ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Media release: Community champions gaining recognition

25 September 2012

The ACT Community Sector Awards will be presented on Tuesday 25 September as part of the biennial Community Sector conference hosted by the ACT Council of Social Service. The ACT Community Sector Awards celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of community sector organisations and individuals working locally. Five awards: HESTA Healthy Workplace Award; Partnership Award; bankmecu Little Feet, Big Steps Award; Embracing Change Award; and ActewAGL Minor Miracle Award will be presented for the third time since the awards inception in 2008. Past award recipients have included individuals and organisations working with carers, young people, those experiencing homelessness and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Director of ACTCOSS, Roslyn Dundas, said “We are pleased to once again present the ACT Community Sector Awards, acknowledging those who often go unrecognised for the amazing work they do. Every day community sector workers achieve amazing outcomes with some of Canberra’s most disadvantaged families and individuals. It is important we take the time to celebrate the ongoing professionalisation and fantastic work of the sector.”

The ACT community sector also comes together over the next two days to explore how the sector takes the lead on current policy issues impacting on people experiencing disadvantage. The Conference brings together community sector leaders, front-line workers and consumers in a thoughtful examination of current issues including the development and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the reform of the community sector, and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Ms Dundas, said “With considerable reform facing the sector, and the community more broadly, it is vital community sector leaders can take the time to learn about, and discuss, these changes.”

Vision-Values-Votes ACT Community Sector Conference

Rydges Capital Hill, Cnr Canberra Ave & National Circuit, Forrest

Key Note Speaker: Robert Fitzgerald AM, Chair (designate) Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission Advisory Board, Tuesday 25 September from 9.30am

Panel on the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on people living with disability, carers and community organisation, Tuesday 25 September from 10.15am

Q&A session with election candidates, Tuesday 25 September from 1.30pm

Presentation of ACT Community Sector Awards: Tuesday 25 September from 3.15pm

Presentations by Debbie Kilroy, Sisters Inside; Andrew McCallum, CEO, Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies; and Helen Watchirs, ACT Human Rights & Discrimination Commissioner, Wednesday 26 September from 9.15am

ACTCOSS acknowledges ACT Government – Community Services Directorate and
CHC Affordable Housing as Gold Conference Sponsors

For more information or comment please contact
Roslyn Dundas, Director, on 0467 008 146 or 02 6202 7200.