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Past Events

Amplify Your Health Impact


SACOSS and The Public Health Association are pleased to invite you to attend this important event with international guest speaker Professor Ilona Kickbusch. Learn how applying a ‘health lens’ to all areas of our work can amplify our impact and really make a difference to the health and wellbeing of all South Australians.

A forum for current and future sector leaders

This free forum will include local examples and an opportunity to discuss the Health in All Policies application within organisations and across sectors and sub-sectors.

This innovative work has multiple benefits and addresses many of the ‘wicked problems’ that society faces. It provides an opportunity to break down silos and work together to improve the health and wellbeing of all South Australians.

Register online here

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The Deepening Divide - digital disadvantage in SA


Sector Briefing on Digital Inclusion

Digital technologies are now taking a key role in our economic and social life, yet large numbers of people don’t have the on-line access to help them with job hunting, education and training, social interaction and other supports that could improve their lives.

Recent digital inclusion mapping indicates that South Australia rates significantly behind the national average. This session will cover essential questions such as why digital inclusion matters and which groups are most affected in South Australia, and what we can do about it.

You are invited to attend a one hour briefing starting at 10am with Professor Julian Thomas from RMIT (author of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016) and other experts, including Q&A and morning tea.

The session will be followed by the media launch of SACOSS' 2017/18 Budget Submission (which also focuses on digital inclusion).

Register online

Resilience Workshop Information Session


Reflect – Adapt – Lead

Sustaining Optimal Performance and Resilience in Challenging Times

A program package delivered in partnership between SACOSS and Working with Resilience


The community services sector has many challenges. The current funding climate has added more pressure to the community services sector. Some organisations are facing big changes to the way they provide services with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and all are facing the ongoing challenge of supporting their workers to provide vital services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians.

SACOSS continues to offer opportunities for the sector to develop the skills required to manage and even thrive in these challenging times. This is a great opportunity to work with and be supported by organisational psychologist Kathryn McEwen and experienced psychologist and NGO CEO Mike Dawson.

Are you leading an organisation where staff are:

  • Adapting to major changes in funding or service delivery models
  • Re-building teams following down-sizing or restructure
  • Experiencing high levels of pressure or stress
  • Working in extended periods of uncertainty
  • Struggling to meet service agreement or community expectations
  • Working with client groups with trauma or complex needs?

This program will assist you to develop and implement a customised plan to build resilience within your organisation.

Free Information Session

You are invited to attend an information session to hear more about the package and to talk about this opportunity with Kathryn and Mike. Please note this session is for management and CEOs.

Drinks and nibbles provided


Can't attend but interested in finding out more?

For a full information sheet and/or workshop registration form contact Emily Lawrie at

Vulnerability & Affordability Conference 2016: Energy, Water & Telecommunications


This Conference will explore vulnerability and showcase better practice in addressing the associated issues. It provides further opportunity to consolidate collaborative approaches to prevent financial vulnerability, facilitate social and financial health and well-being and support businesses in dealing with their customers and communities. This Conference keys in to recent regulatory developments for vulnerable customers and highlights the best opportunities for supporting these customers given transforming consumer protection frameworks.

The Conference sessions will include:

  • Exploration of vulnerability including factors leading to and key indicators
  • Leading business initiatives and programs
  • National research on tariffs, disconnections and fees and charges
  • The poverty premium and its implications
  • Independent dispute resolution – exploring the systemic issues

Building on the success of SACOSS’ Hardship and Affordability Conferences over the past 3 years, the 2016 Conference will bring together leaders from the energy, water and telecommunications sectors and once again promises to be a significant gathering of policy makers, business leaders, regulators, non-profit organisations and community service providers.

A New Age for Older Workers: Adelaide Forum


The South Australian Council of Social  Service (SACOSS) and Council of the  Ageing (COTA) are hosting this important community event. 

You can download a copy of the flyer here.

New Age for Older Workers - Mt Gambier


What are the challenges of working longer? How do we create age-friendly workplaces?

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) and Council on the Ageing (COTA) are hosting this important community event.

A New Age for Older Workers - Whyalla


What are the challenges of working longer? How do we create age-friendly workplaces?

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) and Council on the Ageing (COTA) are hosting this important community event.

6th Annual Post-Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer


SACOSS is delighted to be hosting the 6th Annual Post-Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer, the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, as an exclusive Member-only event. This year’s breakfast is taking place on Tuesday 19 July.
As always, the State Budget will be crucial for our sector and for vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians. With South Australia continuing to face high unemployment and underemployment, it is critical that this budget includes initiatives that directly grow employment opportunities, equip South Australians with training and skills, and provide support for communities through this difficult time.
This event is your opportunity to hear Treasurer Koutsantonis speak directly to the community services sector about the State Budget, and is your chance to put your own questions to him.

Registration is only available to SACOSS Individual Members, and staff of SACOSS Member organisations.

For more information contact SACOSS Events Coordinator Vivian Clark on 8305 4224 or email vivian(at)

Grants SA info session - 2nd session due to high demand


The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion is making it easier for community organisations to apply for one-off grants by bringing its grant programs together through one easy application.

Unfortunately this second session is SOLD OUT

How to read the State Budget: A pre-budget training session for the community sector


This training session is designed for community sector workers with limited or no experience of budget papers, but who want to understand or find particular things in the State Budget.