NRAS vital in increasing affordable housing stock
11 March 2014: Leading housing organisations and peak bodies have responded to media reports alleging abuses of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
The group has instead urged the federal Government to tackle the tax arrangements that are the real problem, inflating housing prices and shutting out people on modest incomes from the housing market. “If the Government is looking for ways to save dollars, and address our housing crisis at the same time, capital gains tax concessions and negative gearing should be top of the list. Both promote speculative investment in existing housing stock, and further concentration of wealth through property portfolios, that deliver little to stimulate affordable housing supply,” said Dr Goldie, ACOSS CEO.
Read more in our media release here
Leaders from the disability community and national representatives from the welfare sector met in Canberra on Thursday March 7 to agree reforms needed to open up job opportunities, and improve income support and employment assistance for people with disability. The group also presented an analysis to show that the nation does not have a DSP or 'welfare crisis' but rather a jobs crisis with record low rates of employment of people with disability including in the Commonwealth Public Service.
Find out more about the doorstop, including the representatives and groups present, here.
Community organisations call for a certain future for family violence services
In the lead up to International Women's Day, community organisations have highlighted the current uncertainty facing women's and family violence services, with the impending expiration of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) funding in July 2014.
Find out more about our doorstop interview here.
Read Media Statement: ACOSS calls on Commonwealth to end funding uncertainty.
ACOSS has called for urgent Government action to improve income and employment supports to tackle growing unemployment.
In response to the latest unemployment figures showing the number of people on the unemployment benefit and Youth Allowance is at a 15 year high.
Read full statement: ACOSS calls for action on jobs and employment support to stem growing unemployment.
Creating a shared vision for Australia's Civil Society
ACOSS has kicked off the new year with a forum to help shape a shared vision for Australia's vital civil society in 2014 and beyond.
The forum explored the unique role and contribution that civil society makes to Australian public life through policy, leadership and social change.
Stay tuned to our website here for more information, including our forthcoming civil society paper.
February 10, 2014 - ACOSS today urged the Federal Government to deliver on its promise to put the nation's Budget on a sustainability long-term footing in a fair way that doesn't leave anyone behind, adding that future government entitlements and subsides should be based on needs, not wants.
Also read Opinion Article: 'Poverty is real, and here' published in The Australian, January 24, 2014.
Commission of Audit must confront long term challenges
In its submission to the Commission of Audit, ACOSS has cautioned the Federal Government against relying on a ‘quick fix' of spending cuts to restore the Budget, adding that the deficit is mainly due to falling revenues and should be restored to pre-GFC levels to raise an additional $23 billion a year.