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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Media release: Canberra's Housing and Homelessness Crisis Worsens

25 January 2022

ACTCOSS has called on the ACT Government to urgently review the implementation of its housing strategy and improve community oversight following today’s release of a national report that shows major failings in the ACT Government’s policy to address the Territory’s housing crisis.

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes more discussion on fairer way forward for fines

21 January 2022

ACTCOSS has today welcomed the ACT Legislative Assembly’s call for close consultation with the community sector to ensure that people on low incomes are not unfairly impacted by the imposition of fines.

Media release: Implementing OPCAT: Protecting the human rights of detainees in the ACT

20 January 2022

ACTCOSS today welcomed news that the ACT Government has designated three independent bodies to ensure the human rights of people in detention are protected.

Community sector and vulnerable Canberrans need open access to Rapid Antigen Tests

6 January 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today called for Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to be universally available to all Canberrans who need them.

ACTCOSS CEO, Dr Emma Campbell said: “The provision of up to 10 free tests for concession and health care card holders is a good start. However, thousands of Canberrans will still struggle to access and pay for the rapid tests that they...

Report highlights need for more community sector funding

21 December 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called for more funding for the community sector following the release of a report highlighting increased demand across the ACT for services including housing and homeless supports, domestic and family violence crisis services and mental health supports.

Media release: Canberra renters need further insulation against high energy and housing costs

17 December 2021

ACTCOSS has today called for greater ambition to address significant social, economic and health inequities experienced by renters in the ACT.

Media release: ACT Needs a Fairer Federal Grant Share

15 December 2021

ACTCOSS has today called on all ACT candidates in the coming federal election to explain to Canberra voters how they will make sure that the Territory receives its fair share of federal funding in the next parliament.

Media release: Addressing Period Poverty and Stigma in the ACT

15 December 2021

ACTCOSS has welcomed the introduction of a Bill to help address period poverty and the stigma associated with periods in the ACT.

Media release: International Human Rights Day 2021 - let's commit to action and delivery

10 December 2021

ACTCOSS today marked International Human Rights Day by calling for more action to protect Canberrans most at risk of human rights violations.

Media Release: Positive results on prisoner numbers but more to do

9 December 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the ABS 2021 Prisoners in Australia data released today that shows a decrease in the total number of prisoners in the ACT for the third successive year.