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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Joint media release: As coronavirus-racism increases, ACTCOSS and CMCF support Minister’s call for national anti-racism strategy

11 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.

Joint media release: COVID-19: Confusion still exists over access to PPE for people with disability

8 May 2020

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.

Media release: ACT community sector critical in preventing abuse of vulnerable people

8 May 2020

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.

Media release: Planning decisions must reflect community needs

7 May 2020

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.

COVID-19 Update No.11, 5 May 2020

5 May 2020

This is Issue 11 of the COVID-19 Update, sent to ACTCOSS members on 5 May 2020.

COVID-19 Update No.2 for Organisations Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities, 1 May 2020

1 May 2020

This is Issue 2 of the COVID-19 Update for Organisations Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities, sent on 1 May 2020.

Take the annual ACTCOSS Stakeholder Survey!

1 May 2020

Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think in our ACTCOSS stakeholder survey.

Media release: Housing report highlights need to maintain JobSeeker increase

30 April 2020

ACTCOSS today highlighted the importance of maintaining increased levels of income support and called for more government action to address the shortage of affordable housing in the ACT following the release of data on rental affordability in Canberra.

COVID-19 Update No.10, 29 April 2020

29 April 2020

This is Issue 10 of the COVID-19 Update, sent to ACTCOSS members on 29 April 2020.

Joint statement: ACT community services support National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services’ COVID-19 policy statement

24 April 2020

ACTCOSS has united with the Women’s Centre for Health Matters, the Women’s Legal Centre ACT and Professor Lorana Bartels to support the NATSILS COVID-19 policy statement and to call for its implementation in the ACT.