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Introduction to Grant Writing

This grant writing resource for ACT NFP community organisations aims to outline both theoretical and practical tools that are key to grant writing: the steps you can take to prepare prior to a grant window opening; frameworks and tools to support your application development when responding to criteria; and avenues for grant seeking and networking in the ACT.

Submission: ACTCOSS Budget Priorities 2018-19

ACTCOSS has released our submission to the 2018-19 ACT Budget. The issues identified by our members were city infrastructure, services, economic development and social infrastructure.

ACTCOSS Annual Report 2016-17

This ACTCOSS annual report highlights our achievements for 2016-17, including major policy advocacy and capability activities.

Stories of Transition

Stories of Transitioncombines individual and organisational stories with information and data to highlight the effects of disruption across the human services sector in the last decade.

Submission: AER Customer Price Information Issues Paper September 2017

Joint submission by the ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium on the content and format of the proposed energy retailers' Energy Price Fact Sheet.

Hidden disadvantage in the ACT: Report for Anti-Poverty Week 2017

This report shows that disadvantage exists in the ACT, but that it is often hidden by high overall averages on indicators such as income and education.

Submission: Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence - Policy approaches and responses

The issue of domestic and family violence has gained significant traction nationally and in the ACT over the past few years, however, funding and support gaps remain. 

Submission: Priorities for the ACT Electricity Network: ActewAGL Distribution Electricity Network Five Year Plan 2019-2024 Discussion Paper

ACTCOSS supports the proposal by ActewAGL to engage more deeply with diverse customers (vulnerable and small business) to gain detailed responses to the questions raised in the Discussion Paper.

Update, Issue 81, Spring 2017: Addressing early intervention gaps in the ACT

The Spring 2017 journal offers perspectives on early intervention gaps in the ACT.

Submission: Towards a New Housing Strategy - ACT Community Conversation

ACTCOSS and ACT Shelter have made a joint submission in response to the ACT Government's discussion paper Towards a New Housing Strategy. We have welcomed the discussion paper, and the government starting to work on inequality caused by Canberra's housing affordability.

Letter: Utilities Concession Scheme - Concessions for residents of caravan parks and other embedded networks in the ACT

In this letter the ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium requests that the ACT Government considers modifying the Utilities Concession Scheme to provide for concessions for those residents of caravan parks and other embedded networks in the ACT.

Submission: ACT Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme: Proposed Updates to Residential Energy Savings Activities Consultation Paper 2017

This submission brings together insights and feedback from people who experience trouble paying their energy bills and service providers working with low income households on energy issues.

Update, Issue 80, Winter 2017: What is the impact of white privilege in Canberra?

The Winter 2017 journal offers perspectives on white privilege in Canberra and its impact.

Submission: Inquiry into the extent, nature and consequence of insecure work in the ACT

This submission provides a preliminary examination of the nature, extent and consequences of insecure work in the ACT, focusing on impacts on people experiencing disadvantage and the community sector. ACTCOSS recommends that the inquiry undertake or facilitate a comprehensive survey of insecure work in the ACT and gather evidence of the lived experience of individuals and families impacted by insecure work to inform measures to address this issue in the ACT.

Submission: ACCC inquiry into retail electricity supply and pricing: Issues Paper

The ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium has made a submission on the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry. Consumers in vulnerable situations are at the most risk as the electricity market becomes more complex and policies should be developed that ensure they are not disadvantaged by increasing complexity and choice.

Submission: Draft Inspectorate of Custodial Services model for the ACT

ACTCOSS' feedback stresses that the ACT Government continue to proactively consult with community organisations, particularly Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations, as it develops, implements, and evaluates the role.

ACTCOSS Response to the 2017-18 ACT Budget

The overall assessment of the 2017-18 ACT Budget by ACTCOSS is that while it checks off a number of election promises, the investments made do not meet the community’s expectations about the priority that should be given to those who deal with sustained long term cost of living pressures, face difficult circumstances and do not enjoy the benefits of Canberra’s prosperity and liveability. 

ACT 2017-18 Budget Snapshot

This snapshot outlines and briefly analyses the ACT 2017-18 Budget's impacts on people experiencing disadvantage and households on low incomes, and the community sector.

ACT Cost of Living Report, 2017

In this report ACTCOSS tracks changes in the cost of living, particularly for low income households in the Australian Capital Territory.

Literature review: Older women and housing in the ACT

ACTCOSS and YWCA Canberra have prepared a literature review on older women and housing in the ACT. Single older women comprise a rapidly growing cohort facing housing insecurity and the risk of homelessness. Reviewing the literature, it becomes apparent that there has been an evolving body of research pertaining to older women, and their pathways into homelessness.