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Creating a Digitally Inclusive Canberra: ACTCOSS Anti-Poverty Week Event – 16 October

During Anti-Poverty Week this year ACTCOSS is facilitating 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.

The purpose of this event is to highlight the barriers to affordable access to digital technology as well as to provide an opportunity to consider the ways in which we

ACTCOSS submission: Review of the Report on National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness

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.

ACT community calling on Federal Parliament to protect a fair go in Australia and reject harmful budget measures

Joint release with St Vincent de Paul Society, 22 September 2014

As the Federal Parliament reconvenes for a two week sitting, the ACT Council of Social Service and the of St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn are hosting a community response to the 2014-2015 Federal Budget from 4pm today at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service explained this morning: "People in Canberra from many walks of life do not support the measures in Federal Budget that make changes to welfare and cut revenue to fund services that we all use at some time in our lives."

John Falzon, National CEO St Vincent de Paul Society added, "There’s nothing human about humiliating people because they are outside the labour market or on its low-paid fringes. There’s nothing smart about making it unaffordable for people to see a doctor or for their kids to go to university."

Fact Sheet: Impact of changes to welfare for young people proposed in the Federal Budget 2014-15

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).

Conference Summary report and videos available

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.

Nominate for the ACTCOSS Committee

Nominations close: 5pm, Monday 13 October 2014

ACTCOSS is inviting Delegates from Member Organisations, and Associate Members, to nominate for Committee member positions that will be open for election at our Annual General Meeting on Monday 17 November 2014, 4pm-6pm, at the ACT Legislative Assembly Reception Room.

In addition to a commitment to effective governance, the priorities for skills, experience and knowledge to bring onto the Committee in the term of office for 2014-2016 are: accounting, finance and business development; lawyer or paralegal expertise; lived experience, past or present; systemic advocacy skills.

Nominees should also consider their ability to commit and participate as a Committee member. The requirements for participation are: To apply, please read the Constitution excerpts, and complete and return the nomination form by 5pm, 13 October 2014: Contact us if you would like more information.

ACTCOSS supports re-phasing capital investment to assist Mr Fluffy homeowners

Media release, 14 September 2014

ACTCOSS Director Susan Helyar said today that ACTCOSS welcomes the decision of the ACT Government to delay large parts of the $2.5 billion infrastructure package announced in the last ACT budget, including the City to Lake development and a new national Convention Centre.

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.
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