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Upcoming Events:

Treasurer's Breakfast & AGM

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 - 7:00am


Due to the current COVID-19 situation this year we will hold both our annual Treasurer Breakfast and AGM together minimizing the number of times we ask our members to gather face to face.


The State Budget will be handed down on 10 November 2020. Every year for the past 10 years SACOSS has hosted a Post-Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer and this year we will once again offer you the chance to hear directly from the Treasurer himself.

This is an exclusive member-only event, and we would love you to join us.

As always, the State Budget will be crucial for our sector and for vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians. This is your opportunity to hear the Treasurer speak directly to the community services sector about the State Budget, and your change to put your own questions to them.
Places for these VIP events are strictly limited and people will miss out, so we do encourage you to RSVP as soon as possible.

Date: Tuesday 17 Novemeber

Time: 7.00am arrival to be seated by 7.30am 

Venue: Adelaide Pavilion, corner South Terrace and Peacock Road, Adelaide


SACOSS individual members and member organisations are entitled to either:

Free registration for two people to attend the Treasurer’s Breakfast

Subject to availability, members may also book extra places for a fee to cover costs. Please contact Angela (SACOSS Events Coordinator) on 8305 4222 or angela@sacoss.org.au if your organisation would like to register additional guests or reserve a table for your Board or leadership team.

Registration is essential as seating is strictly limited. If, after registering, your circumstances change and you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking online or contact SACOSS to make your seat available for another member wishing to attend.

SACOSS wishes to sincerely thank our event sponsors: Hesta







SACOSS AGM and Board / Policy Council Elections 2020

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 - 7:15am


Nominations for election to SACOSS Board and SACOSS Policy Council are now open.

If you are a passionate, strategic thinker who knows social policy is one way to achieve change, then the Board or Policy Council may be the place for you to take a more active leadership role in the direction of South Australia’s peak organisation for the community and health sectors.

Membership of the Board is an opportunity for people to make a significant contribution to the governance of SACOSS.

Membership of the Policy Council is an opportunity for people to give voice to the issues that are of most concern to them, their organisations and their communities.

Both bodies provide a means of discussing and making progress on the important issues that face the community of South Australia. They also provide an opportunity to build a deeper understanding of the sector and to develop extended networks.

There are 3 positions for the Board and 9 positions for the Policy Council open for election.

Nominations for SACOSS Board are in the following categories: Click here to download a nominations form.

  • 2 x General
  • 1 x Chair Person

Nominations for SACOSS Policy Council are in the following categories: Click here to download a nominations form.

  • Nominee of a peak body* Automatically appointed.
  • Nominee of a non-government community service and/or health agency with annual revenue less than $5m (2 positions)
  • Nominee of a non-government community service and/or health agency with annual revenue more than $5m (2 positions)
  • Nominees of an organisation whose dominant purpose is to support Aboriginal people or communities (2 position)
  • Nominee of an organisation whose dominant purpose is to support Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities (2 position)
  • Nominee of an organisation whose dominant purpose is the delivery of services in non-metropolitan, rural and regional community areas (1 position)
  • Individual member of SACOSS (1 positions)

All nominations must be received by 9am Monday 28th September 2020. Please email completed nomination forms to angela@sacoss.org.au or mail to SACOSS, 47 King William Road, Unley SA 5061

SACOSS strongly encourages all members to consider nominating for all positions appropriate for them.

Following the receipt of nominations ballot elections will be held where necessary. The result of elections will be announced at the 2020 SACOSS AGM.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation this years annual Treasurers Breakfast will be held alongside our SACOSS AGM minimizing the number of times we ask our members to gather face to face during these uncertain times.

For more infomation on our SACOSS Treasurers Breakfast/AGM or to rsvp click here



Each member organisation is entitled to to votes, which must be made by the representative/s nominated on your membership renewal or membership application form.

If your representative/s cannot be contacted within the time allowed for the ballot, the ballot papers may be completed by a duly delegated representative of your organisation.

Please follow the voting instructions as given, identifying those candidates of your choice. The results are determined on a first-past-the post basis.

Working To Make Ends Meet: Energy, Water & Telco Conference

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 - 9:00am







SACOSS' annual energy, water and telco conference will be a virtually delivered event on the 24th of November 2020. This year's conference theme - "Working To Make Ends Meet" - draws on foundational research conducted by SACOSS on "Waged Poor Households" – households who are mainly receiving income from salaries and wages, but are nevertheless living below the poverty line.

The COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified the challenges faced by waged poor households, with a sudden reduction of hours and loss of income, leaving many struggling to navigate and access support services. With increased underemployment likely to push a new cohort of households into waged poverty, it is ever more important that governments, the community services sector, and businesses working in the essential services understand and respond to the unique challenges faced by waged poor households.

We have created a program designed to investigate the key drivers of waged poverty, open discussions on how to address these and share in planning a more equitable future for all. Join us for what promises to be a thought provoking and engaging day.

DATE: Tuesday 24th November 2020
WHERE: Virtually delivered event

To view the draft conference program click here

To view speaker bios click here

To Register click here

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