ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

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ACT community sector context

Community sector and vulnerable Canberrans need open access to Rapid Antigen Tests

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.

Media Release: ACT Inspector of Corrections highlights AMC human rights concerns

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.

The finding in the Report of a review of a critical incident by the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services, tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly today, investigated the use of force to conduct a strip search at the Alexander Maconochie Centre on 11 January 2021.

Building Better Boards: The ACTCOSS Governance Workshop Program Over Two Sessions - 24 Feb 2020

ACTCOSS Governance workshops are designed to meet the needs of people interested in, or who have recently been, appointed to a board member position with a not-for-profit organisation in the ACT. This training targets people who have never been on a board or who have limited experience on boards. The workshops are interactive with participants contributing their own experiences and sharing knowledge, as well as a networking opportunity.

The Governance workshop will be broken into two parts – the morning session focuses on board governance and strategy and the afternoon session focusses on financial management. Workbooks and resources will be provided to participants at both sessions. Participants are welcome to come to either session, or the whole day - but will need to register accordingly.

Workforce Data and Community Needs Analysis - Attachment D

In this Attachment D, it sets out a proposal for a future research tool for the ACT Community Services Industry snapshot. The purpose of the snapshot is to capture information about the current state of the ACT Community Services Industry workforce, set trajectories, and measure progress against Industry wide goals and plans such as the ACT Community Services Industry Strategy 2016-2026.  It also includes draft questionnaires to help capture this snapshot tailored for organisations, paid individuals, and volunteers.