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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Joint media release: Multi-year commitment to Disability Justice Strategy welcomed

13 February 2020

Advocacy for Inclusion (AFI) and the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTOSS) have today commended the ACT Government’s commitment to $4.9 million over four years to ensure the full rollout of the Disability Justice Strategy as part of today’s 2019/2020 ACT Budget Review.

Media release: Mid-Year Budget Update - Welcome investments in difficult times

13 February 2020

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the direction of the ACT Government’s 2019-20 mid-year Budget Review that includes new investments in our community despite tough economic circumstances. 

Media release: ACTCOSS gives evidence on the urgent need for more transparency and accountability in the ACT child protection system

6 February 2020

The ACT Council of Social Service this week called for more transparency and a robust external review mechanism of child protection decisions in its evidence to the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Inquiry into Child and Youth Protection Services (CYPS).

Media release: We’ve waited too long - Newstart boost backed

31 January 2020

ACTCOSS has backed calls by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) to raise the rate of Newstart and allowances as part of their Federal Budget Submission released today. 

Media release: New CEO for ACTCOSS

14 January 2020

The Chair of the ACTCOSS Board has announced the appointment of Dr Emma Campbell as the new CEO of ACTCOSS.

Media release: Record breaking weather hits poor hardest

20 December 2019

Only a few weeks into summer and extreme weather conditions are reminding us all of the need for strong action on climate change and better planning to ensure our city works for those most at risk in extremes of heat and cold. 

Media release: Just transition must be focus of five-year plan for sustainable energy in ACT

19 December 2019

ACTCOSS is calling on the ACT Government to assess all measures in its next 5-year plan for sustainable energy against criteria for a just transition to zero net greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT by 2045.

COSS media release: PM called on to protect equal pay funding for feminised caring sector

16 December 2019

The COSS Network, representing the community sector across Australia, is calling on the Morrison Government to prevent impending cuts to community services, which would negatively impact the national gender pay gap.

COSS media release: Political inaction on climate change is hurting our most vulnerable, worsening poverty and inequality

12 December 2019

The COSS Network is calling for urgent government action on climate change to support those hardest hit by its impacts – people on low incomes or experiencing disadvantage.

COSS media release: Dangerous and outrageous - Councils of Social Service condemn proposed funding cut to national voice for First Nations women on domestic violence

10 December 2019

The Councils of Social Service across the country have joined together to urge the Morrison Government to reinstate funding to the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum (NFVPLS) the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims and survivors of domestic violence.