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: Need combination of measures to get people off welfare and into work

27 August 2013

The ACT Council of Social Service called today for the Coalition to commit to increasing Newstart by $50/week and doubling wage subsidies (to a total of 20,000 places a year) in addition to implementing their policy of providing cash bonuses to people who move off welfare and into work

Media release: ACT community leaders talk philanthropy

17 July 2013

Leaders from business, government and community sectors are coming together today to talk about building philanthropic partnerships that will benefit Canberra and the region

Media release: Unmet needs key concern of community services

1 July 2013

Research released today involving over 500 community services across the nation finds the biggest unmet needs in our community are in the areas of housing and homelessness, legal assistance, emergency relief, youth services, domestic violence and sexual assault

Media release: Tough times ahead balanced by targeted investment

4 June 2013

Susan Helyar, Director of ACTCOSS said today, "The 2013-14 ACT Budget is a modest Budget that sets Canberra up to get through what is expected to be a tough couple of years for the ACT economy and community."

Media release: Secure future, but not for all

15 May 2013

The 2013 Federal Budget has secured investment in school education and Disability Care, and strengthened public revenue to fund these and other services, but low income families and people on Newstart are facing a less secure future.

Media release: One step forward, two steps back

15 April 2013

Two peak bodies in Canberra – the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and the Youth Coalition of the ACT – say that it is vital the Gonski reforms are implemented, but this should not occur at the expense of another part of the education system.  

Media release: Youth Homelessness Matters

10 April 2013

On Wednesday 10 April Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, and other like-minded people in Canberra and across Australia, are giving up their bed for the night in recognition of Youth Homelessness Matters Day.  

Media release: ACT Council of Social Service appoints new Director

9 January 2013

The President of the ACT Council of Social Service, Jenny Kitchin, has announced the appointment of Susan Helyar as the new Director of ACTCOSS.

Media release: Living costs loom large

18 October 2012

The ACT Council of Social Service, peak representative body for not-for-profit community organisations, and disadvantaged and low-income citizens, is launching a Cost of Living Report, as part of Anti-Poverty Week 2012. 

Media release: Community champions gaining recognition

25 September 2012

The ACT Community Sector Awards will be presented on Tuesday 25 September as part of the biennial Community Sector conference hosted by the ACT Council of Social Service.