View, download or share our briefing on cashless debit cards and evidence on income management. Read more
View, download or share our graphs analysing the 2020 Budget and policy measures, presented at our Post-Budget webinar. Read more
The Australian Council of Social Service is joining thousands across the country for Anti-Poverty Week this week, Sunday 11 – Saturday 17 October 2020, to highlight the devastating impacts of poverty in Australia and what can be done to end poverty. It can be done. Read more
“The Budget leaves millions of people stranded, giving the least to people who already have the least, and giving the most to those who have more. We should have given the most to people who needed it, and who are most likely to spend it,” said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie. Read more
While the Budget provides some glimmer for hope on jobs for young people, it comes as a crushing let-down for many others without paid work, says the Australian Council of Social Service. The Federal Budget has missed key opportunities for job creation initiatives that would have delivered public good, particularly in female-dominated sectors, instead focussing on projects that will take longer to get off the ground.
Australian Council of Social Service CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said: “The Federal Budget had failed to deliver a permanent, adequate JobSeeker rate. It leaves more than two million people receiving higher income support uncertain about their future beyond the end of the year, when income support rates will go to their pre-COVID levels – which, for JobSeeker, was $40 a day. Read more
The ACOSS Board, Management and Staff are saddened by the passing of David Thompson AM. David was a long serving Director of ACOSS including as Treasurer and interim President. In addition, for almost 30 years as CEO of Jobs Australia & for over a decade the Chair of Community Sector Banking. David committed his life to serving the community, advocating for people affected by unemployment and disadvantage, and contributing to decades of social and economic reforms. In his advocacy to Government – whether over welfare reform, activity requirements and penalties, or the quality of employment services, David put people who were unemployed front and centre.We extend our sympathies to David’s family.
A memorial service is being planned for later in the year and we will share the details once confirmed.