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.

ACTCOSS welcomes invitations to comment on social and economic issues affecting people in Canberra and community managed organisations working in the ACT and region. Contact Us

ACTCOSS welcomes key recommendations on Justice and Community Safety

20 May 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed some key recommendations from the Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2020-21 by the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety.

Community, business and housing leaders call on ACT Government to address housing crisis in next Budget

19 May 2022

Leaders of Canberra’s community, housing and business sectors have today called on the ACT Government to address the ACT’s housing crisis and commit to further action in the 2022-23 ACT Budget.

In recent weeks, the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), the Canberra Business Chamber, the Property Council, ACT Shelter and the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) have all made...

ACTCOSS 2022 Federal Election Forum

11 May 2022

On 28 April 2022, ACTCOSS hosted a community sector forum with a range of candidates for the 2022 federal election. The forum was an opportunity for local dialogue with a local focus.

Members heard from party/independent candidates present:

Open Letter - Calls for the ACT Government to end forced relocations

9 May 2022

ACTCOSS joins a number of organisations in calls to end the ACT Government's practice of forced relocation of public tenants.

Canberrans on low incomes hit hardest by cost of living rises as income supports removed

6 May 2022

Canberrans living on low incomes are being hit hardest by the biggest increase in cost of living in over 20 years. Far from sharing in an economic and community recovery, more people are seeking support from ACT community sector organisations due to the rising cost of living and declining income support.

ACTCOSS welcomes new moves to reduce harm from gambling

29 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed a significant step by the ACT Government towards reducing gambling harm by in the Canberra community.

Social housing boost needed under ACT Government’s land supply and release program

27 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) will today give evidence to the ACT Legislative Assembly Committee inquiring into the ACT Government’s land supply and release program saying that more needs to be done to tackle the ACT’s housing crisis.

In its testimony, ACTCOSS will call for more investment and an increased release of land for social and affordable housing to address the...

Survey shows community sector underfunded, overworked and underpaid

26 April 2022

A survey released today has shown that the pandemic has further compounded chronic under-funding of the community sector, pushing many services and workers to their limits.

ACTCOSS announces Policy Priorities for 2022 Federal Election

21 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called on all parties in the upcoming federal election to commit to a fairer Canberra by backing policies that support those who have the least.

Using national analysis and ACT-focused research, ACTCOSS has identified six policy priorities that will give a fair go to people on low incomes and those disadvantaged by current systems.

ACTCOSS calls for political leaders to commit to raising the rate of income support

13 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today backed a call by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) for all political leaders and federal election candidates to make a commitment to raising the rate of JobSeeker to $70 a day.