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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.

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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.

Budget Priorities Statement 2015-16

Budget Priorities Statement 2015-16

February 2015

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


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.


ACOSS Annual Report 2013-14

November 2014

Annual report for the financial year 2013-14.

Submission to the social security compliance bills inquiry

October 2014

ACOSS short submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee: Social Security Legislation (Strengthening the Job Seeker Compliance Framework) Bill 2014.


Joint COSS submission to the Productivity Commission Draft Report into Natural Disaster Funding

October 2014

Disasters and emergencies such as bushfires, floods and heatwaves can affect all Australians, no matter what their background or status. But they don’t affect us all equally. Experience and research tells us that disasters are in fact “profoundly discriminatory”, both in where they strike, and in the way they affect people. While they can be devastating for all affected individuals and communities and cause great physical, financial and psychological hardship, for people who are already facing disadvantage, the impacts can be overwhelming. Factors affecting a person’s experience of disadvantage include living in poverty, cultural and or linguistic barriers, physical, mental or intellectual disabilities, and vulnerability due to age (both as children and as older people). As such, migrants, refugees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people/communities, children, older people, people with disabilities, people who are homeless or transient, and people living in poor quality housing, are more vulnerable at all stages of a disaster – before, during, and after it strikes.


ACOSS/NTCOSS joint submission to the Stronger Futures in the NT Inquiry

October 2014

We remain very concerned that compulsory income management is a crude, stigmatising and ineffective policy response to a range of complex social problems. We are also concerned that, despite amendments to achieve compliance with the Racial Discrimination Act, the policy’s design and implementation ensures its disproportionate impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

ACOSS submission to Forrest Review

September 2014

ACOSS submission to the Forrest Review. This short, letter-style submission focuses on our concerns about the number of proposed changes to the social security system that lack a thorough evidence base.


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