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: Citizens’ jury welcomed as part of third party insurance review

22 August 2017

ACTCOSS welcomes the announcement of a citizens’ jury to be convened by the ACT Government to examine ways to improve the Compulsory Third Party insurance scheme (CTP) in the ACT.

Media release: Citizens’ juries – Let’s get it right

12 August 2017

As Canberra moves towards the wider use of citizens’ juries, the Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy (CAPaD) and ACTCOSS have joined forces to expose a draft set of principles to ensure that deliberative mechanisms are trialled in a robust, respectful and informed way.

Media release: ACT Government begins work on improving supply of affordable, accessible housing

31 July 2017

ACTCOSS welcomes the release this past week by the ACT Government of an Affordable Housing Discussion Paper inviting people who experience housing stress, landlords, community advocates for affordable housing and the property industry to share their views on actions that can be taken to improve the supply of affordable housing in Canberra.

Media release: ACT BUDGET 2017 Promises delivered but we need energy and purpose to tackle inequality

6 June 2017

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed elements of today’s Budget but has called for greater ambition to deliver on the community’s expectation for a practical plan to drive back gathering inequality.

Media release: Persistent and widening gap between income and cost of living for people on low income in ACT

5 June 2017

Cost of living research commissioned by the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) over the past three years has revealed a persistent and widening gap between income and living costs for low income households in the ACT.

Media release: A defining moment - ACT Budget must choose to tackle inequality and invest in good social infrastructure across Canberra

1 June 2017

ACTCOSS has described next week’s Budget as a defining moment for Canberra and urged the ACT Government to make a push to tackle inequality and ensure well planned, designed and funded community services are the cornerstones of next week’s ACT Budget.

Media release: Narrow focus on markets puts choice and control for people with disability at risk

26 May 2017

ACTCOSS and PWD ACT have released two publications which reflect on the extent to which the emphasis on markets alone has succeeded in bringing greater choice and control to people with disability.

Media release: More action needed to arrest incarceration rate for ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

11 May 2017

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB) and ACTCOSS today released a report outlining community concerns and solutions in relation to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT justice system. The report is from a forum that was held commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the release of the final report of the Royal Commission...

Media Release: ACTCOSS FEDERAL BUDGET REACTION: Steps forward but further erosion of core social infrastructure a risk for Canberra

10 May 2017

The ACT Council of Social Service has joined the Australian Council of Social Service and peak bodies in welcoming some broad directions in the Federal Government 2017-2018 Budget while expressing concern about punitive welfare measures as well as risks to social infrastructure in Canberra.

Media release: Feds warned - “Don’t backtrack on housing” - 6 point plan points to viable reform

26 April 2017

The ACT Council of Social Service has supported calls for the Federal Government to address the housing affordability crisis affecting millions across the country and has joined calls for the government to deliver on early promising indications that it is prepared to invest in housing in next month’s Federal Budget.