Disability Support Services

Providing a range of supports for individuals with a disability who are at risk of, or have had, contact with the Criminal Justice System.

Forensic Residential Services

24/7 specialist residential support in the community

ACSO operates eight forensic residential programs throughout Victoria to individuals with intellectual and cognitive disabilities who are engaged in the criminal justice system or at risk of engagement. The FRS delivers a quality, highly programmatic service 365 days a year; we specialise in supporting those who are subject to Community Corrections Orders, Supervision Orders, Parole Orders and Supervised Treatment Orders, as well as those with co-occurring disorders. 

Forensic Residential Services supports the individual to identify pro-social strategies to reduce behaviours of concern, increase community inclusion and engagement (i.e. pathways to employment, training and community engagement) and live independently in the community. ACSO’s FRS is underpinned by a behaviour change model where expertise informs a range of therapeutic and recovery-oriented interventions, which encourages participants to actively build the human and social capital they need to fully participate in the community.

All programs within the FRS operate on a 24/7 staffing model, led by a multi-disciplinary, and forensically skilled staffing body.  

‘Francis House won the 2012 Australian Institute of Criminology’s Crime Prevention Award.’

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Case Work Services

Case management and outreach for individuals with cognitive/intellectual disabilities 

ACSO’s Case Work Services comprise a range of pre- and post-release programs to individuals engaged in the criminal justice system, and those who are at risk of engagement. Staffed by a highly skilled forensic workforce, we provide case coordination, outreach and clinical supports targeting behaviours of concern, including problematic sexualised behaviour and other high-risk activities.

Case Work Services provides flexible and targeted support, tailored to a diverse range of communities including women, youth, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, persons with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, and those with mental health and/or AOD concerns.


Additionally, we are able to provide therapeutic treatment, and criminal justice interventions, to individuals engaged with the justice system and subject to a range of orders including Community Corrections Orders, Parole, Detention and Supervision Orders and Supervised Treatment Orders.

Clinical Services

Positive behaviour support and therapeutic intervention

ACSO’s Clinical Services offers a range of therapeutic and positive behaviour support programs targeting behaviour change in individuals with acquired brain injury and/or intellectual disability who engage in problematic behaviour including inappropriate sexualised behaviour, violence and aggression. 

Clinical Services is staffed by specially trained psychologists, occupational therapists and behaviour support practitioners.  The team provides direct client care and clinical oversight through intake, assessment, planning, treatment, implementation, as well as secondary consultation with other organisations. They specialise in the development of comprehensive behaviour assessments and forensic risk assessment and can offer training to providers supporting high risk persons in the community. 

Clinical Services works to ensure clinical expertise, consultation and capacity building across key community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and those entrenched in the justice system. The team are operational throughout the State and work across the Justice, NDIS and disability sectors. 

The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) proudly acknowledges Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and their rich culture and pays respect to their Elders past, present.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s 
first peoples and as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and water on which we rely.

We embrace the spirit of reconciliation, working towards equality of outcomes and ensuring an equal voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, including those who have come in contact with the justice system.

The Australian Community Support Organisation recognises the right to a safe and inclusive service without bias. ACSO is committed to the equitable treatment of its participants, employees and partners. We believe in humanity and celebrating the diverse voices of our community through leadership, practice and policy design, to honour and embrace diverse traditions, cultures and experiences of those we support and work alongside.

ACSO acknowledges funding from the Victorian, New South Wales & Queensland State Governments and Federal Government.

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