Women in social services, building a climate resilient community, and cleaning reimbursements
5 April 2022 at 8:40 am
All the latest news from the Councils of Social Service of Australia.
As the housing and climate crises deepens, and we brace for the next wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to hit, the federal budget is not a budget people can rely on. It is a flash in the pan budget that delivers temporary fixes when we need permanent solutions to address the huge challenges we face as a nation. Click here to read Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie’s remarks on this year’s federal budget announcement.
Both the Victorian and federal governments are grappling with how to ease the cost of living for people doing it tough. With petrol prices surging, food prices on the rise, rents increasing and wages flat lining, many people are feeling the squeeze. VCOSS is heartened Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas has hinted at new measures to ease the costs burdens for Victorians. It believes any new measures must be well targeted, and assist those in the most dire need as a matter of urgency. Click here to read four things that could be done right now to make life easier for Victorians.
The SACOSS Building a Climate Resilient Community Sector Conference is coming up on Thursday 5 May at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The changing climate is the social justice issue of our time, and this conference tackles the preparations the health and community services sector need to make and the issues to be addressed, from insurance to health impacts and more. Keynote speakers are Dr Veronica Matthews, who is talking about the climate impact for Aboriginal communities, and Dr Kate Wylie, who is speaking about health implications. Register here.
NCOSS has published the Women in NGO social services sector in NSW data report. The report details the responses from a 14 question survey conducted by NCOSS in the lead up to International Women’s Day 2022. It provides detailed analysis of the survey results and serves as a supplementary report to A long way to the top – career opportunities and obstacles for women in the social services sector in NSW, which was released by NCOSS and Impact Economics and Policy in March 2022.
Analysing data to measure outcomes can be complex and expensive. So how can underfunded and over-stretched community organisations show evidence of the social impact of their work? In this QCOSS Research and Evaluation webinar, you’ll learn about an innovative and evidence-based platform for the community sector that provides access to a range of free impact measurements tools. Hear from guest speaker, Elizabeth-Rose Ahearn, manager of Amplify Social Impact Online, about how data infrastructure can better support your work. Register here.
The COVID-19 Cleaning Reimbursement Scheme and Community Sector Surge Pool (CSSP) are now both live on WACOSS’ website. Community sector organisations in WA who have had additional cleaning costs due to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for reimbursement now using this form. CSSP is an initiative to connect the sector by sharing staff via secondment. Community sector organisations in WA are encouraged to register for the CSSP here.
TasCOSS would like to invite you to a networking event on Wednesday 27 April at Peppers Silo Hotel (Kings Wharf Lounge West) in Launceston. This networking event provides you with the opportunity to meet the TasCOSS board and team, hear about TasCOSS’s priorities for the next 12 months and network with industry colleagues. Click here to learn more and register.
Last week on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, ACTCOSS called on the ACT government to improve oversight and review mechanisms to tackle racial vilification and discrimination. Click here to learn more.
NTCOSS would like to thank the amazing group of women who showed up online and in person to listen to NTCOSS CEO Deborah Di Natale’s inspiring presentation at the NTG’s Women’s Leadership Network. This is an excellent opportunity for women and it’s driven by the NT’s own Dr Anne Walters. Click to learn more.
This article was contributed by ACOSS Community Hub.