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Community Sector Pre-Election Forum: Homelessness & Housing Affordability


SACOSS, Shelter SA, Community Housing Council SA and Homelessness SA are hosting a major Pre-Election Forum focusing on issues of significance for the South Australian health and community services sector. The forum will have a special focus on affordable housing and homelessness.

There is mounting concern about the uncertainty of homelessness funding provided under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), which has no assurances from the federal government regarding funding beyond the middle of next year (2017).

Attendance at this forum is vital for housing affordability and the future of the homelessness sector, but it is also highly relevant for all community sector workers.

Love Your Tender - how to improve your grant applications and tender proposals


The State Councils of Social Service (COSS) are partnering to deliver a webinar series to uncover what every not-for-profit organisation needs to know about effectively responding to government procurement processes delivered in four one hour webinar sessions. Download the Love Your Tender series flyer here.

Why Data Matters when it comes to Human Services: Lessons from Family 100 and the Data Futures Projects


SACOSS is thrilled to announce Dame Diane Robertson DNZM will be visiting Adelaide in early May, and through the Family 100 Project has developed a sincere interest in how data can be used to inform and guide human services.

Dame Diane is the outgoing City Missioner at the Auckland City Mission. She was responsible for the collection and analysis of data gathered for the Auckland City Mission’s Family 100 research project, which has become one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on families living in poverty.

Diane is a successful social sector entrepreneur, giving her a unique combination of strong business and financial skills with strong social sector credentials. Her passion is to deliver better outcomes for New Zealanders through the development of sound policies informed by qualitative and quantitative data and she now Chairs the Data Futures Partnership.  This Partnership has been created to make a positive impact across the data-use ecosystem, by bringing together a cross-sector group of influential individuals who can work together and provide a collective voice on data issues.

Realising the value of data in an ethical, inclusive and trusted way is expected to deliver benefits to all New Zealanders. This is founded in the belief that when it is safe and good to share data, community members are likely to support social capital and trust in institutions, and to create economic value.

This event looks to explore why data matters – more importantly why data matters when it comes to the delivery of human services.

When: Tuesday 10 May, 3.00pm to 5.00pm
Where: Marjorie Black Community Room, rear of 47 King William Road Unley, enter via Young Street
Cost: $30+GST SACOSS Members; $60+GST non-members

RSVP essential to SACOSS@sacoss.org.au by Thursday 5 May. For further information contact Vivian Clark, SACOSS Events Coordinator on 8305 4224

Please include the names of people attending and all invoice details required

Download the event flyer here

What Keeps People Poor? Learnings from the Family 100 Project


SACOSS is thrilled to announce Dame Diane Robertson DNZM will be visiting Adelaide in early May to share her extensive knowledge of the eight key drivers that keep people trapped in poverty.  This event draws on extensive research from the Auckland City Mission Family 100 Project and is a must for anyone working in service delivery within the health and community sector in South Australia.

The Family 100 Research Project is a ground-breaking collaborative study undertaken by the Auckland City Mission in conjunction with a group of researchers from Waikato University, Massey University and the University of Auckland. It is born out of the belief that a more constructive dialogue about the plight of people living in poverty is best be achieved by hearing directly from the people who live in those circumstances.

Over a twelve-month period the researchers worked with 100 families who were long-term users of the Mission’s foodbank in order to gain a deeper understanding of the lived experience of families living in poverty.

The Family 100 Project clearly highlights the plight of those living in poverty in their own words, and defines the eight key drivers that keep people locked into a state of constant financial hardship – debt, justice, housing, employment, health, food insecurity, support services and education.

Dame Diane Robertson will talk about how participants outlined the way a wide range of factors work in concert to keep families trapped in a state of financial hardship. 

About Dame Diane Robertson
Dame Diane Robertson is a New Zealand community leader and was the head of the Auckland City Mission from 1998 up until December 2015. She was the first woman and first non-cleric to hold the role, and was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the community in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours. She was also awarded The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal, in recognition of the contribution made to New Zealand life.

When: Monday 9 May, 9.30am to 12pm
Where: Marjorie Black Community Room, rear of 47 King William Road Unley, enter via Young Street
Cost: $30+GST SACOSS Members; $60+GST non-members

RSVP essential to SACOSS@sacoss.org.au by Thursday 5 May

Download the event flyer here

Community Sector, listen up to those who have lived it!


How do we know whether we are really providing a good community service or whether it’s just more paternalism? 

This event is an opportunity for community sector workers to hear bold insights from low income people about how we can improve our services and support their efforts to empower themselves.


  • Linda Tirado, blogger and author of ‘Hand to Mouth - Living in Bootstrap America’ Linda has been described by Huffington Post as "the woman who accidentally explained poverty to a nation";
  • Sarah Pinkie, Activist and Member Anti-Poverty Network SA;
  • Belinda Brown, Mental Health Coalition of South Australia;
  • David Winderlich, Uniting Communities.

When: Thursday 28 April, 1.30-4pm
Where: Marjorie Black Community Room, rear of 47 King William Road, Unley, enter via Young Street
Cost: Free
RSVP: Places are limited and RSVP is essential, phone 8302 4225 or email catherine@sacoss.org.au

Healthy Minds, Healthy Workers Forum - Creating a Culture of Wellbeing


You are invited to attend this FREE event to hear about the challenges and successes from the organisations that participated in the Healthy Minds, Healthy Workers Project. This will be an opportunity to learn about the challenges and successes of embedding wellbeing and what steps to take to create a mentally healthy and resilient workforce. Download the forum flyer.

Keeping Children Safe, Together | A Child Protection Symposium


SACOSS, CAFWA-SA, SNAICC and DECD, in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Child Protection present ‘Keeping Children Safe, Together’, a Symposium on the state of the Current Child Protection System in South Australia.

Child protection is everyone’s business – we can keep children safe, together

By working collaboratively, professionals who engage with families and adults in other contexts, as well as those who already work in child protection, can refocus on the needs of vulnerable children and make a difference in their lives.

Attendance at the Symposium is a must for senior social service and child protection workers, with the program aimed at middle to senior management staff within DECD, staff of government agencies, staff of non-government organisations working in child protection, mental health, homelessness, youth services and drug and alcohol services, academics working in relevant fields, as well as foster families and kinship carers.

Eventbrite - Keeping Children Safe, Together | A Child Protection Symposium



The South Australian Council of Social Service cordially invites you to join the SACOSS Board, Secretariat, Members, and affiliated stakeholders, at the 68th SACOSS Annual General Meeting.

Building Community from the Ground Up - Lessons on Empowerment


SACOSS and Southgate Institute for Health, Society & Equity are proud to present Building Community from the Ground Up featuring Mirai Chaterjee from the Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA).

Workers in South Australia’s community services sector are strongly encouraged to attend this event to gain insights on the community development work of SEWA, and to hear some fantastic local examples of community empowerment.

Registrations essential at https://sacossbuildingcommunity.eventbrite.com.au

Consumer Engagement in Energy and Water Regulation Conference


Consumers belong at the heart of the processes for defining regulated services and service levels, and the prices that are paid for the provision of those services. It is essential for customers to know that the bills they are paying are fair and that they guarantee valued services. Effective consumer engagement is vital to achieving this.

The Conference will feature international keynote speaker Stephen Littlechild, former Director General of Electricity Supply in the UK. Stephen is internationally recognised for his contributions on energy and water consumer engagement in regulation, and is a Fellow at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham.