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: Positive commitment, modest investment – but is it enough?

3 June 2014

ACTCOSS has signalled cautious support for the ACT Budget released today, recognising a number of welcome measures but suggesting that there are missed opportunities for the ACT Government in supporting Canberra’s most vulnerable households.

Media release: Canberrans have easier access to better human services

29 May 2014

ACT Medicare Local and ACTCOSS have welcomed today’s launch of the ACT Government’s Human Services Blueprint. ACTML Chair Dr Rashmi Sharma says the Blueprint aims to make services more available and responsive to the needs of local people and is delighted that our CEO Ms Leanne Wells was part of its development in association with community leaders such as ACTCOSS.

Media release: Report on the Human Rights Audit on the Conditions of Detention of Women at the Alexander Maconochie Centre

22 May 2014

The Women’s Centre for Health Matters (WCHM), the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and the ACT Women And Prisons Group (WAP) welcome the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner’s report on Human Rights Audit on the Conditions of Detention of Women at the Alexander Maconochie Centre which was released last Thursday, 15 May 2014.

Media release: The wrong sort of change: Racial Discrimination Act

28 March 2014

The community in Canberra welcomes the ACT Green’s plan, announced by Minister Rattenbury today, to address any gaps in protections or sanctions that arise as a result of Federal Government changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

Media release: No room for complacency on status of women

8 March 2014

Speaking on International Women’s Day, Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, said “Four priorities for action are identified by women where-ever, and in what-ever circumstances, they live: stop violence against women and their children, sustain and build resources for the services that provide safety and support recovery for women and children affected by violence, build...

Media release: Fairness and consistency needed in Welfare Review

21 January 2014

The ACT Council of Social Service has cautiously welcomed the Federal Government’s announced Welfare Review as an opportunity to ensure a system that truly targets the people that are in need of assistance.

Media release: Comments on care

19 December 2013

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the chance to provide comment on the Out of Home Care Strategy Discussion Paper, released by the ACT Government on 14 November 2013.

Media release: ACTCOSS celebrates fifty years of community building

14 November 2013

The ACT Council of Social Service is today celebrating fifty years of community building in Canberra. ACTCOSS is the peak representative body for not-for-profit community organisations, people living with disadvantage and low-income citizens of the Territory.

Media release: ACT Medicare Local and ACTCOSS embrace Human Services Blueprint

7 November 2013

ACT Medicare Local (ACTML) and ACTCOSSS have welcomed thee opportunity to be part of the Human Services Taskforce overseeing the Human Services Blueprint project which aims to make the ACT’s human services system more accessible and responsive, as announced by Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr. The Taskforce had its first meeting today.

Media release: Resource developed to support landlords and property managers to assist tenants to lower utility costs

18 October 2013

As part of its role in Anti-Poverty Week 2013, the ACT Council of Social Service has worked with the Outreach Energy and Water Efficiency Program of the ACT Government Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate to develop a new factsheet targeted at engaging private rental property managers and landlords in promoting energy and water efficiency in their properties