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End of year Pancake Breakfast



The SACOSS Team would like to thank all our sector colleagues, members and supporters for you invaluable contributions over the last year, so come and celebrate on Thursday 12th December with a scrumptious breakfast on us!

When: Thursday 12th December 7:30am
Where: Marjorie Black House Community Room, SACOSS, 47 King William Rd, Unley

Barista coffee! and breakfast will be provided.  Register your attendance here.




2019 AGM and Waged Poor Report Launch



SACOSS AGM and Board / Policy Council Elections 2019

Join us for the SACOSS Annual General Meeting 2019, where will will be launching our Annual Report for 2018-19 and our "Working to Make Ends Meet" report on Low-income Workers and Energy Bill Stress.

The "Working to Make Ends Meet" report is unique in that focuses on the energy affordability challenges of households whose main source of income is employment, but who are still living below the poverty line. It traces the issues and challenges arising from being part of the under-recognised cohort which we identify as “waged poor”.

When: Wednesday 20 November, 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Where: Marjorie Black House Community Room, SACOSS, 47 King William Rd, Unley

Drinks and nibbles will be provided following the meeting for members to make the most of this networking opportunity. Register your attendance here.



Voting for SACOSS Board and Policy Council

Elections are held when a number of nominations for positions on the SACOSS Board or Policy Council exceeds the number of positions vacant in any given category. This year there is a requirement for elections in the following categories:

  •  SACOSS Board
  •  SACOSS Policy Council
    • Persons nominated by non-goverment community service and/or health agency with annual revenue more than $5m (Large NGO)
    • Persons nominated by non-goverment community service and/or health agency with annual revenue less than $5m (Small NGO)

No election was required for the categories of Peak Organisations, Aboriginal Support, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Support (CALD), Non-metropolitan organisations and Individual member.

A vacancy remains for the Aboriginal Support and the CALD Support category. Policy Council will seek to fill these vacancies.

SACOSS Treasurer's Breakfast


The State Budget will be handed down on 18 June 2019. Every year for the past 9 years SACOSS has hosted a Post-Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer and this year we will once again offer you the chance to hear directly from the Treasurer himself.

This is an exclusive member-only event, and we would love you to join us.

As always, the State Budget will be crucial for our sector and for vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians. This is your opportunity to hear the Treasurer speak directly to the community services sector about the State Budget, and your change to put your own questions to them.
Places for these VIP events are strictly limited and people will miss out, so we do encourage you to RSVP as soon as possible.

Date: Tuesday 25 June

Time: 7.00am arrival to be seated by 7.30am 

Venue: Adelaide Pavilion, corner South Terrace and Peacock Road, Adelaide


SACOSS individual members and member organisations are entitled to either:

Free registration for two people to attend the Treasurer’s Breakfast

Subject to availability, members may also book extra places for a fee to cover costs. Please contact Angela (SACOSS Events Coordinator) on 8305 4222 or angela@sacoss.org.au if your organisation would like to register additional guests or reserve a table for your Board or leadership team.

Registration is essential as seating is strictly limited. If, after registering, your circumstances change and you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking online or contact SACOSS to make your seat available for another member wishing to attend.

SACOSS wishes to sincerely thank our event sponsors: Nexia Edwards Marshall, CBB & Statewide Super





Budget Night Sector Briefing



On Budget Day SACOSS staff and many of our member groups will have people in the Budget lock-up all afternoon examining the detail behind the budget spin. Come and join our 2019-20 State Budget Night Briefing 6.00-7.00pm on Tuesday 18th June. This will be a chance to digest, deconstruct, and to contribute any insights into the likely impacts for our sector. RSVP here – refreshments and pizza provided.

SACOSS Federal Election Forum


*** PLEASE NOTE: the forum has been cancelled***

The Federal Election is fast approaching and it promises to be crucial for the health and community services sector.

Big national debates over tax and expenditure which impact on the funding for our sector and the services we provide. Plus housing policy, health, NDIS, Newstart, job services, aged care, Aboriginal voice, climate change and anything else YOU put on the table.

SACOSS is hosting an election forum to hear from the parties on issues that matter to our sector. This is also your chance to ask the big questions and put our sector’s issues into the election debate.

Speakers include:

Mark Butler (Labor)

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens)

Centre Alliance (Spokesperson to be confirmed)

Liberal Party (Spokesperson to be confirmed)

There will be other election forums on particular issues or in particular seats – this is a one-stop shop to put all our sectors’ concerns into the debate.

For further information contact Angela@sacoss.org.au  

Free SACOSS Advocacy Workshop


This workshop will provide participants with critical insights from experienced advocates about how to successfully influence decision makers and have your views both heard and acted upon. The workshop will cover topics including how to be effective in meetings, working with diverse perspectives and sectors and government and parliamentary liaison. Participants will have the opportunity to explore what makes a successful advocate and the sessions will be designed to maximise group participation and discussion.

Tony Smith, Chief Executive of the UK Consumer Council for Water, will be a workshop participant and key adviser. Tony’s early career was in strategy and marketing, implementing business turnarounds in oil, aerospace, automotive and fast-moving consumer goods businesses. Later Tony joined the utility sector where he has he has led corporate strategy, corporate services and stakeholder relations, customer service, investment programme and PFI procurement and delivery and competitive market business development.

To register: email angela@sacoss.org.au and please specify any dietary requirements.



Working with government and parliament

Cate Mussared, Chief of Staff, Office of Mark Parnell MLC (confirmed)


What are the keys to effective advocacy?

Mark Henley, Manager Advocacy and Communications, Uniting Communities (confirmed)

12.30pm (lunch - 30 mins)


Working with diverse perspectives, both within and across sectors

Karen Van Gorp, Senior Policy Adviser, Business SA (confirmed)

2.00pm (afternoon tea - 10 mins)

How to be effective in meetings

Greg Ogle, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, SACOSS (confirmed)

2.55pm (close)

Wrap up

Jo De Silva, Policy Lead, SACOSS (confirmed)


SACOSS Energy, Water and Telco Conference 2019


This conference will explore the new ‘consumer-centric’ transformation evolving in essential services across Australia. It will allow delegates to consider what this transformation will require of businesses, their customers and of governments.  It will support the essential services sector to better understand the needs, experiences and genuine priorities of customers, as well as explore how providers can work to integrate these views into their business practices.

The conference will also attempt to make transparent the different roles played by consumers, consumer representative organisations, consumer experts, and consumer panels and consultation forums.

Building on the success of SACOSS’ energy, water, telecommunications and transport conferences over the past seven years, the 2019 conference will again bring together a broad range of stakeholders including international, national and local experts, businesses leaders, consumers, consumer advocates, service providers, policy makers, government officials, community service organisations and regulators from across the energy, water and telecommunications space.

This Conference is one in a series of SACOSS Vulnerability and Affordability Conferences for the essential services sectors.

One session of the conference, "Consumers & the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code" featuring John Stanton (Communications Alliance) and Teresa Corbin (ACCAN) will be livestreamed. Find out more.

If you are a member of the public and would like to attend but are unable to afford the ticket price, we encourage you contact us on 08 8305 4224 or email sacoss(link sends e-mail)as we may be able to subsidise your place. If you require special assistance such as a hearing loop, visual assistance guide or AUSLAN interpreter in order to fully participate in the conference we will make every effort to provide for your needs. All areas of the venue are wheelchair accessible.

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Event Partner



Keynote Address Sponsor


SA Water


Industry Showcase Session Sponsor


Essential Services Commission of South Australia


Community Sector Supporter




Local Government Association of South Australia


Baptist Care SA


UnitingCare Wesley Bowden Inc.


Encouraging Democracy, Dialogue & Activism


Delegates from the Democratic Institute of Israel will be in Adelaide for a very brief study tour exploring what’s happening here, to better engage and activate citizens in the processes of democracy. 

We will be spending some time talking with them about our work and our role but we also want a broader group of you to be able to hear directly about their fascinating work as well as have a more open discussion about things that you’re doing here to build engagement and encourage activism.

Register online here


New Sector Funding Contracts: Information and Training Sessions


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After a long negotiation, the State Government has introduced new standardised contracts for all new Service Agreements and Grants to the not-for-profit sector. These contracts will apply to all new not-for-profit funding and provide an easier-to-use template with standard terms and conditions across all departments and agencies.

The new con​trac​ts came into effect on 1 January 2019 and all contract negotiations begun after that time should use the new templates. Existing contracts remain unaffected, but Master Agreements will not apply to the new contracts.

The South Australian Council of Social Service and Volunteering SA&NT are running information and training sessions on the new contracts. All welcome, but registration is essential. 

There are five information sessions to choose from, each session covering the same areas: background, grant or procurement, contract structure, and detailed examination of all key clauses. The sessions will be held as follows:


Thursday 7 February, 2.30pm - 4.30pm


Community Room, Marjorie Black House
47 King William Street, Unley 
(Rear of building - enter from Young Street)

Register for this session here


Friday 8 February, 9.30am - 11.30am

Community Room, Marjorie Black House
47 King William Street, Unley 
(Rear of building - enter from Young Street)

Register for this session here


Friday 8 February 2.30pm - 4.30pm 

Community Room, Marjorie Black House
47 King William Street, Unley 
(Rear of building - enter from Young Street)

Register for this session here


Wednesday 13 February, 10am - midday

Webinar - log-in details to be provided on registration

Register for the webinar here


Wednesday 13 February 1pm - 3pm​

Sport SA
Military Road
West Beach SA 5024
(opposite Adelaide Shores Caravan Park)

Register for this session here


The new contract templates are available at: https://treasury.sa.gov.au/Our-services/not-for-profit-sector-funding-and-contracting

From auditing requirements to indexation, intellectual property to staff screening, terminations and unused funds – and everything in between, come and find out your rights and responsibilities under the new contracts.



SACOSS end-of-year breakfast


The SACOSS team would like to thank all our sector colleagues, members and supporters for your invaluable contributions over the last year, so come and celebrate on Friday 14 December with a scrumptious breakfast on us!

Please click here to RSVP