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
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.
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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.
12 August 2014
A guide to contract negotiations for the community sector
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.
1 August 2014
ACOSS recognises that Australia faces a budget challenge in meeting the growing gap between the community’s reasonable expectations of government and available resources to meet those expectations. That is why we have supported the need for a comprehensive review of revenue and expenditure to set the budget on a sustainable path for the future. However, we believe the priority should be to reign in wasteful expenditure, ensure spending is targeted to those who need assistance most and begin necessary reforms to create a sustainable and equitable tax system. While this Inquiry is focused on social security budget measures, it is important that these measures are understood in the broader context of the 2014-15 Federal Budget and its disproportionately adverse impact on low and moderate income households.
28 July 2014
ACOSS short letter style submission to this measure explains how the proposed amendment to maintain the Child Care Benefit income thresholds at the June 2014 rates for a further 3 years will have adverse affects on some low and moderate income households.
23 July 2014
This short submission shows that, while we support a fair complaince system, we have always regarded the eight week penalty as harsh.
23 July 2014
This is a short letter-form submission that outlines ACOSS' position on this bill. This position, briefly, is that ACOSS supports a universal healthcare system that attempts to eliminate the current social gradient of health. The proposed Bill, however, would have the effect of widening rather than reducing existing inequities in health.
22 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:
- Employment services
- Working-age payments
- Family payments
- Retirement incomes
- Education and Early Childhood Services
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs
- Community Services
4 May 2014
ACOSS has long advocated for effective regulation of the community sector. ACOSS’ positions around the essential elements of effective national regulation have been the result of significant policy development, consultation with members and engagement with a range of stakeholders over many years. It particularly draws on the contributions provided by the Council of Social Service network which operates across all states and territories in Australia.