steps you can take at any age or stage to maximise your super and it’s not as difficult as it might seem. You are invited to a FREE learning session on superannuation for women in the not-for-profit sector,…
Good practice and measuring settlement outcomes Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds have enormous potential, but face a range of particular challenges. Recognising this, MYAN Australia launched the National Youth Settlement Framework in 2016 to facilitate a targeted approach to supporting and measuring good practice with young people in the settlement context. This webinar will discuss the implementation of the Framework,…
Understanding the attitudes, beliefs and abusive actions that keeps violence silent in families and communities SPSW is pleased to present this important workshop relevant for all human service workers who work with families experiencing domestic violence. This workshop provides an opportunity to understand the social and historical landscape that contributes to attitudes and actions that support violence and abuse.…
Working to a set of clear standards under an ethical code is essential in the community services sector, no matter the service field. After extensive consultation, the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) has launched the revised Code of ethics and new Practice guidelines that lay down the standards expected of professionals and needed for a nationally skilled workforce.…
This Masterclass will bring the lessons of NZ’s 100 Families Project to WA’s community services sector, providing you with practical ways to understand the realities of life for your clients and use their stories to transform the services and support you provide. Normally $100 for WACOSS Members, we are making this opportunity available free to all members who register for the full-day Forum on 4 April. The Masterclass is on Wednesday 5 April and runs from 1.30-4.30pm.…
questions-2132217_1920.jpg The Community Sector Leaders Forum on Emerging Issues is the WA Council of Social Service's premier annual strategic forum. It provides analysis of the economic, political and social trends within our community, and changes to the sector's funding and operating environment, to inform the strategic service planning needs of community service providers into the future. The forum will be an invaluable forecast for the sector to navigate the post-election landscape.…
We would like to extend congratulations to the winners of the Curtin University, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work Awards. Stuart Reid, A/Director of Sector Services and Development, presented Daisy De Groot the award for Highest Mark in Social Policy in Practice, and Lani East the award for Highest Mark for Working in Human Service Organisations. Both awards were sponsored by WACOSS with Daisy and Lani also receiving a training voucher for our training courses.…
Cancer Council WA’s Make Smoking History launched its new campaign titled ‘From Every Quitter’ on Sunday 12 February 2017. The campaign features personal testimonials from 12 West Australian current and former smokers appealing to people who smoke to support their loved ones who are attempting to quit by not smoking around them.…
Better Boards Conference 2017 Adaptive Directorship: Governing for the Unpredictable Date: 28-30 July 2017 Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Phone: (03) 5429 3786 Email: info@betterboards.net mailto:info@betterboards.net Website: www.betterboards.net/conference http://www.betterboards.net/conference Tickets:  Early bird individual $825 Early bird team $775 Standard individual $925 Standard team $800 CEO's Day $599 Board Member Innovation tour $545 Gala Dinner $135 Who Attends?…
Dear all, We are in the final weeks of requesting feedback to the regulation of boarding and lodging arrangements in WA.  The results of the consultations show that many residents are confused about where to get assistance and this is one area we could address once we have an understanding of the issues, but we need your help. Could you give a final push to your contacts and ask residents and landlords to fill out the surveys online, (links below) or interview if they come in,…
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Handovers expose the weakest links and processes in an organisation, whether during a shift to shift switch-over or a transition of people in and out of roles. As a recent report by the Business News identified, there is a clear link between inexperienced supervisors and significant incidents. Join a vibrant panel discussion of peers, as we debate the unforeseen issues resulting from poor handovers in the disability services, aged care and childcare sectors,…
The Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability (MACD) on behalf of the Minister for Disability Services has launched a state-wide community engagement process to seek feedback on what Western Australians expect from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in this state. Community engagement has been undertaken throughout Western Australia (WA) with people with disability their families and carers and community members.…
All families welcome
Non profits in WA have to comply with the new Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA). Your new constitution can help you guard against those power plays and challenges that can be difficult to manage in a non-profit organisation. Linkwest, in conjunction with Community Courses Online, have developed a self-paced, online course designed to help you consider some of those scenarios and suggest some ways to build clauses to reduce your risks and adopt best practice. Who benefits and how?…
AlintaCARE
The next AlintaCARE will be run from 19th-23rd September. 4 applications per agency location. All guidelines must be adhered to.
Make Smoking History
Tobacco is now even more expensive  On Thursday 1 September the Australian government increased the tax on all tobacco products by 12.5%. This means that from 1 September smoking will become even more expensive. Now that the price of tobacco has gone up again your clients could really use your support to quit. We encourage you to use the opportunity to start a conversation about quitting with clients that smoke. It will not only help them save their money but also their life.…
AAIMHI WA has now purchased the MI-AIMH Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Based Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® license (Endorsement®). Implementing the Endorsement® is the next step in AAIMHI WA’s work to help build the capacity and coherence of the infant mental health (IMH) workforce in our State with the introduction of the AAIMHI WA Competency Guidelines® (the Competency Guidelines).…
Its’ aim is to: • Raise awareness of domestic and family violence and its impacts on individuals and the community; • Provide information to assist participants to respond to identify and respond to those affected by domestic violence. The Forum will also bring together local services and organisations with elected members of the three levels of government, local businesses and interested community members.…
National Child Protection Week invites community members to come together and stand against domestic violence  Thursday 8th September 4.00 – 6.00pm  Court 4, Herb Graham Centre, 38 Ashbury Crescent  Come along - Free children’s activities. bouncy castle animal farm, face painting and more
Know someone who needs help completing their census? They can bring their census letter or paper to the Joondalup Public Library (Corner Boas Avenue and Lakeside Drive) this Friday from 10:30a.m to 6:00p.m for assistance.
Children need to learn self regulation to be able to control their own feelings and emotions, manage their behaviour and build relationships with others. This free discussion group helps parents and carers understand more about self regulation and how to create environments to support your child's development. Bookings are essential.  A free creche is available for children over 12 months upon request.   When: Monday 5 September 2016 Time: 9.00am to 11.…
Each year, the Council submits a Pre-Budget Submission to the State Government. It highlights priority areas for service funding for the next State Budget on behalf of the community services sector. It's one of our most effective tools for influencing our State Government's decision making. The submission provides a high level analysis of the key priorities of the community services sector, which we are seeking to have addressed by the WA Government through the State Budget.…
As many people are aware, domestic violence is one of the key contributors to homelessness in Australia. The "Peel Says No To Violence" project is funded by the national "Building Safer Communities for Women" program. This forum is for organisations in the Peel region interested in working together to reduce the harm of violence in the region. Come along to the forum and hear what's already in action, and how you can get involved and influence the direction of the campaign.…
Flyer.jpg Last Day to Register 15th August 2016 3:00 PM   Still confused about what Knowledge Management is? Watch this video and learn the concept of Knowledge Management and how it can benefit your organisation  
Every other week I read another story about a sexist/ racist/ homophobic tirade online or on-air. Just recently Eddie McGuire was made to apologise for his comments about drowning a female journalist. Last month, Liberal candidate Ben Willis apologised for suggesting that anyone calling Australia Day ‘Invasion Day’ needs to be hit in the face with a chair. The question I want to ask is how did they get there?…
Be A Souperhero!
We're calling on all Souperheores to change the world one bowl of soup at a time! By taking a Soup Challenge from Monday 25th to Sunday 31st July, you will be a Souperhero to people in crisis. After paying for accommodation, the average Salvation Army client lives on less than $17 per day to cover things like groceries, bills, clothing, travel and school and medical costs.…
We visit 15 regional, rural and remote areas each year, plus offer our workshops in Perth to child care educators, foster carers, social workers, psychologists, teachers, allied health professionals etc. who work with children, young people, adults & families who have experienced complex trauma  
2.jpg There are many situations during my working week where I feel like I am swimming in an open ocean and I don’t know which direction to go, or which direction will take me closer or further away from success. When was the last time you openly told someone you didn’t know what you were doing? Do you even feel safe talking about it? This is something we all experience in our working lives. Every leader, every entrepreneur, every employee has continued to face fear,…
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Food Sensations
FREE Foodbank Food Sensations training in hands-on nutrition and cooking experiences
About 50 Western Australian children are taken to hospital with cot related injuries each year. Babies are particularly vulnerable to suffocating or choking, and toddlers are at risk of injury from falling while trying to climb out of the cot. Consumer Protection is running a Second-hand cot safety campaign this month. As part of that campaign we have mailed education material to second-hand and community stores across WA. Community groups such as pre-natal classes,…
   The Federal Government has recently unveiled its $840m Youth Employment Plan. Particular attention has been given to one of the measures – the PaTH program which aims to provide young jobseekers with a path to employment through internship programs. Whilst the measure has generally been regarded as a step in the right direction, there have been a number of concerns raised over its potential to lead to exploitation.   In their statement on the Youth Employment Plan,…
Scroll down to view the fortnightly DropIN newsletter to keep up to date with exciting news, events and training opportunities taking place in the sector DropIN Newsletter.png Line.png   Untitled-1.png The new Connecting Early Years Networks Portal  has been launched The new portal has been specifically designed keeping the Early Years Networks in mind.…
Community Connect
Connecting the vulnerable in the northern suburbs of Perth with the services and care they need. 10am-2pm Saturday 18 June 2016 5/116 Winton Road, Joondalup It . Please contact Jan Gilbert on jan_gilbert@aapt.net.au mailto:jan_gilbert@aapt.net.au or 9401-6738 to discuss. CC.png
Increase your cultural intelligence, enhance relationships and improve outcomes for multicultural clients. The City of Gosnells is hosting a FREE Cultural Awareness workshop. This full-day workshop will be an introduction to the following topics: • Building relationships with culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities • Cultivating compassion and connection • Cross-cultural communication • Techniques for engaging with CaLD communities • Expand your understanding of diversity needs,…
Western Australia enjoys one of the most culturally diverse populations in Australia. To assist health care workers and providers deliver services that are equitable and in line with the implementation of Standard Two ((Partnering with Consumers 2.1.2) National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards) the Health Consumers’ Council has developed this workshop as a means of enabling you to provide culturally inclusive services that support patient-centred care. .…
In celebration of Library & Information Week, Girrawheen Library will be promoting job seeking resources from a variety of agencies throughout the week. Seeking employment and upgrading your skills can be daunting; a little extra assistance can make all the difference. Come along any day and pick up some information.  Centacare, Nationwide Training and Australian College of Training will be in the Library on Tuesday 24 May to assist you from 10.00am
Scroll down to view the fortnightly DropIN newsletter to keep up to date with exciting news, events and training opportunities taking place in the sector DropIN Newsletter.png Line.png   Untitled-1.png http://bit.ly/1T7Xzqs 2016 HESTA Community Sector Awards The HESTA Community Sector Awards are presented by HESTA — the leading industry super fund for health and community services — and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)   2.PNG http://bit.ly/1T7Xzqs Line.png 3.png http://bit.…
The City of Gosnells hosts free quarterly Link-up networking Lunches – the next get together is on Thursday 5 May with Gloss Marketing facilitating a presentation on Effective Use of Social Media. This will be a great opportunity to gain an insight into various types of social media, its benefits and challengers, useful sites and use of images. Lunch is also provided. Link-Up Lunches are an opportunity for community agencies to network, learn, socialize and share information.…
Scroll down to view the fortnightly DropIN newsletter to keep up to date with exciting news, events and training opportunities taking place in the sector   DropIN Newsletter.png Line.png 2.png https://bit.ly/1WQMCwj DropIN Champions Training Webinar (Rescheduled) Unfortunately, due to unexpected events we are rescheduling the training to   27 Apr, 2016. If you have already registered please make note of the change. And if you haven't,…
Refugee Welcome Day
The Cities of Joondalup, Stirling and Wanneroo are partnering to deliver the Refugee Welcome Day 30 April 2016. The aim of the day is to celebrate the contributions of people from refugee backgrounds and promote cultural diversity within our communities. There will be service information and cultural stalls, activities and performances as we welcome the many men, women and children from refugee backgrounds who now call Australia home.
Scroll down to view the fortnightly DropIN newsletter to keep up to date with exciting news, events and training opportunities taking place in the sector DropIN Newsletter.png Line.png   3.png   Are you going to miss out on the key event for the community sector of the year? There are still available seats. Join us and help shape the future directions of community services in WA. Do you still need reasons to register? The key national and international  thought leaders in the sector like,…
There’s an urgent demand for organisations to start implementing new technologies, a market-based & outcome-centred approach and Marketing and IT knowledge are key to thrive in this context   1.png Picture1.png http://bit.ly/1qqRZ8L 3.png http://bit.ly/2289uGE 5.png        <a href="mailto:?subject=Interesting opportunity in DropIN&body=I saw this great training in DropIN and I thought you'd be interested in it: http://bit.ly/1VCF1k0">Share this with your co-workers</a>    
On Sunday 14th February Make Smoking History will air a 6 week state-wide campaign, entitled ‘Sponge’. The campaign will run in metropolitan and regional areas and will include TV advertisements, radio, online and social media advertising. Community services toolkit http://makesmokinghistory.org.au/communityservices/campaign-toolkit   A campaign toolkit has been developed for people working in the social services sector.…
WACOSS Conference 3-5 May 2016 – REGISTER NOW Exciting addition to WACOSS Conference Program. WA Premier, The Honourable Colin Barnett will be delivering the Opening address on the 4th May – Register Now http://www.wacoss.org.au/WACOSSConference2016/Registration.aspx Subsidised Registrations Financial Assistance is available to attend the WACOSS Conference 2016. Subsidies are available for Metropolitan and Regionals community based organisations.…
CSEA 2016 post.png Nominations are now open for the 2016 Community Services Excellence Awards http://csea2016.com/ The awards, presented in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities and supported by Lotterywest, acknowledge the contribution made by the community services sector and provide a unique opportunity to showcase the work being undertaken by these organisations who work tirelessly to make a difference in the community.…
Register for the webinar -> http://bit.ly/new-dropin-webinar http://bit.ly/new-dropin-webinar If you're unable to turn on your speakers, find the transcript of the video below: Hello, my name is Gustavo, I’m the User Experience responsible for DropIN and I’m here to introduce to you the new features and design coming soon to DropIN! DropIN is the one stop shop where the sector can collaborate, connect and grow its projects and initiatives. In order reflect the changing needs of the sector,…
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Consumer Protection provides FREE publications to community groups.  Our publications raise awareness of consumer rights across a broad range of topics including renting a home, buying and selling goods or services, agreeing to contracts, avoiding scams, buying motor vehicles and safe products especially for children.  Many are written for consumers with limited literacy. If any of the publications interest your agency and community contacts,…
YACWA is facilitating an opportunity for not-for-profit organisations and government employees to understand and explore the impact of the Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Reforms on the sector and the way we work together. To learn more about the Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Reforms, please visit the DPC website. https://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/Publications/Pages/AboriginalYouthServicesInvestmentReforms.…
mission australia.jpg   As you may be aware, this year marks Mission Australia’s 40th annual Christmas Lunch in the Park (CLIP).  Previously this was all about people coming together to enjoy a meal, entertainment and companionship on Christmas Day, particularly those who may be isolated, lonely or doing it tough during the festive season. Over 2000 guests are offered a lovely meal, gifts donated by the generous Perth community and are welcomed by half a thousand fantastic volunteers.…

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