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ACOSS joins voices welcoming Government rethink on RDA changes

6 August 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service today joined the chorus of human rights and community leaders welcoming the Federal Government's decision to maintain current protections against... [ Read more ]

Forrest review includes some sound proposals, but radical social security changes should be rejected

1 August 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service today responded to the Andrew Forrest review of Indigenous Training and Employment Programmes by welcoming the emphasis on early learning and demand led... [ Read more ]

One sided obligations will make it tougher for people looking for work: ACOSS

28 July 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service today described the Federal Government's proposed changes to job search requirements as one-sided and harsh, with Government investing too little to make a... [ Read more ]

Long live climate action: groups call for end to polluting politics

17 July 2014

Long live climate action: groups call for end to polluting politics

A coalition of civil society groups has urged Parliament to end divisive climate politics and take constructive action to reduce carbon pollution. The group has expressed deep disappointment at the... [ Read more ]

Australian community leaders unite in defending a price on pollution

8 July 2014

Note: representatives of the AMWU, ACOSS, ACF, AYCC, PHAA, UFU and ARRCC will conduct a press conference in the Senate courtyard, Parliament House, on Tuesday 8 July at 10.30 am.

More than twenty... [ Read more ]

ACOSS pays tribute to Graeme Innes’ contribution as Disability Discrimination Commissioner

5 July 2014

ACOSS pays tribute today to Disability Discrimination Commissioner Mr Graeme Innes AM for his important contribution to human rights in Australia, as he leaves the role that he has held since 2005.... [ Read more ]

Payment reform must reduce poverty, complexity, and exclusion from employment

30 June 2014

In responding to the Interim Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform, ACOSS says reforms should ensure that no disadvantaged group is worse off, that payments are targeted to need and that... [ Read more ]

Alliance proposes partnerships to secure jobs for disadvantaged jobseekers

30 June 2014

Alliance proposes partnerships to secure jobs for disadvantaged jobseekers

The Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Business Council of Australia today jointly proposed improvements to employment services to deliver better job... [ Read more ]