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15 May 2013
The 2013 Federal Budget has secured investment in school education and Disability Care, and strengthened public revenue to fund these and other services, but low income families and people on Newstart are facing a less secure future.
Each year from 27 May to 3 June, National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. The week-long celebration is an ideal opportunity for all Australians to explore ways to join the national reconciliation effort. The theme for this year is Let's Talk Recognition
— with a focus on how Australians can better recognise each other, and recognise the contributions, cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
WIN A BASKET OF RESOURCES FOR YOUR WORKPLACE!
As part of National Reconciliation Week 2013, ACTCOSS is inviting ACT community sector organisations to submit a short paragraph on what reconciliation means to your workplace.
Find out more.
Participate in the draw!
Australia spends more on subsidies to the booming mining industry than it would cost to increase the Newstart Allowance by $50 per week. The costs of alleviating poverty are miniscule when compared with the costs of dealing with poor health, low education and employment opportunities and crime directly caused by poverty.
The Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association (ATODA), the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) welcome the opportunity to provide joint submission on the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the 'Value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia' (the Inquiry). This submission seeks to comment on the areas of the Inquiry that we believe are most important in any discussion about developing and implementing a justice reinvestment approach in Australia, and particularly the ACT.
Nominations close: 17 June 2013.
The ACT Council of Social Service is sponsoring the Canberra & District NAIDOC Award for the Canberra & District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Sector Worker of the Year.
This is the time to recognise the many heroes who are providing links between their organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, or who have supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through their work in the community sector. The Community Sector worker of the Year award recognises the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers at the forefront of this vital work.
ACTCOSS has provided this Budget submission as part of our ongoing dialogue with the ACT Government about the challenges people and community organisations in Canberra face in overcoming disadvantage, reducing vulnerability and making best use of the opportunities we have to ensure everyone in Canberra can live with dignity.
The ACTCOSS submission focuses on seven key priority areas:
- Housing and homelessness
- Mental health
- Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
- Justice and corrections
- Climate change
- Community sector viability
Download the submission: