ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Media

One of the ways ACTCOSS raises awareness in the community about social justice issues is through the media. Below you will find our media releases and key appearances.

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Urgent action needed to address ACT’s worsening housing and homelessness crisis

24 January 2023

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today joined with ACT Shelter in calling on the ACT and Federal Governments to take urgent action to address the worsening housing crisis in the Territory.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children continue to be overrepresented in child protection and youth justice systems

24 January 2023

Today’s release of the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (RoGS) has shown that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children continue to be overrepresented in child protection and youth justice systems.

Overhaul of energy concessions needed as three million households struggle to pay their energy bills

21 December 2022

A report released today by ACOSS, ACTCOSS and other partner social service organisations, found that while around three million households receive some form of ongoing financial assistance for their energy bills, the poor design and implementation of the assistance means too many people still can’t afford the energy they need.

Full range of human rights need to be enacted by ACT Government

29 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the ACT Government’s commitment to introduce a right to a healthy environment in the Human Rights Act 2004 but has called on the ACT Government to enact all Economic, Social and Cultural Rights including a right to housing.

ACT least affordable jurisdiction for renters on low incomes

29 November 2022

A report released today has shown that the ACT’s rental affordability is the worst in the country for people on low incomes – and continues to worsen.

Review of ACT Prison Reveals Serious Concerns

24 November 2022

ACTCOSS has said that the 2022 Healthy Prison Review has highlighted serious issues with Canberra’s prison, including inadequate access to education and activities, major gaps in the provision of basic healthcare, inadequate infrastructure and inappropriate services for women. The report, tabled today in the ACT Legislative Assembly by the ACT Office of the Inspector of Correctional Services (...

Report shows that ACT Government must increase efforts to remove racism and discrimination

24 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed key recommendations by an ACT Legislative Assembly committee aimed at better protecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from migrant and refugee backgrounds from racism and discrimination.

ACT Planning Bill must prioritise Canberra's most vulnerable

23 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) said today that the ACT Government must make stronger commitments to social and affordable housing, consultation with marginalised communities and delivering community infrastructure and amenities in its planning reform.

ACTCOSS Welcomes Inclusion of Affordable Rentals in Build-to-Rent Scheme

22 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the ACT Government’s announcement requiring the inclusion of affordable rental properties in existing or planned Build-to-Rent proposals and developments in the ACT.

ACTCOSS welcomes new minimum energy efficiency standards for rentals

9 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the announcement of a new minimum energy standard for rental properties in the ACT.