ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation


Here you'll find news about ACTCOSS activities and major community sector news.

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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: ACTCOSS to give evidence to public hearing on Evaluation of ACT Policing Arrangements

4 August 2020

ACTCOSS will today give evidence to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety on the Evaluation of Current ACT Policing Arrangements.

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...

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.

Media release: Thousands of Canberrans face hardships as JobSeeker supplement reduced

21 July 2020

ACTCOSS today expressed dismay at the decision to reduce the JobSeeker supplement leaving thousands of Canberrans facing reductions in income.

Media release: Vale: Sue Salthouse - a great Canberra leader

21 July 2020

The Board and staff of ACTCOSS express our deep shock and sadness at the tragic passing of Sue Salthouse.

Media release: Public transport must meet needs of all Canberrans

17 July 2020

ACTCOSS today welcomed changes to the ACT’s transport network but cautioned that more needs to be done to support Canberrans facing transport disadvantage.