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Here you'll find news about ACTCOSS activities and major community sector news.

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Reconciliation Week: Win a basket of resources for your workplace!

16 May 2016

To celebrate Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 Jun), ACTCOSS is running a draw for your ACT community sector workplace to win a basket of reconciliation resources worth $300. Just fill out the survey.

Media release: Meet the Canberra people caught in our housing crisis

9 April 2016

Twelve Canberra individuals and families have spoken out about their experience of housing stress and homelessness in a new publication which combines true stories and voter voices with electorate by electorate data to present a fresh and alarming picture of Canberra’s housing crisis.

Media release: Transport costs blowing out low income budgets

5 April 2016

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has released its 2016 Cost of Living Report, which this year focuses on the costs of transport in Canberra. The research finds that Canberra has the second highest expenditure on transport amongst capital cities in the country. Darwin, the city with the highest transport expenditure is $233.78, with...

Media release: ACTCOSS opposes states and territories levying income tax

31 March 2016

Ahead of this week’s COAG meeting, the ACT Chief Minister has indicated he is willing to consider a state and territory role in setting and collecting income tax. The ACT Council of Social Service opposes income tax collection by states and territories.

Media release: Canberra Day Celebrations highlight tale of two cities

14 March 2016

As we gather to celebrate Canberra Day and to mark the naming of our city just over a century ago the ACT Council of Social Service and ACT Shelter, peak bodies advocating for affordable housing and responding better to homelessness, have issued four unique new short videos to remind us all of the...

Media release: Savings shouldn’t come from Concessions Program

12 February 2016

Today was the final day for organisations to submit their responses to the ACT Government’s Discussion Paper: Options to improve the fairness and targeting of the ACT Concessions Program, as part of the broader review of ACT Concessions.

Community Services Industry Plan: Be involved!

1 February 2016

A Community Services Industry Plan is being developed to support the ACT community sector through a period of significant structural adjustment. Do you want to be involved in its development? 

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes the expanded ACT Ministry

22 January 2016

Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, commented today on the new administrative arrangements released by Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

"I welcome the new and expanded Ministry and congratulate Dr Chris Bourke MLA and Meegan Fitzharris MLA on their appointment as Ministers."

Report released: ACT HACC-YP Services Mapping and Capacity Report

17 December 2015

ACTCOSS has released its project report ACT HACC-YP Services Mapping and Capacity Report, which aims to map the existing ACT Home and Community Care – Younger People Service System and assess capacity and unmet need.

Media release: Unaffordable housing and homelessness dim the lights in the festive season

27 November 2015

As Canberra families gather to watch our city attempt to break the Guinness Book of Records title for the world’s most lights on an artificial Christmas tree tonight, community organisations around Canberra have joined together to publish fact sheets that highlight the other side of Canberra during the festive season – people less able to enjoy...