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Submission: Discussion Paper - Options to Improve the Fairness and Targeting of the ACT Concessions Program

In this submission, ACTCOSS notes its support of fairer targeting of concessions to need, regardless of age or source of income. However, it also notes its concern with a lack of consistency in the ACT Government’s goals of ‘improving the fairness and targeting of the ACT Concessions Program’ and the options outlined in the Paper.

Building Strategic Relationships - A Toolkit for the Social Sector

This kit contains tools and methods designed to help social sector organisations identify and form strategic relationships with community or commercial partners.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Resource for Community Sector Workers (ACT & Region)

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Resource for Community Sector Workers provides basic information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and can be used as a guide to start further research and conversation.

ACT HACC-YP Services Mapping and Capacity Report

This project aimed to map the existing ACT Home and Community Care – Younger People Service System and assess capacity and unmet need. This research report provides credible evidence that the system has not only had very limited capacity to accept new clients, but that some services are currently providing many more outputs than what funding covers.

Policy brief: Taxi Industry Innovation Review Follow-up Commentary and Questions

This policy brief sets out ACTCOSS’ understanding of, and involvement in, the TAXI industry reform process to date. It also raises existing questions and concerns held by ACTCOSS and its members in relation to the government’s proposed reforms.

ACTCOSS Annual Report 2014-15

This ACTCOSS annual report is a record of our achievements for 2014-15, including major policy advocacy, sector development and organisation development activities.

2015 Anti-Poverty Week Speeches by ACTCOSS

This document contains three speeches which Susan Helyar, Director of ACTCOSS, presented during Anti-Poverty Week 2015.

Safe + Well Green Paper – Redefining the affordable housing crisis

This green paper, launched in Anti-Poverty Week 2015, features the voices of representatives from Canberra’s community and private sectors as they unite around the issues surrounding the ACT housing affordability crisis. ACTCOSS contributed the chapter titled 'Anything but average: Understanding rental housing affordability in Canberra'.

Update, Issue 73, Spring 2015: The Role of Non-government Human Services in Building Social & Economic Capital

The Spring 2015 journal explores the role of non-government human services in building socialand economic capital. 

Submission: ACTCOSS Budget Priorities 2016-17

The ACTCOSS submission to the 2016-17 ACT Budget argues that improving social inclusion and equality should be the core agenda guiding ACT Government spending decisions.

Submission: Australian Infrastructure Audit - Joint COSS Response

The Australian Council of Social Service and the state and territory network of Councils of Social Service made a joint submission to the Australian Infrastructure Audit.

Submission: Evidence presented to the Inquiry into elements impacting on the future of the ACT Clubs sector

Susan Helyar, Director of ACTCOSS, has presented evidence to the Inquiry into elements impacting on the future of the ACT Clubs sector.

Submission: Inquiry into elements impacting on the future of the ACT Clubs sector

In its submission, ACTCOSS presents evidence around club gambling revenue and expenditure, the harm problem gambling causes in the community, and the importance of regulating gambling to reduce gambling harm.

Educational inequity in the ACT

The Youth Coalition of the ACT in partnership with ACTCOSS has released a paper highlighting the importance of education and the issues and challenges of educational inequity in the ACT. Most young Canberrans will have a positive experience at school, but our high average attainment works to hide the fact that there are students falling behind, not achieving and disengaging from school in the ACT.

Submission: Taxi industry innovation review

ACTCOSS has three key requirements of any new development in transport: that it be accessible, affordable and fit for purpose.

ACTCOSS Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-18

This is ACTCOSS' second Reconciliation Action Plan and sets out specific actions ACTCOSS is committed to achieving during 2015-18 to contribute to this vision of a reconciled Australia.

Update, Issue 72, Winter 2015: Respectful Relationships with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the ACT

The Winter 2015 journal explores respectful relationships with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT.

Independence in the not-for-profit sector

This report sets out the findings of a research project investigating the meaning of independence in the community not-for-profit (NFP) sector.

ACT 2015-16 Budget Snapshot

Summary Paper outlining selected Budget initiatives.