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: 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.

Media release: New reports: Action needed on inequality

1 August 2018

Calls for action on inequality in Australia have been spurred by new national reports released this week, including the Inequality in Australia 2018 report released by the Australian Council of Social Service and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the HILDA Statistical Report 2018.

Media release: New ACT Government job targets welcomed

27 July 2018

ACTCOSS welcomes the announcement that the ACT Government is including employment targets for groups facing barriers to employment in its new contracts to provide maintenance to public housing properties across the city.

Media release: ACT Budget - welcome investments match community ambitions

5 June 2018

The ACT Council of Social Service has today welcomed the 2018-19 ACT Budget, saying it delivers in substantial areas marked out for investment by the ACT community sector. The Budget shows government recognises investment in community services is as important as health and education and that the community services sector is a significant employer; it drives economic activity as a purchaser of...

Media release: ACT funding response to NDIS gaps welcomed

25 May 2018

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the announcement that the upcoming ACT Budget will invest in better support for Canberrans with disability by providing new funding for people who have high...