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ACTCOSS Annual Report 2010-11

This ACTCOSS annual report is a record of our achievements for 2010-11, including major policy advocacy, sector development and organisation development activities.

Whose Rights? Strengthening Human Rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the ACT

This report seeks to explore the current experience of human rights for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT and how human rights can be better promoted and protected.

Letter: Rental Charges for the Housing Asset Assistance Program (22 Sep 2011)

In this letter, ACTCOSS provides input for consideration during Housing ACT's internal review, relating to the 33.3% of market rent model traditionally used for properties head-leased by Specialist Homelessness Services.

Submission: Options for Future Collaborations of Canberra Institute of Technology and University of Canberra

In this submission on the potential amalgamation of University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology, ACTCOSS urges the ACT Government to consider accessibility and affordability, maintaining literacy programs, and community sector workforce needs.

Submission: Proposed (draft) Government amendments to the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Bill

In this submission, ACTCOSS addresses a range of documents relating to the Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Checks, including proposed Government amendments to the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Bill.

Submission: Triple Bottom Line Assessment for the ACT Government

ACTCOSS supports ACT Government moves to develop a process for up-front assessment of government policy proposals against a Triple Bottom Line framework (TBL).

Submission: Volunteer Statement Information Paper

In this submission, ACTCOSS focuses on areas where the ACT Government could develop and expand policies relating to volunteers, such as spontaneous volunteering, governance, and supporting community organisations develop practices which will facilitate mutually beneficial relationships.

Submission: Pre-tender Consultation Paper – Draft Statement of Requirements – 17302.113 – Provision of Youth Homelessness Services

ACTCOSS and the Youth Coalition of the ACT provided this joint response to the pre-tender consultation paper on the provision of youth homelessness services.

Submission: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - A Good Idea for the ACT?

ACTCOSS co-ordinated a joint community submission supporting the inclusion of economic, social and cultural rights in the ACT Human Rights Act.

Social Compact Survey Report

This report captures key findings and issues arising from the two 2011 surveys ACTCOSS ran for the ACT community sector and the public service on awareness and use of the ACT Social Compact.

Home and Community Care Policy Forum, 17 May 2011 - Report

This report provides information regarding the presentations and discussions held at the Home and Community Care Policy Forum on 17 May 2011.

Submission: Working with Vulnerable People Checking System Draft Regulations and Registration Form

This joins submission by ACTCOSS and the Youth Coalition of the ACT reiterates important components for consideration to ensure the enhanced working of the WWVPCS.

Submission: Residential Tenancies (Minimum Housing Standards) Amendment Bill 2011

ACTCOSS has long advocated for the introduction of minimum housing standards for rental properties in the ACT. In this comment ACTCOSS addresses the Green's proposed legislation as discussed in Fair Go Rentals: The Residential Tenancies (Minimum Housing Standards) Amendment Bill 2011.

Speech: Building the Sector, Building HACC - HACC Conference 2011

At the National Home and Community Care Conference 2011, ACTCOSS Director Roslyn Dundas presented on theme of 'workforce challenges and success'. 

Submission: Towards a Diversionary Framework for the ACT

ACTCOSS has provided a submission on the Discussion Paper Towards a Diversionary Framework for the ACT, which is a proposed framework to prevent young people from entering into the criminal justice system.

Submission: ACT Languages Policy: Languages for All Canberrans

In this submission, ACTCOSS states there is scope to broaden the ACT Languages Policy to work and consult with community partners, and notes the need for more interpreter services and English language support.

Submission: Sustainable Waste Strategy 2010-2025

ACTCOSS' comment to the ACT Sustainable Waste Strategy calls for inclusive waste reduction strategies which consider the needs of people experiencing disadvantage.

Submission: Modernising youth housing and homelessness services in the ACT

In this submission, ACTCOSS advocates for a mix and choice of accommodation and support options for young people experiencing homelessness.