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Submission: Moving Canberra - Planning Better for Everyone

ACTCOSS highlights the need for Canberra’s transport system to plan for everyone to move where they need to, regardless of how they move, in our submission on the draft Moving Canberra 2019-2045 Integrated Transport Strategy.

Submission: Consultation on Adoption Reform: dispensing with parental consent

ACTCOSS notes that before considering adoption reform in favour of dispensing with parental consent, the ACT needs to improve resourcing for parent support programs in the ACT and to address structural reasons for the overrepresentation of some families and groups in the out-of-home care (OOHC) system.

Update, Issue 87, Autumn 2019: Funding models that ensure vital community services thrive

Prompted by ongoing discussions in civil society, services, government and with other funding bodies, the Autumn 2019 journal aims to bring together current ACT thinking about procurement and funding models that will enable community services to thrive.

ACTCOSS Strategic Plan 2019-2022

The ACTCOSS Strategic Plan 2019-2022 outlines our vision, purpose, objectives and other guiding principles for 2019-2022. It helps us decide what we focus on and how we work.

Submission: Inquiry into Fuel Pricing

ACTCOSS urges that the ACT Government recognise the impact of transport costs on food security and access to primary health, especially for people experiencing transport disadvantage.

Submission: ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission Review of the Utility Consumer Code

ACTCOSS believes there are improvements needed to the Utility Consumer Code and to the support processes within the industry and community services to improve consumer awareness, protection and assertion of their rights.

Submission: Response to ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission Review of Electricity Pricing Method and Model

ACTCOSS believes there are improvements that could be made to the method used by ACT ICRC to determine regulatory settings for pricing of supply of electricity to small customers in the ACT. ACTCOSS supports improvements that maximise reduced costs to consumers.

Submission: Family Violence Death Review Draft Models

ACTCOSS welcomes the development of a Family Violence Death Review (FVDR) in the ACT.

Update, Issue 86, Summer 2018-19: Community facilities: Now and into the future

The Summer 2018-19 journal offers information and perspectives around community facility needs and the value of investing in meeting these needs as Canberra is renewed and grows.

Submission: Taxi licences and on-demand transport

This submission on the ACT’s reform to the on-demand transport industry prioritises the need to sustain an adequate supply of on-demand transport within a viable and well-regulated taxi transport industry that is affordable to those who need it and maintains access for those who are most reliant on the network.

Submission: Australian Building Codes Board - Accessible Housing

In this submission to the Australian Building Codes Board, ACTCOSS strongly supports the calls by the Australian Network on Universal Housing Design for regulation on accessible housing.

Submission: ACTCOSS Budget Priorities 2019-20

In ACTCOSS' submission to the 2019-20 ACT Budget, we focus on a number of community sector priorities for investment and highlight actions and further investment needed to ensure effective implementation of existing commitments.

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.

Submission: Review of the Lease Variation Charge

In this submission, ACTCOSS’ position on the Lease Variation Charge is that the charge is an important revenue stream and sound public policy in a leasehold system. We believe LVC remissions could be used to facilitate affordable housing, particularly on well situated urban renewal sites.

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.