ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Quarterly Journal - 'Update'

ACTCOSS produces a quarterly journal, Update. Each journal gives members the opportunity to discuss and promote a specific topic each season.

Update is available to over 500 subscribers through our Weekly Community Sector eNotices, plus we email the journal directly to over 200 community organisation members and associate members, and community sector officials in ACT Government directorates. We also post hard copies to politicians (ACT MLAs, Federal Ministers and Senators).

Journals are available for download below. We are happy to print and post journals to members on request.

Advertising: ACTCOSS offers paid advertising space in the journal for community service related items. Find out more about our journal advertising rates and specifications.

Note: We are in the process of uploading back issues of the journal. If there's a specific issue you're after, please contact us.

Next Edition

The Autumn 2019 edition of the ACT Council of Social Service’s journal Update will have the theme of:

Funding models that ensure vital community services thrive

Would you like to contribute an article as a service user, a worker, a manager, an individual or as a representative of your organisation? Let us know ASAP to guarantee your spot. It's free to submit an article, or you can pay to run an ad.

Some ideas for articles include:

  • Do our funding arrangements and time frames linked to the political cycle drive short term responses to long term problems? What are some different approaches we might consider?
  • What do we now know about situations and problems where individualised funding is most effective and where block funding remains useful and important?
  • What kind of funding and outcomes accountability is appropriate for supporting early prevention and support?
  • How can we introduce genuine notions of co-production and citizens' voice into decisions about what gets funded?  Who should make decisions about funding for vital services?  
  • How can the sector better make use of funding available through shared value/corporate social responsibility/philanthropic giving? How might/might not these funding sources contribute to increasing sustainability?
  • What kind of business and organisational structures will support the sustainable delivery of community services? How will these structures ensure quality services and positive outcomes?
  • What can we learn about funding sustainability from the private sector and social enterprises?

Deadline for contributions: Extended to 5 March 2019.

Word count: 200-1000 words.

Referencing: For any data or ideas that aren't your own, please include a bibliographic reference (i.e. the source's author, title, publisher, date published, URL, date the URL was accessed).

Images & logos welcome: They need to be high quality (>200dpi) PNG, JPEG, EPS, PDF or PSD format.

Journal will be distributed: March/April 2019.

To reserve a space for your article, please contact: [email protected], ph: 02 6202 7200. Please let us know your topic, and how many words, images and logos you'd like to include and we'll set aside a spot for you in the journal layout. ACTCOSS members will have priority for inclusion in the journal.

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