Country, Culture, People, Future

January 2021

Applications for assistance to attend WACOSS’s Finding Ground: Building a better way back together conference now open

Posted: January 29th, 2021

On 22-24 February 2021, WACOSS will be hosting their Finding Ground: Building a better way back together conference in Fremantle, WA, and applications for those requesting financial assistance to attend are now open.

The focus of the conference will be to reflect on both challenges and achievements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the community sector’s response to it, and how the lessons learned throughout the response can be adapted to inform future service design and social policy.

For those interested in attending the conference, Lotterywest is providing subsidies to assist with travel, etc. for:

Regional Support ($800)

In recognition of the higher travel and accommodation costs experienced by people from regional WA to attend events in Perth, WACOSS are administering a Regional Support Subsidy to support the participation from regional Western Australians at the conference. This subsidy is only available if you register for the Full Conference Registration (both of the conference days) and the Networking Day, and you will not be reimbursed if you do not attend the conference, or register for a single day registration. To be eligible for reimbursement you will need to keep all receipts.

Perth Metro Small Community Sector organisation staff and volunteers ($300)

This subsidy is available for small community sector organisations that are unfunded and or staffed solely by volunteers. This subsidy is only available if you register for the Full Conference Registration (both of the conference days) and the Networking Day, and you will not be reimbursed if you do not attend the conference or register for a single day registration. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis taking into account funding available and the number of applicants.

Lived Experience/Disability Support / Low Income / Community Sector Volunteers ($300)

WACOSS have established a bursary to support people who are out of regular paid work and/or receiving income support, to attend the conference. This subsidy, once approved, will be applied upfront. The approved applicant will only need to pay a $15 registration fee. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account funding available and the number and needs of applicants.

For more information, please visit the conference website ( or call Alenka Jeram from WACOSS on 08 6381 5300.

Otherwise, to apply for a subsidy, send an email to WACOSS via  outlining in a short paragraph which subsidy you are applying for and why you are eligible.

Note: Applications for all subsidies close at 4pm, Thursday, 4 February 2021.

Have your say on the Indigenous Voice proposals

Posted: January 27th, 2021

You are invited to a Zoom webinar to discuss the proposals for the Indigenous Voice.

Registrations for the first of a series of webinars, is now open –  to be held on Monday, 1 February, 2021.

The discussion with Professor Marcia Langton and Professor Tom Calma on the proposals and how people can get involved will be will be hosted by Dan Bourchier.

Professor Langton and Professor Calma are the co-chairs of the Senior Advisory Group guiding the Indigenous Voice co-design process.

The Interim Report detailing the Indigenous Voice proposals developed through the first stage of the process was released in early January, commencing the public consultation period.

You can view the proposals at

Date: Monday, 1 February, 2021

Time: 10:00AM (AWST)

Topic: The Indigenous Voice proposals

Register in advance for this webinar:


2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia Report released

Posted: January 22nd, 2021

The 2021 State of Reconciliation Report has been released, and it urges Australians to take a brave step to turn words into actions to encourage reconciliation to progress.

The Report assesses the current status of reconciliation and outlines some practical steps that need to be taken for Australians to continue the reconciliation process.

Reconciliation Australia, CEO Karen Mundine said:

“While we see greater support for reconciliation from the Australian people than ever before, we must be more determined than ever if we are to achieve the goals of the movement — a just, equitable, and reconciled Australia.

“Reconciliation must be about more than raising awareness and knowledge. The skills and knowledge gained must now motivate us to braver action.”

You can read the summary and full report here

2021 marks Reconciliation Australia’s 20 years as the lead body for reconciliation in Australia.

Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference 2021

Posted: January 15th, 2021

The Taking Control of our Heritage – Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference is scheduled to be held at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne from 27 to 29 October 2021.

The Conference is for all Traditional Owners, their organisations and those that work with them in the promotion, management and protection of Indigenous Cultural Heritage.

It provides the opportunity to meet, discuss, and develop programs, strategies and ideas to take control of Cultural Heritage in Australia.

Who Should Attend?

  • Traditional Owners and others working in Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Native Title organisations
  • Government officials
  • Cultural Heritage professionals
  • Institutional personnel
  • Academics with a focus on Cultural Heritage or Indigenous Rights
  • Organisations working with Traditional Owners on development proposals

For more information and to register click here


Have your say on Indigenous Voice proposals

Posted: January 14th, 2021

The second stage of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament co-design process has been launched, inviting all Australians to provide their feedback and comments on the proposals.

The Interim Report to the Australian Government, a discussion paper and other resources are now available online. Community consultations will be held over the next four months, people can participate via survey which will remain open for this period, or provide a submission by 31 March 2021.

Minister Wyatt said: “The Government is particularly interested in ensuring that any Voice structure in its final form leads to a greater say for Indigenous Australians on matters that affect them and real changes on the ground. It will also ensure there is a shared responsibility for dealing with these matters – not only with jurisdictions but with Indigenous Australians as well.”

You can provide feedback and find out more about consultations at

Country is our mother, the provider and keeper of cultural belongings. Country and Culture go together. You can’t have one without the other.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians throughout Western Australia, and on whose Country we work. We acknowledge and respect their deep connection to their lands and waterways.

We honour and pay respect to Elders, and to their ancestors who survived and cared for Country.

Our offices are located on Whadjuk Country, Southern Yamatji Country, Yinggarda Country, Kariyarra Country, and Yawuru Country. We recognise the continuing culture, traditions, stories and living cultures on these lands and commit to building a brighter future together.

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