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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Urgent reform needed to tackle social harm from pokies

2 June 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has expressed its support to the ACT government’s proposed changes to reduce gambling harm caused by the ACT’s Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) or pokie machines.

ACTCOSS welcomes ACT Discrimination Law Reform

1 June 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed today’s tabling of the ACT Discrimination Amendment Bill 2022 that aims to bring discrimination law in line with the Human Rights Act and strengthen responses to discrimination.

ACTCOSS CEO, Dr Emma Campbell said: “ACTCOSS welcomes the expansion of the Discrimination Act to cover...

ACT voters call for equality, climate action and increased support for vulnerable community members

23 May 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) shares the hope of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in welcoming the opportunities for change presented by the incoming Labor Government.

ACTCOSS welcomes key recommendations on Justice and Community Safety

20 May 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed some key recommendations from the Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2020-21 by the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety.

Community, business and housing leaders call on ACT Government to address housing crisis in next Budget

19 May 2022

Leaders of Canberra’s community, housing and business sectors have today called on the ACT Government to address the ACT’s housing crisis and commit to further action in the 2022-23 ACT Budget.

In recent weeks, the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), the Canberra Business Chamber, the Property Council, ACT Shelter and the Community...

CASP Wellbeing Newsletter - Issue 2 out now

18 May 2022

Welcome to the second issue of our wellbeing newsletter! This newsletter is designed for frontline workers of the ACT Community Assistance and Support Program (CASP) – which includes volunteers and staff of subcontracted organisations.

2022 Reconciliation Week Draw

18 May 2022

In recognition of National Reconciliation Week 2022 and Reconciliation Day in the ACT, the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) is inviting ACT community sector workplaces to answer the question below to enter your workplace into a draw for a Reconciliation Week 2022 bundle, including

ACTCOSS 2022 Federal Election Forum

11 May 2022

On 28 April 2022, ACTCOSS hosted a community sector forum with a range of candidates for the 2022 federal election. The forum was an opportunity for local dialogue with a local focus.

Members heard from party/independent candidates present:

Lack of funding to leave Canberrans with mental health conditions without support

11 May 2022

With half of the ACT’s community sector organisations expecting worsening financial situations and no federal funding for psychosocial support programs past June 2023, Canberra’s community-managed mental health sector is facing a funding cliff.