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 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.

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes the expanded ACT Ministry

22 January 2016

Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, commented today on the new administrative arrangements released by Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

"I welcome the new and expanded Ministry and congratulate Dr Chris Bourke MLA and Meegan Fitzharris MLA on their appointment as Ministers."

Media release: Don’t sign up to a shocking deal, community sector urges State and Territory leaders

11 December 2015

Councils of Social Service (COSS) across the country have rejected the effort at so-called tax ‘reform’ emerging from the Treasurer’s and Leaders meetings held over the past two days.

Media release: Unaffordable housing and homelessness dim the lights in the festive season

27 November 2015

As Canberra families gather to watch our city attempt to break the Guinness Book of Records title for the world’s most lights on an artificial Christmas tree tonight, community organisations around Canberra have joined together to publish fact sheets that highlight the other side of Canberra during the festive season – people less able to enjoy the season because they face extreme housing...

Media appearance: Letter - Let charities fulfil their purpose

19 November 2015

Letter from Susan Helyar, Director, ACTCOSS. Appeared in Canberra City News, 19 November 2015.

Last week the Community Council of Australia stated there are too many charities being set up and called for charities to merge.

Media release: Community sector calls on Chief Minister to commit to clear bottom lines in tax reform debate

5 November 2015

Following the release today of new NATSEM modelling outlining the impacts of potential GST changes on low-income and disadvantaged households, the ACT Council of Social Service calls on Chief Minister Barr to reject any tax deal or increase in GST unless there's a broad tax reform package; unfair income tax issues are addressed; changes are progressive; and reforms guarantee service delivery...

Media release: Push for housing as key ACT Election issue: voters invited to "Make My Vote for Housing"

17 October 2015

One year out from the coming ACT Election, Canberra’s 270,000 voters are today being urged to make housing and homelessness key issues in deciding the poll. www.myvoteforhousing.com.au

COSS media release: Councils of Social Service call for development of national plan to tackle poverty and inequality in Australia

12 October 2015

At the start of Anti-Poverty Week, ACOSS and all eight State and Territory Councils of Social Service, are calling for the development of a national plan to tackle growing poverty and inequality in Australia, including setting targets to ensure the incomes of the lowest income earners increase at least at the pace of those in the middle.

COSS media release: National Councils of Social Service urge Senate to vote down 4 week wait period for income support

11 August 2015

Joint COSS media release.

Meeting in Darwin today, the nation’s peak community sector bodies issued a joint call for the Australian Senate to vote down the harsh Federal Government proposal to withhold income support from young people and some single parents.

The heads of ACOSS and state and territory Councils of Social Service said: