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Joint COSS submission: 2017 Annual Information Statement

The COSSes support the ACNC’s objective to reduce red tape and charities’ reporting burden. Any changes to the Annual Information Statement (AIS) need to balance collecting high quality, sector relevant data and charities’ burden in completing it. 

Transcript: Stories of Home session, ACT 2020 - Citizen Voice, Community Vision conference 2016

Edited transcript of the Stories of Home session – the final panel session at the ACT Council of Service conference ACT 2020: Citizen Voice, Community Vision held on 5 August 2016 at Rydges Capital Hill in Canberra

Community Transport - Our Shared Vision

This document outlines our shared vision for Community Transport in the ACT. It was developed following a focus group facilitated by COTA and the ACT Council of Social Service.

2016 ACT Election Statement - Transport

In its 2016 election statement on transport, ACTCOSS asks that the ACT Government apply a social determinant of health approach to transport policy and planning.

Position paper: Transport: A ‘wicked problem’ we have the strengths and assets to solve

In this position paper we explore the policy issues related to addressing transport disadvantage in our city. We find that the transport needs of socially disadvantaged Canberrans are not being comprehensively addressed within current policy settings.

2016 ACT Election Statement - Education

In their joint 2016 election statement on education, ACTCOSS and the Youth Coalition ask for matched investment in community services to better partner with schools and expand their role in supporting educational attainment of disadvantaged students.

Reconciliation Calendar Poster

ACTCOSS has developed this calendar to reflect on our shared history and to map events that have helped shape the reconciliation journey for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community. The events in this calendar recognise and celebrate some of the actions and achievements from the past that form the foundation for a shared future and strong relationships built on recognition, respect, trust, and understanding.

ACT 2020 - Citizen Voice, Community Vision: Conference Report 2016

Design Managers Australia wrote a report on ACTCOSS' biennial conference in 2016, ACT 2020 - Citizen Voice, Community Vision.

Community Shared Statement for the ACT 2016 Election

This shared statement outlines the community priorities for action during the 2016-2020 term of the ACT Government, and has been endorsed by 19 organisations representative of the diverse ACT community.

Submission: Industry Participation Policy (IPP)

This letter provides advice on the community services industry in the ACT and recommends improvements to the Industry Participation Policy (IPP) to ensure community sector organisations benefit from the IPP.

Health & wellbeing in the workplace

Read about health and wellbeing in the community sector -- related research, tools for employees and employers, and what employers can do to improve.

Update, Issue 76, Winter 2016: Working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples & communities

The Winter 2016 journal explores working with Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander peoples & communities. 

Submission: Review of the National Disability Advocacy Program

ACTCOSS supports the submission of Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA), the national peak body for independent advocacy and the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS).

ACT 2016-17 Budget Snapshot

This snapshot outlines and briefly analyses the ACT 2016-17 Budget's impacts on people experiencing disadvantage and households on low incomes, and the community sector.

ACTCOSS Speech to Community Services Industry Plan Forum May 2016

ACTCOSS believes that community services need to be treated as a valued industry that provides services considered essential by both funders and the community. We need a shared understanding of the contribution of community services to social cohesion and economic prosperity, what compromises these contributions and what infrastructure is needed to strengthen these contributions over the longer term. 

Our view is that an industry plan for community services is the best tool for building this shared understanding.

Letter: Taxi Industry Innovation Reform Implementation - Response to Stakeholder Forum, April 2016

The latest ACTCOSS response to the TAXI Industry Innovation Reforms.

Submission: Draft NDIS Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Commissioning Framework

The purpose of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Commissioning Framework is to translate the ILC Policy Framework into action. The Framework outlines how the Agency will fund and manage ILC activities in the future.

ILC has a vital role in delivering on the commitments made in the National Disability Strategy (NDS) agreed by COAG in 2010, particularly of its vision for “An inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens”. The outcomes specified in the NDS should underpin decisions about the role, resourcing and evaluation of the ILC component of the NDIS.

Stories of Home

Twelve Canberra individuals and families have spoken out about their experience of housing stress and homelessness in a new publication which combines true stories and voter voices with electorate by electorate data to present a fresh and alarming picture of Canberra’s housing crisis.

ACT Cost of Living Report: Transport, 2016

The 2016 ACTCOSS ACT Cost of Living Report tracks changes in the cost of living with a specific focus on transport costs.

Update, Issue 75, Autumn 2016: What we want the Canberra community to be by 2020

The Autumn 2016 journal explores what we want the Canberra community to be by 2020.