Updates for ACT organisations and groups supporting culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Includes important information about COVID, health and interpreter/translation services, vaccination, emergency relief, financial support and more.
COVID-19 Update sent to ACTCOSS members and ACT peaks on 18 August 2021.
The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the establishment of an emergency relief service by the ACT Government to ensure vulnerable Canberrans are able to access essential goods including food and hygiene items during the period of lockdown.
The number of Canberrans living below the poverty line has increased to an estimated 38,000 during the COVID-19 pandemic, including approximately 9,000 children. Canberra is the most expensive capital city to rent, and the ACT has Australia’s highest rate of rental stress among low-income households. These are among the key findings of the ...
ACTCOSS, ACT Shelter and the Community Housing Industry Association ACT Region (CHIA) have welcomed research highlighting the positive economic and social returns from investing in social housing, including community housing.
ACTCOSS has welcomed the discussion paper on residential tenancy reforms released today by the ACT Government.
ACTCOSS today highlighted shocking research showing that high rents in the ACT are pushing essential community sector workers into serious financial stress.
ACTCOSS today gave evidence to the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Select Committee on the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Amendment Bill 2021.
ACTCOSS has today welcomed the expansion of the ACT’s COVID-19 vaccination program including extended opening hours for the Access and Sensory Clinic and the inclusion of all social and community sector frontline workers as now eligible for vaccination.
ACTCOSS has joined ACOSS as well as ACT disability representative organisations in calling for an improvement in income support for people with disability in a submission to the federal Inquiry into the purpose, intent and adequacy of the Disability Support Pension published today.