Presented by Jobs Australia
This seminar will include reviews on modern awards, with an update on issues likely to affect community organisations and an opportunity for participants to provide feedback about issues they have identified with current modern awards.
10 mothers candidly speak about the reality of Newstart. They share their struggle to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head. They highlight the punishing effects of the allowable earnings which slashed their wage. It gives voice to the impacts on their children and illustrates why change is desperately needed. Newstart is not a new start for families.
A number of MPs will signal their support and make a short statement as to why change is needed. These statements will be presented personally to Minister Kevin Andrews in a subsequent meeting.
ACTCOSS Research Project: Independence in the Not-For-Profit Sector
Independence is a commonly held value which is sometimes even treated as a defining feature of the not-for-profit sector. Maintaining the independence of the not-for-profit sector is included in Object 2 of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012
: 'to support and sustain a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative Australian not-for-profit sector.' But independence can mean different things in different contexts.
ACTCOSS, in association with the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS), is currently undertaking a research project investigating the meaning(s) of independence and how it can be better supported and sustained by the ACNC in particular and more widely.
How to participate in the project:
As part of the project a series of interviews will be undertaken with small, medium, and large not-for-profit organisations in the ACT in February and March. If you would like to participate in the project, or would simply like more information about the research, please contact Angie Bletsas at ACTCOSS on 02 6202 7277 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gulanga Program
developed an activity book as one of the many ways you can assist your organisation to support your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Gulanga staff had fun putting together this resource and hope it provides amusement for the children of parents accessing your service.
We are very keen to receive feedback to further develop the activity book. Please phone 02 6202 7200 or email email@example.com
to share your ideas.
ACTCOSS has negotiated an insurance partnership with our insurance broker (OAMPS) for ACTCOSS member organisations. This insurance partnership aims to deliver real reductions in insurance costs to those organisations that are members of ACTCOSS.
Media release, 21 Jan 2014: The ACT Council of Social Service has cautiously welcomed the Federal Government’s announced Welfare Review as an opportunity to ensure a system that truly targets the people that are in need of assistance.
However, any review of welfare payments needs to focus on reducing inconsistency and unfairness in our income support and tax system, and addressing the barriers many people face in getting and keeping a job.
How to Prepare and Cope with Extreme Heat
The ACT has recently been experiencing very hot weather. Every year many Australians suffer from heat-related stress and illness which can range from mild to very serious.
ACT residents are encouraged to stay healthy in the heat. Find out who is at risk and how you can prepare for and cope during a heat event:
Joint media release with Youth Coalition of the ACT, Families ACT and CREATE Foundation, 19 Dec 2013: The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the chance to provide comment on the Out of Home Care Strategy Discussion Paper, released by the ACT Government on 14 November 2013. "We are pleased to see this focus on these important issues that affect some of the ACT's most vulnerable children, young people and families," said Susan Helyar, Director, ACTCOSS.
In 2013 ACTCOSS conducted a research project that explored the feasibility of a Citizen Advocacy program in the ACT. The report provides a set of recommendations and considerations that would facilitate the set-up and support the impact of such a program in the ACT. ACTCOSS is of the view that Citizen Advocacy programs cannot and should not replace existing advocacy programs, activities and services. It could offer an additional advocacy resource that would be valued by people in the ACT.
Following consultation with members and distribution to our members of a draft strategic plan for 2014-2018, we have published the ACTCOSS Strategic Plan for 2014-2018. The 2-page plan includes ACTCOSS’ vision, values, roles, goals, measures of success, and focus areas. This plan will guide our work over the next 4 years and assist us in determining where we will direct our resources and how we will measure our effectiveness in creating positive social change.
Thank you to all our members and other stakeholders who contributed to the development of the plan over the past 6 months.
We have published our 2012-13 Annual Report and Financial Report. The Annual Report outlines the work ACTCOSS performed during 2012-13, including advocacy, reconciliation, sector development, and membership engagement.
If you would like a hard copy, please contact us.
Media release, 14 Nov 2013: The ACT Council of Social Service is today celebrating fifty years of community building in Canberra. ACTCOSS is the peak representative body for not-for-profit community organisations, people living with disadvantage and low-income citizens of the Territory.
ACTCOSS has published our submission to the ACT Budget for 2014-15. We argued that the Budget Strategy needs to demonstrate that it invests resources in a way that gets the right services to the right people at the right time, at the right intensity and duration, to change people’s circumstances and trajectory. Our submission includes recommendations on:
- Enhancing access to the essential infrastructure that will reduce disadvantage – housing, utilities and transport
- Targeted investments that will increase health and education outcomes
- Measures that maximise access to resources for service provision