ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

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Poverty hidden behind ACT's high averages

8 November 2021

A major report released today has highlighted the high rates of poverty and disadvantage in the ACT hidden behind the Territory’s relative prosperity. The Vital Signs report, published by Hands Across Canberra and the Snow Foundation, shows the ongoing challenges faced by Canberrans on low incomes or facing other disadvantage.

Media Release: Report shows strong support for raising age of criminal responsibliity

6 November 2021

The ACT Council of Community Service (ACTCOSS) has today commended the ACT Government on its progress towards raising the age of criminal responsibility in the ACT.

Media Release: COVID-19 disaster payments to end tomorrow

4 November 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today expressed concern over the cessation of the ACT COVID-19 disaster payment from tomorrow, Friday 5 November.

The disaster payment is a lump-sum payment up to $750 per week for people who have lost work and income due to an ACT COVID-19 public health order.

COVID-19 Update, 4 November 2021

4 November 2021

COVID-19 Update sent to ACTCOSS members and ACT peaks on 4 November 2021.

Media Release: ACTCOSS congratulates ACT Senior Australian of the Year 2022 nominee Julie Tongs OAM

3 November 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today congratulated Julie Tongs OAM, CEO of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services, on her the nomination for the Senior Australian of the Year award.

Anti-Poverty Week 2021 Recap

2 November 2021

This year, ACT Anti-Poverty Week events and initiatives were organised to call attention to the hidden poverty in the Territory. Canberrans were asked to reflect on poverty, inequality and disadvantage on our doorstep and take action to make change.

Media release: Anti-Poverty Week Youth Art Competition Winners Announced!

29 October 2021

This year, Anti-Poverty Week was held across Australia from 17 to 23 October 2021. The week focused on reminding governments that there are two key things they can do to reduce poverty for individuals, families and children: raising the rate of income support above the poverty line and investing in social housing.

Updates for Organisations Supporting Multicultural Communities - 29 October 2021

29 October 2021

Updates for ACT organisations and groups supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Includes important information about COVID, health and interpreter/translation services, vaccination, emergency relief, financial support and more.

COVID-19 Update, 22 October 2021

22 October 2021

COVID-19 Update sent to ACTCOSS members and ACT peaks on 22 October 2021.

Media Release: Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2021

22 October 2021

This week is Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2021 which provides an opportunity for people to talk openly about what gambling harm is, what can be done to prevent it, and how to support those affected by it.