ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Submission: ACTCOSS Budget Priorities 2020-21

Publication date: 
November 2019

In ACTCOSS’s submission for the 2020-21 ACT Budget, we outline fifty priorities.

Our submission calls for adequate resourcing of community-based, non-government delivered services and responses to meet community need and a changing Canberra.

It also seeks fulfillment of ACT Government promises plus community priorities set out in successive Budget submissions since the 2016 election.

These priorities for the 2020-21 Budget should include:

  • Matching investments and ambitions for government service provision with prioritised attention and investments in community services including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander controlled services, disability, education, environment, family and children’s services, health, housing, homelessness, justice, mental health, transport, and women’s services
  • Needs assessment work, community transport provision, community development resources, modern aged friendly community facilities in suburbs and green living infrastructure in urban centres matched with human, service and community-led responses including vibrant human services in neighbourhoods
  • Delivery of the ACT Housing Strategy, especially community housing provision, and prioritisation of homelessness services
  • Prioritisation of services with a strong focus on sub-acute, early intervention and prevention outcomes.