ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation


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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.

Open Letter - Calls for the ACT Government to end forced relocations

9 May 2022

ACTCOSS joins a number of organisations in calls to end the ACT Government's practice of forced relocation of public tenants.

Canberrans on low incomes hit hardest by cost of living rises as income supports removed

6 May 2022

Canberrans living on low incomes are being hit hardest by the biggest increase in cost of living in over 20 years. Far from sharing in an economic and community recovery, more people are seeking support from ACT community sector organisations due to the rising cost of living and declining income support.

ACTCOSS welcomes new moves to reduce harm from gambling

29 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed a significant step by the ACT Government towards reducing gambling harm by in the Canberra community.

Social housing boost needed under ACT Government’s land supply and release program

27 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) will today give evidence to the ACT Legislative Assembly Committee inquiring into the ACT Government’s land supply and release program saying that more needs to be done to tackle the ACT’s housing crisis.

In its testimony, ACTCOSS will call for more investment and an increased release of land...