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31 January 2024 Learn more

Woolworths incident evokes the spirit of Robin Hood

Earlier this week, my children witnessed a man hastily push a trolley loaded with groceries out of Woolworths, skipping payment at self-checkout.  While no one in my family had seen anything similar before a couple of years ago, it is now a semi-regular occurrence. I’ve been wrestling with how to help my kids interpret this.  […]

9 January 2024 Learn more

How long can the climate safety net hold?

The golden period between Christmas and New Year’s Day has traditionally been a time when Australians relaxed and recharged for the year ahead.  As climate change worsens, this period of respite will be viewed differently by today’s children, who will come to associate it with predictably unpredictable extreme weather events.  This year, many in Queensland were […]

9 January 2024 Learn more

If nothing is done, we’ll be waving goodbye to middle-class Australia

There is growing understanding about the depth and extent of the Australian cost-of-living crisis, which is driving thousands of working families into poverty. It is less well appreciated that the most dramatic effects of the crisis will be in permanently remaking economic and social relationships across communities, driving and solidifying inequality. Without decisive government intervention, […]

20 December 2023 Learn more

ACT government needs to step up its response to gambling harm

The non-profit community sector plays an essential role in helping people and families affected by gambling harms to rebuild their lives. Harms from gambling add to the workload of a wide range of services provided by the community sector. The community sector is stretched to the breaking point by these gambling harms.  To the ACT […]

20 December 2023 Learn more

Are we all guilty of keeping quiet about Canberra’s hidden poverty?

The ACT is home to the highest median income nationally at $1158 a week. Almost one in 10 Canberrans earns over $3000 a week.  This relatively high median income hides the fact that 9 per cent of Canberrans live in poverty, including more than one in 10 children.  It is easy to look away from […]

12 December 2023 Learn more
Media release

Joint Media Release: Disability Sector Welcomes Rachel Stephen-Smith As New Disability Minister

On 11/12/2023 it was announced Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith will become the Minister for Disability in the ACT, replacing Minister Emma Davidson. We welcome Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith as the new Minister for Disability and look forward to a vibrant and robust working relationship with her and her team. We are eager to assist Minister Stephen-Smith to […]

22 November 2023 Learn more

ACTCOSS welcomes new Board members

ACTCOSS held our 2023 Annual General meeting yesterday, Tuesday 21 November.  Thank you to all who attended or sent in their apologies. It was heartening to hear about ACTCOSS’s accomplishments over the previous financial year and an excellent opportunity for those who attended to network with colleagues from across the sector. The meeting included the […]

15 November 2023 Learn more
Media release

ACTCOSS welcomes decision to end mandatory relocations of public housing tenants

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the ACT Government’s decision to not proceed with mandatory relocations under the Growing and Renewing Public Housing Program. “We commend the ACT Government for responding to the recommendations made by the ACT Ombudsman, and for listening to the concerns raised by public housing tenants and the […]

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