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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ACT Government must improve support to vulnerable residents at Condamine Court

27 August 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today has demanded an improvement to the response by the ACT Government and Canberra Health Services to the COVID-19 outbreak at Condamine Court public housing complex.

Media Release: Australian Government regulations threaten charities who speak up for vulnerable Canberrans

23 August 2021

As Australian Parliament returns today, ACTCOSS has called on all Senators and MPs to reject new legislation that threatens charities

ACTCOSS welcomes announcement of emergency relief service

14 August 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the establishment of an emergency relief service by the ACT Government to ensure vulnerable Canberrans are able to access essential goods including food and hygiene items during the period of lockdown.

Media release: Poverty on the rise amidst ACT housing crisis

11 August 2021

The number of Canberrans living below the poverty line has increased to an estimated 38,000 during the COVID-19 pandemic, including approximately 9,000 children. Canberra is the most expensive capital city to rent, and the ACT has Australia’s highest rate of rental stress among low-income households. These are among the key findings of the 2021 ACT Cost of Living Report released today by...

Joint media release: Investment in community housing will pay dividends for ACT

6 August 2021

ACTCOSS, ACT Shelter and the Community Housing Industry Association ACT Region (CHIA) have welcomed research highlighting the positive economic and social returns from investing in social housing, including community housing.

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes tenancy protections consultation

6 August 2021

ACTCOSS has welcomed the discussion paper on residential tenancy reforms released today by the ACT Government.

Media release: Essential community sector workers locked out of ACT rental market

4 August 2021

ACTCOSS today highlighted shocking research showing that high rents in the ACT are pushing essential community sector workers into serious financial stress.

Media release: ACTCOSS gives evidence on ACT drug reform bill

30 July 2021

ACTCOSS today gave evidence to the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Select Committee on the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Amendment Bill 2021.

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes expansion of ACT Government's COVID-19 vaccination program

30 July 2021

ACTCOSS has today welcomed the expansion of the ACT’s COVID-19 vaccination program including extended opening hours for the Access and Sensory Clinic and the inclusion of all social and community sector frontline workers as now eligible for vaccination.

Media release: Income support must address costs of disability

23 July 2021

ACTCOSS has joined ACOSS as well as ACT disability representative organisations in calling for an improvement in income support for people with disability in a submission to the federal Inquiry into the purpose, intent and adequacy of the Disability Support Pension published today.