Read our submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (encouraging self-sufficiency for newly arrived migrants) Bill 2018.
Federal plans to silence advocacy hit a snag
Charity leaders including ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie have united to call on Parliament to drop damaging legislation which threatens charities’ advocacy and our healthy democracy. Help protect Australia’s charities and oppose the Bill by taking action.
Thousands of people seeking protection while living in the Australian community are at risk of destitution and homelessness due to the latest government move to completely cut income support for people who need it the most. Read more
Labor’s policy on tax refunds for shareholders released on 13 March 2018 is a stark reminder that policies addressing the huge gaps in Australia’s revenue base are necessary.
Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS, says that governments’ continued provision of essential health, aged care, NDIS and other services is shaky as long as large gaps in Australia’s revenue base remain. Read more
As a key advocate of meeting Australia’s commitment to reducing poverty and inequality in Australia by 2030, ACOSS is co-hosting the second Australian Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) summit in Melbourne on Tuesday 13 March 2018. Read more
This government’s proposed drug testing policy represents an alarming departure from the key aim of our social security system, which is to provide a safety net for people in need. This bill targets people on unemployment payments who are looking for work. There is no evidence that drug testing works. Read our briefing note.
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
There are a number of Social Services bills currently before the Parliament,. We have produced a briefing note providing an overview of each bill, and the reasons why they should all be rejected.
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
Proposed tax cuts damage the Budget, bypass those in greatest hardship, and undermine essential services
ACOSS responded today to the Government’s Budget, pointing out that more tax cuts are the wrong priority at the wrong time, will not help the majority of people on low incomes, and will deprive governments of the ability to fund essential services and restore the budget. Read more
Abandonment of Medicare Levy increase signals worrying shift from essential services to tax cuts
ACOSS responded today to the Treasurer’s announcement that it would no longer pursue an increase in the Medicare Levy to help fund the NDIS. ACOSS is disappointed the Government has dropped its Medicare Levy increase to help fund the NDIS,” said Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO. Read more
ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said: “We have seen thousands of jobs cut from Centrelink over several years and now this Federal Government is contracting private companies, including Serco to answer calls. It is wrong that a private, multinational corporation is being contracted, and presumably profit from doing the job of Centrelink.” Read more
With the COAG Energy Council meeting later this week to consider the National Energy Guarantee, ACOSS has joined the call for further progress to be made towards designing a workable solution which addresses emissions reduction, reliability, and affordability across our energy system. Read more
The SDGs give us opportunities for new conversations, partnerships and actions to help realise such a future. Australia must act locally as well as globally and develop a national implementation plan. Read our submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs Inquiry into the SDGs.
As Energy Ministers prepare to meet to discuss the National Energy Guarantee, a YouGov Galaxy survey has shown that ‘investing in energy efficiency’ is the most popular policy that governments can introduce. Read more
ACOSS today cautioned that introducing further competition into human services provision carries significant risk, in response to the tabling of the Productivity Commission’s report Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Reforms to Human Services. Read more
On the day after Newstart Allowance increased by just 50 cents, the Senate passed legislation that will make life even tougher for people living below the poverty line. The poorly named Welfare ‘Reform’ Bill went through the senate this morning with few amendments, and is anticipated to go through the House next week. Read more
An increase in homelessness in Australia is unfortunately of little surprise when so little has been done to address housing affordability and inadequate incomes. Census data released today shows an increase in homelessness in Australia. With homelessness increasing, the government must address the conditions increasing poverty and inequality in Australia. Read more
If passed, ACOSS believes this bill will have a chilling effect on the voices of charities and not-for-profits, and negatively impact the fabric of our democracy.
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