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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.

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: 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.

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.

Submission: Homelessness Bill 2012

The recognition of people who are, or are at risk of experiencing homelessness is a welcome step toward addressing the underlying causes of homelessness and alleviating the pressure of an inadequate housing and rental market.

Perpetual Calendar for Reconciliation and Health

This calendar aims to support community organisations to celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples and their ongoing contribution to this nation.

Community Transport Project

This paper draws together information about the main HACC transport providers in the ACT; examines areas where there are gaps in the provision of such services; and provides a list of questions to take discussions forward.

You, Me, Everybody: Understanding social inclusion in the ACT and Australia

This report seeks to provide a broader understanding of the concepts of social inclusion and social exclusion, and to demonstrate the usefulness of such terms.

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: 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 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: 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.