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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Media release: Persistent and widening gap between income and cost of living for people on low income in ACT

5 June 2017

Cost of living research commissioned by the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) over the past three years has revealed a persistent and widening gap between income and living costs for low income households in the ACT.

Media release: A defining moment - ACT Budget must choose to tackle inequality and invest in good social infrastructure across Canberra

1 June 2017

ACTCOSS has described next week’s Budget as a defining moment for Canberra and urged the ACT Government to make a push to tackle inequality and ensure well planned, designed and funded community services are the cornerstones of next week’s ACT Budget.

Media release: Narrow focus on markets puts choice and control for people with disability at risk

26 May 2017

ACTCOSS and PWD ACT have released two publications which reflect on the extent to which the emphasis on markets alone has succeeded in bringing greater choice and control to people with disability.

Media release: More action needed to arrest incarceration rate for ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

11 May 2017

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB) and ACTCOSS today released a report outlining community concerns and solutions in relation to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT justice system. The report is from a forum that was held commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the...

Media Release: ACTCOSS FEDERAL BUDGET REACTION: Steps forward but further erosion of core social infrastructure a risk for Canberra

10 May 2017

The ACT Council of Social Service has joined the Australian Council of Social Service and peak bodies in welcoming some broad directions in the Federal Government 2017-2018 Budget while expressing concern about punitive welfare measures as well as risks to social infrastructure in Canberra.

Reconciliation Week 2017: Win resources for your workplace!

3 May 2017

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

Media release: Feds warned - “Don’t backtrack on housing” - 6 point plan points to viable reform

26 April 2017

The ACT Council of Social Service has supported calls for the Federal Government to address the housing affordability crisis affecting millions across the country and has joined calls for the government to deliver on early promising indications that it is prepared to invest in housing in next month’s Federal Budget.

Nominations open: 2017 Canberra & District Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Sector Worker of the Year

26 April 2017

Do you want to recognise and celebrate the work of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community sector worker in the ACT region? Nominate them for this NAIDOC award!

Schools for All Program Update

20 April 2017

ACTCOSS has developed a Program Update on the ACT Education Directorate's Schools for All Program. This program aims to implement recommendations made in the 2015 report of the Expert Panel on Students with Complex Needs and Challenging Behaviour.

Media release: Numbers confirm robo-debt is epic administration fail

8 April 2017

Figures obtained through a Senate Question on Notice by Senator Katy Gallagher and released today have confirmed concerns about the accuracy of the Federal Government’s Automated Debt Recovery Program which has targeted thousands of income support customers around Australian with automated Centrelink debt letters.