This is Issue 1 of the COVID-19 Update, sent to ACTCOSS members on Monday 23 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.
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.
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.
ACTCOSS today welcomed the release of the ACT Wellbeing Framework by the ACT Government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.