ACTCOSS/UC Cnnference 2014: Designing Social Change: Beyond Talk, Taking Action - 7-8 Aug
Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs)
A RAP is a tool which enables organisations to assist in improving the status and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our community. Find out how you can develop a RAP.
Organisations Information Kit (OIK)
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Job Opportunity: ACTCOSS Policy Officer

Are you committed to creating a fairer society?
Interested in working with a passionate and enthusiastic team to advocate for social justice?
Do you have skills in development and organisational capacity building?

ACTCOSS is seeking applications for a policy officer position: Part Time up to 22.8hrs a week, 12 month contract covering Maternity Leave.

Registrations close 5pm, Thursday 31 July: Designing Social Change conference, 7-8 August 2014

Designing Social Change: Beyond Talk, Taking Action
7-8 August 2014
Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra, Bruce ACT

Check out the draft program! (Word docx 280KB, last updated: 4 August 2014)

ACTCOSS is partnering with the University of Canberra to bring together people working in the community sector as staff, volunteers or board members, activists, researchers and policy makers to share their experiences and hear from one-another about how we can better design infrastructure, services, advocacy campaigns, research and public policy so they deliver positive social change.

Free: ACT Community Sector Awards and Networking Event - 7 August

You are invited to the ACTCOSS/UC ACT Community Sector Awards and Networking Event. With renowned social justice campaigner Dr Tom Calma AO as guest speaker, the presentation of seven community awards, and a unique demonstration of the skills and vibrancy of the Canberra community, the event is one not to miss!

New Minister and changed portfolios in ACT Cabinet

Media release, 4 July 2014

Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, commented today on the announcement of the new portfolio arrangements for Ministers released by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

"The ACT Government is a lean operation compared to other jurisdictions, and Ministers carry both local government and territory jurisdiction responsibilities. I welcome the expansion of the cabinet to include six Ministers. This expansion should increase the capacity of Ministers and their staff to understand the key issues as well as engage with people and organisations with a keen interest in and expertise to share regarding their portfolio responsibilities."

NDIS is a social institution the entire Australian community can be proud of

Media release, 1 July 2014

ACTCOSS warmly celebrates the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Canberra today.

"The NDIS is the culmination of many years of hard work and advocacy by people living with disability and the wider disability advocacy movement and is arguably the single most important progressive reform in Australian social policy in many decades," ACTCOSS Director Susan Helyar said.

ACT 2014-15 Budget Snapshot

Each year, ACTCOSS prepares an ACT Budget Snapshot outlining relevant funding, initiatives and how the Budget may effect the community sector.

ACT Budget: Positive commitment, modest investment – but is it enough?

Media release, 3 June 2014

ACTCOSS has signalled cautious support for the ACT Budget released today, recognising a number of welcome measures but suggesting that there are missed opportunities for the ACT Government in supporting Canberra’s most vulnerable households.

2014 NAIDOC Week Film Night - 8 July

The ACT Council of Social Service, in partnership with Tuggeranong Arts Centre invite you to a community screening of the film Jandamarra's War.

The event will include a 'pop-up exhibition' organised by the Tuggeranong Arts Community Cultural Inclusion Program. Please contact Amanda Pollock on 02 6293 1443 if you would like to be involved.

Jandamarra's War (56 mins - rated M) - film will commence at 6.15pm
Jandamarra's War is the story of an Aboriginal Australian man who should be as famous as Ned Kelly. In 1894, Jandamarra led a rebellion against invading pastoralists in defence of his people's ancient land and culture. Until his death in brutal retribution, this formidable Bunuba warrior waged a 3-year guerilla war, earning him both the admiration of his people and international notoriety. Rated (M) - recommended for mature audiences.

Find out more about NAIDOC.

Act now: Open letter against changes to the Racial Discrimination Act

On 25 March 2014, the Attorney-General George Brandis, released an exposure draft Bill on the proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

The proposed changes to the Act will reduce the basic protections that all people are entitled to, regardless of their race. Specifically noteworthy is that if the Act is changed, under law it will no longer be an offence to 'offend, insult or humiliate' someone because of their race or ethnicity. This means that the targets of racial slurs will in future have very limited legal recourse.

The proposed changes have resulted in public outcry, with organisations and individuals calling on the Federal Government to keep the Act the way it is. ACTCOSS encourages people get behind the movement calling on the Government to leave the Racial Discrimination Act as it stands.

New Membership Service: Insurance Solutions Tailored for Community Service Organisations

Working in conjunction with ACTCOSS, OAMPS has developed industry specific risk cover and services for all sized organisations, including:
- Reduced premiums and discounted Worker’s Compensation rates for ACTCOSS members
- Association Liability, Management Liability and Professional Indemnity
- Cover for all physical assets including motor vehicles
- National claims support and easy to pay monthly instalment options.