ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

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Sector Orientation Resource

The Sector Orientation Resource below provides new and existing board members of community organisations with key information to stay well informed about governance and to connect to the social ecosystem in the ACT.

About community organisations: Community organisations share many things in common with organisations in other sectors. Community organisations should be founded on:

  • A commitment to human rights guiding governance and practice
  • Applying a strengths-based approach to working with people and communities experiencing disadvantage
  • Reflective practices and ensuring lived experience directs and informs service design and development.

ACT community sector: A number of features of the ACT context make it a unique jurisdiction, including:

  • An agreed ACT Community Service Industry Strategy 2016-2026
  • The Social Compact – that serves as a relationship framework between the ACT Government and the community sector
  • Proximity of services and citizens to decision makers, members of the Legislative Assembly and Ministers
  • Being both the national capital - hosting national institutions and the Commonwealth Government - and a municipality in which people live.

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The Executive Officer provides high level executive, governance and administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director – Operations of Relationships Australia Canberra & Region (RACR) in order to ensure the coordination of organisational executive support functions.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has been working with ACT's Community Sector in bringing the Canberra Community Sector NAIDOC Week Event for 2022, celebrating the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the ACT Government's announcement of a 4.43% increase in funding for the ACT's community sector for the year 2022/23.

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CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn is currently seeking an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officer to work in collaboration with CatholicCare, stakeholders and community members to build their relationships; identify service needs and gaps; and provide advice to develop strategies to improve their cultural safety.

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ACT Council of Social Service is seeking someone to assist in the efficient and effective implementation of the new ACTCOSS project – the ACT Health and Community Services Careers Hub: Everyday know you made a difference.   

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This position is ideal for someone with experience in and a passion for policy analysis and advocacy that will improve the lives of people living experiencing disadvantage.

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Toora Women Inc. has a fantastic job opportunity in the newly created role of Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer.

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The purpose of this position is to provide professional expertise and skills in research and evaluation project management; this will include research design, data collection and analysis, and the ability to translate the results of research and outcomes of evaluation activities.

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ACT Council of Social Service is seeking someone with a passion for advocacy and looking to gain experience in policy analysis that will improve the lives of people living on low-incomes or experiencing disadvantage.

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ACT Council of Social Service is seeking someone with experience in and a passion for policy analysis and advocacy that will improve the lives of people living on low-incomes or experiencing disadvantage.

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Advocacy for Inclusion is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Finance Officer/bookkeeper to join our small but rapidly growing organised based in the heart of Canberra.

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The Mental Health team at Woden Community Service has a full-time opportunity for a qualified and committed Team Leader for the Way Back Support Service (WBSS).

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed some key recommendations from the Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2020-21 by the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety.

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Leaders of Canberra’s community, housing and business sectors have today called on the ACT Government to address the ACT’s housing crisis and commit to further action in the 2022-23 ACT Budget.

In recent weeks, the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), the Canberra Business Chamber, the Property Council, ACT Shelter and the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) have all made submissions to the ACT Government’s Budget Consultation in the lead up to the release of the ACT Budget on 2 August 2022.

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This position provides therapeutic services in the form of counselling to couples, individuals and families who are seeking improved relationships, or resolution of relationship difficulties. The Dhunlung Yarra service is a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander therapeutic service staffed by Aboriginal professionals. 

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed a significant step by the ACT Government towards reducing gambling harm by in the Canberra community.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) will today give evidence to the ACT Legislative Assembly Committee inquiring into the ACT Government’s land supply and release program saying that more needs to be done to tackle the ACT’s housing crisis.

In its testimony, ACTCOSS will call for more investment and an increased release of land for social and affordable housing to address the ACT’s housing affordability crisis. ACTCOSS’s appearance at the Committee follows its submission to the Inquiry into the Auditor-General’s Report on the ACT Government’s program for the supply and release of residential land.

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A survey released today has shown that the pandemic has further compounded chronic under-funding of the community sector, pushing many services and workers to their limits.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called on all parties in the upcoming federal election to commit to a fairer Canberra by backing policies that support those who have the least.

Using national analysis and ACT-focused research, ACTCOSS has identified six policy priorities that will give a fair go to people on low incomes and those disadvantaged by current systems.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today joined a coalition of  Australian community organisations, including Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR), the Human Rights Legal Centre (HRLC) and Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) to call on the ACT Government to implement an accessible human rights complaint mechanism.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today acknowledged the release of the Blueprint for Change staffing review of the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) and welcomed some of its key recommendations.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today congratulated the Barr Government on its commitment to review the implementation of the Growing and Renewing housing program.

At a meeting with ACTCOSS on Friday, Minister for Housing Yvette Berry MLA and Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services, Rebecca Vassarotti MLA agreed to review the process by which highly vulnerable public housing tenants can receive a discretion that allows them to remain in their homes.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed Andrew Braddock MLA’s calls for the ACT Government to perform a cost/benefit analysis for the current compliance and enforcement system for those who fail to pay fines for minor transgressions. The motion, presented in the Legislative Assembly today, also calls for canvassing alternative options to compliance that ensure equity, reduce administrative burden and encourage greater commitment to social responsibility.

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On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called on the ACT Government to improve oversight and review mechanisms to tackle racial vilification and discrimination.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed a new initiative aimed at reducing the reliance of Canberra’s community clubs on revenues from EGMs (Electronic Gaming Machines) or ‘pokies’.

The initiative, announced by ACT Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury MLA, will pay Canberra’s community clubs $15,000 for each gaming machine authorisation surrendered. The payment will be increased to $20,000 per authorisation where venues surrender all machines and become ‘pokie-free’.

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The ACT Government has responded to a call by ACTCOSS for urgent meetings to review the implementation of the Growing and Renewing Public Housing Program. 

“ACTCOSS has secured a meeting next week with the Director General and Deputy Director General of the Community Services Directorate which is responsible for Housing ACT,” the CEO of ACTCOSS, Dr Emma Campbell said today.

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ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) has welcomed recommendations by the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing following the release of its Inquiry into the Public Health Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2) report.

The aim of the Bill is to allow the ACT Government to issue public health directions in response to COVID-19 while ensuring oversight and proportionality given the changed public health risk.

In its submission to the Inquiry, ACTCOSS broadly supported the introduction of the Public Health Amendment Bill saying that a legislative foundation for public health measures helped to avoid overreach of government powers, and improved accountability and transparency. However, ACTCOSS also emphasised the importance of protections for vulnerable community members and the community sector that supports them.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today called for Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to be universally available to all Canberrans who need them.

ACTCOSS CEO, Dr Emma Campbell said: “The provision of up to 10 free tests for concession and health care card holders is a good start. However, thousands of Canberrans will still struggle to access and pay for the rapid tests that they need.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today welcomed the opening of consultation on the ACT Government’s proposal to require rental properties across the ACT to meet a minimum standard for ceiling insulation.

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A major report released today has highlighted the high rates of poverty and disadvantage in the ACT hidden behind the Territory’s relative prosperity. The Vital Signs report, published by Hands Across Canberra and the Snow Foundation, shows the ongoing challenges faced by Canberrans on low incomes or facing other disadvantage.

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The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today expressed concern about the finding by the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services that a forced strip search of an Aboriginal female detainee did not comply with ACT human rights legislation.

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In this Attachment D, it sets out a proposal for a future research tool for the ACT Community Services Industry snapshot.

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In this Attachment C, a report on the projected future workforce needs of the ACT Community Services Industry is provided.  

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In this Attachment B - a report on the current (April 2019) characteristics of the ACT Community Services Industry workforce is presented.  

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In this Attachment A - Appendix 1, 2, and 3, a more comprehensive assessment of the needs of three target groups is presented. These cohorts: children, young people, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been selected as groups that could benefit greatly from early support.

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The Workforce Data and Community Needs Analysis seeks to describe the current ACT community services industry workforce, project growth, diversity, skill and knowledge needs into the future, to best meet the needs of the ACT community. The project’s overall goal was to assist the industry to ensure that future workforce development effectively meets emerging community needs. 

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The Emerging Leaders’ Framework is better practice guide to identifying and developing emerging leaders within the ACT Community Services Industry.

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This legislative compliance checklist was developed by ACTCOSS for internal governance purposes only. It has been shared as a resource for other organisations to adapt for their own purposes.

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Community sector advice to, and engagement with, government happens formally through the Joint Community Government Reference Group (JCGRG). The JCGRG is a consultative forum focused on enhancing an open and transparent relationship between the ACT Government and community sector to progress social issues impacting the Canberra community.

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Resilient Community Organisations Toolkit - Australian Council of Social Service

Resilient Community Organisations is a toolkit to support community organisations build their resilience to disasters and emergencies. It includes:

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Fundraising - Justice Connect Not-for-Profit Law

Fundraising is defined differently under the different laws in each state. In general, the following types of activities are fundraising:

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ACT Human Rights Commission

The ACT Human Rights Commission’s role is to resolve complaints and promote rights. They:

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Financial Help Sheets & Resources - Institute of Community Directors Australia

Here you can find plain-language guides and sample policies to help your community group manage its finances, including:

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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.

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As the peak representative body for not-for-profit community organisations in the ACT, ACTCOSS aims to improve knowledge of the community sector’s organisational, workforce and financial characteristics, and community service experiences of the policy and operational environment.

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A manual to guide quality improvement In ACT community service organisations.

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