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.

Media contact: 0448 791 987. ACTCOSS welcomes invitations to comment on social and economic issues affecting people in Canberra and community managed organisations working in the ACT and region.

Media release: New stories reveal true pokie toll

13 October 2018

Canberra people have opened up about the shocking toll that gambling, particularly electronic gaming machines, has taken on their lives and the lives of others in a new publication from ACTCOSS and the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance.

Media release: We can tackle energy costs and climate change

24 September 2018

ACTCOSS welcomes the release of a study last week by Frontier Economics, commissioned by ACOSS and the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, that shows that energy prices will fall with investment in clean energy under various scenarios modelled to meet responsibilities under the Paris Agreement.

Media release: ACT would get $30 million boost from Newstart rise

17 September 2018

The ACT is set for a $30.51 million boost and would be in the top 20 local areas in Australia to benefit if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week according to economic analysis released today.

Media release: New ministries reflect key priorities

24 August 2018

ACTCOSS has congratulated Chris Steel MLA on his elevation to the Ministry and welcomed new Ministerial arrangements which responded to community priorities.

Media release: Innovation funding welcomed, but greater investment needed in affordable housing

22 August 2018

ACTCOSS today welcomed the ACT Government’s announcement of three projects to be funded through the first round of the $1 million Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. This delivers on existing commitments, but ACTCOSS looks forward to seeing significantly bigger commitments when the ACT Government releases its Affordable Housing Strategy later in the year.

Joint media release: ACT Government gambling reforms a good start but stronger commitment to reduce gambling harm needed

21 August 2018

ACTCOSS and the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance welcome the ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay’s announcement yesterday to tighten gambling regulations by December as a good start in addressing gambling harm.

Joint media release: Education Strategy needs to be backed up with resources and collaborative implementation

17 August 2018

ACTCOSS and the Youth Coalition of the ACT welcome the ACT Government’s Future of Education Strategy, focused on improving equity of education outcomes by putting students at the centre; empowering students and professionals; building strong communities; and delivering both equity and quality.

Media release: Citizens’ housing report welcomed: Our turn to act

17 August 2018

ACTCOSS has welcomed the new report of the Housing Choices Collaboration Hub – a group of 31 randomly selected individuals representing a broad cross-section of the Canberra community – and has called on the ACT Government to listen, respond and act on their recommendations.

Media release: Resources launched today for leaders of social change

10 August 2018

ACTCOSS with the support of Hands Across Canberra have launched the Leading Social Change digital hub. Leading Social Change aims to develop the capability of new and existing members of governing bodies of community organisations in the ACT.

Joint media release: A case of upside down? Households must not subsidise big corporations under the National Energy Guarantee (NEG)

8 August 2018

An alliance of community service organisations is calling on COAG Energy Ministers to ensure people get the full benefit from the National Energy Guarantee by not giving special treatment to big corporations and by ensuring the target setting process supports rapid emissions reduction in the electricity sector to address the current effects of climate change.