ACOSS National Conference 2015

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 09:00


ACOSS National Conference 2015

The ACOSS National Conference is the annual meeting place for the community sector to discuss the policy and practice needed to tackle poverty and inequality, and to build an inclusive society in Australia.

ACOSS has hosted an annual sector conference since 1960, creating an opportunity for key stakeholders across the social policy, service provision and welfare community to build a strong vision for the community sector and for social justice.

The 2015 ACOSS National Conference theme is Advancing the Common Good. This theme has been selected to inform discussion about the way in which civil society can ensure policy reforms address ongoing poverty and rising inequality; and to open the conversation about how economic growth can be fair and inclusive for everyone.

What: ACOSS National Conference 2015

When: 25-26 June 2015

Time: 9am – 5:30pm

Where: Australian Technology Park, Redfern

For further information, please visit the ACOSS Conference website.

Young Women's Advisory Group (YWAG) Update

Our Young Women's Advisory Group is working to amplify the voices of young women in relation to sexuality and respectful relationships education. This primary vehicle for this work will be a survey for girls and young women, to be launched in late May.

If you would like to help us distribute this survey and get the word out, please get in touch with Hannah at era.projects@ywca.org.au

Ewha Global Empowerment Program: call for applicants

Sun, 12/07/2015 - 09:00

Ewha Women's University, Seoul, South Korea

EGEP is a two-week residential educational program that takes place twice a year (summer and winter) offered by Ewha Womans University. According the MOU between Ewha Womans University and UN Women, this program aims to promote education for women and gender equality in Asia and Africa by empowering women working in non-governmental public sectors and by nourishing the next generation of women leaders

Applications close April 12, 2015.

For further information information, visit the Ewha website.

Frocking Hilarious Comedy Gala

Wed, 13/05/2015 - 19:30

Enmore Theatre, Sydney

ActionAid is partnering with the Sydney Comedy Festival to hold the third annual Frocking Hilarious Comedy Gala. 

The Gala features an all-women line up of comedians, with all profits going to ActionAid Australia's work empowering women living in poverty across the world to stand up and claim their human rights. 

For more information visit the Frocking Hilarious Comedy Gala website.

Affordable Housing Development Summit

Mon, 27/07/2015 - 09:00

Venue TBA, Sydney CBD

This event brings together key stakeholders from private and public sectors to share the latest insights to policies and practices advancing affordable housing in Australia. 

Confirmed speakers include:

David de Carvalho - First Assistant Secretary, Reform of the Federation White Paper, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet                                

Shayne Ramsay - Chief Executive Officer, BC Housing;  Chair, Housing Partnership Canada

Please visit the Affordable Housing Summit website or contact esther.beh@aventedge.com for further details. 

Housing Assistance and Employment in Australia


9 April

The Productivity Commission has today released the Housing Assistance and Employment in Australia Research Report. The report examines the relationship between housing assistance for those in need and participation in employment. The report's key finding is that proposals to shift public housing tenants from income-based rents to market-based rents, by extending Commonwealth Rent Assistance, are unlikely to boost employment.

You can access the full report from the Productivity Commission website.

Job Vacancy: YWCA Australia Deputy Executive Officer

8 April

YWCA Australia is recruiting a Deputy Executive Officer on a part-time (0.6 EFT) contract to 30 June 2016. A full description of the role is available here

Nearly 200 organisations outline concern to UN over Australia's declining human rights performance

2 April

Australia’s steadily deteriorating human rights performance has been highlighted in a major report compiled by nearly 200 organisations around Australia. It will be presented to the United Nation’s peak human rights body in the lead up to a major review of Australia that takes place every four years. 

Emma Golledge, lawyer at Kingsford Legal Centre, which is part of the NGO Coalition that has prepared the joint NGO report for the process known as the “Universal Periodic Review”, said it was important opportunity for Australia to engage with the international community to improve issues of concern.

Tax Reform White Paper Launched

30 March

The Federal Government has today launched the White Paper on Tax Reform. This is a key mechanism for discussions between the community and government on tax and is linked to the Federation White Paper. You can read the full discussion paper on the bettertax.gov.au website here.

Information on how you can get involved and partipate in the process is available here. You can keep up to date with the process on Twitter by following @Treasury_AU

Australian Network for Universal Housing Design


26 March

The Equality Rights Alliance has signed on in support of the Australian Network for Universal Housing Design's position statement calling on the Australian Government to regulate minimum access features in the National Construction Code for all new and extensively modified housing.

You can read the full position statement  from the ANUHD here. 


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