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

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.

Joint media release: Canberra community calls for accessible human rights complaint mechanism

8 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today joined a coalition of  Australian community organisations, including Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR), the Human Rights Legal Centre (HRLC) and Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) to call on the ACT Government to implement an accessible human rights complaint mechanism.

Implementation of prison Blueprint for Change recommendations must engage community

7 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today acknowledged the release of the Blueprint for Change staffing review of the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) and welcomed some of its key recommendations.

ACTCOSS renews its call for cost-benefit analysis on free public transport in the ACT

5 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has reiterated its call for the ACT Government to undertake a cost-benefit analysis on making public transport free in the ACT.

Barr Government commits to review of housing relocation program

4 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today congratulated the Barr Government on its commitment to review the implementation of the Growing and Renewing housing program.

At a meeting with ACTCOSS on Friday, Minister for Housing Yvette Berry MLA and Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services, Rebecca Vassarotti MLA agreed to review the process by which highly vulnerable public...