SACOSS undertakes research to help inform community service practice, advocacy and campaigning, and through a range of events promotes cooperation, and the sharing of resources and information. As the peak body for the non-government health and community services sector in South Australia, SACOSS has a number of key roles:
- Representation – speaking in all matters as the peak body on behalf of the sector
- Research, policy development, advice and advocacy – giving voice to the interests of vulnerable and disadvantaged people;
- Information dissemination to the sector – filtering and prioritizing government information to ensure the sector is informed about changes and policies relevant to them;
- Information dissemination to the community – public education about poverty and disadvantage, and/or the role of sector in community development and supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people;
- Sector development and capacity building – training, advocacy to improve the regulatory regime, sharing best practice and highlighting sector issues to enable the better service delivery and functioning of community organisations.