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Welcome to the Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO)

Our vision is for a community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and prison truly is the last resort

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Boost program a first for the Illawarra

November 4, 2022

How mentoring is helping divert teens from harmful behaviours

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International Criminal Justice Conference Program Announced

November 1, 2022

Leading justice voices from around the world join to share ideas and discuss solutions

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Boost is off and running!

September 1, 2022

ACSO pilots new youth mentoring program.

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The Torch joins as conference partner

August 10, 2022

Alongside ACSO, Forensicare and Swinburne University Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science

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ACSO launches updated website and brand ethos

July 13, 2022

In 2020, ACSO embarked on a journey to strategically position ourselves as changemakers through research, client work and partnerships. With...

Spotlight on crisis accommodation

June 7, 2022

ACSO CEO speaks with The Age on the crisis in post-release accommodation.

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ACSO launches its REFLECT RAP

June 1, 2022

ACSO is proud to announce the launch of its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

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Support the key to breaking the prison cycle

May 31, 2022

Read our special feature in the Fairfax group of newspapers. ACSO CEO Vaughan Winther, Board Director Dr. Danny Sullivan, and...

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ACSO Media Release – Parliamentary Inquiry

March 25, 2022

ACSO supports inquiry into a Victoria’s criminal justice system – government must act now to divert people away from a...

Our purpose is to strengthen the wellbeing of communities by advocating for and delivering services which divert people away from the justice system

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our history

Hope through Lived Experience

While I was in an assistant prison chaplain said to me ‘Stan, I want you to give some thought to what would be needed when men are coming out of jail, like a half-way house.  I have a couple of barrister friends who have noticed firsthand the lack of support of anyone after release.’ This was late 1982.

So, I set to work and thought hard, and I decided to make an exercise of it.” – Stan McCormack