Innovation with impact
"Big challenges require new thinking, innovation and collaboration."
- Matt Little, CEO, CoAct
Innovation was the spark that created CoAct. If we are to have an impact in solving the problems we face in a rapidly changing environment, innovation again holds the key. Our national reach allows us to share our solutions and knowledge. So, if it works in Perth, it might work in Brisbane – and it’s our job to see if it does!
CoAct works closely with local communities to find new ways to help and discover better ways of delivering and funding existing services. Pilot programs are then carefully planned, connected with CoAct Service Partners, resourced and tracked.
The coal face expertise of our network of CoAct Service Partners delivers community impact that far exceeds the value of any contract. The complimentary services delivered in these communities and the embedded local relationships enable communities to buy into and create long-term sustainable solutions.
CoAct was born as a result of problem solving, innovative thinking and collaboration, and those traits remain in our veins today. They’re what’s enabled us to be strong agents of change – in the sector, the wider community and most importantly, in people’s lives.
You can stay up-to-date with how CoAct and our Service Partners are kicking goals in the world of employment services through our regular case studies, awards winners and good new stories. You can also view our latest impact reports.
The Steve Lawrence Innovation Award is named in honour of the founding father of CoAct (formerly known as Job Futures). Steve was passionate about finding new ways to improve the lives of disadvantaged Australians while drawing on their own strengths and the strengths of their communities, enabling them to move down the pathway of work and lifelong learning.
The Personnel Group and its ‘Shining a Light on Me’ project for young people aged 15-25, has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Steve Lawrence Innovation Award at the CoAct 20th Anniversary celebration evening in Sydney, coinciding with the organisation’s annual ConnectUp! conference.
Imagine a place where disadvantaged young people can gather to learn, engage with their community and build their employability skills in a supportive, chilled-out environment. This is exactly what CoAct Service Partner Youth Projects have built at their Youth Space centre in North-West Melbourne.
CoAct good news stories are real-world examples of how we work together WITH job seekers, employers and government to solve issues and deliver results. Take a read of just one of our good news stories to come out of our innovation department.
CoAct and our national network of Service Partners is driven by the belief that sustained employment transforms lives. Each of our Service Partners plays a significant role in positively impacting individuals and strengthening communities. If you want to know more or get involved, get in touch with the CoAct team today.