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: Meet the Canberra people caught in our housing crisis

9 April 2016

Twelve Canberra individuals and families have spoken out about their experience of housing stress and homelessness in a new publication which combines true stories and voter voices with electorate by electorate data to present a fresh and alarming picture of Canberra’s housing crisis.

Media release: Transport costs blowing out low income budgets

5 April 2016

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has released its 2016 Cost of Living Report, which this year focuses on the costs of transport in Canberra. The research finds that Canberra has the second highest expenditure on transport amongst capital cities in the country. Darwin, the city with the highest transport expenditure is $233.78, with Canberra only marginally behind on $232.23. These...

Media release: ACTCOSS opposes states and territories levying income tax

31 March 2016

Ahead of this week’s COAG meeting, the ACT Chief Minister has indicated he is willing to consider a state and territory role in setting and collecting income tax. The ACT Council of Social Service opposes income tax collection by states and territories.

Media release: Canberra Day Celebrations highlight tale of two cities

14 March 2016

As we gather to celebrate Canberra Day and to mark the naming of our city just over a century ago the ACT Council of Social Service and ACT Shelter, peak bodies advocating for affordable housing and responding better to homelessness, have issued four unique new short videos to remind us all of the reality of poverty and disadvantage that lies under the...

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.