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
10 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.
7 February 2014
ACOSS has long advocated for reform of child care assistance in Australia to improve access, equity and educational and development outcomes for children in low income households. We therefore welcome this Inquiry as an opportunity to review the effectiveness of current policy settings in achieving these outcomes. A well-educated population is the key to Australia’s economic and social wellbeing, now and into the future. However, significant numbers of children and young people, particularly from low-income households and disadvantaged communities, are not achieving good educational outcomes. Lack of education has long been recognised as a key factor in poverty and disadvantage. Those who are better educated are at less risk of poverty, while those living in poverty are less likely to achieve high quality educational outcomes.
31 January 2014
Despite our general support for a review of expenditure, ACOSS has number of concerns about the purpose, scope and process of the Commission of Audit which we outlined in this submission.
10 December 2013
This short submission regarding the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013deals with the proposed changes to family payments.
10 December 2013
This short submission regarding the above Bill deals with the proposed changes to pension deeming rules and family payments.
29 November 2013
ACOSS submission to the Commission of Audit.
Our key recommendations:
- Restore government revenues to pre-GFC level (25.1% of GDP) and keep expenditures below this level, as a short term goal whilst the economy is growing at or above trend.
- Protect the people who are the most vulnerable from further government retreat.
- Affirm primary role for government in securing essential services and invest more in prevention.
- Include social infrastructure and job opportunities for people disadvantaged in the labour market in
- participation and productivity-enhancing policies.
- Target income support to those in need.
- Close major gaps in the social safety net of payments and services as a high priority.
- Realign poorly targeted expenditure to these priorities.
- Close tax loopholes and shelters that benefit high income earners.
- Commence national dialogue on community expectations.
- Work with business, unions, and the community sector to strengthen productivity and sustain
- Economic growth so that the economic ‘pie’ grows larger.
Available in PDF by clicking on the title above; available in Word version here.
25 November 2013
This brief submission outlines ACOSS’ general position on the MRRT and expresses ACOSS’ opposition to the abolition of measures which directly benefit low income people, including the Low Income Superannuation Contribution, the Income Support Bonus and the School Kids Bonus in the absence of alternative measures to support low income households.
This submission is available in PDF by clicking on the heading above, and in Word format here.
25 November 2013
ACOSS’ concern about the impacts of climate change is primarily the result of our role representing the interests of people on low-incomes and those experiencing the impacts of poverty and inequality in Australia, as well as our role as the peak body for the community services sector. Our work in this area flows from clear evidence that people facing poverty and inequality, and the organisations supporting them, will be affected first and worst by the full spectrum of climate change impacts. People with the least resources have the least ability to cope, to adapt and to recover. The likely impacts of climate change include increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events, reduced air and water quality, vector, food and water-borne diseases, and increasing costs for essential goods and services caused by impacts to food supplies, utilities and infrastructure.
This submission is available in PDF by clicking on the title above; and in Word format here.
13 November 2013
ACOSS Annual Report for the financial year 2012-13.
30 August 2013
New modelling unveiled by ACOSS that details a path for making Australia's Family Tax Benefit system fairer, by better targeting payments to families that need support the most and simultaneously reducing poverty.