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.
Media release, 7 Nov 2013: ACT Medicare Local (ACTML) and ACTCOSS have welcomed the opportunity to be a part of the Human Services Taskforce overseeing the Human Services Blueprint project which aims to make the ACT's human services system more accessible and responsive, as announced by Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr. The Taskforce had its first meeting today.
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