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.

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.

COSS media release: Government leaders urged to find long term solutions to fund vital public services

21 July 2015

Councils of Social Service (COSS) across Australia today called on the Council of Australian Governments to work together on long term solutions to fund important universal and social services such as health, education, housing and community services into the future.

Media release: Budget has right focus but investment is modest

2 June 2015

The ACT Council of Social Service says the ACT Budget for 2015/2016 recognises the need for social inclusion and equality to be at the centre of decision making and planning for the ACT community. However, the investments announced in this Budget do not fully address the gaps we know exist in our economy, our infrastructure and service systems.

Media release: Concessions essential to cope with ACT costs of living

10 April 2015

ACT government concessions are essential to ensuring that people experiencing disadvantage are able to afford fundamental necessities and should not be changed in the 2015-2016 ACT Budget. A new ACT Council of Social Service report tracking the cost of living in the ACT highlights why.

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.