This latest report from the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre’s Focus on Western Australia series looks to add to our understanding of the lives of young children in Australia, the environment within which they live and learn, and the services provided to families to enable their children to thrive

To reframe how we talk about parenting means beginning our communications with what children need to develop well, rather than what parents should do to be effective. It also means we must stop highlighting how hard parenting is, because that gets people stuck on problems rather than solutions. The research also shows a way forward on how to use metaphor to help explain that the external environment shapes parenting. It shows that describing the parenting experience using a navigating waters metaphor really resonates with the Australian public.

ARACY, Director of Policy and Practice, Annette Michaux covers the main points from the research in this webinar.

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The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the appointment of Ms Anne Hollands to the role of the National Children’s Commissioner.

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Australian Early Development Census in

The Department of Communities (Communities), Connecting Early Years Networks undertook a statewide survey of Early Years Networks (Networks) members and a statewide survey of backbone supports to:

  • ascertain member composition, participation and understanding of local Network operations
  • gain further insight of local backbone support provided to Networks and
  • obtain baseline data to inform the support role of Communities to Networks going forward.

You can find the results and analysis of each survey on our Resources page or use the button below.


On 22 July 2020, the Department of Communities launched a strategy to reduce family and domestic violence.

Path to Safety: Western Australia’s Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence 2020 – 2030 sets out a clear

whole-of-government and community plan for reducing and responding to this issue over the next decade.

WACOSS is launching a series of FREE webinars about key topics facing the community services sector in WA. The series will consist of eight webinars, running weekly on Wednesdays at 1pm, starting from 22 July 2020.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available for community organisations to host events and activities on Thank a Volunteer Day 2020, which will fall on Saturday 5 December. 

The grants provide support to celebrate Thank a Volunteer Day and acknowledge the role and contribution of volunteers in local communities.

Further information, including guidelines and the application form, is available on the Grants page.

Applications close at 4pm on Thursday 30 July 2020. No late applications will be accepted.

The Department of Communities, Connecting Early Years Networks team wishes to inform Early Years Networks and stakeholders that the Early Years Networks Forum is being rescheduled to 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it being too early to gauge what will be possible in the coming months, we have decided to reschedule our proposed 2020 Early Years Network Forum until 2021.

This decision will allow us to be in a better position to support Networks and stakeholders with conversations and professional development responsive to COVID-19 recovery planning, emerging needs

and evidence based practice. Thank you for your understanding and the work you continue to do to support children and families.

The Australian Government's Australian Institute of Family Studies wants to understand how Australians are coping with and adjusting to the Coronavirus pandemic. They are interested in every person in every type of family. Because everyone has a family, and families come in all shapes and sizes.
If you are over 18+ years and living in Australia, please help them by taking the Life during COVID-19 survey
Take the survey here

WACOSS is the peak body for social service organizations in the state of Western Australia. Their mission is to advocate for social change to improve the well-being of Western Australians and strengthen the community services sector that supports them.