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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)
The OIK offers information about governing and managing community organisations in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Check it out.

ACTCOSS Member Consultation in Preparation for the 2015 Budget Submission - 9 September

ACTCOSS member organisations and individual members are invited to join us this year as we consider how best to advocate for positive social change through the ACT Budget Submission process. Our submission is due in October.

This will be an opportunity to voice your concerns and views about the issues facing our community. It will also be an opportunity to share with you our current thinking around our advocacy strategy and effective ways to advance the ACTCOSS vision and goals as articulated in our Strategic Plan 2014-2018.

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.

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.