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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.

Date: Thursday 9 November and Thursday 7 December
Time: 8.30am-12.30pm
Location: Bendat Community Centre, Dodd Street, Wembley.
Cost: $20 per workshop (or $30 for both)


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. Some of the other courses he can run include: Winning Grants and Tenders (full day); Governance for Boards and Committees (half-day); Collaboration for Sustainability (half-day); Introduction to Strategic Planning (half-day). If you think there would be local interest in any of these workshop topics, please contact and he will schedule workshops right away.


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.

Following the State Election in March this year, and the subsequent departmental mergers and Service Priority Review, this State Budget will also be of great interest to WACOSS members in revealing how the Government’s proposed changes are to be implemented.

The State Budget briefing is an annual event held by the Council to provide a detailed analysis of what the State Government’ budget decisions will mean for community services within Western Australia. To view the Council’s State Budget analysis from previous years, click here.


You may also wish to look back at the recommendations outlined in the Council’s 2017-18 Pre-Budget Submission, The Future in our Hands: Smarter Services, Stronger Families, Resilient Communities.

To register for the 2017-18 WACOSS Budget Briefing, email with your name and member organisation, or check below the flyer for this event.

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 ( for you and a friend to attend a 2017 public workshop for 50% off. This means that the following workshops would be $75 each:

  • Accidental Counsellor 
  • Case Management 
  • Conflict Management and Responding to Aggressive Behaviour 
  • Early Childhood Intervention 
  • Managing Change
  • Mental Health and Preventing Self-Harm and Suicide 
  • My Aged Care and Consumer Directed Care 
  • Navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Person Centred Practice 
  • Navigating the National Quality Framework and Belonging, Being and Becoming 
  • Positive Behaviour Support 
  • Trauma Informed Practice

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.



  • 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.



  • Organisations get a FREE Workforce Analytics Dashboard to better understand & manage their staff. No set up requires, it’s all online.
  • Participants obtain immediately a FREE Personal Analytics Report on their work experience, job autonomy, wellbeing, professional development, and more.
  • Contributing to and championing the research will advance the NFP sector at large - all findings will be shared for FREE. Be part of it!



  1. Complete the online survey. No invitation required, go to
  2. Invite your employees and volunteers, and get your FREE Workforce Analytics, go to
  3. Share this opportunity with others in the NFP sector so they can benefit too!


This study is to help people like you, organisations like yours, and those you support.

The online survey is open until 31 October 2017.


The study is led by Learning for Purpose, Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, supported through the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. Data is used for research purposes only, securely stored, strictly confidential and subject to legal restrictions. Approved by the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee (RA/4/1/8885).

 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. SVA Consulting has been working with Indigenous communities and organisations for the last 10 years to measure and evaluate the impact of interventions on efforts to ‘close the gap’.

Presenter: Gillian Turnbull, Director with the Consulting team of Social Ventures Australia
Presenter background

For the past 2.5 years, Gillian Turnbull has worked with government, large Social Purpose Organisations and corporates on developing solid, robust outcomes management frameworks and undertaking evaluations in a way that is aligned with, and supports the refinement of strategy. Prior to joining SVA, Gillian worked in International Development with the Clinton Foundation as an advisor on HIV/AIDS and health systems strengthening to the Ministries of Health in Jamaica and Haiti. Gillian then went on to work with Tony Blair’s Africa Governance initiative as an advisor to the Ministries of Finance in Rwanda and Sierra Leone where she focused on designing, measuring and evaluating capacity building initiatives.

Date and time: Friday 18 August 2017, 12.00 - 1.00pm
Venue: The Exhibition Hall, Level 2 Government Offices, 140 William St, Perth, WA 6000. Public entrance via Railway Lane off Murray St Mall (between Coffee Club and Cotton On)


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



This Unconvention explores how to think like a disruptor so your NFP board and organisation is not left behind. Meet change makers, rule breakers and rebels to explore ideas and actions to future proof your Not-For-Profit organisation. Now is the time for strategic thinking, alliances and action. The agenda is on the next page. 


August Unconvention Disruption in the Boardroom featuring Jahna Cedar, Business News 40 under 40 Overall Winner and EO, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation and Robert Gordon, International Governance Expert, CEO, Board Accord.  


Register for tickets here -  


Unconvention Agenda

8am  Registration and Networking


8.30 - 8.50am Welcome remarks - Disruption in the Boardroom

Alicia Curtis - Project Facilitator, Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards

Alicia is the Co-Founder of the Engaging Young Leaders on Boards program along with Dr Nicky Howe, CEO of Southcare (and recent authors of the book, Difference Makers).  She is an experienced speaker and facilitator through her leadership company, Alyceum.  Alicia has a Masters in Business Leadership and was recognised in the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence.  She is an experienced Board member in the not-for-profit sector.


8.50am - 9.20am  Leading in Uncertain Futures

Jahna Cedar, EO, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation and First Among Equals, Business News 40 under 40

Jahna is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia and is the Executive Officer of Gumala Aboriginal Corporation.  An equal rights and reconciliation advocate, Janha has represented her people twice at the United Nations in New York with regards to children’s rights and equal access to employment, education and training for women. In 2012, she was inducted into the West Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame and was a runner-up for the 2012 Perth NAIDOC Community Person of the Year.


9.20 - 10am Diversity on Boards in Practice

A Panel conversation with the inaugural Difference Makers Diversity Award winners, Justine Colyer, CEO, Rise Network and Swancare Chair, Etta Palumbo along with Difference Makers authors, Dr Nicky Howe and Alicia Curtis.


10am - 10.30am Industry Innovator Breakout Discussions

Meet with an Industry innovator in small groups to hear their story and learn from their experiences leading innovation.

10.30 - 11am  Morning Tea


11 - 11. 30am How Boards can Disrupt the Disruption

Robert Gordon, International Governance Expert and CEO, Board Accord

Robert Gordon is an international thought leader in the area of board governance and leaders.  He is a regular speaker across Australia, New Zealand and Asia and consults with boards to provide board, chair and CEO reviews, coaching and presentations.  He is a graduate of the INSEAD International Directors program along with a Bachelors in Education and Masters in Counselling.


11.30 - 12pm  Group Plenary


12pm: Close


Register for tickets here -  

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. It is to ‘gather and provide general intelligence for the sector to inform advice on training package review and development.’


If you have ‘general intelligence’ on this and would like to share it, please get in touch with Stuart Reid, WACOSS Manager Projects and Business Development, and he will raise it at the IRC.


The first meeting is mainly induction for the new IRC but there will be some opportunity to raise items of business as well.


Stuart will report back in future editions of eNews and the Members Bulletin.


More information on the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and the Community Sector and Development IRC can be obtained from the AISC website

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. The report examines behaviour management practices at the Centre and the results of implementing a more individualised approach to managing young people in detention. The report also includes recommendations which WACOSS supports, including continuing to pursue a trauma-informed model of treatment for young people in detention, and investigating opportunities for small residential youth justice facilities across the State to keep young people close to their families and networks.


The report can be accessed at and a hard copy is also available if you contact the office direct. The Office has asked for responses to the report and WACOSS will be preparing a submission. This will be available on our website shortly.

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.

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.

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. 

Click here to start




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.