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Update, Issue 65, Spring 2013: Housing & Homelessness

The Spring 2013 journal explores housing and homelessness in the ACT.

Beyond the Sound Bite: Report to the Community from the ACTCOSS 2013 Federal Election Candidates Forum

This report provides a summary of issues discussed at the ACTCOSS 2013 Federal Election Candidates Forum, to which all parties fielding candidates in the two House of Representatives Electorates in the ACT (Fraser and Canberra) and the Australian Senate. 

Submission: Letters of Offer to Non-Government Providers of Housing and Homelessness Support Services

In this submission, ACTCOSS expresses concerns that there has been sufficient consideration across the whole of the ACT Government of the negative impacts of funding cuts on people who access the relevant housing and homelessness support programs. 

Submission: The Human Rights Audit of Conditions of Detention of Women at the Alexander Maconochie Centre

In this submission, ACTCOSS expresses concern that the needs and rights of female detainees in the AMC are not being met, primarily due to flaws in the original design of the buildings of the prison and the discrepancies of scale in program provision to small numbers of female detainees.

Update, Issue 64, Winter 2013: Delivering on the promise of more choice & control

The Winter 2013 journal explores delivering on the promise of more choice and control.

Joint submission: Inquiry into the Value of a Justice Reinvestment Approach to Criminal Justice in Australia

This joint submission by ACTCOSS, MHCC ACT and ATODA seeks to comment on the areas of the Inquiry that we believe are most important in any discussion about developing and implementing a justice reinvestment approach in Australia, and particularly the ACT.

Update, Issue 63, Autumn 2013: ACTCOSS & peak bodies

The Autumn 2013 journal explores the role of ACTCOSS and peak bodies in the ACT.

Submission: Review of Current Homelessness Costing Structure: Proposing Alternative Costing Model Options December 2012 Consultation Paper

ACTCOSS held a number of consultations with affected service providers and seeks to outline their main thoughts and concerns raised in this comment.

ACTCOSS RAP Progress Report 2012

2012 progress report for actions outlined in the ACTCOSS Reconciliation Action Plan 2010-13.

Submission: Review of the Gambling and Racing Control (Code of Practice) Regulation 2002

In this submission, ACTCOSS highlights the importance of including harm minimisation strategies with regard to problem gambling in all aspects of the legislation.

Submission: Development of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan Discussion Paper

In this comment ACTCOSS attempts to highlight the importance of engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in appropriate consultation so they may have ownership over the development and implementation of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. 

ACTCOSS Annual Report 2011-12

This ACTCOSS annual report is a record of our achievements for 2011-12, including major policy advocacy, sector development and organisation development activities.

Submission: Review of the ACT Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 First Exposure Draft – Draft Amendment Bill

In this submission, ACTCOSS notes important changes in the Act around decision making and human rights, but also notes the document is inaccessible and a 'Plain English' version should be made available.

ACT Cost of Living Report, 2012

ACTCOSS has prepared a Cost of Living Report, as part of Anti-Poverty Week 2012. The report provides an overview of some of the basic costs of living faced by ACT residents as at June, 2012 and how they have increased over the past 5 years.

Submission: Strategic Framework for the Management of Blood-Borne Viruses in the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2012-2014

In this submission, ACTCOSS supports efforts to improve the management of blood-borne viruses in a transparent and accountable manner and agrees with the majority of the suggestions put forward in the framework.

Vision 2012: ACTCOSS Election Statement, ACT Legislative Assembly Election 2012

ACTCOSS is calling on candidates for the ACT election to show vision in key areas of poverty, homelessness, corrections, health, transport, climate change, and community sector reform.

Care Planning in ACT HACC funded organisations

This report outlines the Community Care Common Standards (CCCS) assessment results of September and October 2011, and shows the presentations given at the related seminar held on 25 June 2012.

Submission: Community gardens in the ACT: Draft site selection criteria for future locations discussion paper

ACTCOSS supports many of the community garden draft site selection criteria as set out in the discussion paper; this comment seeks to focus on those pertaining to social inclusion and broader community wellbeing.