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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.…

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