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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Community Services Industry Plan: Be involved!

1 February 2016

A Community Services Industry Plan is being developed to support the ACT community sector through a period of significant structural adjustment. Do you want to be involved in its development? 

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes the expanded ACT Ministry

22 January 2016

Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, commented today on the new administrative arrangements released by Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

"I welcome the new and expanded Ministry and congratulate Dr Chris Bourke MLA and Meegan Fitzharris MLA on their appointment as Ministers."

Report released: ACT HACC-YP Services Mapping and Capacity Report

17 December 2015

ACTCOSS has released its project report ACT HACC-YP Services Mapping and Capacity Report, which aims to map the existing ACT Home and Community Care – Younger People Service System and assess capacity and unmet need.

Media release: Unaffordable housing and homelessness dim the lights in the festive season

27 November 2015

As Canberra families gather to watch our city attempt to break the Guinness Book of Records title for the world’s most lights on an artificial Christmas tree tonight, community organisations around Canberra have joined together to publish fact sheets that highlight the other side of Canberra during the festive season – people less able to enjoy...

ACTCOSS Annual Report 2014-15 now available

18 November 2015

The ACTCOSS Annual Report and Financial Report for 2014-15 are now available for download. 

ACTCOSS Annual Report 2014-15

Media release: Community sector calls on Chief Minister to commit to clear bottom lines in tax reform debate

5 November 2015

Following the release today of new NATSEM modelling outlining the impacts of potential GST changes on low-income and disadvantaged households, the ACT Council of Social Service calls on Chief Minister Barr to reject any tax deal or increase in GST unless there's a broad tax reform package; unfair income tax issues are addressed; changes are...

ACTCOSS Budget Priorities 2016-17 released

28 October 2015

ACTCOSS has published our submission to the ACT Budget for 2016-17. ACTCOSS argues that improving social inclusion and equality should be the core agenda guiding ACT Government spending decisions. Housing, education and transport are identified as areas of high community need in the ACT. The submission provides extensive evidence to support 50...

Media release: Push for housing as key ACT Election issue: voters invited to "Make My Vote for Housing"

17 October 2015

One year out from the coming ACT Election, Canberra’s 270,000 voters are today being urged to make housing and homelessness key issues in deciding the poll.

COSS media release: Councils of Social Service call for development of national plan to tackle poverty and inequality in Australia

12 October 2015

At the start of Anti-Poverty Week, ACOSS and all eight State and Territory Councils of Social Service, are calling for the development of a national plan to tackle growing poverty and inequality in Australia, including setting targets to ensure the incomes of the lowest income earners increase at least at the pace of those in the middle.

COSS media release: National Councils of Social Service urge Senate to vote down 4 week wait period for income support

11 August 2015

Joint COSS media release.

Meeting in Darwin today, the nation’s peak community sector bodies issued a joint call for the Australian Senate to vote down the harsh Federal Government proposal to withhold income support from young people and some single parents.