CSWA Newsletter – October 2022

According to the most recent available data, 774,000 children aged 0-14 years lived in poverty in 2017-18, accounting for 1 in 6 Australian children. Poverty has an impact on young people’s dreams and aspirations, and these statistics are confronting and unacceptable.

Reducing child poverty requires advocacy to ensure the development of a range of strategies and policy changes, especially in light of rising living costs. While CSWA can continue to support the advocacy and effect change through training strategies that create pathways and build capacity, the symposium highlighted the impact of one of our current projects.



CSWA Newsletter – September 2022

During the last month, the Community Skills WA team has remained focused on the implementation of Job Ready Programs for both Early Childhood Education & Care and Ageing & Disability. We will be organising and participating in several forums throughout regional Western Australia over the coming months, to discuss the community health workforce and opportunities to build capacity including amongst the existing workforce.



CSWA Newsletter – July 2022

A message from our Executive Director – Caroline Thompson

For my message this month I would like to share ‘The Story of the Starfish’ which resonates with me and highlights that even the smallest thing can make a difference. To you it might be something small, but to another person it could mean the world in any particular moment.



CSWA Newsletter – June 2022

The State Government has released its blueprint to address the growing demand for skilled workers in the State’s rapidly expanding social assistance and allied health sector. Community Skills WA, in collaboration with the State Training Board and key stakeholders in the social assistance and allied health sector presented the report with 25 recommendations to the State Government.



Media Statement: Actions to build future social assistance and allied health workforce

The McGowan Government today released its blueprint to address the growing demand for skilled workers in the State’s rapidly expanding social assistance and allied health sector. Click on the below link to read more about it:



CSWA Newsletter – May 2022

Engagement has been a key focus for CSWA over the last months and it has seen us request a lot of input and feedback from our key stakeholders, which is highly valued and helps inform new initiatives and ensures quality and current advice is provided to key stakeholders. We continue to advocate for the Certificate ll Community Health and Wellbeing traineeship as well as the Ageing and Disability Job Ready program of which both have been well received.



Community Health Workforce Forum – Broome

31 May 2022 – 9.00am – 1.15pm

CSWA are hosting the Community Health Workforce Forum in Broome which will explore strategies to support the sustainable development of a local workforce in the Kimberley. The forum aims to provide information on current and future local workforce initiatives and potential new training opportunities. There will be a particular focus on attracting, developing and retaining an Allied Health Workforce in the Kimberley; attracting developing and retaining a local sustainable workforce; and responding to local training needs. The day will include guest speakers, panel discussions and group sessions.

Agenda: https://cswa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Community-Health-Workforce-Forum-Agenda-31-May-2022.pdf

Register Attendance: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/community-health-workforce-forum-broome-registration-341430416567


CSWA Newsletter – April 2022

It’s been an interesting time for Western Australia with the mandates and a lot of organisations moving to working from home environments. Majority of our meetings have been held via Teams and with the mask mandate being relaxed this Friday, we may see some return to normal practices. CSWA are starting to ramp up our regional travel plans again and will be in Broome at the end of May, hosting a Health and Wellbeing workforce planning session.



CSWA Newsletter – March 2022

The last couple of months have proven a busy time for the team at Community Skills WA including regional consultations in Karratha, Albany and Kununurra. Although online platforms provide fantastic opportunities to be connected with our stakeholders across WA, these can never replace meeting face to face (masks on of course) in a local community to gain a genuine understanding of issues and challenges in our sectors.



CSWA Migration Webinar

CSWA hosted a webinar on 14 March 2022,  during which the Department of Training and Workforce Development provided an overview of the migration streams and programs currently available. We would like to thank DTWD for their presentation and input as well as all that were able to attend. A recording of the session is available via this link.

CSWA Migration Webinar-20220314_100230-Meeting Recording.mp4