These guides provide information on topics that aim to assist organisations implement and embed good practice when working and engaging with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly within the ACT and region. Each guide provides a general overview, which we hope will generate change and discussion within a workplace.
This booklet aims to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men and their families, and the agencies supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men in the Canberra region, by raising awareness of available services in the area. It also includes topics such as researching your family, what you need when you are looking for work, where to go for afterhours health care, where to access computers and free wi-fi, and more.
The Summer 2016-17 journal explores how we can create fit for purpose organisations and healthy, sustainable workforces.
This 2016 ACT State of the Community Service Sector report was prepared by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW, with Volunteering and Contact ACT as project partners. The report pulls together for the first time a comprehensive picture of those vital organisations in the ACT that provide community services, speak out on social issues, and represent the interests of their members in decision-making processes.
This ACTCOSS annual report highlights our achievements for 2015-16, including major policy advocacy, sector development and organisation development activities.
The Spring 2016 journal explores where we have landed with the NDIS.
A joint communique from the ACT property industry, business, community, union and professional groups on housing policy and provision in Canberra.
In their joint 2016 election statement on homelessness and affordable housing, ACTCOSS and ACT Shelter ask the government to invest in affordable housing as core infrastructure necessary to the social and economic sustainability of our city and ensure services working with people who are homeless have adequate funds to be effective.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Design Managers Australia wrote a report on ACTCOSS' biennial conference in 2016, ACT 2020 - Citizen Voice, Community Vision.
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.
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.
Read about health and wellbeing in the community sector -- related research, tools for employees and employers, and what employers can do to improve.
The Winter 2016 journal explores working with Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander peoples & communities.