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Media Releases

Australia’s vital community services face funding uncertainty crisis: New Report

15 April 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service today urged the Federal Government to make funding certain for vital community organisations, in the wake of an alarming survey revealing almost nine in ten... [ Read more ]

Govt has stark choice on pension reform to improve fairness and Budget sustainability

14 April 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service today urged the Federal Government to tighten access to the Aged Pension for people with significant assets and increase the preservation age of... [ Read more ]

The ACOSS Board stands with refugees and asylum seekers

14 April 2014

On Sunday 13th April 2014 thousands of Australians attended peaceful rallies around the nation to express their concern over current policy approaches to asylum seekers and refugees. The ACOSS Board... [ Read more ]

Spending cuts won’t restore budget: A lesson from the Treasury Secretary

3 April 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service has called for action to close tax avoidance arrangements to ensure higher income and wealthy individuals pay their fair share, rather than looking to GST... [ Read more ]

ACOSS welcomes launch of $100m Westpac Bicentennial Foundation

2 April 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service today welcomed news that Westpac Group has established the $100 million Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, the single largest private education scholarship... [ Read more ]

Patchwork energy concession schemes failing people in need: new ACOSS report

31 March 2014

People on low incomes across Australia are going without lighting, hot water and basic heating because of the failure of schemes designed to assist them, a new report from the Australian Council of... [ Read more ]

Housing experts to call for clear action in May Budget to address affordability crisis

27 March 2014

When: 10.30AM, Thursday, March 27, 2014


  • Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter
  • Glenda Stevens, Homelessness Australia
  • Carmel Rosier, Community Housing Federation of Australia
  • Cassandra Goldie, CEO,... [ Read more ]

Reducing poverty should be the final word on budget measures: New OECD report

19 March 2014

ACOSS Press Conference

Who: Cassandra Goldie, CEO, Australian Council of Social Service

When: 12.30pm Wednesday March 19, 2014

Where: ACOSS, Level 2, 619 Elizabeth St Redfern

An new OECD report shows... [ Read more ]