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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Media Release: ACTCOSS welcomes the launch of Close the Gap Campaign Report 2021

18 March 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today welcomed the launch of the Close the Gap Campaign Report 2021 - Leadership and Legacy through Crisis: Keeping Our Mob Safe which highlights both the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait...

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes ACT Ombudsman report into ACT Policing's engagement with Aboriginal communities

16 March 2021

ACTCOSS today welcomed the report by the Commonwealth and ACT Ombudsman, Michael Manthorpe PSM, into ACT Policing’s engagement with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes Technology Upgrade Fund for community sector

9 March 2021

ACTCOSS has today welcomed $1.4 million over four years to deliver a new Technology Upgrade Fund for community service organisations.

Media release: JobSeeker rate must rise by at least $25 a day

5 March 2021

ACTCOSS has called on the Federal Parliament to increase the JobSeeker payment by at least $25 a day on top of the old Newstart rate of $40 a day

Media release: Government must investigate systemic racism in Canberra's prison

24 February 2021

ACTCOSS today welcomed the appointment of Ms Christine Nixon as chair of the new Oversight Committee to develop a blueprint for change for the AMC and Court Transport Unit. However, ACTCOSS said that without an inquiry into systemic racism in Canberra’s prison, the injustice experienced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander detainees engaged with the justice system would not be resolved...

Media release: A heartless betrayal - Federal Government JobSeeker decision

23 February 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service said that today’s Federal Government JobSeeker decision is devastating news for the many Canberrans receiving income support. The announcement – a measly $3.57 a day above the brutal old Newstart rate – will plunge thousands of Canberrans deeper into poverty as they struggle to cover the basics including food, rent and medical care.

Media release: It's time to reboot our Canberra planning debate

19 February 2021

ACTCOSS has today released a wide-ranging submission to the ACT Government’s ongoing Territory Planning Review. The submission calls for the new system to be evidence based, to prioritise people most affected by poor planning and to focus on social and inclusive planning.

Media release: Facebook community restrictions slammed

18 February 2021

ACTCOSS has slammed a decision by the social media giant Facebook which saw some community organisations around the country unable to post and share information with vulnerable clients and service users. 

Media release: ACT Budget falls short on investment for struggling Canberrans

9 February 2021

ACTCOSS said that today’s ACT Budget fell short on the investments and vision required to ensure Canberrans facing disadvantage were protected as the ACT emerges from the COVID-19 crisis.

Media release: ACTCOSS supports call for inquiry into systemic racism in Canberra's prison

9 February 2021

ACTCOSS today called on all members of the ACT Legislative Assembly to support today’s motion by Elizabeth Kikkert MLA calling for an independent inquiry into systemic and/or institutional racism at Canberra’s prison, the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).