ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation


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

For more news from the community sector, check out our Weekly Community Sector eNotices.


Media release: New stories reveal true pokie toll

13 October 2018

Canberra people have opened up about the shocking toll that gambling, particularly electronic gaming machines, has taken on their lives and the lives of others in a new publication from ACTCOSS and the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance.

Loneliness, Connectedness and Social Infrastructure

28 September 2018

Susan Helyar writes about the Relationship Australia report on loneliness and ACTCOSS' advocacy for action to address gaps in municipal level social infrastructure.

National Safe Work Month Free eLearning Tokens

28 September 2018

50 free access tokens for WH&S content on our e-Learning platform for member for ACTCOSS Members for National Safe Work Month!

ACTCOSS Committee 2018-19 - Call for nominations

27 September 2018

We are calling on members to nominate for Committee positions open for election at our AGM on 16 November 2018. Nominations close 5pm, 23 October 2018.

ACT Community Sector Awards 2018 - Nominations open!

25 September 2018

Do you know an ACT community sector organisation, staff member or individual who deserves to be recognised? Nominate by 12 October 2018 for an ACT Community Sector Award!

Media release: We can tackle energy costs and climate change

24 September 2018

ACTCOSS welcomes the release of a study last week by Frontier Economics, commissioned by ACOSS and the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, that shows that energy prices will fall with investment in clean energy under various scenarios modelled to meet responsibilities under the Paris Agreement.

Media release: ACT would get $30 million boost from Newstart rise

17 September 2018

The ACT is set for a $30.51 million boost and would be in the top 20 local areas in Australia to benefit if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week according to economic analysis released today.

ACTCOSS welcomes all additional land releases targeted towards affordable and social housing

14 September 2018

ACTCOSS welcomes all additional land releases that are targeted to affordable housing and social housing (noting the lack of affordable housing in the Inner South and Tuggeranong). We continue to call on the ACT Government to invest $100m in a Strategy to reduce homelessness and increase affordable housing.

Report of Panel Discussion on Homelessness at Haydon Village Kitchen Table Conversation Group

7 September 2018

This report transcribes a panel discussion on homelessness on the 23 August at Haydon Village Kitchen Table Conversation Group, attended by Andrew Leigh MP, Mark Parton MLA, Caroline Le Couteur MLA and Susan Helyar, Director ACT Council of Social Service​.