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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Media release: Over 25,000 Canberrans experiencing food stress as food rescue more than doubles over 8 years

30 May 2019

A report released today by ACTCOSS has found that a significant number of Canberrans living in low-income households are experiencing food stress.

Nominations extended! 2019 Canberra & District Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Community Sector Worker of the Year

24 May 2019

Nominate now for the Canberra & District Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander Community Sector Worker of the Year Award! Nominations extended to 31 May 2019.

Media release: Clear messages to ACT Federal Election Candidates

14 May 2019

With only four days to go until polling day, a report from the ACTCOSS Federal Election Forum has asked candidates to focus on local issues outside the issues raised in the so-called ‘Canberra bubble’. 

Media release: ACT Budget must address cost of living pressures for low-income households

7 May 2019

In the lead up to announcement of the ACT 2019-2020 Budget, ACTCOSS has released research highlighting the need to ease cost of living pressures for low-income Canberra households.

ACTCOSS supports housing funding for remote communities

2 May 2019

ACTCOSS, along with COSS around the country, have welcomed the ALP announcement of funding and partnerships to support housing in remote communities, and called on the Liberal Party to provide a similar commitment.

Federal candidates forum: Spaces filling up fast!

24 April 2019

Come along to ACT Decides: A Community Conversation – ACTCOSS' ACT federal election candidates forum next Monday 29 April 2019.

Enter the ACTCOSS 2019 National Reconciliation Week Draw!

23 April 2019

Would you like to enter a draw for over $300 worth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources for your workplace?

Media release: FEDERAL BUDGET 2019: Some catch up on services but failing the poorest in Canberra

3 April 2019

ACTCOSS has joined other Councils of Social Service in expressing disappointment that the Federal Budget has failed to reduce severe poverty and close the worst gaps in essential services, while welcoming some investments and supports.

Open letter from the Community Sector: Don’t rush to pass more tax cuts while three million live in poverty

2 April 2019

As community organisations providing essential services to people on low and modest incomes, we call on the Parliament not to rush to pass more income tax cuts before the elections, and to reverse those already legislated to go to high income-earners after 2020.

Media release: Fuel prices hit low-income households hardest

18 March 2019

Canberra’s high fuel prices are hitting low-income households hardest. This is a key finding from the ACTCOSS analysis of cost of living data shared in a submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly Select Committee Inquiry into Fuel Pricing.