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: Report highlights that women carers disproportionately impacted by poverty

28 May 2020

New pre-COVID-19 analysis of poverty in Australia has shown that households where women are the main income earners are twice as likely to live in poverty as those where men are the main income earners (19% and 10% of households in Australia respectively). The gap is even higher in households with children (at 23% and 10%).

Media release: ACTCOSS Autumn Journal: Wellbeing must be at the heart of our community’s recovery from COVID-19

19 May 2020

ACTCOSS today released its regular journal, Update, on the theme of wellbeing in the ACT.

Media release: ACTCOSS calls supported by COVID-19 Committee

18 May 2020

ACTCOSS today welcomed a COVID-19 committee report that supports measures called for by ACTCOSS.

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes release of COVID-19 ACT Disability Strategy

18 May 2020

ACTCOSS today welcomed the release of the ACT Government’s COVID-19 Disability Strategy. The strategy outlines principles, goals and objectives to support people with a disability and the disability sector during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery period.

Joint media release: As coronavirus-racism increases, ACTCOSS and CMCF support Minister’s call for national anti-racism strategy

11 May 2020

ACTCOSS and CMCF have joined together and welcomed the joint statement by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Mr Chris Steel MLA and the Minister for Justice and Mental Health Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA condemning the rise in racist incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joint media release: COVID-19: Confusion still exists over access to PPE for people with disability

8 May 2020

ACTCOSS has joined disability and carer peak bodies in a call for urgent action to ensure people with disabilities, carers and disability service providers have clear advice and appropriate access to personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media release: ACT community sector critical in preventing abuse of vulnerable people

8 May 2020

ACTCOSS today welcomed legislation by the ACT Government to provide an avenue for vulnerable older people or people with a disability, and their advocates, to access ACT Human Rights Commission processes in seeking to address situations of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Media release: Planning decisions must reflect community needs

7 May 2020

ACTCOSS has welcomed the recommendations by a major ACT inquiry into planning and urban renewal as an opportunity to better engage with diverse members of the Canberra community on development in the Territory.

Media release: Housing report highlights need to maintain JobSeeker increase

30 April 2020

ACTCOSS today highlighted the importance of maintaining increased levels of income support and called for more government action to address the shortage of affordable housing in the ACT following the release of data on rental affordability in Canberra.

Joint statement: ACT community services support National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services’ COVID-19 policy statement

24 April 2020

ACTCOSS has united with the Women’s Centre for Health Matters, the Women’s Legal Centre ACT and Professor Lorana Bartels to support the NATSILS COVID-19 policy statement and to call for its implementation in the ACT.