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: 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."

Media release: Secure future, but not for all

15 May 2013

The 2013 Federal Budget has secured investment in school education and Disability Care, and strengthened public revenue to fund these and other services, but low income families and people on Newstart are facing a less secure future.

Media release: One step forward, two steps back

15 April 2013

Two peak bodies in Canberra – the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and the Youth Coalition of the ACT – say that it is vital the Gonski reforms are implemented, but this should not occur at the expense of another part of the education system.  

Media release: Youth Homelessness Matters

10 April 2013

On Wednesday 10 April Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, and other like-minded people in Canberra and across Australia, are giving up their bed for the night in recognition of Youth Homelessness Matters Day.