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: Calls for social housing to be prioritised in tomorrow’s ACT Budget

8 February 2021

Leaders from across the housing and community sector have today written to the Minister for Housing, Yvette Berry MLA, calling for the ACT Government to match its significant investments in infrastructure projects, such as light rail and renewable energy, with similar investments in social housing.

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes long overdue funding for Canberra’s First Nations families

8 February 2021

ACTCOSS today welcomed a long overdue funding announcement by the ACT Government to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Media release: Strong stance on sexual expression rights welcome

4 February 2021

ACTCOSS today praised the ACT Government for calling on the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the Federal Government to allow people with disability to use their National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds for services to support sexual expression.

Joint media release: Federal Parliament must retain consumer protections

4 February 2021

Care Financial Counselling Service and Consumer Law Centre and ACTCOSS have made a joint submission calling on Federal Parliament to ensure important consumer protections remain in place for the benefit of all Australians.

Joint media release: Investment in mental health services welcomed by community sector

3 February 2021

The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT and the ACT Council of Social Service have welcomed today’s announcement of $15.8 million to extend funding introduced during COVID-19 for mental health programs across Canberra.

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes extra funding for homelessness services

29 January 2021

ACTCOSS has welcomed today’s announcement by the ACT Government of an additional $2.6 million for the ACT’s homelessness sector.

Joint media release: Productivity Commission report reveals high rates of incarceration for Indigenous children in the ACT

20 January 2021

ACTCOSS and Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services today expressed their deep concern over the high rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the ACT detailed in a report just released.

Media release: ACTCOSS calls for low-income and vulnerable Canberrans to be considered in light rail decision

13 January 2021

ACTCOSS yesterday made a submission to the Light Rail: City to Woden consultation calling on the ACT Government to build a flexible and responsive transport system that addresses the needs of Canberrans who face disadvantage or vulnerability.

Media release: Minister must respond to report of housing delay

7 January 2021

ACTCOSS today expressed deep concern that a large number of newly built ACT Housing properties were left sitting empty for well over a year as bureaucrats wrangled over revenue models.

Media release: Canberra’s job seekers face dismal new year

4 January 2021

Around 28,000 Canberrans are facing a bleak new year following the Federal Government’s cruel cut to the Coronavirus Supplement effective from 1 January.