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11 September 2023 Learn more

ACTCOSS AGM 2023 – Call for Board nominations

The ACT Council of Social Service Inc. (ACTCOSS) is inviting delegates from Member Organisations and Associate Members to nominate for Board positions that will be open for election at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 21 November. There are four (4) positions able to be elected for 3-year terms, including: Board Chair; and Three […]

15 August 2023 Learn more

Joint COSS letter to National Cabinet on Rental Crisis

Ahead of the National Cabinet meeting (16 August), ACTCOSS and the broader Councils of Social Service (COSS) Network* has called on state, territory and federal governments to step-up and take significant action to address the rental crisis. In a letter to the Prime Minister and Australia’s premiers and chief ministers, the COSS network – representing thousands of social […]

14 August 2023 Learn more
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ACTCOSS calls for urgent action to prevent trickle-down transition

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today released their report “Supporting a fair, fast and inclusive energy transition in the ACT”. The report details how the ACT Government can support low income and vulnerable households to make the switch off fossil fuel gas. ACTCOSS CEO, Dr Devin Bowles, said: “The ACT Government’s Integrated […]

27 June 2023 Learn more
Media release

ACT Budget 2023 – Solid Investments, Time for Greater Collaboration

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed funding in today’s ACT Budget for housing, homelessness, mental health, and expanded energy concessions. ACTCOSS invites the ACT Government to collaboratively explore where increasing service delivery by non-profit community organisations would enhance the Government’s return on investment. The Budget included previously announced measures of $345m for […]

22 June 2023 Learn more
Media release

ACTCOSS releases 2023 ACT Cost of Living Report

Living costs in the ACT have reached their highest levels in twenty years, and women are disproportionately facing the effects of these increases – these are the latest findings in the 2023 ACT Cost of Living Report, released today by the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS). The report, which tracks the changes in the […]

21 June 2023 Learn more
Media release

ACTCOSS welcomes investments to address ACT housing crisis

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the ACT Government’s announcement of $345m in additional funding for housing measures in the 2023-24 ACT Budget. The investment will be spread across public housing growth and renewal, land release and the Affordable Housing Project Fund. ACTCOSS CEO Dr Devin Bowles said: “We congratulate the […]

19 April 2023 Learn more
Media release

Cost-of-Living Crisis hits Canberra Community Sector

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called for more funding for community services to address the cost-of-living crisis following the release of a report highlighting increased demand for support across the ACT. ACOSS’s report, At the Precipice: Australia’s Community Sector through the Cost-of-living Crisis released today, showed that across Australia, increased demand is […]

24 March 2023 Learn more
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ACTCOSS appoints new CEO

The Chair of the Board of the ACT Council of Social Service, Jeremy Halcrow, has announced the appointment of Dr Devin Bowles as the new Chief Executive Officer of ACTCOSS. This follows the departure of the previous CEO, Dr Emma Campbell, in January 2023. Dr Bowles is the CEO of the Alcohol Tobacco and Other […]

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