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CASAT - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Self-Assessment Toolkit

The CASAT is a set of good practice standards developed to assist community service organisations improve the quality of their services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities and to strengthen the organisation’s knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Exploring the Feasibility of a Citizen Advocacy Program in the ACT Community: A Scoping Research Study

This report has found that a Citizen Advocacy program would make a significant contribution to increasing the range and capacity of disability advocacy programs available in the ACT to support people with disabilities. We also found that it is feasible to set up a Citizen Advocacy program in the ACT.

Update, Issue 66, Summer 2013-14: Co-Design

The Summer 2013-14 journal explores co-design in the community sector.

ACTCOSS Jubilee Poem

This is a poem by Canberra writer Hal Judge for ACTCOSS' 50th birthday in 2013.

ACTCOSS Strategic Plan 2014-2018

The ACTCOSS Strategic Plan 2014-2018 outlines our vision, roles and values. It also contains our goals and strategic priorities, and the key measures of success.

ACTCOSS Annual Report 2012-13

This ACTCOSS annual report is a record of our achievements for 2012-13, including major policy advocacy, sector development and organisation development activities.

Submission: Inquiry into Sentencing in the ACT

In this submission, ACTCOSS’ main interest is that judicial officers in the ACT have the right range of sentencing options available so that the social determinants of crime are addressed, offenders are given the opportunity to rehabilitate, and the risks of reoffending are reduced whilst community safety is maximised.

Submission: ACTCOSS Budget Priorities 2014-15

In this submission, ACTCOSS argues that the Budget 2014-15 Strategy needs to demonstrate that it invests resources in a way that gets the right services to the right people at the right time, at the right intensity and duration, to change people’s circumstances and trajectory. 

Disadvantage in the ACT: Report for ACT Anti-Poverty Week

This report shows that when looking at averages, life in Canberra is good. However, there are areas and people in Canberra who are disadvantaged.

Factsheet: Reducing energy and water costs in rental properties

ACTCOSS and the ACT Government Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate have developed the this factsheet explaining how landlords and property managers can improve the energy efficiency of rental properties.

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. 

Update, Issue 65, Spring 2013: Housing & Homelessness

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

Submission: Out of Home Care Strategy Issues Paper

In this comment ACTCOSS expresses concerns with the narrow perspective of the paper and suggests a number of areas on which the government should focus.

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.