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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.

Update, Issue 84, Winter 2018: People with disability: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander perspectives

The Winter 2018 journal offers information and perspectives around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and disability.

ACT 2018-19 Budget Snapshot

This snapshot outlines and briefly analyses the ACT 2018-19 Budget's impacts on people experiencing disadvantage and households on low incomes, and the community sector.

Factsheet: Housing affordability and homelessness in the ACT

This factsheet brings together a range of important data and information for the first time to show the true dimensions of housing stress and homelessness in the city of Canberra.

Submission: Australian Energy Regulator Issues Paper - March 2018 - Evoenergy Distribution Determination 2019 to 2024

Joint submission by the ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium on the Australian Energy Regulator Issues Paper - March 2018 - Evoenergy Distribution Determination 2019 to 2024.

ACT Cost of Living Report, 2018

This report tracks changes in the cost of living, particularly for low income households in the ACT. It builds on previous ACTCOSS Canberra’s CPI continues to increase above the national ratework on costs of living in the ACT.

Factsheet: Poverty and inequality in the ACT

This factsheet brings together a range of important data and information on poverty and inequality in the ACT.

Submission: Early Childhood Strategy

In this submission, ACTCOSS recommends the ACT Government shifts their current model of delivery early childhood education and care. We propose an approach that privileges cultural safety and appropriateness, sets targets for participation of disengaged, vulnerable and disadvantaged families, and offers a mix of structured and more flexible settings.

Update, Issue 83, Autumn 2018: People-led outcomes

The Autumn 2018 journal offers perspectives on people-led outcomes and outcomes measurement.

Submission: ACT’s Climate Strategy to a Net Zero Emissions Territory Discussion Paper December 2017

Joint submission by the ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium on the ACT Government’s Climate Strategy to a Net Zero Emissions Territory. It is imperative the strategy has a framework that supports consumers who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Response: ACT Greens Discussion Paper: Consent in Sexual Violence Laws

ACTCOSS supports the proposal in the ACT Greens Discussion Paper: Consent in Sexual Violence Laws to reform the ACT’s criminal law to adopt a new definition of consent.

Submission: Secure Local Jobs Package

ACTCOSS supports measures that improve security of employment, especially for people in low wage industries or roles. In this submission to the ACT Government's Secure Local Jobs Package, ACTCOSS writes that the implementation of the Secure Local Jobs Package in community service contracts should comply with the commitments made in the partnership approach outlined in the policies and agreements governing the relationships between the ACT Government and community organisations in the ACT, including the 2001 Social Compact, the 2004 Community Sector Funding Policy, the renewal of the Social Compact in 2012, the revision of the standard Service Funding Agreements in 2016 and the ACT Community Services Industry Strategy 2016-2026.

Submission: Housing Choices Discussion Paper

Housing choice needs to be about more than densification, but about ensuring that new development is accompanied by adequate social and community infrastructure, adequate greenspace and, above all, that it delivers more affordable housing within the reach of people in the lower income deciles.

Submission: Inquiry into the future sustainability of health funding in the ACT

In this submission to the ACT Government's inquiry into the future sustainability of health funding in the ACT, ACTCOSS focusses on gaps and intersectoral issues in reforms where health, ageing and disability meet. We also note broader priorities for investment at the health disability interface within mainstream systems.

Update, Issue 82, Summer 2017-18: Liveable Canberra

The Summer 2017-18 journal offers perspectives on liveability in Canberra.

Submission: Future of Education: Excellence and Equity

In this joint submission between ACTCOSS and the Youth Coalition of the ACT to the ACT Government's Future of Education conversation, we recommend that the ACT Government develop, cost and fully resource a strategy to improve equity in education in the ACT.

Submission: Future of Education: Partnerships between schools and community organisations

In this submission to the ACT Government's Future of Education conversation, ACTCOSS recommends schools and local community service agencies be resourced to build strong collaborative relationships, with capacity to respond flexibly and share resources to improve educational outcomes for young people.

ACT Cost of Living Report: Telecommunications, 2017

This ACT Cost of Living Report shows that there has been a decline in the affordability of telecommunications for people on low incomes in the ACT. It provides recommendations to improve affordability and reduce the digital divide.

Submission: Digital Economy Strategy Consultation Paper

Drawing on insights from ACTCOSS research into telecommunications affordability, the submission highlights the need for the Digital Economy Strategy to address the needs of the people most at risk of digital exclusion.