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Community groups demand halt to harmful Budget measures

August 27, 2014 - ACOSS today led a large delegation of community sector representatives to Canberra to call on our elected representatives to reject harmful social security changes in this year's Budget.

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie was joined by around 50 representatives from community welfare agencies as well as people directly affected by Budget changes at a press conference in Parliament House.

Dr Goldie and the representatives spoke about the impact of proposals, including:

  • removing income support for six months of the year for young people looking for work;
  • the transfer of 22-24 year olds from the Newstart payment to the lower Youth Allowance;
  • reducing indexation of pension payments;
  • reducing assistance to low income families, including sole parent families, through changes to family payments.

ACOSS also released a statement signed by more than 100 community organisations so far, expressing serious concerns about these unfair budget measures, and urged parliament to reject the proposals outright.

VIEW the Joint Community Sector Statement on Budget social security changes

Find out more here. Follow us on Twitter @ACOSS and hashtag #UnfairBudget.

ACOSS proposes ‘common income support payment’ in overhaul of social security system

August 12, 2014 - ACOSS is calling for a major overhaul of the social security system for people of working age, proposing a single or ‘common' income support payment with added supplements depending on a person's need.

In its submission to the Federal Welfare Review released today, the peak national community body, proposes the establishment of an Independent Commission of experts to review and develop a benchmark for rates of the new payment. It also wants the Government to abandon a number of harsh Budget measures that pre-empt and undermine the Review.

Read Full Statement here and ACOSS submission to Welfare Review here.

Federal Budget 2014-15 ACOSS advocacy resources online

ACOSS has recently launched a new budget advocacy webpage. This page was developed with the assistance of VCOSS to give individuals and organisations more information on the measures included in this year's Federal Budget; and to give them some ideas on how to make their voice heard as these measures make their way through the parliamentary process.

You can find all these resources and more by visiting the webpage here.

ACOSS, BCA, ACTU proposal: partnerships for jobseekers

ACOSS, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Business Council of Australia have  jointly proposed improvements to employment services to deliver better job outcomes for people disadvantaged in the labour market.

To read the full media release click here. To read the proposal click here.

ACOSS 2014 National Conference presentations and resources online

Hundreds of delegates joined ACOSS in Brisbane in June for the 2014 National Conference and the opportunity to discuss potential local solutions to the global challenge of growing inequality.

The theme of this year's conference was Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond.

Speeches, presentations and media broadcasts are now available to view on our conference website here.

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