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WACOSS News & Events

Emerging Issues for the Community Services Sector

The Community Sector Leaders Forum on Emerging Issues provides analysis to inform strategic planning of community providers into the future. This year’s forum will be an invaluable forecast for the sector to navigate the post-election landscape.

WACOSS is currently inviting comment from the sector on the emerging and priority issues that are impacting on disadvantaged and vulnerable Western Australians and the services that support them. If there are particular issues you feel are an emerging concern that you'd like to bring to our attention, we'd welcome your insights... 
 

Big Data = Big Brother!? 

'Big Data' is getting a bad name! The recent Centrelink automated debt recovery system failure has shown us how collecting and using data can go so wrong. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Collecting and using data can bring big benefits to your organisation and the community services sector as a whole... 

Big Data & Social Investment Masterclass

Normally $100 for WACOSS Members, we are making this opportunity available free to 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...

WACOSS Training

Creating Innovative & Positive Work Environments - Last Call

Your staff are one of your most productive assets in your organisation. A focus on innovation in your organisation ensures your team is working towards better business practices; improving efficiency and performance. 

This action focussed training will be teach you to plan, implement and measure the effectiveness of actions to create an innovative and positive work environment.  This training is suitable for all staff, at all levels and positions...  

Diploma of Leadership & Management - Last Call

Registrations for this highly regarded course are closing at the end of March, so register today so you don’t miss out. Financial support is available. The Diploma of Leadership and Management is ideal for anyone new to their supervisory role. This course consists of 12 units conducted over 10 sessions.

You will be included in a supportive environment filled with peers from your sector as well as colleagues working in the community services sector. You will also have access to individualised coaching and support as well as a formalised mentor program...  

Business Writing: Writing for your Audience - 30 March

All workplaces have certain expectations and standards around business writing. This workshop explores how to plan, organise and structure written communications in various styles and formats using correct and appropriate language. This course also looks at developing business emails, concise letters and reports; and writing appropriately for your audience...
 

Leading Change in Turbulent Times - 6 April

The successful contemporary workplace is a place of change and improvement, however most workplace changes struggle to make traction. This workshop will develop a deeper understanding of the psychology of change and how to better prepare and engage people in adapting to and embracing change in the workplace...
 

Foundations in Governance: Module 3 - Risk Management - 18 April  

Risk Management in the not-for-profit sector is essential to governing a sustainable business.  This course will look at potential areas of risk, and how to manage and reduce these areas and how risk management relates closely to your continuous improvement plan...  

Getting Things Done Through Project Management - 26 & 27 April

While many workers in the not-for-profit sector have experience in delivering successful projects; using the tried and true principles of project management can make a great difference to the level of success and a reduction in stress! This course will provide theory, tools and group practice opportunities that will deepen your understanding of project management...  

Sector News

New code of ethics & practice guidelines for workers

After extensive consultation, the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) has launched the revised Code of ethics and new Practice guidelines for community and human services workers. These nationally applicable documents outline the professional standards expected of practitioners...  

2017 Parent Engagement Conference

Just announced - the keynote speaker for the 2017 Parent Engagement Conference is Dr Heather B. Weiss, co-director of the Global Family Research Project. Early bird registrations close 17 March – so take advantage of their early bird discount and register today! If you join as an ARACY member, there is a further discount! Visit their conference website for more details...

Community Service Staff Survey

Cancer Council WA in collaboration with Curtin University are surveying managers and staff at WA Community Service Organisations (CSOs) about smoking cessation services for clients. They would be very grateful for your participation because the responses will be used to develop new programs for clients. All CSOs and all staff (including volunteer staff) are invited to complete the survey... 

Collaborative Tendering

The WA Department of Finance has just released a guide providing background information on collaborative tendering and service delivery arrangements, often referred to as consortium arrangements. The guide covers subcontracting and the use of Memoranda of Understanding, with an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative arrangements. This is essential reading for anyone involved in tenders in the community services sector and you can get a copy by emailing the Department...

Sector Training & Events

Women & Superannuation

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...

Family and Domestic Violence & Coercive Control

This workshop provides an opportunity to understand the social and historical landscape that contributes to attitudes and actions that support violence and abuse.  Material relevant to both victim and perpetrator will be explored as well as the patterns of coercive control that identify abusive and controlling behaviours.  It is suitable for all those who work with those who have experienced family violence... 

Supporting Young People from Refugee & Migrant Backgrounds Webinar

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. This webinar will discuss the implementation of the Framework, and provide examples of community based initiatives and practical strategies for supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds... 

Free Outcomes Measurement Seminar

The Australian Evaluation Society is hosting a free seminar titled ‘Moving towards outcomes measurement and an evaluative organisational culture in the Not for Profit sector.’ Hear from Dr Roanna Lobo from Saint Bartholomew’s House and Tom Tolchard from Foundation Housing on Friday 17 March 2017... 

Fuel Your Body Forum: Supporting Nutrition & Ageing

Stay On Your Feet presents the Fuel Your Body Forum to be held at the Bendat Centre in Wembley on Thursday March 23rd. This educational and engaging event is aimed at health and community care professionals to help identify nutritional issues in older adults and initiate conversations about improving diet... 

Great Southern Evaluation Workshop Albany 

Know Injury presents an intensive one-day workshop by leading evaluation consultant Stacey Waters. It is designed to help you effectively evaluate your projects and set clear goals and give you the opportunity to bring your own project for some on the spot advice and input...
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