Aussie TV news reports found unfair to refugees – ABC News Article link.

TV stations ‘breached code of practice’

Monday, November 30, 2009

Australia’s media watchdog has found three Victorian commercial television news networks broadcast inaccurate stories about violence involving Sudanese refugees two years ago.

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Aboriginal living conditions ‘fifth world’- ABC News Article link.

Aboriginal living conditions ‘fifth world’

Monday, November 30, 2009

By Anna Henderson

A former government business manager says Aboriginal people in parts of Central Australia are still living in car bodies and humpies.

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West Australia – social justice news, info resources – WACOSS Update – 27th November – Available Now!

social policy | organisation development | membership | training
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Friday 27th November 2009

News items listed in this bulletin include…

MEDIA RELEASE: Government should not race ahead with income management expansion

WACOSS has expressed its concern today over the announcement that income

management will be expanded nationally to all welfare recipients, beginning in the

Northern Territory.

The Australian Government will introduce the new scheme in the Northern Territory

preceding a national roll-out in disadvantaged regions. The scheme in the Territory is

expected to cost $350 million over four years.

“By redesigning income management, to remove its current racially discriminative

approach, we will now see approximately 20, 000 individuals in the Territory covered by

the scheme, said Ms Sue Ash, WACOSS CEO…

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Emergency Relief Conference 2009 – a Resounding Success!

The 2009 Emergency Relief Conference concluded yesterday, Thursday 27th November. The Conference ran for two days and was an unqualified success!

Day one saw the Conference officially opened and attendees were addressed by three prominent keynote speakers; Lin Hattfield Dodds – National Director UnitingCare Australia, Elizabeth Stehr – National Branch Manager, Money Management Program FaHCSIA Business Centre Canberra, and Sue Ash – Chief Executive Officer WACOSS.

Following morning tea the conference was addressed by Marie Regan, who delivered a touching personal perspective on accessing ER services. This was followed by a session facilitated by Joel Levin entitled ‘Lets talk about ER’, which encouraged Conference attendees to explore the challenges of, and motivation behind, the work that they do.

Attendees then turned their attention to The Concession Maze and Financial Hardship and Essential Services sessions, aimed at providing information and updates on how best to assist clients who present with utility (essential services) debt. The first day concluded with four breakout sessions, on topics ranging from Social Housing to ‘Fun with Music’. Attendees then moved on to the Conference dinner held at Miss Maud Restaurant, with plenty of laughs provided by Noongar Karaoke.

The momentum of day one continued into day two, with three thought provoking and innovative rural perspectives on ER delivery. New ideas and innovation in service delivery dominated the remainder of the day’s proceedings. Attendees were informed of several contemporary models of service innovation currently operating within the state, before being captivated and challenged by Jason Clark, who encouraged attendees to question the status quo and identify areas for improvement, engage their minds to think outside the box for solutions, and act on these solutions to make a difference.

Thank you to all those who attended over the two days; your enthusiasm, willingness to engage and be challenged, and most of all laugh and have some fun, ensured the Conference was not only enjoyable, but also successful in conveying information and stimulating ideas and innovation that can improve the way Emergency Relief is conceived and administered in Western Australia.

Papers and Power Point Presentations delivered at the Conference will be available on the WACOSS website in the coming weeks.


ACOSS Sector Survey Now Open

The ACOSS Community Sector Survey has now begun

The Community Sector Survey is an important nationwide survey that compiles vital information about the sector. This information is used to inform policy work and to highlight pressures on the sector.

To ensure the survey reaches all those in the sector please distribute this email through your networks.

Help WACOSS and ACOSS by clicking below to complete the
ACOSS Community Sector Survey


WACOSS Conference 2010 – Call for Abstracts

The WACOSS biennial Conference provides for the largest gathering of social service practitioners and policy-makers of its kind, with around 300 participants from across Western Australia.

Abstract submissions are encouraged from volunteers and workers in community, business and government sectors, academics and other experts. The Conference committee is interested in applications regarding social policy and social sector considerations.

The aim of the Conference is to provide a positive, constructive and enjoyable event for people involved with the community sector to network and gain practical information both formally and informally, and we would be delighted if you will submit an abstract to share your experience and expertise of communities at work.

The Conference will feature:

  • 90 minute concurrent sessions consisting of either 2 or 3 speakers each presenting for 25 or 40 minutes;
  • All sessions will include 5 minutes per speaker for questions and discussion.

Prospective speakers may choose whether they wish to present for 25 or 40 minutes, or indicate if they are flexible in their presentation time.

The Conference sessions and activities should focus on achieving positive learning outcomes or enhancing practice and, in particular, should attempt to address current issues challenging the sector.

Active discussion and sharing of ideas is encouraged in sessions and we invite you to think laterally and creatively in terms of session delivery. Interactive sessions, film screenings and workshops are encouraged. Examples of achievement, excellence, challenges and future directions will inform the selection of presentations for concurrent sessions.

Our social policy interests include: social wellbeing, housing, youth, women, indigenous, disability, alcohol and drugs, child protection, mental health, law and justice, employment and training, culturally and linguistically diverse people, refugees and climate equity.

Our social sector interests include: workforce planning, technology, finance, innovation, quality frameworks, collaboration and alliances, media, campaigning and advocacy, civil society, language, framing and future directions.

Click here for more information, including the Conference Themes and Guidelines for Abstracts

The online abstract submission must be completed by Friday 18 December 2009.

Please address any queries to the Conference Secretariat:

EECW Pty Ltd

T: 08 9389 1488

F: 08 9389 1499



WA Not for Profit Day – Providing Tools and Skills for a Resource Challenged and Competitive Sector, Thursday 10th December

This annual conference has become a significant industry event that addresses the unique SPAissues faced by not-for-profit (NFP) organisations. Gain invaluable insights to ensure you are keeping up in this competitive and often restrictive environment.

This one-day conference will provide you with the tools to address the latest issues and trends facing NFP organisations while exploring the latest technical, governance and sustainability challenges facing the sector.

Key benefits of attending:

  • Receive a comprehensive update on the ever-evolving topics of Western Australian Workplace Law, Superannuation, Accounting Standards and OHS;
  • Discover the impact and future of mergers and acquisitions in the NFP sector
  • Hear from experts on how key industry issues will affect you

    To claim the member rate, WACOSS members will need to ensure they register using the registration form rather than online registration, as we need to put that special rate through manually.

Click here for the event brochure and registration form


The Project Manager’s Toolbox, Tuesday 1st December

Identify and explore the practical tools and methods for ensuring your projects achieve the desired outcome, with minimal stress along the way

If you are involved in managing a grant program, or your organisation’s regular and special projects, this workshop will give you a working knowledge and the practical tools and methods for ensuring your projects achieve the desired outcome, with minimum stress along the way.


  • Understanding the terminology, tools and resources used in Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK)
  • Developing project ideas and writing workable project plans
  • The different phases of a project and methods for managing each stage
  • Problem solving tools, techniques and templates
  • Managing and assessing risk
  • Developing and tracking a project budget
  • Overview of common software to assist in the tracking and progress of projects and their advantages and disadvantages

WACOSS Contact:

Gosia Czarnomska –

Further Information
For the full details and to register CLICK HERE or visit the new WACOSS Organisation Development Services website at


Great news on equality in Australia – Federal Govt steps back on opposing Greens move to allow Gay “Civil Partnerships” #GLBTI see below for – ABC News Article link.

Commonwealth to allow gay ceremonies: Corbell

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The ACT Government is claiming a victory in its bid to allow gay couples to have legally binding civil partnership ceremonies.

The ACT Legislative Assembly passed a Greens bill earlier this month allowing same-sex couples to recognise their relationships with a legally binding ceremony.

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Real men don’t hit or threaten women – 1 in 3 Australian women suffer violence from men – we need more help for the survivors, more focus on teaching our boys how to be real men, and more programmes for the cowards – tony serve…please support change – see Greens story below

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Media release

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Greens embrace White Ribbon Day

The Australian Greens welcome the unanimous Senate support for a motion recognising today as the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The White Ribbon Campaign is the first male led campaign to end violence against women in the world.

“I am delighted the Senate has overwhelming accepted the motion calling on all men to actively participate in White Ribbon Day by swearing to end violence against women,” Australians Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

“It is a pledge committing all men to never commit violence against women, to never excuse violence against women, and to never to remain silent about violence against women.

“Violence against women is never ever acceptable and it’s great to see all members of our parliament join together to send this strong message.

“Sadly, one in three Australian women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, and we have got to do everything we can to end this.

“I am pleased my male colleagues have added their voice to this global campaign and hope in joining forces like this we can make a difference.

Media contact – Fernando de Freitas on 0415 174 302

Fernando de Freitas
Media Advisor

Australian Greens

Suite S1.36 Parliament House, Canberra ACT
P: 02 6277 3467 | M: 0417 174 302


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Australia begins to evolve – 1 small step for #GLBTI see this ABC News Article link. Tweet, email Kevin Rudd to demand national laws for equality .


Gay couple ties knot in ceremony

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

By Penny McLintock and Elizabeth Byrne

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West Australia’s Western Desert communities denied Federal health services

WA’s Western Desert communities denied Federal health services

The Australian Greens have criticised the Rudd Government for failing to ensure that Aboriginal people in WA’s Western Desert may access Commonwealth-funded health facilities across the border in the Northern Territory.

“It is simply not good enough that someone living just on the wrong side of the WA-NT border should be denied access to facilities that are provided by our national government for the good of all Australian citizens,” the Greens Health Spokesperson and Senator for WA Rachel Siewert said today.

“At a time of chronic health crisis, all Australians should be able to gain access to their nearest health service.

“The Commonwealth is providing $5.3 million over five years for additional Aboriginal renal services in the NT, and last week it made a two-port relocatable dialysis facility available in Alice Springs – providing potential places for an extra eight renal patients.

“However, West Australian patients such as Patrick Tjungurrayi (an award-winning artist who together with fellow Papunya Tula artists raised $1 million for dialysis services in the NT) continue to be denied service.”

Yesterday (MON 23/11/09), the Federal Government refused to answer two simple yes/no questions about whether interstate patients were able to access a Commonwealth facility, and whether it had negotiated with the NT Government that additional resources were provided on the basis of access to all.

“The Rudd Government failed to use the obvious mechanism of requiring equal access to Commonwealth facilities,” Senator Siewert said.

“It should have made it clear to the NT Government that additional resources would only be provided if it lifted the ban on interstate renal patients.

“The Greens are calling on the Rudd government to immediately require the NT government to lift the ban.

“It is time the Government demonstrated its commitment to fundamental principle of universal access to healthcare on the basis of need,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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