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: ACT Government responds to ACTCOSS call to protect community sector wages

18 August 2020

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today welcomed an announcement by ACT Minister for Community Services, Suzanne Orr MLA, committing $9 million to maintain pay levels for community sector workers set out in the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO).

Media release: ACT Election 2020: fixing Canberra’s housing crisis

18 August 2020

ACTCOSS today released its second 2020 ACT Election issue brief, naming the lack of affordable housing as the biggest single challenge confronting people on low incomes.

Media release: Government finally delivers on ACTCOSS call for free public WiFi network

13 August 2020

ACTCOSS has welcomed the ACT Government’s long overdue announcement that it will expand Canberra’s free public WiFi network to additional suburbs.

Media release: ACT Election 2020: supporting the community services sector

12 August 2020

ACTCOSS today released the first of its twelve issues briefs for the 2020 ACT Election to be rolled out over the next few weeks. The issues brief – Supporting the Community Services Sector – calls for the incoming ACT Government to conduct a full needs analysis to understand increasing demand for community...

Media Release: ACTCOSS, ACT Shelter and CHIA (ACT Region) Response to Public Housing Stimulus Package

6 August 2020

$61m public housing investment welcomed, but at what opportunity cost for thousands still waiting for a home?

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes housing announcements

5 August 2020

The ACT Council of Social Service has welcomed the ACT Government’s announcement of a $61 million investment in public housing, including the construction of 60 public housing properties, taking the total number of additional public housing dwellings promised under the Strategy to 260.

Media release: ACT social housing shortfall of 3,000 dwellings

3 August 2020

Heat maps released today by Homelessness Australia and Everybody’s Home have revealed a shortfall of 3,000 social housing dwellings in the ACT, while almost 1,600 people in the ACT are homeless. These figures, released at the start of Homelessness Week 2020, highlight yet again the urgent need for the Federal and ACT governments to deliver significant investment in social housing in the ACT....

Media release: Good start for building quality but more to do

24 July 2020

ACTCOSS has welcomed the release of the report from the Inquiry into Building Quality in the ACT by the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism, as well as work to improve certification, but has warned of consequences for low-income and vulnerable households unless a focus on improving building quality is sustained and widened.

Media release: Extension of protections for renters welcomed, but more action is needed

23 July 2020

ACTCOSS has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the ACT Attorney General, Gordon Ramsay MLA, that the eviction moratorium for COVID-19 impacted residential tenants has been extended for three months to 22 October 2020.

Media release: ACTCOSS joins calls for ACT Government to #RaiseTheAge of criminal responsibility

23 July 2020

ACTCOSS today joined organisations from the youth, legal, human rights and Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander sectors to call on the ACT Government to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 to at least 14 years old.