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Submission: The Right to a Healthy Environment

ACTCOSS has made a submission to the Right to a Healthy Environment consultation process.

Submission: Inquiry into Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Natural Gas Transition) Amendment Bill 2022

ACTCOSS has provided feedback to the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Natural Gas Transition) Amendment Bill 2022.

Submission: Inquiry into EV Adoption

ACTCOSS made a submission to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City services inquiry into EV Adoption in the ACT.

Submission: Dhulwa Inquiry

ACTCOSS made a submission to the Inquiry into the Legislative, Workplace Governance and Clinical Frameworks of the Dhulwa Secure Mental Health Facility.

Joint Submission: AEMC Draft Determination Protecting Customers Affected by Family Violence

ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), Financial Rights Legal Centre (FRLC), Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand (Good Shepherd), the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) and Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) welcome the opportunity to respond to the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) Draft National Energy Retail Amendment (Protecting customers affected by family violence) Rule 2022 (‘the draft rule’).

Submission: Inquiry into Housing and Rental Affordability

ACTCOSS made a submission to the Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality’s inquiry into housing and rental affordability.

ACT Budget Bulletin 2022-23

This bulletin provides a summary of ACTCOSS responses to the 2022-23 ACT Budget announced on 2 August 2022. 

Submission: ACT Disability Strategy

ACTCOSS has made a submission to the ACT Community Services Directorate, ACT Office for Disability on the development of the ten-year ACT Disability Strategy (ACTDS). ACTCOSS has identified ten key focus areas to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in the ACT and make Canberra an accessible and inclusive city. These are detailed in the submission and are recommended to be included in the ACTDS. The submission also highlights the importance of the ACTDS to be underpinned by an overarching principle of human rights for people with disability.

Submission: Feedback on Draft Multicultural Recognition Bill 2022

ACTCOSS made a submission to the ACT Government’s Draft Multicultural Recognition Bill 2022 in support of a strong commitment to a diverse, inclusive and anti-racist community.

Submission: Auslan Accessibility Letter

ACTCOSS provided a submission to the Inquiry into Access to Services and Information in Auslan.

Submission: Response to Variations in Sex Characteristics Draft Bill 2022

Our submission to the ACT Government's Variations in Sex Characteristics Draft Bill 2022 supports the restriction of medical treatments for variations in sex characteristics to those occurring on the basis of: being an emergency treatment; ease of reversibility; not affecting sex characteristics; and being performed with informed consent. Further, the submission highlights the importance of involving individuals with lived experience in decision-making processes.

Submission: Draft Planning Bill

ACTCOSS has made a submission to the ACT Government's Planning Review and Reform Project. Our submission calls for high quality consultation with people experiencing disadvantage and highlights the need to prioritise accessible and affordable housing and community connection in all planning reforms.

Submission: Electronic gaming machine bet and credit limits

ACTCOSS has made a submission to the ACT Government’s review of electronic gaming machine bet and credit limits. We welcome the initiative as part of the ACT Government’s commitment to reducing gambling harm. However, ACTCOSS is also keen to see further actions including the introduction of mandatory pre-commitment in all venues, the banning of poker machine operations between 2am and 10am and further reductions to bet and load-up limits.

Submission: ACTCOSS ACT Budget Priorities 2022-23

In ACTCOSS’s submission we call for the 2022-23 ACT Budget to work towards a fair Canberra by: urgently addressing the housing crisis, adequately funding and valuing the work of community sector organisations, addressing the increasing disadvantage caused by rising costs of living, and supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' Self-Determination.

2022 Federal Election Survey - Candidates Responses

ACTCOSS surveyed 2022 federal election candidates on their views about six policy priority areas: income support; housing security; quality community services; fair, fast, and inclusive climate action; self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and revenue. These are their responses.

2022 Federal Election Forum Report

On 28 April 2022, ACTCOSS hosted a members' forum with a range of candidates for the 2022 federal election. The forum was an opportunity for local dialogue with a local focus.

2022 ACT Cost of Living Report

The 2022 ACT Cost of Living Report highlights the dual impact of the highest increase in living costs in over 20 years and the withdrawal of COVID-19 income supports. Over the past 12 months the ACT community sector has seen an increase in demand for social services alongside an increase in poverty, disadvantage and complexity of need among the people and communities they support.

Submission: Healthy Prison Review

ACTCOSS provided feedback to the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services through the Healthy Prison Review 2022 process.