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.

ACTCOSS welcomes invitations to comment on social and economic issues affecting people in Canberra and community managed organisations working in the ACT and region. Contact Us

Recognising Carers during National Carers Week

19 October 2022

ACTCOSS is celebrating National Carers Week (16-22 October), a time to recognise the carers in our community and raise awareness for the impact and importance of caring.

ACT Community Sector CEOs join to launch 2022 Anti-Poverty Week and ACT Poverty Factsheet

17 October 2022

Leaders from across the ACT community sector came together today to launch 2022 Anti-Poverty Week (APW) and to call for action to be taken to end poverty. During the launch, CEOs representing organisations working with local families highlighted the ongoing challenges faced by Canberrans living below the poverty line.

ACTCOSS welcomes calls for an Independent Inquiry into Poverty in Canberra

14 October 2022

ACTCOSS welcomed Elizabeth Lee, MLA’s motion delivered yesterday, calling for the ACT Government to commission an independent inquiry into the prevalence of poverty in Canberra. The motion comes before Anti-Poverty Week (16th – 22nd October) and refers to ACTCOSS’ submission to the ACT Budget 2022-23.

Anti-Poverty Week is next week!

9 October 2022

Anti-Poverty Week (APW) 2022 will be held across Australia from the 16-22 October. APW is all about supporting the community to understand poverty and take collective action to end it.

Anti-Poverty Week is around the corner!

30 September 2022

Anti-Poverty Week (APW) will be held across Australia from the 16th to the 22nd of October 2022. This Anti-Poverty Week we are calling on all our Parliamentarians to commit to halve child poverty by 2030.

ACTCOSS welcomes energy efficiency rebates for low-income households

15 September 2022

ACTCOSS has today welcomed the expansion of the Home Energy Support Program to include new rebates of up to $2,500 for people on low incomes to purchase efficient electric appliances.

ACTCOSS supports the Right to a Healthy Environment for all ACT citizens

7 September 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has supported a proposal to introduce the Right to a Healthy Environment under the ACT’s suite of human rights protections, but has called on the ACT Government to enact all Economic, Social and Cultural Rights including a Right to Housing.

Free and ongoing access to period products for everyone who menstruates in the ACT

5 September 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has provided a submission to the Inquiry into the Period Products and Facilities (Access) Bill 2022. This welcome Bill addresses period poverty and the stigma associated with periods in the ACT.

ACTCOSS calls for stronger rights and protections for social housing tenants

2 September 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the proposal to end “no cause” evictions but has said that additional protections for private tenants must not come at the expense of social housing tenants.  

Gas transition Bill provides certainty, but transition must be fair and inclusive

30 August 2022

The ACT Council Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed proposed legislation to transition the ACT away from its reliance on natural gas saying the new Bill provides certainty and is a positive step towards climate change mitigation.