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6 September 2019 Learn more
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Media release: Health barriers focus of new report

Barriers to health care access by people with a disability are the focus of a new report being released today by the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) called Imagining Better – Reflections on access, choice and control in ACT health services for people with disability. The Executive Director of ACTCOSS, Susan Helyar, said, “The […]

15 August 2019 Learn more

Media release: Groups call for mandatory insulation to make the most of recent EEIS changes

Joint statement from ACTCOSS, Better Renting and Conservation Council ACT Region. ACT community organisations have called on the ACT Government to require ceiling insulation in rental properties to complement recent changes to its Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme, announced today. Under the expansion of the EEIS scheme, households can receive a rebate from their energy retailer […]

17 July 2019 Learn more

Community Joint Statement for Healthy Affordable Homes

All Australians deserve a healthy, safe, affordable home. Community organisations call for a national strategy for low energy homes. Rapidly rising energy prices over the last decade have left many Australians struggling to afford the energy services they need to live a safe and healthy life. But price is only part of the energy hardship […]

12 July 2019 Learn more
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Media release: Statement on Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples

Joint statement from the Councils of Social Service (COSS) Network. Formally acknowledging and reconciling the wrongs perpetrated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people—and their long legacy of ongoing trauma—must be a national priority. It’s crucial the Federal Government works genuinely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to get the process and […]

12 July 2019 Learn more

ACT Women’s Plan: We need your help

We need your help by 30 August 2019 to produce a Context Analysis for the ACT Women’s Plan! YWCA Canberra, Women’s Centre for Health Matters and ACTCOSS are working with the Office for Women to help develop the Second Action Plan 2020-2022 under the ACT Women’s Plan 2016-2026. Wehave a short timeframe to produce a […]

12 July 2019 Learn more

Albert Barker receives ACT NAIDOC Community Sector Award 2019

Each year, ACTCOSS sponsors the Canberra & District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Sector Worker of the Year Award. This year we received 5 nominations. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a worker or volunteer for this award. The panel commends all the nominees for their excellent contributions to the […]

9 July 2019 Learn more
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Media release: Raise the Rate Week of Action, 15-21 July 2019

There are currently over 10,000 people in the ACT living on Newstart, Youth Allowance, and other related payments. ACTCOSS is calling on everyone in the ACT to stand up for people living on these completely inadequate allowances by taking part in the national Week of Action to Raise the Rate from 15-21 July. ACT Council […]

8 July 2019 Learn more

NAIDOC Week 2019 events calendar – ACT & region

Calendar last updated 8 July 2019. ACTCOSS has compiled a calendar of NAIDOC Week events being held in the ACT and region.Check it out below. If you have any events to add to the calendar, please email [email protected]. NAIDOC Week (7-14 July 2019) events are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture […]

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