ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

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Here you'll find news about ACTCOSS activities and major community sector news.

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Media release: Community Sector United on ACT Budget Priorities

10 November 2014

In response to the 2015-2016 ACT Budget Consultation the ACT community sector have identified affordable housing and homelessness as the major policy issues needing long term planning and investment by the ACT Government.

Media release: ACT labour market trends help explain rates of poverty in the ACT

14 October 2014

The ACT Council of Social Service and Women's Centre for Health Matters released data today showing that outside of public sector employment, industries with growing employment opportunities that do not require degree-level qualifications offer low wage, relatively high rates of part-time work, suggesting many workers struggle to earn enough to...

Media release: Protecting a Fair Go - Community Response to the 2014-15 Federal Budget Forum

16 September 2014

Joint media release with St Vincent de Paul Society.

Protecting a Fair Go - Community Response to the 2014-15 Federal Budget Forum

Co-hosted by ACTCOSS and St Vincent de Paul Society

Media release: ACTCOSS supports re-phasing capital investment to assist Mr Fluffy homeowners

14 September 2014

ACTCOSS Director Susan Helyar said today that ACTCOSS welcomes the decision of the ACT Government to delay large parts of the $2.5 billion infrastructure package announced in the last ACT budget, including the City to Lake development and a new national Convention Centre.

Media release: New Minister and changed portfolios in ACT Cabinet

4 July 2014

Susan Helyar, Director of the ACT Council of Social Service, commented today on the announcement of the new portfolio arrangements for Ministers released by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Media release: NDIS is a social institution the entire Australian community can be proud of

1 July 2014

ACTCOSS warmly celebrates the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Canberra today.

Media release: Positive commitment, modest investment – but is it enough?

3 June 2014

ACTCOSS has signalled cautious support for the ACT Budget released today, recognising a number of welcome measures but suggesting that there are missed opportunities for the ACT Government in supporting Canberra’s most vulnerable households.

Media release: Canberrans have easier access to better human services

29 May 2014

ACT Medicare Local and ACTCOSS have welcomed today’s launch of the ACT Government’s Human Services Blueprint. ACTML Chair Dr Rashmi Sharma says the Blueprint aims to make services more available and responsive to the needs of local people and is delighted that our CEO Ms Leanne Wells was part of its development in association with community...

Media release: Report on the Human Rights Audit on the Conditions of Detention of Women at the Alexander Maconochie Centre

22 May 2014

The Women’s Centre for Health Matters (WCHM), the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and the ACT Women And Prisons Group (WAP) welcome the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner’s report on Human Rights Audit on the Conditions of Detention of Women at the Alexander Maconochie Centre which was released last Thursday, 15 May 2014...

Media release: The wrong sort of change: Racial Discrimination Act

28 March 2014

The community in Canberra welcomes the ACT Green’s plan, announced by Minister Rattenbury today, to address any gaps in protections or sanctions that arise as a result of Federal Government changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.