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: 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.

Media Release: ACTCOSS welcomes key recommendations in COVID-19 report

2 December 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed recommendations from the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Select Committee on the COVID-19 2021 pandemic response including a call for appropriate and ongoing funding for community services tasked with responding to increased need.

Media Release: ACTCOSS welcomes steps to recognise carers

2 December 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the introduction of legislation to the ACT Legislative Assembly that will strengthen support for the many tens of thousands of Canberrans who provide unpaid care to family members or friends who need support because of disability, chronic illness, mental illness, drug or alcohol issues, dementia or frailty due to ageing.

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.