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Publications

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

ACOSS Annual Report 2013-14

5 December 2014

Annual report for the financial year 2013-14.

Joint COSS Network Submission to Competition Policy Review

19 November 2014

This submsission advocates for the Competition Policy Review to addresss social implications of competition policy, as well as economic implications, particularly considering how best to meet the needs of the health and wellbeing of the community. Key areas are identified where competition policy may conflict with the social and economic outcomes sought by Australia as a nation. Directions and recommendations are included to inform the Review in its consideration of these contradictions.

Submission to the social security compliance bills inquiry

28 October 2014

ACOSS short submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee: Social Security Legislation (Strengthening the Job Seeker Compliance Framework) Bill 2014.

Joint COSS submission to the Productivity Commission Draft Report into Natural Disaster Funding

27 October 2014

Disasters and emergencies such as bushfires, floods and heatwaves can affect all Australians, no matter what their background or status. But they don’t affect us all equally. Experience and research tells us that disasters are in fact “profoundly discriminatory”, both in where they strike, and in the way they affect people. While they can be devastating for all affected individuals and communities and cause great physical, financial and psychological hardship, for people who are already facing disadvantage, the impacts can be overwhelming. Factors affecting a person’s experience of disadvantage include living in poverty, cultural and or linguistic barriers, physical, mental or intellectual disabilities, and vulnerability due to age (both as children and as older people). As such, migrants, refugees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people/communities, children, older people, people with disabilities, people who are homeless or transient, and people living in poor quality housing, are more vulnerable at all stages of a disaster – before, during, and after it strikes.

ACOSS/NTCOSS joint submission to the Stronger Futures in the NT Inquiry

24 October 2014

We remain very concerned that compulsory income management is a crude, stigmatising and
ineffective policy response to a range of complex social problems. We are also concerned that,
despite amendments to achieve compliance with the Racial Discrimination Act, the policy’s design
and implementation ensures its disproportionate impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

peoples.

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.

Submission to the Senate Select Committee Inrquiry into Health Policy, Administration & Expenditure

22 September 2014

This letter-style submission is to the Senate Select Committee established to inquire into and report on health policy, administration and expenditure.

ACOSS has a keen and long-standing interest in the equity of the health system recognising that the design, funding and administration of the health system is a powerful determinant of healthcare access and equity.


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.