In the lead up to the 2010 State election  SACOSS will be hosting a series of events focusing on the five key issues determined by the SACOSS membership.

For events being undertaken by other organisations have a look at the Contacts  in the sidebar, and follow the links.

Keep coming back, as this page will be updated as the election gets closer.

Concessions Forum: Starting from Scratch: Re-imagining the concessions system

Friday 31 August 2009

“Starting from Scratch: Re-imagining the Concessions System” will gather together key representatives from the community services sector and ask the question, “What would the concessions system look like if we redesigned it from the ground up?”.

In this way, we aim to stimulate discussion and debate and to build a case for reform in the current concessions system.

Date: Monday 31 August
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Marjorie Black Community Room, SACOSS, 47 King William Road, Unley (enter via Young Street)

RSVP to Lucas de Boer on 8305 4211 or

SACOSS Law & Justice Advocacy Day

Friday 11 September 2009

SACOSS’ Law & Justice Advocacy Day will be divided into two sections. In the morning, participants will hear presentations from key law and justice representatives from the major parties and from key representatives in the health and community sector. In the afternoon, participants will break into small groups to meet with politicians and decision-makers individually.

The purpose of the Advocacy Day is to bring people together who would not normally be involved in politics, expose them to the political process and allow them to ask questions and engage with what would normally be an unknown environment. It is hoped that this event will demonstrate ‘democracy in action’ and raise awareness of key issues within the community and within our constituency.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Lucas de Boer on 8305 4211 or at

Date: Friday 11 September
Time: 9:30pm – 4:00pm
Venue:  Parliament House, North Tce, Adelaide

Social Infrastructure Event: Abstraction to Action

Friday 23 October 2009

SACOSS will be hosting the Abstraction to Action forum to focus on the findings of recent key reports in the area of social infrastructure, and plan ways to turn this existing knowledge into specific action.

The forum will feature presentations from the authors of recent key reports in the education, employment and training field, explaining how the reports came about, and the policy changes they recommend. Participants will then brainstorm ways to implement those changes, drawing on the knowledge of the presenters as well as their own expertise.

Presenters include the Minister for Transport, Michael O’Brien; Professor Ed Carson (UniSA); Grant Belchamber (Economic Development Board); Gael Fraser (Training and Skills Commission).

To register your attendance, or if you would like more information about this event, please contact Lucas de Boer on 8305 4211 or email

Date: Friday 23 October
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Venue: Marjorie Black Community Room, SACOSS, 47 King William Road, Unley (enter via Young Street)

SACOSS Housing Advocacy Day

Friday 30 November 2009, Parliament House, Adelaide

This day will bring together people with concerns about access and affordability of Housing in South Australia and will give them an opportunity to share their concerns with Members of Parliament.


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