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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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...

Federal Budget should not miss opportunity to create a fairer future

28 March 2022

ACTCOSS has called on the Australian Government to use tomorrow’s budget as an opportunity to create a fairer future for people on low and moderate incomes.

ACTCOSS supports call for review of fines compliance and enforcement system

24 March 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed Andrew Braddock MLA’s calls for the ACT Government to perform a cost/benefit analysis for the current compliance and enforcement system for those who fail to pay fines for minor transgressions. The motion, presented in the Legislative Assembly today, also calls for canvassing alternative options to compliance that ensure equity,...

ACTCOSS calls for independent oversight, improved complaints mechanisms for racial vilification

21 March 2022

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called on the ACT Government to improve oversight and review mechanisms to tackle racial vilification and discrimination.

ACT Government introduces new surrender initiative to cut down number of pokies

18 March 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed a new initiative aimed at reducing the reliance of Canberra’s community clubs on revenues from EGMs (Electronic Gaming Machines) or ‘pokies’.

The initiative, announced by ACT Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury MLA, will pay Canberra’s community clubs $15,000 for each gaming machine authorisation surrendered. The payment will...

ACTCOSS to meet with ACT Government on housing program

11 March 2022

The ACT Government has responded to a call by ACTCOSS for urgent meetings to review the implementation of the Growing and Renewing Public Housing Program. 

“ACTCOSS has secured a meeting next week with the Director General and Deputy Director General of the Community Services Directorate which is responsible for Housing ACT,” the CEO of ACTCOSS, Dr Emma Campbell said today.

Media release: ACTCOSS refutes claims of meaningful consultation on public housing moves

4 March 2022

ACT Housing Minister Yvette Berry MLA today answered questions during Government reporting on its Growing and Renewing Public Housing program that has seen hundreds of ACT public housing tenants given notices to vacate their homes.

Media release: ACTCOSS condemns heartless public housing moves

2 March 2022

ACTCOSS has today condemned the heartless implementation by the ACT Government of its public housing renewal program.

Recommendations for improved oversight of public health measures welcomed

28 February 2022

ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) has welcomed recommendations by the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing following the release of its Inquiry into the Public Health Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2) report.

The aim of the Bill is to allow the ACT Government to issue public health directions in response to COVID-19 while ensuring oversight and...