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Civil Society Australia has 13 current projects:                          

Circles of Support
Consumer Power
Consumer-Centred Health Care
Council of Voluntary Community Groups
Good Life Cooperative
National Community Disaster Initiative
Parents, Families and Carers
Reforming Our Not-For-Profits
Self-Directed Services and Personal Budgets
Social Enterprises, Cooperatives and Mutuals
Street by Street
The Voice of Australia's Volunteers

Transforming Our Schools

                                      


Circles of Support

Circles of Support are a tool to make social inclusion work for people with disabilities, people with mental illnesses, vulnerable children and families, young people in foster care, single young parents, and others struggling with social isolation. By building an intentional circle of support around a person, comprising friends,  neighbours, family, shopkeepers, drivers and support workers, real connections and communities can be built.

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Consumer Power

Unlike most Western countries, Australia lacks a well-established consumer movement that takes a prominent place in national affairs. There are consumer action groups in a number of industry areas; users of services groups in some social policy fields; and there is a national product review magazine called Choice. But these groups do not constitute a consumer movement that shapes national policy and speaks with the same status as producer groups in industry, provider groups in social policy, or employee organisations in the workforce.

This project
aims to develop a genuine consumers movement in Australia across a wide range of economic and social sectors.

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Consumer-Centred Health Care

The National Campaign for Consumer-Centred Health Care aims to generate transformational change in health policy towards consumer-centred health care. The Campaign has a focus on the funding and structuring of consumer decision-making, empowerment, self-care and self-management.

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Good Life Cooperative

The Good Life Cooperative is a multi-stakeholder, membership-based cooperative designed to enable hundreds of thousands of Australian care package holders in disability, aged care and mental health to self-direct their supports without having to rely on a service provider to 'deliver' services to them.

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National Community Disaster Initiative

This project explores the development of citizen and community-leadership in natural disaster preparation, response and recovery. While Australian Governments have committed themselves to developing community leadership and resilience in the face of extensive natural disaster risks, they consistently leave citizens and communities out of the process. This project aims to develop citizen and community-led initiatives in partnership with governments, institutions, insurers and community services.

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Parents, Families and Carers

Parents, families and carers are the largest but the least organised social demographic in Australia. This project aims to develop the voice and capacity of parents and families, with a focus on empowerment  through practical innovations and through campaigns to influence policy.

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Council of Voluntary Community Groups

Australia's 665,000 voluntary community organisations are unrepresented and without a voice in the public arena. When governments consult with community organisations, they talk to the 5% with paid staff and service delivery contracts, and ignore the other 95%. The Council of Voluntary Community Groups has been formed to rectify this problem.

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Reforming Our Not-For-Profits

Over the last 40 years, most of our large not-for-profits have changed beyond recognition. Most were formed by parents, residents and passionate citizens meeting in church halls or around kitchen tables. Today, most of our not-for-profits have been transformed in mini-corporates. This project aims to turn the tide by gathering people with an interest in reclaiming our not-for-profits.

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Self-Directed Services and Personal Budgets

This project brings together individuals, families and organisations in the development of self-directed services and personal budgets in aged care, chronic and mental illness, disability, special education and vocational training, and other areas of intensive personal and social support for individuals and families.

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Social Enterprises, Cooperatives and Mutuals

Social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals make up a significant but often ignored component of the Australian economy. This project aims to develop the shared identity and public voice of these businesses as a rich and distinctive sector of the economy.

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Street by Street

Street by Street is a national project in local neighbourhood community building and social infrastructure development. Its goal is to revive the practice of community, and the art of neighbourliness, on a large scale across Australia. Its model is local neighbourhood groups in small population precincts of between 200 and 400 households.

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The Voice of Australia's Volunteers 

There are 6.4 million volunteers in Australia. This project aims to develop a public voice for volunteers to speak for themselves about volunteering and its importance for social well-being.

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Transforming Our Schools

Transforming Our Schools aims to break the stalemate in education reform in Australia. It brings together parents and teachers in innovate in schools, and seeks political and policy support for measures which empower grassroots people and drive innovation towards a real education revolution.

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Creating a Voice for the 2.4 million Self-Employed Australians and Small Businesses

You can participate in creating a voice and representation for the 2.4 million self-employed Australians and small businesses. Based on these figures, the most prominent and most powerful economic voice in Australia should be self-employed people and small businesses. In fact, the voices of self-employed people and those they employ are rarely heard in government, public policy or the media.

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              Civil Society Australia 2015-17