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Full range of human rights need to be enacted by ACT Government

29 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the ACT Government’s commitment to introduce a right to a healthy environment in the Human Rights Act 2004 but has called on the ACT Government to enact all Economic, Social and Cultural Rights including a right to housing.

ACT least affordable jurisdiction for renters on low incomes

29 November 2022

A report released today has shown that the ACT’s rental affordability is the worst in the country for people on low incomes – and continues to worsen.

Review of ACT Prison Reveals Serious Concerns

24 November 2022

ACTCOSS has said that the 2022 Healthy Prison Review has highlighted serious issues with Canberra’s prison, including inadequate access to education and activities, major gaps in the provision of basic healthcare, inadequate infrastructure and inappropriate services for women. The report, tabled today in the ACT Legislative Assembly by the ACT...

Report shows that ACT Government must increase efforts to remove racism and discrimination

24 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed key recommendations by an ACT Legislative Assembly committee aimed at better protecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from migrant and refugee backgrounds from racism and discrimination.

ACT Planning Bill must prioritise Canberra's most vulnerable

23 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) said today that the ACT Government must make stronger commitments to social and affordable housing, consultation with marginalised communities and delivering community infrastructure and amenities in its planning reform.

ACTCOSS Welcomes Inclusion of Affordable Rentals in Build-to-Rent Scheme

22 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the ACT Government’s announcement requiring the inclusion of affordable rental properties in existing or planned Build-to-Rent proposals and developments in the ACT.

ACTCOSS welcomes new minimum energy efficiency standards for rentals

9 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the announcement of a new minimum energy standard for rental properties in the ACT.

ACT Government must #RaisetheAge to 14 without carve outs or exceptions

3 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today cautiously welcomed a commitment to increase to the age of criminal responsibility to 12, and then to 14 within two years, through a staged response to allow for the implementation of service reforms.

Dr Emma Campbell to step down as ACTCOSS CEO

1 November 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today paid tribute to ACTCOSS’s CEO Dr Emma Campbell following her decision to step down from the role at the end of January 2023.

ACT Government commits to delivering accessible human rights complaints mechanism

21 October 2022

ACTCOSS and ALHR have applauded the ACT Government’s commitment to immediately commence the process of legislating for an accessible complaints mechanism within the Human Rights Act 2004.