The following items will help you to find out more about ACSO.
The Australian Community Support Organisation’s purpose is to make a difference in the lives of disenfranchised people.
Our vision is to contribute to individual and community wellbeing by increasing opportunities for disenfranchised people to positively engage with their communities and by reducing the impact of social disadvantage.
Why a new logo?
One of the key objectives of the recent Strategic Plan was to raise ACSO’s profile.
This was done in order for ACSO to become more recognizable to other groups in the sector who may benefit from our services. It was also important to do so for our clients for whom it is important that our premises be recognisable.
In 1983, ACSO commenced as a small support agency staffed by volunteers (then called The Epistle Centre; later The Victorian Offender Support Agency) for ex-prisoners who were highly disadvantaged.
It established support programs and a halfway house (McCormack House) remains in operation for this group.
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ACSO staff are a diverse group of people bringing together a wide range of skills and experience. They are a key component to providing quality ACSO services. The ACSO leadership team is an important feature of ACSO's overall governance framework. Its purpose is to provide direction to the broader organisation, particularly in terms of policy, and ACSO's strategic direction.
In line with our commitment to environmental sustainability we have developed an electronic annual report for the 2011-2012 financial year.
The 2011-2014 ACSO Strategic Plan was developed through consultation with ACSO council, staff and stakeholders.
It outlines ACSO’s vision for the next three years, and support our purpose of creating a chance in the lives of disenfranchised people.
ACSO is an accredited community services organisation with QICSA (Quality Improvement & Community Services Accreditation), a body of the Quality Improvement Council (QIC), offers support, resources, review and accreditation to the health and community services sector in Victoria.
ACSO develops written policy for all major management, administration and service delivery functions. Written policy aims to ensure that ACSO’s philosophy is translated into action by ensuring that all practice is accountable to a common policy framework.