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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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...

Survey shows community sector underfunded, overworked and underpaid

26 April 2022

A survey released today has shown that the pandemic has further compounded chronic under-funding of the community sector, pushing many services and workers to their limits.

ACTCOSS announces Policy Priorities for 2022 Federal Election

21 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called on all parties in the upcoming federal election to commit to a fairer Canberra by backing policies that support those who have the least.

Using national analysis and ACT-focused research, ACTCOSS has identified six policy priorities that will give a fair go to people on low incomes...

CASP Wellbeing Newsletter - Issue 1 out now

14 April 2022

Welcome to the first issue of our wellbeing newsletter! This newsletter is designed for frontline workers of the ACT Community Assistance and Support Program (CASP).

ACTCOSS calls for political leaders to commit to raising the rate of income support

13 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today backed a call by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) for all political leaders and federal election candidates to make a commitment to raising the rate of JobSeeker to $70 a day.

Joint media release: Canberra community calls for accessible human rights complaint mechanism

8 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today joined a coalition of  Australian community organisations, including Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR), the Human Rights Legal Centre (HRLC) and Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) to call on the ACT Government to implement an accessible human rights complaint mechanism.

Implementation of prison Blueprint for Change recommendations must engage community

7 April 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) today acknowledged the release of the Blueprint for Change staffing review of the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) and welcomed some of its key recommendations.