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: No answer from Zed - local welfare recipients await action on Robo-Debt Program

31 January 2017

ACTCOSS again today calls on Senator Zed Seselja to stand up for people in the ACT caught up in the Federal Government’s Centrelink Robo-Debt Recovery Program.

Media release: ACTCOSS calls on Sentator Seselja to support the suspension of the government’s debt recovery program

13 January 2017

ACTCOSS supports ACOSS’s call for immediate suspension of the Centrelink debt recovery program, until such a time that all issues can be rectified and convene a roundtable to work through how to redesign the system, citing significant risks that the program is harming...

Media appearance: Op ed - Let’s keep up the dangerous conversations

13 October 2016

Canberra’s election campaign conversations are shaping the political debate and raising the stakes. Engagement in the election is the highest since self-government in 1989, argues ACTCOSS Director Susan Helyar.

Media release: Comprehensive housing strategy first job of new ACT Government

7 October 2016

Nine leading Canberra industry, community, union and professional groups have united to issue a joint call to action to improve housing in this city one week out from the ACT election.

Media release: Transport: right issue, wrong debate

28 September 2016

The ACT Council of Social Service have released an election ask and position paper which shows Canberra’s current transport debate is missing the mark which should be how to help...

Media release: ACT leaders to go head to head on community priorities for election

26 August 2016

The ACT’s three main party leaders, Andrew Barr (ACT Labor), Jeremy Hanson (Canberra Liberals) and Shane Rattenbury (ACT Greens) will go head to head at a party leaders forum next Monday to respond to the ACT Community Shared Statement for the next term of government.

Media alert: Listening to citizen voice at ACTCOSS Conference

15 July 2016

Susan Helyar, the Director of the ACT Council of Social Service has announced that this year’s biennial ACTCOSS conference, to be held from 4-5 August 2016, will focus on amplifying citizen voice.

Media appearance: Op ed - Strong citizen voice a vital spark to invigorate election

9 June 2016

Read ACTCOSS Director Susan Helyar's op ed on the importance of all people being able to participate safely in public debate.

Media release: ACT Budget invests to turn off the tap on drivers of inequality

7 June 2016

The ACT Council of Social Service supports the overall direction of the ACT Budget for 2016-17 announced today. New funding to respond better to the needs of people exposed to domestic and family violence, more funding for mental health, drug and alcohol treatment, emergency and trauma health services, justice programs and well targeted resources to improve education outcomes for students with...

Media appearance: Radio interview - Changes to the minimum wage

1 June 2016

Radio interview with Director Susan Helyar, ACTCOSS, about the changes to the minimum wage, on 2CC, Canberra. Interviewer: Tim Shaw.