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This year's AGM is our 75th, so do come along and help us mark three-quarters of a century fighting against poverty, and for justice and opportunity.

Alternative Futures: Ending Poverty Conference 2022


EVENT NEWS: SACOSS' upcoming conference Alternative Futures: Ending Poverty will provide an important opportunity for the sector to hear and share insights into the issues, and ideas for change. 

People at Risk in Emergencies: Priority Setting Forum


SACOSS is holding a forum to identify the priority risks, issues or populations to be addressed in the 2nd People at Risk in Emergencies Implementation Plan for South Australia.

Post Budget Treasurer's Breakfast 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.


Hon. Stephen Mullighan MP

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


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

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

Register here


Building a Climate Resilient Community Sector Conference


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


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



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


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


*****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