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ACTCOSS Annual Report 2017-18

This ACTCOSS annual report highlights our achievements for 2017-18, including major policy advocacy and capability activities.

Position statement: ACT Affordable Housing Strategy

This position statement outlines ACTCOSS member expectations of what we would hope to see included in an ACT Affordable Housing Strategy.

Factsheet: Gambling harm in the ACT

This factsheet provides an overview of the extent of gambling harm in Australia and the ACT, outlines statistics on the prevalence of harm, and outlines ACTCOSS’ advocacy asks.

Stories of Chance

Stories about the costs of gambling to the Canberra community and the resilience of those who experience harm and come back.

Update, Issue 85, Spring 2018: Housing futures

The Spring 2018 journal offers information and perspectives around housing affordability in Canberra.

Submission: Maximising the Benefits of the Community Contributions Scheme

In this submission, the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance calls for improvements in distribution of community contributions derived from poker machine profits.

Submission: Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme targets 2018-2019

In this submisison, ACTCOSS recommends that the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS) priority household target should remain at 20%, with eligibility extended to more low income households and made accessible to those in rental housing. 

Update, Issue 84, Winter 2018: People with disability: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander perspectives

The Winter 2018 journal offers information and perspectives around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and disability.

Submission: Review: Good governance principles and guidance for NFP organisations

In this submission, ACTCOSS provides a number of suggestions about how the 'Good governance principles and guidance for NFP organisations’ could be further developed and resources that would assist organisations apply the principles.

ACT 2018-19 Budget Snapshot

This snapshot outlines and briefly analyses the ACT 2018-19 Budget's impacts on people experiencing disadvantage and households on low incomes, and the community sector.

Factsheet: Housing affordability and homelessness in the ACT

This factsheet brings together a range of important data and information for the first time to show the true dimensions of housing stress and homelessness in the city of Canberra.

Response: Human Rights Standards for ACT Corrective Services

ACTCOSS broadly supports the Human Rights Standards for ACT Corrective Services, but there are some key elements which need to be included in the Human Rights Standards, including attention the specific needs of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander detainees and incarcerated women.

Submission: Australian Energy Regulator Issues Paper - March 2018 - Evoenergy Distribution Determination 2019 to 2024

Joint submission by the ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium on the Australian Energy Regulator Issues Paper - March 2018 - Evoenergy Distribution Determination 2019 to 2024.

ACT Cost of Living Report, 2018

This report tracks changes in the cost of living, particularly for low income households in the ACT. It builds on previous ACTCOSS Canberra’s CPI continues to increase above the national ratework on costs of living in the ACT.

Factsheet: Poverty and inequality in the ACT

This factsheet brings together a range of important data and information on poverty and inequality in the ACT.

Submission: Early Childhood Strategy

In this submission, ACTCOSS recommends the ACT Government shifts their current model of delivery early childhood education and care. We propose an approach that privileges cultural safety and appropriateness, sets targets for participation of disengaged, vulnerable and disadvantaged families, and offers a mix of structured and more flexible settings.

Update, Issue 83, Autumn 2018: People-led outcomes

The Autumn 2018 journal offers perspectives on people-led outcomes and outcomes measurement.

Submission: ACT’s Climate Strategy to a Net Zero Emissions Territory Discussion Paper December 2017

Joint submission by the ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium on the ACT Government’s Climate Strategy to a Net Zero Emissions Territory. It is imperative the strategy has a framework that supports consumers who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Response: ACT Greens Discussion Paper: Consent in Sexual Violence Laws

ACTCOSS supports the proposal in the ACT Greens Discussion Paper: Consent in Sexual Violence Laws to reform the ACT’s criminal law to adopt a new definition of consent.

Submission: Secure Local Jobs Package

ACTCOSS supports measures that improve security of employment, especially for people in low wage industries or roles. In this submission to the ACT Government's Secure Local Jobs Package, ACTCOSS writes that the implementation of the Secure Local Jobs Package in community service contracts should comply with the commitments made in the partnership approach outlined in the policies and agreements governing the relationships between the ACT Government and community organisations in the ACT, including the 2001 Social Compact, the 2004 Community Sector Funding Policy, the renewal of the Social Compact in 2012, the revision of the standard Service Funding Agreements in 2016 and the ACT Community Services Industry Strategy 2016-2026.