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

Media Release: Enough is enough - a decade of NDIS stress must end

25 November 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has joined disability advocates and the Australian Council of Social Service in calling for an end to uncertainty about the future of the National Disability Insurance Scheme after comments by the Federal Minister were reported (paywall) in The

Media Release: Battling renters smashed again in Canberra - Report

24 November 2021

ACTCOSS has called for urgent action following the 2021 Rental Affordability Index which shows Canberra is the least affordable city for low-income renters in Australia.

Media Release: Proposed voter ID to impact the most vulnerable

24 November 2021

ACTCOSS today expressed its deep concern about the Federal Government’s proposed voter ID reforms.

The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021 seeks to make it compulsory for voters to show identification before voting “to reduce voter fraud in the form of voter impersonation” – despite evidence showing that risk of voting fraud in Australia is negligible.

ACT Government leading the way in efforts to keep children out of prison

15 November 2021

ACTCOSS today commended the ACT Attorney General and ACT Government for its long-standing commitment to raising the age of criminal responsibility to 14 years – the only state or territory in Australia to do so.

Rental affordability is Canberra's real housing crisis

9 November 2021

ACTCOSS has welcomed the focus placed today by the ACT Opposition on the shortage of affordable housing. This follows their call for a declaration of a housing crisis and an independent review into the impact of the ACT Government's policies on rising house prices and rent levels.

Minimum standard an important first step toward healthier homes and lower energy bills for renters

9 November 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today welcomed the opening of consultation on the ACT Government’s proposal to require rental properties across the ACT to meet a minimum standard for ceiling...

Poverty hidden behind ACT's high averages

8 November 2021

A major report released today has highlighted the high rates of poverty and disadvantage in the ACT hidden behind the Territory’s relative prosperity. The Vital Signs report, published by Hands Across Canberra and the Snow Foundation, shows the ongoing challenges faced by Canberrans on low incomes or facing other disadvantage.

Media Release: Report shows strong support for raising age of criminal responsibliity

6 November 2021

The ACT Council of Community Service (ACTCOSS) has today commended the ACT Government on its progress towards raising the age of criminal responsibility in the ACT.

In its Listening Report, the ACT Government found that 90 per cent of submissions supported raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 years. It also showed that:

Media Release: COVID-19 disaster payments to end tomorrow

4 November 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today expressed concern over the cessation of the ACT COVID-19 disaster payment from tomorrow, Friday 5 November.

The disaster payment is a lump-sum payment up to $750 per week for people who have lost work and income due to an ACT COVID-19 public health order.

Media Release: ACTCOSS congratulates ACT Senior Australian of the Year 2022 nominee Julie Tongs OAM

3 November 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today congratulated Julie Tongs OAM, CEO of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services, on her the nomination for the Senior Australian of the Year award.