ACOSS publications inform public debate about ACOSS policy issues, document ACOSS research and influence Government on policy. Many ACOSS publications are developed in partnership with other organisations

12 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.

Compulsory income management: a flawed answer to a complex problem

8 October 2014

This update of income management gives an insight into the income management scheme and how it works in different areas. It also looks at evaluations of the scheme and policy alternatives.

ACOSS submission to Forrest Review

6 October 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.

Submsision to the Financial System Inquiry

17 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 Inquiry into the extent of income inequality in Australia

17 September 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.

Short submission to the Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning

17 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

9 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.

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

29 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.

ACOSS Contracting Guide for the Community Sector

12 August 2014

A guide to contract negotiations for the community sector

Submission to Review into Australia’s Welfare System

12 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.