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: Social Inclusion and Equality are welcome new portfolios in ACT Cabinet

21 January 2015

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

COSS media release: Collective community sector call for Government halt to ‘devastating’ funding cuts

31 December 2014

ACOSS and state and territory Councils of Social Service have issued a collective New Year’s Resolution for the Federal Government to stop devastating funding cuts to community organisations all over the country.

Media release: 80% of community services can’t meet demand

8 December 2014

A national report released by the Australian Council of Social Service today provides alarming evidence that community services are not able to meet demand for support because of a lack of resources, and that quality of life is decreasing for some of the most disadvantaged people in our community.

Media release: Community Sector United on ACT Budget Priorities

10 November 2014

In response to the 2015-2016 ACT Budget Consultation the ACT community sector have identified affordable housing and homelessness as the major policy issues needing long term planning and investment by the ACT Government.

Media release: ACT labour market trends help explain rates of poverty in the ACT

14 October 2014

The ACT Council of Social Service and Women's Centre for Health Matters released data today showing that outside of public sector employment, industries with growing employment opportunities that do not require degree-level qualifications offer low wage, relatively high rates of part-time work, suggesting many workers struggle to earn enough to cover their costs of living.

Media release: Protecting a Fair Go - Community Response to the 2014-15 Federal Budget Forum

16 September 2014

Joint media release with St Vincent de Paul Society.

Protecting a Fair Go - Community Response to the 2014-15 Federal Budget Forum

Co-hosted by ACTCOSS and St Vincent de Paul Society

Panel Members address the values that our community holds and where these are not being reflected in key social policy budget measures.

Media release: ACTCOSS supports re-phasing capital investment to assist Mr Fluffy homeowners

14 September 2014

ACTCOSS Director Susan Helyar said today that ACTCOSS welcomes the decision of the ACT Government to delay large parts of the $2.5 billion infrastructure package announced in the last ACT budget, including the City to Lake development and a new national Convention Centre.

Media release: New Minister and changed portfolios in ACT Cabinet

4 July 2014

Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, commented today on the announcement of the new portfolio arrangements for Ministers released by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Media release: NDIS is a social institution the entire Australian community can be proud of

1 July 2014

ACTCOSS warmly celebrates the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Canberra today.

Media release: Positive commitment, modest investment – but is it enough?

3 June 2014

ACTCOSS has signalled cautious support for the ACT Budget released today, recognising a number of welcome measures but suggesting that there are missed opportunities for the ACT Government in supporting Canberra’s most vulnerable households.