ACOSS Reports & Submissions

Each year ACOSS prepares numerous submissions to the Federal Government. We also undertake research and produce reports on policy areas that impact disadvantaged Australians. The latest ACOSS submissions and topical papers appear below as downloadable links.

Most recent papers


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Budget Analysis 2015-16

May 2015

ACOSS' analysis of the 2015-16 Federal Budget.


Payment adequacy: a view from those relying on social security payments

May 2015

This paper is based on a survey of more than 600 people receiving income support payments. It highlights the plight of people living on the lowest income support payments, Newstart and Youth Allowance, with 83% saying they don't have enough to live on, including one in five reporting they are unable to afford basic essentials like housing, food and electricity.


ACOSS Tax Talks 2. Fuel on the fire: negative gearing, capital gains tax & housing affordability.

April 2015

This report focusses on negative gearing arrangements and the 50% discount on Capital Gains Tax for investors. It explains how these tax breaks work, who benefits, how much they cost, and their impact on housing markets and the economy. It proposes reforms to improve fairness and efficiency of federal tax support for housing.


ACOSS submission to DSS inquiry on community service tendering process

April 2015

+       The impact of the Government’s cuts to community organisations and the extended uncertainty they produced left many organisations without critical government support to provide services to those in need; and to provide policy advice and connection with community over major social and economic priorities. This submission outlines the experience of community organisations with the DSS tendering process, and how this process has affected service delivery and organisational wellbeing.


An Affordable Housing Reform Agenda: goals and recommendations for reform

March 2015

A joint paper listing recommendations for housing affordability reform.

Budget Priorities Statement 2015-16

Budget Priorities Statement 2015-16

February 2015

ACOSS' submission to the 2015-16 Federal Budget Process.


ACOSS Strategic Plan 2014-2017

February 2015

ACOSS' strategic plan for the period 2014-2017 sets the direction for us to deliver high quality policy and advocacy in the interests of those affected by poverty, disadvantage and inequality.


ACOSS Tax Talk No 1: Are we paying our fair share?

January 2015

This Tax Talks Paper No 1, is the first in the ACOSS series addressing some of the key questions about the direction that tax reform should take. There are several important principles that should drive reform, one of which is the principle of equity or 'fairness'. Fairness or 'equity' should be a key measure against which any tax system is assessed. 


Australian Community Sector Survey 2014

December 2014

The Australian Community Sector Survey 2014 finds that the lives of people living on low incomes have become increasingly difficult and stressful over the past year.

  • 49% of sector staff reported quality of life to be ‘a lot worse' for people on low incomes.
  • 50% of sector staff reported quality of life to be ‘a lot worse' for young unemployed people.
  • 56% of sector staff reported that life for sole parents is more stressful.
  • 54% of sector staff reported that life is more stressful for young unemployed people.
  • 52% of sector staff reported that life is more stressful for older unemployed people.

Joint COSS Network Submission to Competition Policy Review

November 2014

This submsission advocates for the Competition Policy Review to addresss social implications of competition policy, as well as economic implications, particularly considering how best to meet the needs of the health and wellbeing of the community. Key areas are identified where competition policy may conflict with the social and economic outcomes sought by Australia as a nation. Directions and recommendations are included to inform the Review in its consideration of these contradictions.


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