ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation


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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ACT Government must maintain adequate utilities assistance for low-income households as costs rise

24 June 2022

ACTCOSS has called on the ACT Government to permanently increase the Utilities Concession in 2022-23 as Canberrans face a higher combined utilities bill alongside further increases in the cost of housing, food and fuel.

Community welcomes Committee support for enabling accessible human rights complaints

23 June 2022

A number of community organisations have today welcomed recommendations from the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety that the ACT Government enact the terms of the No Rights Without Remedy petition and create a system that more accessibly enables complaints about breaches to human rights.

Listening to those with the least: ACTCOSS calls for a new Social Planning Unit in ACT Planning System Review

16 June 2022

ACTCOSS has today made a submission to the ACT Planning System Review and Reform Project calling for a system that better reflects the needs of vulnerable people.

ACTCOSS welcomes increase to minimum wage recognising vital efforts of frontline workers

15 June 2022

ACTCOSS has welcomed the Fair Work Commission’s announcement of a 5.2% increase to national minimum wage and 4.6% increase to modern award minimum wages.

Public housing tenants given 48 hour deadline

15 June 2022

ACT Public Housing tenants have been given just two days to prepare for a formal hearing to argue why they should not be forcibly relocated.

Community sector welcomes government commitment to drug law reform

9 June 2022

ACTCOSS, CAHMA and ATODA today welcomed the ACT Government’s commitment to progressing legislation decriminalising small amounts of illicit drugs.

ACTCOSS and CMCF welcome draft Multicultural Recognition Bill 2022

7 June 2022

ACTCOSS and Canberra Multicultural Community Forum have today welcomed the release of the ACT Government’s Draft Multicultural Recognition Bill 2022 for consultation. The Bill is set to be presented to the Legislative Assembly later this year and demonstrates a strong commitment to the vision of Canberra as a diverse and inclusive community.

Small but welcome price relief for ACT electricity consumers as gas price rise looms

6 June 2022

ACTCOSS welcomes modest price relief of 1.25% for ACT electricity consumers announced by the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC).

ACTCOSS Welcomes Next Steps For Our Kids

3 June 2022

ACTCOSS today welcomed the release of the Next Steps for Our Kids Strategy 2022-2030 [pdf], the ACT Government’s strategy to strengthen and support families.

Urgent reform needed to tackle social harm from pokies

2 June 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has expressed its support to the ACT government’s proposed changes to reduce gambling harm caused by the ACT’s Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) or pokie machines.