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.

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Media release: Inaccessible housing - time to end a human tragedy

23 April 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has joined with Rights & Inclusion Australia to welcome the ACT Government’s decision to support the inclusion of mandatory provisions for Universal Design in the National Construction Code (NCC).

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes steps to help Canberrans find lower retail electricity prices

20 April 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the announcement by ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA, and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions, Shane Rattenbury MLA, of legislation requiring ACT electricity retailers to use a common reference price and to inform their customers if a better deal is available.

Media release: ACT Anti-Poverty Week 2021 Committee welcomes Chief Minister’s Support

17 April 2021

The ACT Anti-Poverty Week 2021 Committee, co-chaired by Dr Emma Campbell, ACTCOSS CEO, and Jenny Kitchin, Woden Community Service CEO, thanked the ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA, for the ACT Government’s sponsorship of ACT Anti-Poverty Week 2021.

Media release: Households and small businesses deserve protection from energy price hikes

14 April 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today wrote to Andrew Barr MLA, Chief Minister and Treasurer, and Shane Rattenbury MLA, Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, to call for action to protect households, not-for-profits and small businesses from energy price hikes.

Media release: Prioritising the community sector essential for economic recovery, gender equality

7 April 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has written to the Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA, to urge him to promote gender equity through the ACT’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

Media release: Removal of Coronavirus Supplement pushes Canberrans deeper into poverty

31 March 2021

The removal of the Coronavirus supplement comes into effect tomorrow, impacting over 10,000 Canberrans receiving JobSeeker and an additional 9,000 Canberrans receiving other income supports.

Media release: Urgent funding review needed for community legal services - Assembly Report

31 March 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called for an urgent review of funding for community legal centres and services following recommendations by the ...

Joint media release: NO CHOICE AND NO VOICE Mooted NDIS changes slammed

26 March 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and Advocacy for Inclusion (AFI) have joined forces to slam the proposed changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Act reported in the media today.  A copy of a draft of legislation amending the Act was...

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes extension of COVID-19 energy consumer protections

25 March 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the announcement yesterday by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) that it will extend the additional protections to support households and small businesses struggling with energy bills until 30 June 2021.

Media release: ACTCOSS Celebrates International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 March 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today celebrates the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and calls upon Canberrans to reflect on their personal responsibility in combatting racism.

“This year’s theme is ‘Youth standing up against Racism’, and it is an opportunity to reflect on the power that young people have have in shifting narratives and...