ACOSS' policy agenda focuses on the needs of low income and disadvantaged Australians with the core aims of reducing poverty and increasing social inclusion and participation.

We regularly publish reports and submissions on key social issues in the following areas.

Climate and Energy


Australia faces major climate change risks unless we begin to change and transition to a low carbon economy.
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Community Services

Community Services

Non-profit organisations provide essential services for a wide section of our community, including some of the poorest and most disadvantaged Australians.
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Economics and Tax

Economics & Tax

ACOSS focuses on policies to strengthen economic development and growth so that low income people benefit from more jobs and improved incomes.
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Employment and Income Support

Employment & Income Support

Our policy development focuses on policies to reduce unemployment, employment assistance to improve the job prospects of the most disadvantaged jobless people.
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Employment and Income Support


ACOSS' interest in energy markets, carbon reduction and energy efficiency is primarily the result of our interest in matters affecting low income and disadvantaged people in Australia.
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People on low incomes or living in disadvantaged or isolated communities experience particular problems accessing services that are readily available to other Australians.
Read more about ACOSS' Health Policy »

Housing and Homelessness

Housing & Homelessness

Over a million lower income households are paying housing costs which exceed the commonly-used affordability benchmark of 30 per cent of household income.
Read more about ACOSS' Housing & Homelessness Policy »

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PeoplesIndigenous

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Indigenous Australians are some of the most disadvantaged members of our community, with many living in poverty and have poor health and housing.
Read more about ACOSS' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Policy »

Law and Injustice

Law & Justice

ACOSS advocates for a fair and equitable legal system for all Australians and improving access to legal services for low income Australians.
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Poverty and Social Inclusion

Poverty & Social Inclusion

ACOSS works to increase the participation of all people in our society, through our policy development and advocacy of social security and community services.
Read more about ACOSS' Poverty & Social Inclusion Policy »

Sector Development

Sector Development

ACOSS work on sector development looks at the range of issues facing the sustainability and development of the social service sector.
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