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ACOSS welcomes the announcement of guaranteed equal pay funding for homelessness services and comments on the announcement of the establishment of the Family Home Guarantee, which provides single parents an avenue to purchase a home.Read more.

Women on low incomes must not be left behind – ACOSS Pre-Budget Brief

Women on low incomes must not be left behind in the Federal Budget, especially as our current tax, income support and superannuation systems work against them, says the Australian Council of Social Service.

ACOSS is today releasing a Pre-Budget Brief that shows how women’s economic security has been undermined by government decisions, including decisions to focus job generation in male-dominated industries and cut social security whilst delivering big tax cuts. Read more.

Natural disaster resilience funding must also focus on communities and people most at risk

ACOSS welcomes the establishment of the new National Recovery and Resilience Agency and urges the Government to ensure funding is also allocated to support people most at risk of natural disasters.

ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie said: “The establishment of a National Recovery and Resilience Agency is necessary to enable Australia to better deal with more frequent and intense extreme weather being fueled by the climate crisis. Read more.

Federal Government’s childcare package a welcome step in the right direction

The Federal Government’s childcare package announced today is a welcome boost to funding for early childhood education and care for families who have a second or third child in childcare. Read more.

Budget must provide energy hardship support, as winter approaches

Ahead of the May budget, ACOSS is calling on the Federal Government to provide financial support to people on low incomes in energy hardship made worse by COVID-19.
The number of customers in energy debt increased 32% to over 170,000 in 12 months to December 2020, with the average debt rising by 27% to $1,008. Debt is likely to get worse over the coming months. Income support payments have been cut, rents have gone up, eviction moratoriums have ended, at the same time as energy debt deferral safeguards begin to end. Read more.

Government commitment to reduce unemployment welcome but must focus on under-employment & long-term unemployment, demonisation must stop

More women caught in ‘tsunami of need’

The Australian Council of Social Service has called for an increase in JobSeeker, domestic violence crisis payments, rent assistance and increased investment in ­social housing after research ­revealed some women escaping domestic violence are waiting for support for up to six months.

The University of NSW study, commissioned by ACOSS and the Councils of Social Service has found a huge spike in demand for services that assist with economic hardship, homelessness, mental health and domestic violence. Read more.

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