Every year, WACOSS makes a Pre-Budget Submission to the WA State Government advocating for better investment in community services. This submission provides a way for WACOSS to take community concerns directly to the State Government.

We are seeking your input into what we should be including in this year's submission. Below is a link to the survey questions and all questions are optional.


Please click on the link below  to access the latest  news and information from the Connecting Early Years Network Support Program.


Building on the positive news that we received from Minister McGurk at the recent Early Years Networks Forum, we are pleased to inform you that the Department of Communities has agreed to continue funding the Connecting Early Years Network Support Program from July 1 2018 until June 30 2019. This funding will enable WACOSS to continue the Project Officer Community Engagement role for three days each week, plus some managerial support from the team at WACOSS.

We look forward to continuing our work with you.


At the culmination of 10 years of the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s office, it is timely to listen and reflect on what more than 11,000 children and young people in WA have told us about their lives. In doing so, it is clear that more needs to be done to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and young people.

In March 2018, the Commissioner released a discussion paper to inform and challenge current thinking on factors that influence vulnerability to harm and lessen outcomes for children and young people. Through their voices, the paper provides a unique perspective to advance a collective understanding of vulnerability and how to best address the causes and reduce the impact on children and young people.

The project

To progress the ideas set out in the discussion paper, the Commissioner is hosting a program of events in 2018 focused on vulnerable children and young people in our community.

The Vulnerability Speaker Series features presentations from a variety of international, national and distinguished WA leaders and will bring together government leaders, staff from the community services sector, policy officers and academics to explore how best to address the challenges facing vulnerable children and young people in WA and inform effective strategic responses.


To access information, resources, the discussion people ,video clips or to register for the next vulnerability speaker series event click on the link to the CCYP's website https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/our-work/vulnerability-speaker-series/ 

Thank you to the 110 members of Early Years Networks from across the state of Western Australia who attended the 2018 PLACE for Children Forum in Perth on April 12. The team received lots of positive feedback about the benefits of event.

The keynote presentations have been loaded to the Resource section of the EYN Portal. Please share the information that you gained from the event,  widely with other Early Years Network members who could not be there on the day.

We hope to see you at future events.

Social Inclusion Forum

Inclusion Solutions is proud to be hosting a series of quarterly forums to promote the development of inclusive communities across Western Australia. The themes will be ‘Sport & Recreation’ and ‘Community’ with the topics alternating across the four forums. This forum presents an opportunity to be a part of presentations from industry professionals and community representatives who are passionate about social inclusion within the sport & recreation sector. Opportunities will be made available to network with other like-minded people while also discussing the challenges and benefits associated with the

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We have launched EYN 2018 registrations


Colab has produced a document which presents the research evidence in support of each of the considerations and actions outlined in the Australian Declaration for Young Children which we launched last November. It is on this webpage - https://colab.telethonkids.org.au/areas-of-research-focus/australian-declaration-for-young-children/ - and will hopefully be useful for people needing additional information about the importance of the early years for presentations/grant applications etc.

 A new research overview and research snapshot has been added to the Colab website relating to the Lived Experience of Poverty – these can be accessed here - https://colab.telethonkids.org.au/resources/infographics/ .

A  interview with Louise Giolitto, WACOSS's CEO  on the impact of poverty can be accessed at  - https://colab.telethonkids.org.au/news--events/colab-news-and-events/2018/february/ .

Save the Date for this exciting event, more event information and registration details will be issued in early March.


I am writing to invite you to hear about our exciting new early childhood research project – SNACing101.


SNACing101 is an online evidence-based, food and nutrition short course to be developed and piloted among Australian ECEC staff. 


To help us develop the online course, I am reaching out to business and industry representatives, community leaders and other relevant parties and requesting their support in an advisory capacity to inform the project from development through to implementation. 


Through the initial development of the concept of this project, you were highly recommended as a person whose advisory contributions could greatly assist the pathway to improve the health of Australian children.  You are therefore invited to the SNACing 101 Advisory Group Breakfast Networking Event (details below). At this event we will explain the project, seek your input on course content and detail how you can be involved further and outline the total commitment. At the conclusion of the breakfast, we will seek Expressions of Interest to become part of the Advisory Group.




Wednesday 21 February, 2018

7.30am – 9.30am

Nutrition laboratory at the ECU Joondalup campus (21.101).


RSVP: Ainslie Sartori, Research Assistant (a.reddin@ecu.edu.au) by Thursday 15 February 2018.


Please advise any dietary requirements and how many parking permits will be required.


Please see the map of Joondalup Campus attached.


Please feel free to circulate this invitation to your committees and networks.


Thanking you in anticipation.


Yours sincerely


Ruth Wallace | PhD, RPHNutr.

Lecturer Public Health

School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Building 31.471, Joondalup Campus, Western Australia 6027

Tel: +61 8 6304 2731 | Email: ruth.wallace@ecu.edu.au




Please see information on an study providing children and young people with the opportunity to share their experiences of separation.

CYPSF FAQ Sheet.pdf


Learn how to get the best out of the Early Years Network Portal by clicking on the below Youtube training video.

EYN Portal Training Webinar


Be sure to 'Register' to be able to to use all the functionality of the EYN Portal. 

To take part in the many events that take place in Perth and all over WA during Harmony Week, or to think up something with your Early Years Network see the Harmony Week Kit available at https://www.omi.wa.gov.au/EventsInitiatives/Pages/HarmonyWeek.aspx.