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: 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

Media release: Higher cost of living means Canberra’s hidden poor do it tougher

13 October 2013

The often invisible face of poverty in Canberra has been unmasked by new research prepared by NATSEM for a coalition of local community sector organisations who are organising Anti-Poverty Week in the ACT

Media release: Tax reform key to balancing Federal Budget

3 September 2013

The ACT Council of Social Service supports the tax and spending reform commitments sought in the open letter to the Prime Minister published today by the Australian Council of Social Service.

Media release: Canberra community needs support to cope with significant job losses

30 August 2013

The ACT Council of Social Service called today for candidates from the major parties to state whether the Canberra community will receive assistance to cope with projected job losses of between 5,000-12,000 workers over the coming three years.

Media release: Need combination of measures to get people off welfare and into work

27 August 2013

The ACT Council of Social Service called today for the Coalition to commit to increasing Newstart by $50/week and doubling wage subsidies (to a total of 20,000 places a year) in addition to implementing their policy of providing cash bonuses to people who move off welfare and into work

Media release: ACT community leaders talk philanthropy

17 July 2013

Leaders from business, government and community sectors are coming together today to talk about building philanthropic partnerships that will benefit Canberra and the region

Media release: Unmet needs key concern of community services

1 July 2013

Research released today involving over 500 community services across the nation finds the biggest unmet needs in our community are in the areas of housing and homelessness, legal assistance, emergency relief, youth services, domestic violence and sexual assault

Media release: Tough times ahead balanced by targeted investment

4 June 2013

Susan Helyar, Director of ACTCOSS said today, "The 2013-14 ACT Budget is a modest Budget that sets Canberra up to get through what is expected to be a tough couple of years for the ACT economy and community."