The ACT is set for a $30.51 million boost and would be in the top 20 local areas in Australia to benefit if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week according to economic analysis released today.
ACTCOSS welcomes all additional land releases that are targeted to affordable housing and social housing (noting the lack of affordable housing in the Inner South and Tuggeranong). We continue to call on the ACT Government to invest $100m in a Strategy to reduce homelessness and increase affordable housing.
This report transcribes a panel discussion on homelessness on the 23 August at Haydon Village Kitchen Table Conversation Group, attended by Andrew Leigh MP, Mark Parton MLA, Caroline Le Couteur MLA and Susan Helyar, Director ACT Council of Social Services.
Susan Helyar, our Director, summarises insights from the key reports that will guide ACTCOSS future priorities for advocacy on eliminating poverty and inequality.
ACTCOSS has congratulated Chris Steel MLA on his elevation to the Ministry and welcomed new Ministerial arrangements which responded to community priorities.
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The ACNC review report recommends a national scheme going forward, especially in areas such as governance, fundraising and registration. In the absence of a national scheme, the sector will continue to be subject to an unacceptable level of unnecessary red tape.
ACTCOSS today welcomed the ACT Government’s announcement of three projects to be funded through the first round of the $1 million Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. This delivers on existing commitments, but ACTCOSS looks forward to seeing significantly bigger commitments when the ACT Government releases its Affordable Housing Strategy later...
ACTCOSS and the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance welcome the ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay’s announcement yesterday to tighten gambling regulations by December as a good start in addressing gambling harm.
ACTCOSS and the Youth Coalition of the ACT welcome the ACT Government’s Future of Education Strategy, focused on improving equity of education outcomes by putting students at the centre; empowering students and professionals; building strong communities; and delivering both equity and quality.