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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COVID-19 Update No.1, 23 March 2020

23 March 2020

This is Issue 1 of the COVID-19 Update, sent to ACTCOSS members on Monday 23 March 2020.

Media release: Community COVID-19 rescue package welcomed

20 March 2020

ACTCOSS has welcomed key elements of the ACT Government’s rescue and stimulus package announced today in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Media release: Report shows ACT community services already struggling before COVID-19 crisis

20 March 2020

Government support for the NFP community service sector in the ACT is failing to keep up with demand for services, foster collaboration and allow for advocacy. This is a key finding from the Australian Community Sector Survey.

Media release: Scrutiny of Government progress welcomed

18 March 2020

ACTCOSS has welcomed last week’s public hearings on government services by the ATSIEB. The annual hearings provide an opportunity for scrutiny of ACT Government programs by ATSIEB.

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes ACT Wellbeing Framework

12 March 2020

ACTCOSS today welcomed the release of the ACT Wellbeing Framework by the ACT Government.

Joint media release: ACTCOSS and YWCA Canberra call on federal government to mark International Women’s Day with a commitment to equal pay

6 March 2020

Ahead of International Women’s Day, ACTCOSS and YWCA Canberra are calling on the federal government to commit to equal pay for workers in the community sector.

Media release: Stimulus - focus on low-income and housing action

5 March 2020

ACTCOSS is urging the ACT Government to prioritise investment in social housing infrastructure when proposing to the federal government new measures to stimulate the economy.

Media release: ACTCOSS calls on the ACT Government to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14

3 March 2020

ACTCOSS has called on the ACT Government to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14 years old from the current level of 10 years old.

Media release: Survey shows ACT community services and workers at risk from funding uncertainty

27 February 2020

ACT community service leaders are concerned that the Federal Government has yet to commit to the continuation of funding put in place to ensure staff can be fairly paid in this important sector.

Media Release: ACTCOSS welcomes debate on a fairer way forward for fines

20 February 2020

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed a new bill in the ACT Legislative Assembly that will offer more flexible payment options for people facing fines.