ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

ACT community sector context

ACT Human Rights Commission

ACT Human Rights Commission

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

  • provide an independent, fair and accessible process for resolving individual complaints
  • promote service improvement
  • promote the human rights and welfare of people
  • improve understanding of the laws that we work with

The ACT Human Rights Commission includes the following statutory office holders:

ACT Community Sector Reform Program

ACT Community Sector Reform Program - ACT Community Services Directorate

The ACT Government Community Sector Reform Program aims to support the community sector to respond to these changes. It is funded by the co-contribution levy, a pooled resource that was first announced in July 2012 and extended for a further two years in July 2015, and from financial and other resources provided by the ACT Government.

Components of the Program include:

Building Better Boards: The ACTCOSS Governance Workshop Program Over Two Sessions

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.

ACT Sector Profile

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. ACTCOSS also aims to raise awareness of issues and challenges affecting community service quality and capacity and to highlight the contributions the sector makes to the ACT community and our economy.