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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.

A Budget that divides the nation: ACOSS 2014-15 Budget Analysis

May 2014

ACOSS' analysis of the Federal Budget for 2014-15. This paper consists of an overview of the budget; a table of who will pay for what measures; the effect of budget decisions on the bottom line, and a detailed analysis of measures in the following key areas:

  1. Employment services
  2. Working-age payments
  3. Family payments
  4. Retirement incomes
  5. Health
  6. Education and Early Childhood Services
  7. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs
  8. Community Services

Budget Priorities Statement, 2014

February 2014

ACOSS' 2014-15 Budget Priorities Statement outlines the following priorities for the 2014-15 Federal Budget:
  • Undertaking effective tax reform to achieve a sustainable revenue base for an ageing population and roll back unfair tax breaks for people on higher incomes;
  • Ensuring that those who are already disadvantaged in the labour market do not also suffer poverty because of the low rate of Allowances; and have access to jobs;
  • Improving housing affordability and improving the life chances and health outcomes for low income families and individuals; and
  • Ensuring essential community services, particularly those which assist the most vulnerable members of our community, are not targeted in an effort to achieve Budget sustainability, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and representative organisations and multicultural services; and strengthening the capacity of the community sector to deliver vital community services.

Initial Analysis of the 2013-14 Federal Budget

May 2013

This paper outlines key measures announced in the Budget in areas of interest to ACOSS members. It does not offer extensive comment on the merit or otherwise of these measures.

ACOSS Budget Priorities Statement 2013

April 2013

In this submission, ACOSS outlines policy recommendations for consideration by the Federal Government in its 2013-14 Budget. The submission aims to take the opportunity presented by the temporary deferral of the Government’s Budget surplus target to put us on a more sustainable, fairer and inclusive footing on which to build as global economic conditions improve. In particular, it aims to address the most glaring unmet social needs while strengthening the fiscal base and building the role of the community sector as a key part of a resilient economy and inclusive society.

‘Surviving, not living’: Submission on the adequacy of ‘allowance’ payments

August 2012

The gap between pensions and allowances is increasing - due to the different indexation arrangements for pensions and allowances, the gap between the single pension and Newstart Allowance payments rose from $55 per week in September 2008 to $133 per week today. On current trends, by 2040 the single Newstart rate will be just half that of the pension. This submission looks at the inadequacy of allowance payments compared with pension payments, as well as living standards, work incentives, employment services and future reform. Recommendations for the 2013 Budget and for future reform are made. This is available in PDF format by clicking on the title above or in Word format here >>.

ACOSS 2012-13 Initial Budget Analysis

May 2012

The initial ACOSS briefing on the 2012-13 Federal Budget. This briefing does not offer extensive comment on the merit or otherwise of these measures. The paper provides a general background on the Budget surplus, revenue and expenses, a table of ACOSS proposals that were announced in the Budget, and an outline of the key measures in ACOSS' major policy areas.

Waste not, want not: making room in the Budget for essential services

April 2012

Action can be taken in this Budget to meet the most pressing social needs while at the same time restoring the Budget to surplus. This report identifies $8 billion of poorly targeted expenditure programs and tax breaks that could be cut and redirected to other priorities. Waste not, want not.

2012-13 Budget Priority Statement: Recommendations for the Federal Budget. ACOSS Paper 179

January 2012

In this submission, ACOSS outlines policy recommendations for consideration by the Federal Government in its 2012-13 Budget. The submission aims to resolve the tension between the Govern-ment’s commitment to restore the Budget to surplus from 2012-13 and the urgency of social and economic needs not yet met, of key social and economic reforms not yet completed.

Our priority for the 2012-13 Federal Budget remains to ensure that no person is excluded from the benefits of economic growth and prosperity and from the opportunity to fully participate in society. Some of the policy building blocks to meet this goal have been laid, including the commitment to introduce a National Disability Insurance Scheme, the emerging policy focus on employment participation for people excluded from the labour market, and last year’s mental health reform package.

2011 FEDERAL BUDGET: ANALYSIS OF HEALTH MEASURES

May 2011

This analysis was undertaken by Solange Frost, Senior Policy Officer, NCOSS

The 2011 Federal Budget makes a significant new investment in mental health and regional health while generally maintaining existing program funding in other areas.

The total investment in mental health and rural and remote health is $3.5bn over five years, which includes $2.5bn in new funding. Oral health receives a small investment of $53.1m over four years, as a pre-cursor to significant reform in 2012-13.

Some small cost-saving measures are achieved from program reforms, including pathology and hearing services. Future cost savings are anticipated from means-testing the Private Health Insurance Rebate and closing the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme.

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