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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

Latest News

Spotlight on crisis accommodation

June 7, 2022

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

ACSO launches its REFLECT RAP

June 1, 2022

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

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...

Save the Date!

April 8, 2022

Join us for the 10th International Criminal Justice Conference 2022 ACSO is excited to announce dates for our 10th International...

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...

ACSO Board Member featured on ABC podcast

February 14, 2022

Released in 2021, the ABC’s Law Report program has recently re-broadcast the podcast “Inside Thomas Embling Hospital” featuring ACSO Board...

ACSO supports changing the date

January 25, 2022

ACSO has released its official position paper supporting changing the date of Australia Day from 26 January to an appropriate...

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

Circular photo of Stan McCormack all in orange. Stan is cut out and has the logo circles behind him.
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