The ACT Council of Social Service supports the tax and spending reform commitments sought in the open letter to the Prime Minister published today by the Australian Council of Social Service.
The ACT Council of Social Service called today for candidates from the major parties to state whether the Canberra community will receive assistance to cope with projected job losses of between 5,000-12,000 workers over the coming three years.
The ACT Council of Social Service called today for the Coalition to commit to increasing Newstart by $50/week and doubling wage subsidies (to a total of 20,000 places a year) in addition to implementing their policy of providing cash bonuses to people who move off welfare and into work
Leaders from business, government and community sectors are coming together today to talk about building philanthropic partnerships that will benefit Canberra and the region
Research released today involving over 500 community services across the nation finds the biggest unmet needs in our community are in the areas of housing and homelessness, legal assistance, emergency relief, youth services, domestic violence and sexual assault
Susan Helyar, Director of ACTCOSS said today, "The 2013-14 ACT Budget is a modest Budget that sets Canberra up to get through what is expected to be a tough couple of years for the ACT economy and community."
The 2013 Federal Budget has secured investment in school education and Disability Care, and strengthened public revenue to fund these and other services, but low income families and people on Newstart are facing a less secure future.
Two peak bodies in Canberra – the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and the Youth Coalition of the ACT – say that it is vital the Gonski reforms are implemented, but this should not occur at the expense of another part of the education system.
On Wednesday 10 April Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, and other like-minded people in Canberra and across Australia, are giving up their bed for the night in recognition of Youth Homelessness Matters Day.
The President of the ACT Council of Social Service, Jenny Kitchin, has announced the appointment of Susan Helyar as the new Director of ACTCOSS.