Who We Are
In the last 3 decades, ACSO has grown from a small organisation providing a halfway house for ex-prisoners to becoming a leading provider of community support services, delivering programs that change the lives of people in the criminal justice system along with a range of diversion and early intervention programs that help stop people from getting there.
Our vision is to create a safe and inclusive community freed of crime and prison. Our growth is testament to our ethos, ‘create another chance’ and how we go about doing it portrays our values.
We are the fence at the top of the cliff, working with people at risk of getting into trouble to divert them from crime. We are the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, helping people transition from prison or court supporting them in the community to stop them from re-offending. We change people’s lives. We offer innovative programs responding to unemployment, mental illness, disability, homelessness, substance use and offending behavior throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria and into New South Wales. All of our services are delivered through our ‘wrap around’ service delivery model to achieve better outcomes for our clients and the communities we serve.