Gill Owen Essay prize

To celebrate Gill Owen’s contribution to the empowerment of the disadvantaged and her unwavering commitment to improving energy efficiency, emerging voices under the age of 35 are invited to offer their own valuable perspective on the future of energy efficiency and social equity.

Entries close 15th of December 2017

Essays of between 700 and 1,500 words on the theme of energy efficiency and social equity are eligible.

Topics could include:

  • Improving energy efficiency is intrinsically linked to improvements in social equity; or
  • Improving home energy efficiency is a greater help for vulnerable consumers than cash rebate; or
  • Energy efficiency and the “merit order effect” – how saving energy even helps those consumers who don’t save energy; or
  • An alternative topic relevant to the above theme


  • The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $3,000.
  • Two runner-up essays will receive a cash prize of $1,000 each (one for an enrolled student and one for a non-student).
  • In addition to the cash prize, the winning entry will be published online with The Guardian Australia (subject to The Guardian Australia’s normal editorial guidelines).

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Privacy Law for Not-for-profits – WEBINAR – Wednesday 29 November  – 12.45pm to 2pm

In February 2018, new laws about how to deal with serious privacy breaches will come into play. To learn about what these laws mean for your organisation, join our webinar on Privacy Law for Community Groups. In this session we will walk you through the personal information lifecycle – from collection, through to use and disclosure, storage and access, and finally complaints and the new data breach notification laws.

Cost: $25 + booking fee


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Nominations for ACOSS Board Director positions


ACOSS, a national advocate for action to reduce poverty and inequality and the peak body for the community services sector in Australia, is calling for nominations to the Board for 2018-2020.

ACOSS has a national reputation for effective and influential advocacy for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage based on high standards of community consultation, policy development, analysis and research. The ACOSS Board is a high level governing Board responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of organisational governance, policy, strategic planning, compliance, and accountability to the membership and broader constituency of ACOSS.

ACOSS is seeking nominations from people with a commitment to the vision and values of ACOSS and a willingness and capacity to contribute to its important role.

Nominations are open now for 2 X National Organisation Member nominated Board Director and 1 X National Constituency Organisation (formerly Special Assembly) nominated Board Director positions. 

While any individual can be nominated for one of these positions, the nominator must be either a National Organisation Member or a National Constituency Organisation member. A list of members is available here.

Nomination forms are available here for National Organisation Member nominations and here for National Constituency Organisation Member nominations. Voting ballots will be issued to all voting members on 18 October and closes 8 November. Election results will be announced at the AGM on 15 November.

To apply:

Please fill out the nomination form available at the link above, and email it to 

All candidates should include a candidate statement outlining their experience, skills, knowledge and any qualifications relevant to the duties and position specifications.

Nominations close on 13 October 2017


For all enquiries, please contact the ACOSS National Office on 02 9310 6200.

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Therapeutic Life Story workshops presented by Richard Rose

The Berry Street Childhood Institute is proud to announce that as part of his 2017 Australian Tour, Richard Rose will be delivering workshops on Therapeutic Life Story Work in Darwin (8 Sept), Perth (11-12 Sept) and Melbourne (31 Oct).

As a Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute, Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services (UK) and Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Richard Rose is an leading expert on Therapeutic Life Story Work and working with ‘hard to reach’ children and young people.

During this Australian Tour, Richard will work with practitioners to enhance their engagement with children and young people affected by early life trauma. Through his innovative and creative techniques, Richard will demonstrate ways of working that enable placements to become healthy and nurturing through improved understanding and attachment, with the ultimate goal of helping these young people achieve their full potential.

During these workshops, participants will be provided with an understanding of the Life Story process and how this work helps children make sense of the past, so that what has happened to them does not dominate, control or inhibit the present. Based on Richard’s book ‘Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children – A Model for Practice’, techniques will be demonstrated that have been successfully utilised to assist children to communicate their trauma.

What you will learn:

  • gathering and collating information
  • the importance of interpretive skills
  • the significance of ‘magical thinking’
  • working with the ‘stuck’ child
  • techniques for producing the Life Story book
  • If you would like further information about this workshop visit our website – – or call our Training & Events Team on 03 9421 9362.

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Digital Masterclasses, Sydney and Melbourne

OrganiseUs Email Writing Masterclass is a deep immersion in writing for email and running an effective and engaging email program. It’s on July 5, Sydney. Find out more and register

Our digital fundraising money-making masterclass will give you cracking skills in paid search, SEO, Facebook ads, audience segmentation, digital storytelling, remarketing and marketing automation. It’s on July 6 & 7, Sydney. Find out more and register

Due to popular demand, we’re bringing our Digital Intensive to Sydney for the first time! Come and spend five days learning with the best digital strategists, campaigners and organisers from across Australia, the US and UK. It’s for early-career campaigners, or campaigners with more experience looking to broaden their digital skills. Save $345 on standard ticket price if you buy before Sept 30!

Digital Intensive, Melbourne: Come and spend five days learning with the best digital strategists, campaigners and organisers from across Australia, the US and UK. It’s for early-career campaigners, or campaigners with more experience looking to broaden their digital skills. Save $345 on standard ticket price if you buy before Sept 30! Find out more and register

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