Media Releases

Targeting Budget waste needs to free up spending for poverty alleviation: ACOSS

17 May 2013

The Australian Council of Social service has said it is very concerned with elements of the Opposition's Budget reply speech that would see income reduced for the poorest people in our community.

"On... [ Read more ]

ACOSS calls on major parties to agree to increase Newstart

16 May 2013

The Australian Council of Social Service today welcomed the passing of a motion in the House of Representatives declaring that the rate of Newstart Allowance is too low.

"We praise the Australian... [ Read more ]

Budget secures landmark disability and education reforms, but gaping hole for poorest on allowances

14 May 2013

"ACOSS warmly welcomes the Federal Government's vision to secure disability care and dental and schools reform and the strengthening of public revenue to secure funding for these and other services,... [ Read more ]

Joint Community Sector Response to Federal Budget

14 May 2013

Who: CEO's and representatives of major charities and national community welfare organisations

When: 10am Wednesday May 15, 2013

Where: Senate Courtyard, Parliament House, Canberra

Leaders of... [ Read more ]

Lack of action to increase Newstart Allowance fails most disadvantaged

13 May 2013

Community welfare groups have expressed deep disappointment today at the news that the federal Government will not include a much needed increase in the below poverty line Newstart Allowance payment... [ Read more ]

Bread and Water Call to Action: Show your support for increase to Newstart

8 May 2013

Join Community Press Conference – 12.00 Thursday May 9, 2013

Redfern Park, Sydney NSW (Chalmers street end, near grand stand) MAP

Bread and water will be supplied to symbolise the meagre existence of... [ Read more ]

Adequacy of carbon price compensation must be legislated

8 May 2013

The Australian Council of Social Service today called for legislation to ensure that an independent, transparent review of the adequacy of compensation arrangements under the carbon pricing mechanism... [ Read more ]

Family payments need ‘overhaul’ but not by failing those most in need

7 May 2013

The Australian Council of Social Service has strongly opposed the federal Government decision not to go ahead with a family benefits increase that was specifically targeted at struggling families who... [ Read more ]