ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Media

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.

Media contact: 0448 791 987. ACTCOSS welcomes invitations to comment on social and economic issues affecting people in Canberra and community managed organisations working in the ACT and region.

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.

Media release: Meet the Canberra people caught in our housing crisis

9 April 2016

Twelve Canberra individuals and families have spoken out about their experience of housing stress and homelessness in a new publication which combines true stories and voter voices with electorate by electorate data to present a fresh and alarming picture of Canberra’s housing crisis.

Media release: Transport costs blowing out low income budgets

5 April 2016

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has released its 2016 Cost of Living Report, which this year focuses on the costs of transport in Canberra. The research finds that Canberra has the second highest expenditure on transport amongst capital cities in the country. Darwin, the city with the highest transport expenditure is $233.78, with Canberra only marginally behind on $232.23. These...

Media release: ACTCOSS opposes states and territories levying income tax

31 March 2016

Ahead of this week’s COAG meeting, the ACT Chief Minister has indicated he is willing to consider a state and territory role in setting and collecting income tax. The ACT Council of Social Service opposes income tax collection by states and territories.

Media release: Canberra Day Celebrations highlight tale of two cities

14 March 2016

As we gather to celebrate Canberra Day and to mark the naming of our city just over a century ago the ACT Council of Social Service and ACT Shelter, peak bodies advocating for affordable housing and responding better to homelessness, have issued four unique new short videos to remind us all of the reality of poverty and disadvantage that lies under the...

Media release: Savings shouldn’t come from Concessions Program

12 February 2016

Today was the final day for organisations to submit their responses to the ACT Government’s Discussion Paper: Options to improve the fairness and targeting of the ACT Concessions Program, as part of the broader review of ACT Concessions.

Media appearance: Op-ed - It won't be all right on the night as we face a big divide

25 January 2016

Published in the Canberra Times, 25 January 2016, page 5. In this op-ed, ACTCOSS Director Susan Helyar expresses the need for Canberra to act on housing affordability and homelessness.