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: Report reveals hidden disadvantage in the ACT

18 October 2017

New research released today shows that in the ACT around one in 10 people are living in a low-income household, and 12 per cent of children are living in low income households.

Media release: Community concerns one year on from ACT Election

16 October 2017

Just over one year since the 2016 ACT Election, ACTCOSS has released themes for the 2018-19 Budget. These focus on gaps in social and community infrastructure, a need to better adjust to economic and digital change, and a warning about the need to recognise that as our city grows and the age and employment profile changes, government needs...

ACTCOSS Committee 2017-18 - Call for nominations

12 September 2017

We are calling on members to nominate for Committee positions open for election at our AGM on 21 November. Nominations close 5pm, 24 October.

Media release: Citizens’ jury welcomed as part of third party insurance review

22 August 2017

ACTCOSS welcomes the announcement of a citizens’ jury to be convened by the ACT Government to examine ways to improve the Compulsory Third Party insurance scheme (CTP) in the ACT.

Media release: Citizens’ juries – Let’s get it right

12 August 2017

As Canberra moves towards the wider use of citizens’ juries, the Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy (CAPaD) and ACTCOSS have joined forces to expose a draft set of principles to ensure that deliberative mechanisms are trialled in a robust, respectful and informed way.

Help us reveal hidden disadvantage in the ACT for Anti-Poverty Week

11 August 2017

ACTCOSS is seeking co-contributions to fund expert analysis of 2016 Census data on disadvantage in the ACT. A report based on this analysis would be released during Anti-Poverty Week (15-21 October 2017). The total cost of this research would be $20,000. 

Recent work with ACT Women's Services Network

11 August 2017

ACTCOSS is an active member of the ACT Women's Services Network (WSN). WSN recently submitted feedback on draft legislation addressing privacy and technology-facilitated abuse.

Media release: ACT Government begins work on improving supply of affordable, accessible housing

31 July 2017

ACTCOSS welcomes the release this past week by the ACT Government of an Affordable Housing Discussion Paper inviting people who experience housing stress, landlords, community advocates for affordable housing and the property industry to share their views on actions that can be taken to improve the supply of affordable housing in Canberra.

New submission: Insecure work in the ACT

25 July 2017

This submission provides a preliminary examination of the nature, extent and consequences of insecure work in the ACT, focusing on impacts on people experiencing disadvantage and the community sector.

ACTCOSS receives Hands Across Canberra grant for learning & development resources

20 July 2017

We’re thrilled to have received a grant of $20,000 from Hands Across Canberra to fund development of an e-learning platform for community workers and organisations, and development of a resource for people who join community organisation governing bodies.