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About Us

The South Australian Council of Social Service is the peak non-government representative body for health and community services in South Australia, and has a vision of Justice, Opportunity and Shared Wealth for all South Australians.

SACOSS does not accept poverty, inequity or injustice. Our mission is to be a powerful and representative voice that leads and supports our community to take actions that achieve our vision, and to hold to account governments, business, and communities for actions that disadvantage vulnerable South Australians.

SACOSS' purpose is to influence public policy in a way that promotes fair and just access to the goods and services required to live a decent life. We undertake policy and advocacy work in areas that specifically affect disadvantaged and low income consumers in South Australia.

With a strong history of community advocacy, SACOSS and its members aim to improve the quality of life of people disadvantaged by the inequalities of our society. We speak with and for the marginalised, vulnerable and disadvantaged, whose voice and interests need to be brought to the attention of government, business, media, policy makers and the wider community at large.

SACOSS has a strong membership base of around 300 people and organisations from a broad cross-section of the social services arena. Members of our organisation span both small and large agencies, peak bodies, service providers, individuals, and some government departments.

Members display an impressive commitment to social justice in South Australia, manifest in our 40-strong Policy Council and range of sub-groups that tackle specific issues. With their support, SACOSS analyses, negotiates and argues for fair and effective public policy, and provides independent information and commentary to the sector and the broader South Australian public.

SACOSS is part of a national network, consisting of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the State and Territory Councils of Social Service, which assist low income and disadvantaged people Australia wide.

Our Vision
Justice, opportunity and shared wealth for all South Australians

Our Mission
SACOSS does not accept poverty, inequity or injustice. 

We will be a powerful and representative voice that leads and supports our community to take actions that achieve our vision. 

We will hold to account governments, business, and communities for actions that disadvantage vulnerable South Australians.

Our Goals

All social and economic policy in SA ensures all South Australians have their basic human needs met.

South Australia has strong, cohesive community services and health sectors driving social change.

SACOSS is a sustainable, independent organisation equipped to support the community services and health sectors to achieve our vision.