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.

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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.

Media release: Numbers confirm robo-debt is epic administration fail

8 April 2017

Figures obtained through a Senate Question on Notice by Senator Katy Gallagher and released today have confirmed concerns about the accuracy of the Federal Government’s Automated Debt Recovery Program which has targeted thousands of income support customers around Australian with automated Centrelink debt letters.

Media release: Inquiry hears calls for robo-debt suspension

8 March 2017

ACTCOSS joined the Australian Council of Social Service in giving evidence into the Senate Inquiry into the Federal Government’s Centrelink Robo-Debt Recovery Program this morning. ACTCOSS Director, Susan Helyar, told the first day of hearings at the inquiry into the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative that the program represented a failure of government administration....

Media release: Cutting penalty rates a real disappointment for working Canberrans

24 February 2017

ACTCOSS has expressed disappointment that the Fair Work Commission has put the interests of employers, shoppers, diners and holiday makers ahead of low paid workers in insecure jobs.  

Media release: Aboriginal leadership key to responding to Moss Review into Death in Custody

17 February 2017

ACTCOSS today welcomed the ACT Government’s recognition that it needs to do more to improve the safety and wellbeing of people in custody at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This was outlined in the government’s response to the Independent Inquiry into the Treatment in Custody of Steven Freeman, presented to the Legislative...

Media release: Education - we can lift attainment by working together

16 February 2017

ACTCOSS today welcomed the ACT Government Future of Education Ministerial Statement and the commitment to a discussion paper and reform process by the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry MLA.