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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
Media release

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 […]

6 February 2023 Learn more
Media release

Careers Gateway Launched to Support the ACT’s Growing Community Sector

The newly developed ACT Community Sector Careers Gateway is now live, showcasing the incredible diversity of community sector careers – with the sector projected to grow 14% by 2026. Tomorrow’s launch of the Gateway at Bruce CIT will celebrate the ACT’s community sector with the aim of drawing new talent and innovation to meet this […]

1 February 2023 Learn more
Media release

ACT Community Sector calls for Just & Inclusive Transition from Gas

Canberrans living on low incomes are once again being hardest hit by an increase in fossil fuel gas prices. This increase underscores the importance of centring equity outcomes and impacts throughout the ACT Government’s commitment to phase out fossil fuel gas by 2045 through electrifying Canberra over the next two decades. Inclusive climate action presents […]

31 January 2023 Learn more
Media release

ACT continues to over-incarcerate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at alarming rates

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services and the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) are today noting distressing statistics finding that the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT justice system has worsened. Whilst it is promising to see an overall reduction in the total number of people in prison, […]

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