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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.

Most recent papers


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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. 


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



Poverty in Australia 2014

October 2014

ACOSS' 2014 report on poverty in Australia, finding that 13.9% of people in Australia are living in poverty, and 17.7% of all children. Click here to view the report.

For more information on the methodology behind the report, please click here.


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.


Short submission to the Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning

September 2014

Supplementary letter-style submission in response to the Draft Report, which provides some genral comments about proposed policy directiosn and more specific comments in relation to the activity test proposal.


Submission to the Senate Select Committee Inrquiry into Health Policy, Administration & Expenditure

September 2014

This letter-style submission is to the Senate Select Committee established to inquire into and report on health policy, administration and expenditure.

ACOSS has a keen and long-standing interest in the equity of the health system recognising that the design, funding and administration of the health system is a powerful determinant of healthcare access and equity.


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