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Submission: Review of Climate Change Policies Discussion Paper

The ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium considers that a priority for the Australian Government is to address the imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. If unmitigated, climate change will lead to significant social justice issues and increase pressure on the need for financial and services support.

Submission: ICRC Draft Report 1 of 2017 - Standing offer prices for the supply of electricity to small customers from 1 July 2017

The ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium is very concerned that consumers are facing yet another electricity price rise well above inflation. The Consortium notes the risks this creates for vulnerable consumers on fixed incomes. 

Submission: Status of the on-demand transport market

ACTCOSS has made a submission on the status of the on-demand transport market in response to the ACT Government announcing the staged release of up to 50 taxi licences. The ACTCOSS submission focusses on the need to strengthen the supply of accessible vehicles within the on-demand transport market; the need to respond to affordability issues and understand the impact that ride sharing apps might have on the market; and support for integration while recognising the important and distinct role community transport has in the on demand transport market.

Submission: Delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 to build inclusive and accessible communities

Our submission focussed on the issues of poor access faced by people with a range of disabilities and the need for appropriate investments, legal protections and infrastructure responses to create and inclusive and accessible Canberra. The submission also focussed on the need for a more robust compliance, accountability and reporting framework across the Strategy as a whole as well as the need for the Strategy to develop links with other human rights and intersectional frameworks.

Briefing: Summary of key community sector priorities for ACT Government Budget and election commitment implementation

In this briefing document, ACTCOSS has identified a group of commitments that we believe the ACT Government should prioritise because they most closely align to the priorities identified in the Community Shared Statement and the ACTCOSS ACT Budget Priorities 2017-18. It outlines why the commitments were chosen, and provides some additional analysis and commentary on Budget impacts.

Update, Issue 79, Autumn 2017: Social inclusion & diversifying the economy

The Autumn 2017 journal offers insights, reflections and proposals that could support achievement of an inclusive diversification of the ACT economy.

Submission: Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative

In this submission to the inquiry into the Automated Debt Recovery Program, 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.

Submission: ActewAGL Distribution engagement with consumers regarding the ACT 2019-24 electricity distribution determination Phase1 Report

In this submission, ACTCOSS identifies the areas and issues that consumer representatives need to understand, and clarifies what further information we need, to actively contribute to the development of the ActewAGL distribution submission to the 2019-24 ACT electricity distribution determination.

Submission: Future Security of the National Electricity Market

The ACT Energy Consumers Policy 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 needs to recognise social, environmental and economic factors that enhance equity, inclusion, and improve outcomes across all sectors.

Submission: Icon Water’s proposed Water and Sewerage Capital Contributions Scheme

It is the combined view of the community and industry organisations that have made this submission that the changes to infrastructure proposed should not proceed in their current form without further consultation and time to conduct detailed investigations into alternative infrastructure charging methods and their implications.

Submission: ACTCOSS Budget Priorities 2017-18

The ACTCOSS Budget submission provides guidance for ACT Government's 2017-18 Budget to ensure that it focuses on people experiencing disadvantage and households on low incomes, and the community sector. Our submission incorporates the Community Shared Statement and seeks to ensure that ACT Government's election commitments encompass the vision of the Shared Statement in its budget considerations.

Gulanga Good Practice Guides

These guides provide information on topics that aim to assist organisations implement and embed good practice when working and engaging with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly within the ACT and region. Each guide provides a general overview, which we hope will generate change and discussion within a workplace.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Men's Resource Booklet: Canberra Region

This booklet aims to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men and their families, and the agencies supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men in the Canberra region, by raising awareness of available services in the area. It also includes topics such as researching your family, what you need when you are looking for work, where to go for afterhours health care, where to access computers and free wi-fi, and more.

Update, Issue 78, Summer 2016-17: Creating fit for purpose organisations & healthy, sustainable workforces

The Summer 2016-17 journal explores how we can create fit for purpose organisations and healthy, sustainable workforces. 

State of the Community Service Sector in the ACT 2016 Report

This 2016 ACT State of the Community Service Sector report was prepared by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW, with Volunteering and Contact ACT as project partners. The report pulls together for the first time a comprehensive picture of those vital organisations in the ACT that provide community services, speak out on social issues, and represent the interests of their members in decision-making processes.

ACTCOSS Annual Report 2015-16

This ACTCOSS annual report highlights our achievements for 2015-16, including major policy advocacy, sector development and organisation development activities.

Update, Issue 77, Spring 2016: NDIS Transition - Where have we landed?

The Spring 2016 journal explores where we have landed with the NDIS. 

Housing Industry Roundtable Communique: Canberra comes together for housing: an agreed way forward

A joint communique from the ACT property industry, business, community, union and professional groups on housing policy and provision in Canberra.

2016 ACT Election Statement - Homelessness and Housing Affordability

In their joint 2016 election statement on homelessness and affordable housing, ACTCOSS and ACT Shelter ask the government to invest in affordable housing as core infrastructure necessary to the social and economic sustainability of our city and ensure services working with people who are homeless have adequate funds to be effective.

Joint COSS submission: 2017 Annual Information Statement

The COSSes support the ACNC’s objective to reduce red tape and charities’ reporting burden. Any changes to the Annual Information Statement (AIS) need to balance collecting high quality, sector relevant data and charities’ burden in completing it.