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

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.

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.

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.