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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Media Release: ACTCOSS FEDERAL BUDGET REACTION: Steps forward but further erosion of core social infrastructure a risk for Canberra

10 May 2017

The ACT Council of Social Service has joined the Australian Council of Social Service and peak bodies in welcoming some broad directions in the Federal Government 2017-2018 Budget while expressing concern about punitive welfare measures as well as risks to social infrastructure in Canberra.

Reconciliation Week 2017: Win resources for your workplace!

3 May 2017

Would you like to enter a draw for over $300 worth of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander resources for your workplace?

Media release: Feds warned - “Don’t backtrack on housing” - 6 point plan points to viable reform

26 April 2017

The ACT Council of Social Service has supported calls for the Federal Government to address the housing affordability crisis affecting millions across the country and has joined calls for the government to deliver on early promising indications that it is prepared to invest in housing in next month’s Federal Budget.

Nominations open: 2017 Canberra & District Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Sector Worker of the Year

26 April 2017

Do you want to recognise and celebrate the work of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community sector worker in the ACT region? Nominate them for this NAIDOC award!

Schools for All Program Update

20 April 2017

ACTCOSS has developed a Program Update on the ACT Education Directorate's Schools for All Program. This program aims to implement recommendations made in the 2015 report of the Expert Panel on Students with Complex Needs and Challenging Behaviour.

Media release: Numbers confirm robo-debt is epic administration fail

8 April 2017

Figures obtained through a Senate Question on Notice by Senator Katy Gallagher and released today have confirmed concerns about the accuracy of the Federal Government’s Automated Debt Recovery Program which has targeted thousands of income support customers around Australian with automated Centrelink debt letters.

Submission to the Automated 'Robo-Debt' Recovery inquiry

4 April 2017

In our submission we point out the impacts on local people and services, call for the program to be abandoned and ask for an apology to Centrelink customers who have been impacted.

Future Security of the National Electricity Market - Read the submission

21 March 2017

The ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium has made a submission to the Preliminary Report of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market. The consortium welcomes the broad based direction of the review, and recommends any change to policy relating to the future security of the National Electricity Market...

Media release: Inquiry hears calls for robo-debt suspension

8 March 2017

ACTCOSS joined the Australian Council of Social Service in giving evidence into the Senate Inquiry into the Federal Government’s Centrelink Robo-Debt Recovery Program this morning. ACTCOSS Director, Susan Helyar, told the first day of hearings at the inquiry into the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative that the program...

A focus on outcomes

3 March 2017

Organisations in the sector see the need to and are able to measure outcomes, but also recognise that there is room to improve our capability in this area. Read more about outcomes and find out how you can join our new outcomes peer network.