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Post Budget Treasurer's Breakfast 2022

Jun
08
2022

Join us for the annual Post Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer, where you will will hear from the Hon. Stephen Mullighan MP discuss his first Budget as the State's Treasurer.

The SA State Budget will be handed down on Thursday 2nd June. SACOSS will be hosting our 12th annual post budget breakfast with the Treasurer and warmly invite our members and friends to join us for breakfast on Wednesday 8th June, from 7am. 

At this breakfast the State Treasurer, the Hon. Stephen Mullighan MP will discuss the newly elected State Government’s first State Budget of their term, followed by a panel of sector experts who will discuss what it means for our sector and the people it supports.

REGISTER HERE

Hon. Stephen Mullighan MP
Treasurer

Stephen was appointed Treasurer in the Labor Government in March 2022. He was first elected as the Member for Lee in the South Australian Parliament in 2014. In 2014, he was appointed the Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, and in 2016 added the portfolios of Housing and Urban Development. 

Prior to entering the Parliament, Stephen led Deloitte’s economics team in Adelaide between 2010-2013 providing economic advice to corporate clients, the non-profit sector and state and federal governments. Stephen is a proud western suburb resident, is married to Antonia and they have three children Benjamin, Isaac and Olivia.

Along with his responsibility as Treasurer, his portfolio responsibilities include Finance.

Our panel of presenters for budget analysis and discussion are:

 

Natalie Wade
Equality Lawyers

Natalie Wade is a prominent disability rights lawyer and advocate. As the Founder and Principal Lawyer of Equality Lawyers, Natalie is a leader in providing premium legal advice and representation to people with disabilities and their families. In 2016, Natalie was awarded Australian Young Lawyer of the Year and South Australian Young Lawyer of the Year in recognition of her work on law reform projects that advanced the rights of people with disabilities and commitment to diversity in the legal profession. Natalie provides an authentic and professional on disability rights issues in Australia. 

 

 

Mark Henley


Uniting Communities

Mark Henley has worked in the SA Community services sector for nearly 45 years and is a life member of both SACOSS and Youth Affairs Council of SA. During all of these years he has been an active advocate for improving the lives of marginal and excluded people and their communities.

For the last 22 years Mark has been employed by Uniting Communities as their Manager of Advocacy and has advocated on a wide range of issues, including affordable housing, gambling reform, essential service access and affordability and more recently overcoming loneliness. He is also current President of the Economics Society of SA and has been to more budget lockups than just about anyone else in the community sector.

And to indicate that there can be life outside of the Community Sector, Mark grows rare and usual fruit and is a passionate Crows supporter.

 

 

Fran Baum 

Professor Fran Baum AO is a public health social scientist with a special interest in creating healthy, equitable and sustainable societies. She is a professor of health equity, The Stretton Institute, The University of Adelaide, Australia.

From 2009-2021 she was a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor and Director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity ant Flinders University.

She received an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her public health service. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and of the Australian Health Promotion Association.

She is a past National President and Life Member of the Public Health Association of Australia.

 

 

Cheryl Axleby

Cheryl is a proud Narungga Woman, passionate about improving the quality of life for her people. Cheryl has worked with the Aboriginal community, Federal Govt and South Australian Government sectors throughout a career spanning over 40 years.  Cheryl has extensive experience in working within the Aboriginal community sector, law and justice, human rights, women's issues, Aboriginal family violence, youth justice, child and youth & family services, Closing the Gap and the Uluru Statement of the Heart.

Cheryl is the National Co-chair of Change the Record, the only Aboriginal led Justice Coalition in Australia and is the Relationship Manager for SA for Aboriginal Community Housing Limited.

SACOSS Super Update with HESTA

May
12
2022

Many employers and employees will be affected by the upcoming changes to super, and keeping up-to-date can be challenging.

To assist with understanding what the changes will be and how they will affect you, the HESTA team, in conjunction with SACOSS, is running a Super Update session tailored especially for People and Culture professionals and Payroll Managers.

You will gain important information on:

  • Super legislative changes effective 1 July 2022.  What are they and how will they affect your organisation and your people?
  •  Industry insights.  What does super in the community services sector look like and how does your organisation compare?
  • Making a difference. How can you improve outcomes for your organisation and your people?

Event details:

May 12th, 2022 10:00 AM through 11:30 AM
SACOSS, Marjorie Black Community Room
47 King William Road
Unley, SA 5061
 

Morning tea will be provided

Queries?
Phone: 8305 4222
Email: erin@sacoss.org.au

Register here
 

 

Building a Climate Resilient Community Sector Conference

May
05
2022

Health and community service providers, governments, communities and emergency service providers have a shared responsibility to prepare, and keep safe, communities and individuals who may be more at risk from the impacts of climate change. Join us to find out more about developing and implementing strategies to prepare, adapt and respond to climate emergencies and disasters and create more climate resilient organisations, communities and clients. Save the date for this important upcoming conference!

Regional Roundtable - Kadina

Apr
04
2022

As the peak body for the non-government health and community services sector in South Australia, SACOSS is committed to staying in touch with what is happening across regional SA. SACOSS board and policy council members are keen to hear from community leaders and community members across the government, non-government and business sectors across the Yorke and North Region so we can better advocate on regional issues.

We will be offering this session both in person and online, Please ensure you register via the relevant link.

To Register for in person attendance Click here

To Register for online attendance Click Here

Date: Monday 4th April 10:30am until 2:30pm Lunch is provided

Venue: Copper Coast Sport & Leisure Centre, 1 Doswell Terrace, Kadina

 

                     

Pre-election Couch Series Session 2

Mar
02
2022

 

Join us for the Second session of the SACOSS pre-election Couch series.

First up we will hear from Michelle Lensink Minister for Human Services followed by Nat Cook the Shadow Minister for Human Services . Just what are the two parties planning to do about some of the key issues driving poverty and disadvantage in SA? What relationship will each seek to have with the social and community services sector? How important do they rate the contribution the sector makes? And so on.

This event has a particular focus for those working in the health and community services sector, and SACOSS members and member organisations are warmly encouraged to attend. Book a spot for yourself, your executive team if you have one and your Board members.  The more people we have involved the better informed they will be. As importantly, the more of us there and participating, the more seriously the political parties will take the sector.

While this event has a sector focus, it is also of broader interest and relevance for people who care about these issues, and anyone is welcome to register and attend.

Session 1 :  Michelle Lensink the Minister for Human Services & Nat Cook the Shadow Minister for Human Services

To Register Click here

Date: Wednesday 2nd March 12:15pm 

Venue: Webinar

Special Thanks to this sessions sponsors

SA Public Health Consortium Election Forum

Feb
23
2022

The South Australian Public Health Consortium’s 2022 State Election Forum is being hosted virtually from 5.30-7PM and provides members and the public with an opportunity to ask questions and hear from South Australian members of Parliament, including the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Hon Stephen Wade MLC; Shadow Minister for Health, Chris Picton; Tammy Franks MLC from the Greens Party and Connie Bonaros MLC from SA Best, on issues that you think are important to public health in our state. The event will be moderated by PHAA’s CEO, Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin. 

If you would like to promote the election priorities on your social media accounts, please use #ThinkPublicHealth #SAParli. Feel free to also tag any/all of the organisations in the Public Health Consortium, using; @_PHAA_ @AHPA_AU and @SACOSS.

You can read more about the South Australia Public Health Consortium’s election priorities in its 2022 State Election Platform. And, if you are active on social media and want to help give some more impetus for our politicians and policy makers to #ThinkPublicHealth, check out this social media kit

For more on SACOSS' advocacy on public health, check out the public health page on our 'Cover the Basics' website.

Pre-election Couch Series Session 1

Feb
22
2022

*****Please note we have had a time change to this webinar - New start time***** 12:15pm 

Join us for the first session of the SACOSS pre-election Couch series.

First up we will hear from the Leader of Opposition, Peter Malinauskas.  If he becomes Premier on March the 19th, just what is he planning to do about some of the key issues driving poverty and disadvantage in SA? What relationship would he seek to have with the social and community services sector? How important does he rate the contribution the sector makes? And so on.

Book a spot for yourself, your executive team if you have one and your Board members.  The more people we have involved the better informed they will be. As importantly, the more of us there and participating, the more seriously the political parties will take the sector.

Session 1 : Leader of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas 

To Register Click here

Date: Tuesday 22nd February 12:15pm 

Venue: Webinar

Please watch this space for details of further session.

      Special Thanks to our first session sponsor

CBB – Changing Organisations & Changing Lives. Supporting the Not-for-Profit Sector to enhance business practices, attract and retain quality staff and strengthen its social impact

Housing Affordability and Renters' Rights Forum (online)

Feb
08
2022

Join Shelter SA, Better Renting, Anti-Poverty Network SA and SACOSS to discuss the pressing issue of housing affordability for renters in SA. The ability to find affordable housing used to be a given in South Australia, thanks to a well-resourced public housing sector - what's happened? This event will have a focus on the West Torrens area but renters from other areas are also welcome to attend. We'll hear about the challenges, and also what's needed. We'll be joined by member for West Torrens Tom Koutsantonis MP and Greens candidate for the area Peta-Anne Louth.

Annual Thank You Breakfast 2021

Dec
09
2021

 

The SACOSS Team would like to thank all our sector colleagues, members and supporters for your invaluable contributions over the last year, please come and celebrate on Thursday 9th December with a scrumptious breakfast on us!

When: Thursday 9th 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.

 

 

 

Housing the Australian Nation Luncheon followed by AGM

Nov
25
2021

We hope you will join us for this special AGM event!

The AGM Luncheon will provide an outstanding opportunity to not only hear a thoughtful and insightful presentation from Peter as our guest speaker, but a chance to connect with friends old and new, and colleagues across our SACOSS community and the sector. Also, for those from member organisations, we will have the usual AGM business, with a chance to catch up on SACOSS news and activities from across the year.

SACOSS AGM Luncheon and Special Presentation -
Housing the Australian Nation: learning from the past to fix the future

Guest Speaker: Peter Mares
Location: Adelaide Pavilion, Veale Gardens, South Terrace, Adelaide
Date and time: Thurs 25 November, 12noon arrival for a 12:30 start. Finish 3pm
Cost: $35 per person (inc 2-course set menu)

To book your tickets Click Here

Putting the spotlight on public housing, which benefits the whole community

SACOSS has been calling for a significant investment in public housing stock as a key element of our current advocacy. Public housing offers a range of benefits across the community. It provides homes for those who are left out of the housing market, adds supply to the market to help make housing more affordable for everyone, and can provide economic stimulus in construction. But the stock of public housing in SA has declined over recent decades. In fact, the waiting list sits at 53% of total public housing stock - the third highest proportion on the country. So there is significant unmet need. Our AGM Luncheon will cast a further light on this important area, with the theme being 'learning from the past to fix the future'.

'Housing the Australian Nation': The story behind the title

The title of the presentation at our AGM Luncheon 'Housing the Australian Nation' is a reference to a pamphlet from 1942 that helped argue the case for Australia's post-war investment in public housing, by pointing to the primary role of housing in wellbeing and to the market failure in providing decent affordable homes for people on the lowest incomes.

About our special guest speaker, Peter Mares

Peter Mares is the author of No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis. His 4-part radio series, Housing the Australian Nation, aired on ABC Radio National in 2020 and he writes about housing and other issues for Inside Story magazine. In his day job Peter is lead moderator and program director at the not-for-profit Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, a partnership between The Myer Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation and Monash University. Peter previously worked for 25 years as a broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He grew up in South Australia.

Very special thanks to our sponsor