ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

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Here you'll find news about ACTCOSS activities and major community sector news.

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Media release: Bill to Amend Crimes Act finally introduces Affirmative Model to ACT

8 February 2022

ACTCOSS this week welcomes Dr Marisa Paterson MLA’s Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2022 to be presented to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Media release: Urgent need to improve access to health services for the ACT's most disadvantaged

1 February 2022

ACTCOSS has today called on the ACT and federal governments to do more to reduce ongoing health inequalities experienced by people facing disadvantage in the ACT.

COVID-19 Update, 28 January 2022

28 January 2022

COVID-19 Update sent to ACTCOSS members, ACT peaks and subscribers on 28 January 2022.

Joint media release: Over-incarceration of Indigenous people in the ACT continues

28 January 2022

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services and ACTCOSS have today welcomed news that the average daily number of prisoners in the AMC has gone down but expressed deep concern about the ongoing over-incarceration of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Media release: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children continue to be overrepresented in child protection and youth justice systems

25 January 2022

ACTCOSS has called on the ACT Government to progress work to implement all recommendations from the Our Booris, Our Way report and increase investment in Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, following today’s release of a national report showing the continued overrepresentation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in...

Media release: Canberra's Housing and Homelessness Crisis Worsens

25 January 2022

ACTCOSS has called on the ACT Government to urgently review the implementation of its housing strategy and improve community oversight following today’s release of a national report that shows major failings in the ACT Government’s policy to address the Territory’s housing crisis.

Media release: ACTCOSS welcomes more discussion on fairer way forward for fines

21 January 2022

ACTCOSS has today welcomed the ACT Legislative Assembly’s call for close consultation with the community sector to ensure that people on low incomes are not unfairly impacted by the imposition of fines.

Media release: Implementing OPCAT: Protecting the human rights of detainees in the ACT

20 January 2022

ACTCOSS today welcomed news that the ACT Government has designated three independent bodies to ensure the human rights of people in detention are protected.

Community sector and vulnerable Canberrans need open access to Rapid Antigen Tests

6 January 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today called for Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to be universally available to all Canberrans who need them.

ACTCOSS CEO, Dr Emma Campbell said: “The provision of up to 10 free tests for concession and health care card holders is a good start. However, thousands of Canberrans will still...

Report highlights need for more community sector funding

21 December 2021

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called for more funding for the community sector following the release of a report highlighting increased demand across the ACT for services including housing and homeless supports, domestic and family violence crisis services and mental health supports.