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Community sector and vulnerable Canberrans need open access to Rapid Antigen Tests

6 January 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today called for Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to be universally available to all Canberrans who need them.

ACTCOSS CEO, Dr Emma Campbell said: “The provision of up to 10 free tests for concession and health care card holders is a good start. However, thousands of Canberrans will still...

Report highlights need for more community sector funding

21 December 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called for more funding for the community sector following the release of a report highlighting increased demand across the ACT for services including housing and homeless supports, domestic and family violence crisis services and mental health supports.

Media release: Canberra renters need further insulation against high energy and housing costs

17 December 2021

ACTCOSS has today called for greater ambition to address significant social, economic and health inequities experienced by renters in the ACT.

Media release: ACT Needs a Fairer Federal Grant Share

15 December 2021

ACTCOSS has today called on all ACT candidates in the coming federal election to explain to Canberra voters how they will make sure that the Territory receives its fair share of federal funding in the next parliament.

Media release: Addressing Period Poverty and Stigma in the ACT

15 December 2021

ACTCOSS has welcomed the introduction of a Bill to help address period poverty and the stigma associated with periods in the ACT.

Media release: International Human Rights Day 2021 - let's commit to action and delivery

10 December 2021

ACTCOSS today marked International Human Rights Day by calling for more action to protect Canberrans most at risk of human rights violations.

Media Release: Positive results on prisoner numbers but more to do

9 December 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the ABS 2021 Prisoners in Australia data released today that shows a decrease in the total number of prisoners in the ACT for the third successive year.

Media Release: ACTCOSS welcomes key recommendations in COVID-19 report

2 December 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed recommendations from the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Select Committee on the COVID-19 2021 pandemic response including a call for appropriate and ongoing funding for community services tasked with responding to increased need.

Media Release: ACTCOSS welcomes steps to recognise carers

2 December 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the introduction of legislation to the ACT Legislative Assembly that will strengthen support for the many tens of thousands of Canberrans who provide unpaid care to family members or friends who need support because of disability, chronic illness, mental illness, drug or alcohol issues,...