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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Community sector welcomes government commitment to drug law reform

9 June 2022

ACTCOSS, CAHMA and ATODA today welcomed the ACT Government’s commitment to progressing legislation decriminalising small amounts of illicit drugs.

ACTCOSS and CMCF welcome draft Multicultural Recognition Bill 2022

7 June 2022

ACTCOSS and Canberra Multicultural Community Forum have today welcomed the release of the ACT Government’s Draft Multicultural Recognition Bill 2022 for consultation. The Bill is set to be presented to the Legislative Assembly later this year and demonstrates a strong commitment to the vision of Canberra as a diverse and inclusive community.

Small but welcome price relief for ACT electricity consumers as gas price rise looms

6 June 2022

ACTCOSS welcomes modest price relief of 1.25% for ACT electricity consumers announced by the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC).

ACTCOSS Welcomes Next Steps For Our Kids

3 June 2022

ACTCOSS today welcomed the release of the Next Steps for Our Kids Strategy 2022-2030 [pdf], the ACT Government’s strategy to strengthen and support families.

Urgent reform needed to tackle social harm from pokies

2 June 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has expressed its support to the ACT government’s proposed changes to reduce gambling harm caused by the ACT’s Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) or pokie machines.

ACTCOSS welcomes ACT Discrimination Law Reform

1 June 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed today’s tabling of the ACT Discrimination Amendment Bill 2022 that aims to bring discrimination law in line with the Human Rights Act and strengthen responses to discrimination.

ACTCOSS CEO, Dr Emma Campbell said: “ACTCOSS welcomes the expansion of the Discrimination Act to cover all areas of public life.

ACT voters call for equality, climate action and increased support for vulnerable community members

23 May 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) shares the hope of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in welcoming the opportunities for change presented by the incoming Labor Government.

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: