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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




SACOSS invites all members and supporters to join our staff, Board and Policy Council for our 2018 Annual General Meeting. Come along to hear what we have achieved over the last year and what is planned for next year.

3.30pm Guest Speaker—The Hon Michelle Lensink, Minister for Human Services

4.00pm AGM

5.00pm Drinks & nibbles

Please RSVP here

Pudney Meeting Space, level 1, ECH 174 Greenhill Road, Parkside

Please note that parking is limited in the area due to an afternoon clearway on Greenhill Road, so you may need to allow extra travel time.


State Oral Health Plan Information Workshop



SACOSS is hosting an information session where you can to learn more about the SA Oral Health Plan, discuss the issues, share experiences and learn how to provide these as input into the consultation.

Further information including the consultation paper can be found online here and submissions should be emailed by 27 July 2018 to HEALTHSAOralHealthPlan@sa.gov.au

Register online here


SACOSS Disability & Essential Services Conference 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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Delegate Access and Venue Information

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Download a Copy of the Conference Slides

Conference Major Sponsors: 

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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?


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


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 2017 AGM and 70th Birthday Celebration


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)


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