New pre-COVID-19 analysis of poverty in Australia has shown that households where women are the main income earners are twice as likely to live in poverty as those where men are the main income earners (19% and 10% of households in Australia respectively). The gap is even higher in households with children (at 23% and 10%).
This is Issue 13 of the COVID-19 Update, sent to ACTCOSS members and peaks on 19 May 2020.
ACTCOSS today released its regular journal, Update, on the theme of wellbeing in the ACT.
ACTCOSS today welcomed a COVID-19 committee report that supports measures called for by ACTCOSS.
ACTCOSS today welcomed the release of the ACT Government’s COVID-19 Disability Strategy. The strategy outlines principles, goals and objectives to support people with a disability and the disability sector during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery period.
This is Issue 12 of the COVID-19 Update, sent to ACTCOSS members and peaks on 13 May 2020.
ACTCOSS and CMCF have joined together and welcomed the joint statement by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Mr Chris Steel MLA and the Minister for Justice and Mental Health Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA condemning the rise in racist incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACTCOSS has joined disability and carer peak bodies in a call for urgent action to ensure people with disabilities, carers and disability service providers have clear advice and appropriate access to personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACTCOSS today welcomed legislation by the ACT Government to provide an avenue for vulnerable older people or people with a disability, and their advocates, to access ACT Human Rights Commission processes in seeking to address situations of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
ACTCOSS has welcomed the recommendations by a major ACT inquiry into planning and urban renewal as an opportunity to better engage with diverse members of the Canberra community on development in the Territory.