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State of the Community Service Sector in the ACT 2016 Report

This 2016 ACT State of the Community Service Sector report was prepared by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW, with Volunteering and Contact ACT as project partners. The report pulls together for the first time a comprehensive picture of those vital organisations in the ACT that provide community services, speak out on social issues, and represent the interests of their members in decision-making processes.

ACTCOSS Annual Report 2015-16

This ACTCOSS annual report highlights our achievements for 2015-16, including major policy advocacy, sector development and organisation development activities.

Update, Issue 77, Spring 2016: NDIS Transition - Where have we landed?

The Spring 2016 journal explores where we have landed with the NDIS. 

Housing Industry Roundtable Communique: Canberra comes together for housing: an agreed way forward

A joint communique from the ACT property industry, business, community, union and professional groups on housing policy and provision in Canberra.

2016 ACT Election Statement - Homelessness and Housing Affordability

In their joint 2016 election statement on homelessness and affordable housing, ACTCOSS and ACT Shelter ask the government to invest in affordable housing as core infrastructure necessary to the social and economic sustainability of our city and ensure services working with people who are homeless have adequate funds to be effective.

Joint COSS submission: 2017 Annual Information Statement

The COSSes support the ACNC’s objective to reduce red tape and charities’ reporting burden. Any changes to the Annual Information Statement (AIS) need to balance collecting high quality, sector relevant data and charities’ burden in completing it. 

Transcript: Stories of Home session, ACT 2020 - Citizen Voice, Community Vision conference 2016

Edited transcript of the Stories of Home session – the final panel session at the ACT Council of Service conference ACT 2020: Citizen Voice, Community Vision held on 5 August 2016 at Rydges Capital Hill in Canberra

Community Transport - Our Shared Vision

This document outlines our shared vision for Community Transport in the ACT. It was developed following a focus group facilitated by COTA and the ACT Council of Social Service.

2016 ACT Election Statement - Transport

In its 2016 election statement on transport, ACTCOSS asks that the ACT Government apply a social determinant of health approach to transport policy and planning.

Position paper: Transport: A ‘wicked problem’ we have the strengths and assets to solve

In this position paper we explore the policy issues related to addressing transport disadvantage in our city. We find that the transport needs of socially disadvantaged Canberrans are not being comprehensively addressed within current policy settings.

2016 ACT Election Statement - Education

In their joint 2016 election statement on education, ACTCOSS and the Youth Coalition ask for matched investment in community services to better partner with schools and expand their role in supporting educational attainment of disadvantaged students.

ACT 2020 - Citizen Voice, Community Vision: Conference Report 2016

Design Managers Australia wrote a report on ACTCOSS' biennial conference in 2016, ACT 2020 - Citizen Voice, Community Vision.

Reconciliation Calendar Poster

ACTCOSS has developed this calendar to reflect on our shared history and to map events that have helped shape the reconciliation journey for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community. The events in this calendar recognise and celebrate some of the actions and achievements from the past that form the foundation for a shared future and strong relationships built on recognition, respect, trust, and understanding.

Community Shared Statement for the ACT 2016 Election

This shared statement outlines the community priorities for action during the 2016-2020 term of the ACT Government, and has been endorsed by 19 organisations representative of the diverse ACT community.

Submission: Industry Participation Policy (IPP)

This letter provides advice on the community services industry in the ACT and recommends improvements to the Industry Participation Policy (IPP) to ensure community sector organisations benefit from the IPP.

Health & wellbeing in the workplace

Read about health and wellbeing in the community sector -- related research, tools for employees and employers, and what employers can do to improve.

Update, Issue 76, Winter 2016: Working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples & communities

The Winter 2016 journal explores working with Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander peoples & communities. 

Submission: Review of the National Disability Advocacy Program

ACTCOSS supports the submission of Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA), the national peak body for independent advocacy and the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS).

ACT 2016-17 Budget Snapshot

This snapshot outlines and briefly analyses the ACT 2016-17 Budget's impacts on people experiencing disadvantage and households on low incomes, and the community sector.

ACTCOSS Speech to Community Services Industry Plan Forum May 2016

ACTCOSS believes that community services need to be treated as a valued industry that provides services considered essential by both funders and the community. We need a shared understanding of the contribution of community services to social cohesion and economic prosperity, what compromises these contributions and what infrastructure is needed to strengthen these contributions over the longer term. 

Our view is that an industry plan for community services is the best tool for building this shared understanding.