Reports about lower spending on the Disability Support Pension (DSP) hide the increasing number of people on unemployment payments who have a limited capacity to work. These people have little hope of finding full time work, not least because there is only one job available for every eight applicants. Read more
ACOSS has cautioned the Federal Budget must continue to strengthen public revenue to secure vital community services and supports into the future, rather than squander billions on unjustified tax cuts. CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said, “It would be a big mistake for this government to press ahead with personal and corporate tax cuts when we’re facing major funding shortfalls in vital areas such as the NDIS, health, needs-based schools funding, and action to reduce poverty.” Read more
UNSW Sydney and the Australian Council of Social Service will work to tackle poverty and equality head on through a new collaboration to be launched on Thursday 8 February 2018. The collaboration includes backing from UNSW, various ACOSS member organisations, and philanthropists to the value of $2 million dollars over 5 years. Read more
ACOSS joins The Big Issue sell
Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS, took part in The Big Issue’s CEO selling campaign this week. Cassandra sold a large number of copies in Redfern NSW to passers by with Big Issue vendor Lionel, shining a light on homeless and disadvantaged vendors working hard to change their lives.
ACOSS chief executive officer Cassandra Goldie has urged an end to the harsh policies that are hurting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This includes income management and the community development program. More. Read recommendations in our pre-budget submission
Contrary to extensive expert advice, the Federal Government is pushing ahead with its legislation to allow mandatory cashless debit to be extended to anywhere in Australia. ACOSS welcomes opposition from the Greens, Labor and the Nick Xenophon Team to this Bill. Read more
There are a number of Social Services bills currently before the Parliament, including:
1. Welfare Reform Bill
2. Cashless Debit Card Bill
3. Payment Integrity Bill
4. Better Targeting Student Payments Bill
5. Housing Affordability Bill
We have produced a briefing note providing an overview of each bill, and the reasons why they should all be rejected.