ACTCOSS advocates for improving the capacity, effectiveness and impact of community managed organisations. We have committed to this in our Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022, and it is a key focus of our work. We are working to build sector capacity so these organisations can meet the needs of Canberrans in vulnerable circumstances who they support.
Current capacity building priorities include:
- Engaging with government and supporting members’ engagement on ACT Government Commissioning processes through advocacy on the Commissioning Roadmap and selected commissioning processes
- Advocating for a sustainable community sector - including appropriate funding - through the implementation of the Community Services Industry Strategy
- Providing secretariat support for the community sector-government governance committees
- Providing capacity building resources and hosting peer networks to support workers and their organisations.
Contact for community sector policy:
Report: Counting the Costs: Sustainable funding for the ACT community services sector
This major report released in February 2022 presents a comprehensive picture of the costs involved in delivering community services, the cost pressures experienced by community organisations in the ACT, and ways to ensure funding is sustainable and at levels that meet community needs.
Read the full report or watch the presentation for an overview (pptx).