Disability Support Pension cuts bad news for people affected

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

Tax cuts a mistake while service funding shortfalls remain, and unemployment payment too low

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 and ACOSS to tackle poverty and inequality through new collaboration

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

Welfare Reform Bill must be opposed

We have produced a briefing note on the Welfare Reform Bill which is currently before the Senate. If passed, this bill will really hurt people already struggling to afford basic items in Australia.

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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. 

Cashless Debit Card should not be extended

Check out our new fact sheet on the cashless debit card trials, and why they should not be extended. 

New incubator of social movements

Australian Progress and the Australian Council for Social Service (ACOSS) are launching Progress Labs, a new accelerator program designed to support leaders and social movements that engage Australians in positive action. Read more

ACOSS is pleased to welcome the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre as a new National Member. With our members we share a vision for a fair, inclusive and sustainable Australia. Want to join us? 

Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS, with Gary Oliver, CEO of National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

Restore community service funding levels and end harsh policies

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

Hands off our charities

Charities give people in Australia a voice, but proposed new national laws will silence our ability to speak up for you on issues you care about. Make sure the government supports your voice. Join us.

ACOSS welcomes opposition to national roll-out of cashless debit card

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

Five social security bills before Parliament that should be opposed

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.