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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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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 Options Paper, Australia’s Charities and Not-for-profits

September 2014

This submission outlines our concerns about proposals outlined in the Options Paper. More information is available in our submission to the recent Senate Inquiry into the Bill to abolish the ACNC, which clearly sets out our key concerns about the proposed approach.

Please click on the heading above for the PDF version, or click here for the word version.


Submsision to the Financial System Inquiry

September 2014

This submission expresses our concerns about the inequalities and inefficiencies in the current superannuation system, which undermine our capacity to ensure adequate retirement incomes, worsen our fiscal outcomes and distort savings decisions.


Submission to the Inquiry into the Abbottt Government’s Budget Cuts

August 2014

This short, letter-style submission into the Inquiry into the Abbott Government's Budget Cuts outlines our views on the effects of the Budget cuts, especially for those on low incomes.


Submission to Inquiry into the extent of income inequality in Australia

August 2014

This submission to the inquiry into income inequality looks at the rising inequality in Australia and the reasons for this - how inequality is influenced by social and economic policy decisions.

Submission to Review into Australia’s Welfare System

August 2014

ACOSS submission into the McClure Review of Australia's Welfare System. In this submission, we recommend the introduction of a single payment for income support, which has supplements added that are dependent upon individual need. We also propose the establishment of an independent commission that would review a benchmark for rates of this payment.


ACOSS Contracting Guide for the Community Sector

August 2014

A guide to contract negotiations for the community sector


Submission to Social Security Budget Bills Inquiry

August 2014

ACOSS recognises that Australia faces a budget challenge in meeting the growing gap between the community’s reasonable expectations of government and available resources to meet those expectations. That is why we have supported the need for a comprehensive review of revenue and expenditure to set the budget on a sustainable path for the future. However, we believe the priority should be to reign in wasteful expenditure, ensure spending is targeted to those who need assistance most and begin necessary reforms to create a sustainable and equitable tax system. While this Inquiry is focused on social security budget measures, it is important that these measures are understood in the broader context of the 2014-15 Federal Budget and its disproportionately adverse impact on low and moderate income households.


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