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Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Advocacy groups welcome ACT landlord tax exemptions

Social policy and housing advocacy organisations have welcomed the extension of land tax exemptions for landlords who provide cheaper rentals but warn there is more work to do in solving the ACT’s housing crisis.

Canberrans on JobSeeker struggle to pay for food

The removal of the Coronavirus Supplement, effective today, will push people on JobSeeker “deeper into poverty”, according to ACTCOSS.

Initial pandemic lockdown costly for vulnerable children

Nine months after Australia’s initial lockdown, data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has painted a bleak picture of its immediate effects on the nation’s at-risk children. Several risk factors...

ACTCOSS calls for transparency on light rail stage two

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) is calling on the ACT Government to address the public transport needs of vulnerable and low-income Canberrans alongside the light rail stage two project. ACTCOSS...

Cutting JobSeeker ‘cruel and damaging’: ACTCOSS

The St Vincent de Paul Society and the ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) have expressed disappointment in the Federal Government’s decision to make further cuts to the JobSeeker COVID-19 supplement.

Plea for new government to prioritise social justice

Despite the unknown final makeup of the tenth ACT Legislative Assembly, not for profit ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has urged Labor and the Greens to prioritise social justice policies in...

Canberra women miss out in Federal Budget

The much anticipated 2020-21 Federal Budget was released last night, and while praised for its high spending, it has been criticised for its lack of focus on women.

ACT Policing face 38 recommendations from inquiry

ACT Policing have been handed 38 recommendations in a report issued by the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety yesterday.

Calls for disability support in ACT election

Two peak disability organisations and the ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) have banded together in an election call for increased disability services in the Territory.

ACTCOSS backs Liberals’ poverty commission plan

The ACT Council of Social Service has welcomed an election commitment from the Canberra Liberals to establish a commission examining poverty in the ACT.

ACTCOSS welcomes Adoption Amendment Act

The Adoption Amendment Act 2020, which comes into effect tomorrow, that clarifies ACT legislation on when a child can be adopted without the consent of their parent, has been welcomed by the...

JobSeeker cuts to affect 23,000 Canberrans

ACTCOSS is urging the Federal Government to reconsider its proposed changes to JobSeeker rates next month, which are set to affect 23,000 Canberrans.
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