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SACOSS Disability & Essential Services Conference 2018

May
14
2018

 

SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference 2018: Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Transport

 

Everyone has a right to affordable and equitable access to essential services such as energy, water, telecommunications and transport. With over four million people in Australia with some form of disability, essential service businesses can ensure that people living with a disability are well considered. In this context, it is vital to deliver best practice, affordability, consumer protection, and effective regulation to enable access, participation and choice in the energy, water, telecommunication and transport sectors.

The 2018 SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference will bring together businesses, government, community sector workers including disability advocates, service providers and consumers living with a disability (including families and carers) in the energy, water, telecommunications and transport space. Delegates will share and hear about the needs and experiences of those living with a disability and explore how essential service businesses can address disadvantage for those in vulnerable situations.

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

If you are a person living with a disability and you are unable to afford the ticket price but would like to attend, we encourage you contact us on 08 8305 4224 or email gabie@sacoss.org.au(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.

 

Our keynote speaker Cosmo Graham is a Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Leicester and Director of the Centre for Consumers and Essential Services. He specialises in the regulation of public utilities and is co-editor of the Utilities Law Review. Professor Graham was a member of the UK's Competition Commission (1999-2008) and the European Commission’s working group on vulnerable consumers in the energy sector.

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Conference Event Partner: SA Water

Conference Sponsors: ESCOSA - International Keynote session sponsor | Baptist Care SA - Industry Showcase session sponsor | Origin Energy - Power of Choice session sponsor | Energy Australia - Catering sponsor | Australian Gas Infrastructure Group - Post Conference Networking session sponsor | HESTA - Community Sector sponsor | The Royal Society For the Blind - Community Sector sponsor

 

Beyond hospitals - who will keep our community heathy?

Mar
01
2018

SACOSS partners with prominent public health advocates the Australian Health Promotion Association, Anti-Poverty Network SA, People's Health Movement and the Public Health Association to present a pre-election forum on the health and wellbeing of South Australians.

Register online

SACOSS Leaders Debate on Social Issues

Feb
27
2018

The community services sector employs over 30,000 South Australians and accounts for more than 3% of state’s economy. Hear from the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition and Nick Xenophon on how they would address key issues of concern such as cost of living, child wellbeing, digital inclusion, sector support, tax and expenditure, gambling harm prevention and health, housing and justice. 

Watch the video recording of this event online here

 

 

This event is proudly supported by 

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SACOSS end-of-year breakfast

Dec
08
2017

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 8 December with a scrumptious breakfast on us!

Please click here to RSVP

 

SACOSS 2017 AGM and 70th Birthday Celebration

Nov
23
2017

You are invited to celebrate with us! Members and supporters are invited to join SACOSS staff, Board and Policy Council, plus past directors and chairs to celebrate 70 years of dedicated service to the South Australian community. Come for the AGM and then stay to catch up with old friends over drinks, canapes and live music. 3-5pm Thursday 23 November at SACOSS, 47 King William Road Unley. RSVPs essential.

Please RSVP online here

 

 

SANFRAG Sector Funding Meeting (afternoon session)

Nov
16
2017

In 2014 the state government committed to working with the not-for-profit sector to develop uniform guidelines for funding sector organisations. This has now led to the development of draft templates for new funding contracts for government procurement and grants to the sector. These templates are now out for consultation and feedback.

Come to a meeting to find out where the contracts have come from, what is in them, and give your feedback on what will and won’t work for your organisation. There will also be meetings for other NFP sectors (eg. sport, environment, arts) and a generic webinar/phone meet for those who can’t attend the sector-specific meetings.

Please register online here for the afternoon session 1.30 to 4.30pm Thursday 16 November at SACOSS

These contracts will replace your existing Master Agreement and funding agreements when they fall due – so now is the time to speak up.

Download DTF sector funding fact sheet

Download draft funded services agreement

Download draft grant agreement

SANFRAG Sector Funding Meeting (morning session)

Nov
16
2017

In 2014 the state government committed to working with the not-for-profit sector to develop uniform guidelines for funding sector organisations. This has now led to the development of draft templates for new funding contracts for government procurement and grants to the sector. These templates are now out for consultation and feedback.

Come to a meeting to find out where the contracts have come from, what is in them, and give your feedback on what will and won’t work for your organisation. There will also be meetings for other NFP sectors (eg. sport, environment, arts) and a generic webinar/phone meet for those who can’t attend the sector-specific meetings.

Please register online here for the morning session 9.30am to 12.30pm Thursday 16 November at SACOSS

These contracts will replace your existing Master Agreement and other funding agreements when they fall due – so now is the time to speak up.

Download DTF sector funding fact sheet

Download draft funded services agreement

Download draft grant agreement

 

For Purpose Policy and Advocacy Workshop

Nov
16
2017

This intensive Bootcamp will provide for purpose professionals with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to develop the critical skills required to navigate the policy development process and make change happen. This session will also have a focus on advocating in elections given the upcoming South Australian State Election. At the end of the Bootcamp participants will be able to develop tailored advocacy strategies for their organisations with innovative tactics to achieve your desired policy outcomes.

The program will cover the following topics:

  • Theory on how social change happens
  • The policy development cycle
  • The political process and points of influence
  • Articulating a clear problem and ask
  • Communicating clear messages and making the case for change
  • Developing advocacy strategies
  • Tools for change
  • Identifying innovative advocacy tactics
  • Case studies from across the for purpose sector

Who should attend this Bootcamp? This program has been developed for people working in the not-for-profit of for purpose sector. It is for anyone seeking to influence government, particularly people working in policy, advocacy, government relations and communication roles.

About the facilitator: Caterina Giorgi is the Founder of For Purpose, a social business working with for purpose professionals to develop their skills, share ideas and work collaboratively to create innovative solutions to complex problems. Caterina has worked in the for purpose sector in a range of policy, advocacy and sector development roles, including as Director or Policy and Research at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education. She has presented at national and international conferences on public health policy research, advocacy, government relations and public policy. She also delivers policy, advocacy, social change and government relations training across Australia.

Book online and contact event organisers here

Booklet launch: Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Oct
19
2017

The Promoting health and wellbeing case study booklet has been produced as part of the SACOSS and SA Health Department for Health and Ageing (DHA) Public Health Partnership.  The booklet provides an ‘exchange platform’ for those working in the sector to increase opportunities to share experiences and successes, build capacity and momentum to support the health and wellbeing of communities and those most in need.

The SACOSS - DHA booklet documents diverse approaches to promoting and improving the health and wellbeing of communities. It is hoped that the resource will help to facilitate a community of practice across the sector, capturing various experiences, strategies and outcomes of a number of initiatives and programs. The thirteen case studies fall into three categories, highlighting best practice in innovation, collaboration and partnerships and the promotion of health and wellbeing. 

Copies of the booklet will be available at the booklet launch on Thursday 19 October. 

Mr David Panter, Chair of SACOSS and Ms Vickie Kaminski, Chief Executive of SA Health will open and close the launch (event runs from 10.00am to 11.30am, morning tea included).

Places are limited - register online here

Climate Change and Homelessness Forum

Oct
17
2017

As part of Anti-Poverty week, SACOSS is hosting a forum exploring the impact of climate change on those experiencing poverty and homelessness. Join us to hear from a great line-up of speakers:

  • Dr Scott Hanson-Easey, Research Fellow at University of Adelaide, Director of the former National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Vulnerable Communities Network, speaking on climate change and its impacts on people living in poverty
  • Dr Danielle Every, Senior Research Fellow at CQ University Adelaide Campus, launching the findings of her report with the Red Cross on homelessness and extreme weather
  • Kellie Caught, Senior Policy Officer, ACOSS, speaking on the Resilient Community Organisations resource to help Community Service Organisations prepare for climate change
  • Representative from Red Cross, speaking on the new Out of the Storm project developing extreme weather education with the homeless community

The forum will run from 12.00pm to approximately 2.00pm and includes a light lunch.

Places are limited - register online here