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: Just transition must be focus of five-year plan for sustainable energy in ACT

19 December 2019

ACTCOSS is calling on the ACT Government to assess all measures in its next 5-year plan for sustainable energy against criteria for a just transition to zero net greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT by 2045.

COSS media release: PM called on to protect equal pay funding for feminised caring sector

16 December 2019

The COSS Network, representing the community sector across Australia, is calling on the Morrison Government to prevent impending cuts to community services, which would negatively impact the national gender pay gap.

COSS media release: Political inaction on climate change is hurting our most vulnerable, worsening poverty and inequality

12 December 2019

The COSS Network is calling for urgent government action on climate change to support those hardest hit by its impacts – people on low incomes or experiencing disadvantage.

COSS media release: Dangerous and outrageous - Councils of Social Service condemn proposed funding cut to national voice for First Nations women on domestic violence

10 December 2019

The Councils of Social Service across the country have joined together to urge the Morrison Government to reinstate funding to the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum (NFVPLS) the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Joint media release: ACTCOSS and WCHM call on ACT Government to act on Healthy Prison Review recommendations

27 November 2019

ACTCOSS and the Women’s Centre for Health Matters have welcomed the Healthy Prison Review of the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2019 report from the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services, released on Tuesday, and await the ACT Government’s response to the recommendations.

Media release: Fifty ambitious community Budget priorities

21 November 2019

ACTCOSS has outlined fifty priorities for the 2020-21 ACT Budget.

Media release: Shattered myths about prosperity for all in Canberra

12 November 2019

Today ACTCOSS will release a new report, Shattered Myths, charting 20 years of ACTCOSS work on poverty.

Media release: ACTCOSS celebrates success over past seven years and begins search for new leader

22 October 2019

ACTCOSS has today announced the resignation of Susan Helyar, who has led the organisation since the beginning of 2013.

Joint media release: Limited progress on reducing inequality in ACT labour market

18 October 2019

The Women’s Centre for Health Matters and the ACT Council of Social Service have released an analysis of ACT labour market data and future trends, focusing on wages, levels of qualification and growth across major industries.

Media release: Anti-Poverty Week kicks off in Canberra - Show solidarity and learn something new

11 October 2019

Next week, 13-19 October is Anti-Poverty Week and ACTCOSS and Red Cross have been working with organisations across the community sector to intensify our advocacy against poverty. Check out what's on!