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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Joint Media Release: Report recommends harm reduction and investment in the alcohol and other drug sector

30 November 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Association ACT (ATODA) have today welcomed the release of a report on the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Amendment Bill 2021 by the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Media Release: Proposed Religious Discrimination Bill to impact marginalised communities

30 November 2021

ACTCOSS today expressed its deep concern about the Federal Government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and its potential impact on marginalised communities.

Media Release: Employment, housing key to reducing ACT’s recidivism rate

29 November 2021

New research has shown that employment and housing for those leaving prison are key to preventing recidivism and a subsequent return to detention.

Media Release: New rent relief fund welcomed

26 November 2021

ACTCOSS today has welcomed an announcement today by the Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury MLA that the ACT Government is introducing a rent relief scheme to respond to challenges facing low income renters during COVID-19.

Media Release: Enough is enough - a decade of NDIS stress must end

25 November 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has joined disability advocates and the Australian Council of Social Service in calling for an end to uncertainty about the future of the National Disability Insurance Scheme after comments by the Federal Minister were reported (paywall) in The

Media Release: Battling renters smashed again in Canberra - Report

24 November 2021

ACTCOSS has called for urgent action following the 2021 Rental Affordability Index which shows Canberra is the least affordable city for low-income renters in Australia.

Media Release: Proposed voter ID to impact the most vulnerable

24 November 2021

ACTCOSS today expressed its deep concern about the Federal Government’s proposed voter ID reforms.

The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021 seeks to make it compulsory for voters to show identification before voting “to reduce voter fraud in the form of voter impersonation” – despite evidence showing that risk of voting fraud in Australia is negligible.

ACT Government leading the way in efforts to keep children out of prison

15 November 2021

ACTCOSS today commended the ACT Attorney General and ACT Government for its long-standing commitment to raising the age of criminal responsibility to 14 years – the only state or territory in Australia to do so.

Rental affordability is Canberra's real housing crisis

9 November 2021

ACTCOSS has welcomed the focus placed today by the ACT Opposition on the shortage of affordable housing. This follows their call for a declaration of a housing crisis and an independent review into the impact of the ACT Government's policies on rising house prices and rent levels.

Minimum standard an important first step toward healthier homes and lower energy bills for renters

9 November 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today welcomed the opening of consultation on the ACT Government’s proposal to require rental properties across the ACT to meet a minimum standard for ceiling...