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Conference 2014 Resources
Check out the Conference Summary document, videos and award winners from the Designing Social Change: Beyond Talk, Taking Action conference.
Joint media release with Women's Centre for Health Matters, 14 October 2014
The ACT Council of Social Service and Women's Centre for Health Matters released data today showing that outside of public sector employment, industries with growing employment opportunities that do not require degree-level qualifications offer low wage, relatively high rates of part-time work, suggesting many workers struggle to earn enough to cover their costs of living.
Commenting on release of the report, Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service said, "Our community knows that a full-time job is the best way to ensure protection from poverty. But in some industries, notably those where women are significantly over-represented, workers have comparatively low (full-time) wages and part-time employment is high."
Read the entire media release:
Read the 6 page overview document:
Read the full data report:
During Anti-Poverty Week this year ACTCOSS facilitated a conversation about the interactions between poverty, disadvantage, and digital technology, often referred to as the 'digital divide': the space between those who have access to digital technologies and those who are excluded from accessing digital technology because of inability to cover costs.
Speaker Dr Sarah Wise (University of Melbourne and Berry Street Victoria) has kindly provided her presentation from the event for download.
ACTCOSS is seeking your feedback and thoughts for our annual stakeholder survey. We welcome your reflections and constructive feedback on our performance. We also look forward to receiving your suggestions about how we can better serve you and the ACT community. The survey will take 5 to 10 minutes.
ACTCOSS provided comment to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts Inquiry into the ACT Auditor General’s Report No.4 of 2013: National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). The review had two clear objectives to identify that the ACT government is meeting its obligations, and that the NPAH is making a difference for homeless persons.
ACTCOSS noted, along with other organisations that made submissions, that the four recommendations made by the audit report focused primarily on financial and contract management and did not adequately consider whether NPAH is making a difference for people who are homeless in the ACT, or reflect measures to improve the quality or impact of services funded under NPAH.
ACTCOSS called for the ACT Government to work with people who access services and organisations that provide services to develop an agreed strategy, and core priorities, to meet continuing need for housing and homelessness support services if the ACT loses Commonwealth NPAH funding in June 2015.
Under proposed budget changes unemployed people under the age of 30 years will lose income support for six months of the year, from July 2015. It will affect people aged 18-29 who are not enrolled in education or training and who are not in work. It will also affect people in casual or part-time work who don’t earn enough to move off the Newstart Allowance.
This fact sheet outlines the impact of these measures on young people, emergency relief services, and the ACT economy. It also provides answers to some frequently asked questions.
Read the Fact Sheet: Impact of changes to welfare for young people proposed in the Federal Budget 2014-15
(Word docx 60KB).
A Conference Summary
document is now available for the Designing Social Change conference we held with the University of Canberra in August 2014. The document outlines key learnings from the conference. Thank you to Design Managers Australia
for pulling this valuable resource together.
You can also watch videos of some of the plenary talks on the ACTCOSS YouTube channel
. Stay tuned as we add more.
Visit ACTCOSS Conference 2014
for more information about the conference and the winners of the ACT Community Sector Awards.