ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

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

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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.

Recognising Carers during National Carers Week

19 October 2022

ACTCOSS is celebrating National Carers Week (16-22 October), a time to recognise the carers in our community and raise awareness for the impact and importance of caring.

ACT Community Sector CEOs join to launch 2022 Anti-Poverty Week and ACT Poverty Factsheet

17 October 2022

Leaders from across the ACT community sector came together today to launch 2022 Anti-Poverty Week (APW) and to call for action to be taken to end poverty. During the launch, CEOs representing organisations working with local families highlighted the ongoing challenges faced by Canberrans living below the poverty line.

ACTCOSS welcomes calls for an Independent Inquiry into Poverty in Canberra

14 October 2022

ACTCOSS welcomed Elizabeth Lee, MLA’s motion delivered yesterday, calling for the ACT Government to commission an independent inquiry into the prevalence of poverty in Canberra. The motion comes before Anti-Poverty Week (16th – 22nd October) and refers to ACTCOSS’ submission to the ACT Budget 2022-23.

Anti-Poverty Week is next week!

9 October 2022

Anti-Poverty Week (APW) 2022 will be held across Australia from the 16-22 October. APW is all about supporting the community to understand poverty and take collective action to end it.

CASP Wellbeing Newsletter - Issue 4 out now

30 September 2022

Welcome to the fourth issue of our wellbeing newsletter! This newsletter is designed for frontline workers of the ACT Community Assistance and Support Program (CASP) – which includes volunteers and staff of subcontracted organisations.