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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Submission to the Automated 'Robo-Debt' Recovery inquiry

4 April 2017

In our submission we point out the impacts on local people and services, call for the program to be abandoned and ask for an apology to Centrelink customers who have been impacted.

Future Security of the National Electricity Market - Read the submission

21 March 2017

The ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium has made a submission to the Preliminary Report of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market. The consortium welcomes the broad based direction of the review, and recommends any change to policy relating to the future security of the National Electricity Market...

Media release: Inquiry hears calls for robo-debt suspension

8 March 2017

ACTCOSS joined the Australian Council of Social Service in giving evidence into the Senate Inquiry into the Federal Government’s Centrelink Robo-Debt Recovery Program this morning. ACTCOSS Director, Susan Helyar, told the first day of hearings at the inquiry into the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative that the program...

A focus on outcomes

3 March 2017

Organisations in the sector see the need to and are able to measure outcomes, but also recognise that there is room to improve our capability in this area. Read more about outcomes and find out how you can join our new outcomes peer network.

Media release: Cutting penalty rates a real disappointment for working Canberrans

24 February 2017

ACTCOSS has expressed disappointment that the Fair Work Commission has put the interests of employers, shoppers, diners and holiday makers ahead of low paid workers in insecure jobs.  

Media release: Aboriginal leadership key to responding to Moss Review into Death in Custody

17 February 2017

ACTCOSS today welcomed the ACT Government’s recognition that it needs to do more to improve the safety and wellbeing of people in custody at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This was outlined in the government’s response to the Independent Inquiry into the Treatment in Custody of...

Media release: Education - we can lift attainment by working together

16 February 2017

ACTCOSS today welcomed the ACT Government Future of Education Ministerial Statement and the commitment to a discussion paper and reform process by the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry MLA. 

Have your say: Senate Inquiry into Centrelink automated debt recovery

14 February 2017

The Federal Parliament has established a Senate Inquiry into the Centrelink automated debt recovery program (widely known as 'robo debt'). Have your say!

Call for end to unfair Centrelink robo-debt program

1 February 2017

Over the past 24 hours ACTCOSS have been in the media again urging Senator Zed Seselja to stand up for local people effected by the Centrelink automated debt recovery program. Check out the media appearance and the quirky new video highlighting the unfairness of the debt recovery program.

Media release: No answer from Zed - local welfare recipients await action on Robo-Debt Program

31 January 2017

ACTCOSS again today calls on Senator Zed Seselja to stand up for people in the ACT caught up in the Federal Government’s Centrelink Robo-Debt Recovery Program.