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ACTCOSS calls for independent oversight, improved complaints mechanisms for racial vilification

21 March 2022

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called on the ACT Government to improve oversight and review mechanisms to tackle racial vilification and discrimination.

ACT Government introduces new surrender initiative to cut down number of pokies

18 March 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed a new initiative aimed at reducing the reliance of Canberra’s community clubs on revenues from EGMs (Electronic Gaming Machines) or ‘pokies’.

The initiative, announced by ACT Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury MLA, will pay Canberra’s community clubs $15,000 for each gaming...

ACTCOSS to meet with ACT Government on housing program

11 March 2022

The ACT Government has responded to a call by ACTCOSS for urgent meetings to review the implementation of the Growing and Renewing Public Housing Program. 

“ACTCOSS has secured a meeting next week with the Director General and Deputy Director General of the Community Services Directorate which is responsible for Housing ACT,” the CEO of...

Media release: ACTCOSS refutes claims of meaningful consultation on public housing moves

4 March 2022

ACT Housing Minister Yvette Berry MLA today answered questions during Government reporting on its Growing and Renewing Public Housing program that has seen hundreds of ACT public housing tenants given notices to vacate their homes.

Media release: ACTCOSS condemns heartless public housing moves

2 March 2022

ACTCOSS has today condemned the heartless implementation by the ACT Government of its public housing renewal program.

Recommendations for improved oversight of public health measures welcomed

28 February 2022

ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) has welcomed recommendations by the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing following the release of its Inquiry into the Public Health Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2) report.

The aim of the Bill is to allow the ACT Government to issue public health directions in...

Media release: ACTCOSS welcome NDIS workforce inquiry recommendations

15 February 2022

ACTCOSS has today welcomed a report calling for improved funding, training, and support for the NDIS workforce including investment in developing and growing the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander NDIS workforce.

Media release: Major report on ACT community sector funding released

11 February 2022

ACTCOSS says that a major report released today shines a spotlight on the financial pressures faced by the ACT community sector and has applauded a commitment by the ACT Government to work with community services to develop a more sustainable model of funding.

COVID-19 Update, 11 February 2022

11 February 2022

COVID-19 Update sent to ACTCOSS members, ACT peaks and subscribers on 11 February 2022.

Media release: Motion highlights serious shortage of ACT community facilities

9 February 2022

ACTCOSS has today welcomed a motion calling on the ACT Government to work with the ACT community sector to address the shortage of quality community facilities in the ACT.