ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

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News

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

For more news from the community sector, check out our Weekly Community Sector eNotices.

 

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.

Media release: ACT Budget needs to invest in improved energy efficiency to protect low and middle income households

28 February 2019

This is the last day of a record breaking hot summer. Extremely cold weather is only a few months away. Now is the time for the ACT Government to take further action to reduce human induced climate change, mitigate the impacts of a more unstable and changing climate, and set up a just transition to a low emission future.

Media release: Justice reinvestment project welcome, but more work needed on diversion

15 February 2019

ACTCOSS welcomes announcements today on a major ACT justice reinvestment project, Building Communities Not Prisons, but there is more work to do around diversion and programs for women.

ACTCOSS Commentary on the 2019 Report on Government Services

24 January 2019

This week ACTCOSS has been responding to the release of the 2019 Report on Government Services (ROGS) by the Productivity Commission.  Chapters released so far have pointed to the ongoing need for investments and policy work in housing, homelessness and justice system responses.

NFP legal health checks: Submit your EOI by 22 Feb

17 January 2019

The Ashurst Not-for-Profit Health Check Consultations are a series of consultations with our lawyers to evaluate aspects of the legal 'health' of your small organisation. Expressions of interest are due by 22 February 2019.

Joint media release: Rental affordability slide continues: New figures

29 November 2018

New research released today has revealed that rental affordability is hitting crisis around Australia, especially for low income households struggling to make ends meet.

Media release: Canberra is growing - it’s time to get ready

22 November 2018

ACTCOSS says it’s time for planners and policy makers to abandon short termism and invest in preparing for the future of the city following new population forecasts released today by the ABS.

Announcement of ACT Community Sector Awards 2018

21 November 2018

On 16 November we announced the recipients of the 2018 ACT Community Sector Awards.