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Submission: Draft Statement of Requirements for the Development, Implementation and Management of a Pilot Homeshare Program in the ACT

In this submission, ACTCOSS expresses concern that a high level of planning is yet to occur with regard to working out important legal, ethical and logistic details for the Homeshare program.

Submission: The National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy

ACTCOSS welcomes the addition of a National Anti-Racism Strategy for Australia and includes in this comment ways in which to address and counter racism in our community.

Submission: Everyone, Everyday Discussion Paper: A curriculum resource to raise awareness about disability for ACT schools

This paper highlights the importance of training for teachers, consultation with people with disabilities, culturally appropriate awareness and the need to define disability in a human rights framework when developing the 'Everyone, Everyday' resource.

Submission: The Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT

In this submission, ACTCOSS recommends a Justice Reinvestment model, adequate resourcing for service providers, and ongoing engagement with young people on the Blueprint's implementation.

Submission: The Draft ACT Planning Strategy

In this submission, ACTCOSS recommends the ACT Government keep in mind at all times during the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Strategy, the social determinants of health and the needs of people experiencing disadvantage.

Submission: Weathering the Change - Draft Action Plan 2

This paper comments on the Draft Action Plan's outcomes and their relevant strategies and actions which ACTCOSS believes bear most directly upon people living with low incomes or disadvantage, and for not-for-profit community organisations in the ACT.

Submission: Joint COSS response to the Treasury ACNC exposure draft and Governance Arrangements Consultation Paper

This joint COSS submission is in response to the exposure legislation on the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and the consultation paper on Governance Arrangements in the sector, both released by the Treasury in 2011.

Submission: Consolidation of Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws

In this submission, ACTCOSS supports the consolidation of the four Federal anti-discrimination Acts and believes it is a good opportunity for any inconsistencies within the anti-discrimination legislation to be addressed. 

Submission: Inquiry into the Provision of Social Housing

In this submission, ACTCOSS addresses issues of concern around the provision of social housing in the ACT, calling for reviews into internal procedures and an increase in social housing stock with access to amenities. 

Submission: Improved Support, Stronger Communities: Antisocial behaviour response and support in Housing ACT

In this submission, ACTCOSS welcomes the increased capacity of Housing ACT to link tenants with community supports, but proposes that Housing ACT applies strength based language to its specialist response workers and the work they do. 

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: 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: 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.