ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Sector Orientation Resource

The Sector Orientation Resource below provides new and existing board members of community organisations with key information to stay well informed about governance and to connect to the social ecosystem in the ACT.

About community organisations: Community organisations share many things in common with organisations in other sectors. Community organisations should be founded on:

  • A commitment to human rights guiding governance and practice
  • Applying a strengths-based approach to working with people and communities experiencing disadvantage
  • Reflective practices and ensuring lived experience directs and informs service design and development.

ACT community sector: A number of features of the ACT context make it a unique jurisdiction, including:

  • An agreed ACT Community Service Industry Strategy 2016-2026
  • The Social Compact – that serves as a relationship framework between the ACT Government and the community sector
  • Proximity of services and citizens to decision makers, members of the Legislative Assembly and Ministers
  • Being both the national capital - hosting national institutions and the Commonwealth Government - and a municipality in which people live.

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This event offers an opportunity for volunteer board members to connect with one another to build their network and share knowledge across the ACT Community Sector.

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The ACT Community Services Industry Strategy 2016-2026 (pdf) has been developed to support the ACT community sector through a period of significant structural adjustment.

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Facilitated by the ACT Human Services Registrar of the Quality, Complaints and Regulation branch of Community Services Directorate

This seminar aims to support community organisations to build their capability in identifying and managing their own organisational risk through improved financial acumen.This includes understanding the importance of quality governance structures, financial reporting, business planning, and risk management.

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Resilient Community Organisations Toolkit - Australian Council of Social Service

Resilient Community Organisations is a toolkit to support community organisations build their resilience to disasters and emergencies. It includes:

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Fundraising - Justice Connect Not-for-Profit Law

Fundraising is defined differently under the different laws in each state. In general, the following types of activities are fundraising:

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ACT Human Rights Commission

The ACT Human Rights Commission’s role is to resolve complaints and promote rights. They:

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Financial Help Sheets & Resources - Institute of Company Directors Australia

Here you can find plain-language guides and sample policies to help your community group manage its finances, including:

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ACTCOSS & Volunteering and Contact ACT are proud to present the following two workshops by Justice Connect.  The NFP law service of Justice Connect - iteself a NFP organisation are delivered by qualified lawyers with specialist expertise in NFP and charity law.  All lawyers have experience in delivering legal training to community organisations and many are also personally involved in the sector as volunteer board or committee members.  

Participants are welcome to come to either session, or the whole day - but will need to register accordingly.  Please feel free to contact ACTCOSS directly if you would prefer to be registered manually.   

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ACTCOSS Governance workshops are designed to meet the needs of people interested in, or who have recently been, appointed to a board member position with a not-for-profit organisation in the ACT. This training targets people who have never been on a board or who have limited experience on boards. The workshops are interactive with participants contributing their own experiences and sharing knowledge, as well as a networking opportunity.

The Governance workshop will be broken into two parts – the morning session focuses on board governance and strategy and the afternoon session focusses on financial management. Workbooks and resources will be provided to participants at both sessions. Participants are welcome to come to either session, or the whole day - but will need to register accordingly.

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This grant writing resource for ACT NFP community organisations aims to outline both theoretical and practical tools that are key to grant writing: the steps you can take to prepare prior to a grant window opening; frameworks and tools to support your application development when responding to criteria; and avenues for grant seeking and networking in the ACT.

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As the peak representative body for not-for-profit community organisations in the ACT, ACTCOSS aims to improve knowledge of the community sector’s organisational, workforce and financial characteristics, and community service experiences of the policy and operational environment.

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A manual to guide quality improvement In ACT community service organisations.

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