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.

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: Unmet needs key concern of community services

1 July 2013

Research released today involving over 500 community services across the nation finds the biggest unmet needs in our community are in the areas of housing and homelessness, legal assistance, emergency relief, youth services, domestic violence and sexual assault

Media release: Tough times ahead balanced by targeted investment

4 June 2013

Susan Helyar, Director of ACTCOSS said today, "The 2013-14 ACT Budget is a modest Budget that sets Canberra up to get through what is expected to be a tough couple of years for the ACT economy and community."

Media release: Secure future, but not for all

15 May 2013

The 2013 Federal Budget has secured investment in school education and Disability Care, and strengthened public revenue to fund these and other services, but low income families and people on Newstart are facing a less secure future.

Media release: One step forward, two steps back

15 April 2013

Two peak bodies in Canberra – the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and the Youth Coalition of the ACT – say that it is vital the Gonski reforms are implemented, but this should not occur at the expense of another part of the education system.  

Media release: Youth Homelessness Matters

10 April 2013

On Wednesday 10 April Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, and other like-minded people in Canberra and across Australia, are giving up their bed for the night in recognition of Youth Homelessness Matters Day.  

Media release: ACT Council of Social Service appoints new Director

9 January 2013

The President of the ACT Council of Social Service, Jenny Kitchin, has announced the appointment of Susan Helyar as the new Director of ACTCOSS.

Media release: Living costs loom large

18 October 2012

The ACT Council of Social Service, peak representative body for not-for-profit community organisations, and disadvantaged and low-income citizens, is launching a Cost of Living Report, as part of Anti-Poverty Week 2012. 

Media release: Community champions gaining recognition

25 September 2012

The ACT Community Sector Awards will be presented on Tuesday 25 September as part of the biennial Community Sector conference hosted by the ACT Council of Social Service.

Media release: Vision required to earn votes

24 September 2012

The ACT Council of Social Service, peak representative body for not-for-profit community organisations, and disadvantaged and low-income citizens of the Australian Capital Territory, is calling on candidates for the ACT election to show vision in key areas of homelessness, poverty, corrections, health, transport, climate change, and community sector reform.

Media release: No clear skies ahead

5 June 2012

The ACT Government’s Budget for 2012-13 provides no clear skies ahead, leaving the community sector tackling a growing storm of demand and reform.