We can tackle energy affordability and reduce carbon emissions at the same time, but Energy Intensive Trade Exposed Industries (EITEs) must be included: New Modelling 

New modelling released by ACOSS and the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) finds that an emission reduction policy could drive more rapid emissions reductions in the electricity sector and put downward pressure on energy prices, with the right policy settings.

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Raising Newstart and Youth Allowance would boost jobs, wages and inject millions into local communities

Regional communities would receive a multi-million dollar boost if government raised the rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments through an increase in consumer spending, a new report by Deloitte has found. Read more

Getting a job on Newstart is harder than you think

A majority of people on Newstart are being systematically excluded from paid employment, a new report has found. Read more

Introducing competition into human services has largely failed to deliver better outcomes for people, and undermined community collaboration, a new report has found.

CHOICE and ACOSS’ research report Competition Policy and Human Services: Where Theory Meets Practice is being released on Thursday 13th September 2018. Read more

ACOSS welcomes move to scrap final ‘zombie’ measure

ACOSS welcomes the government’s announcement to take the last zombie measure – ‘increasing the pension age’ – off the table. Read more

Employment services aren’t working. ACOSS calls for major reform. 

In a major submission to the government’s review of employment services, ACOSS is calling for fundamental reform of Australia’s employment services as the jobactive system is currently failing both employers and people looking for paid work due to inadequate investment and an over-emphasis on social security compliance. Read more

ACOSS Statement following the announcement of a new Prime Minister

ACOSS congratulates the Hon Scott Morrison as the new Prime Minister. We hope this brings an end to a period of instability in government and politics. Read more

Energy supplement safe. Corporate tax cuts defeated. Now the government must raise the rate of Newstart.

ACOSS welcomes the government’s announcement today that it will no longer abolish the energy supplement assisting people on low incomes in Australia. Read more

ACNC legislation review affirms ‘Fix Fundraising’ coalition’s calls for major reform of fundraising

The #FixFundraising coalition welcomes the recommendation tabled in Parliament today to reform fundraising laws through the use of the Australian Consumer Law. Read more

ACOSS urges Government not to abandon emissions reductions

Monday August 20: ACOSS today called on the Government to ignore climate sceptics and work with Labor and the States to implement polices to rapidly reduce emissions in the electricity sector and improve electricity affordability. 

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ACOSS welcomes social security commission bill and single parent review

Two private members bills to reduce poverty and inequality were introduced into Parliament today: a bill to establish a social security commission, which has long been ACOSS policy; and a bill to review the impact of removing Parenting Payment Single from single parents when their youngest child has turned eight. ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie welcomes these private member bills. Read more

Senate must reject cashless debit card legislation

With no credible evidence available showing an improvement in people’s lives, ACOSS calls on the Senate to reject the expansion of the cashless debit card policy listed for debate today. Read more

A case of upside down? Households must not subsidise big corporations under the National Energy Guarantee (NEG)

An alliance of community service organisations is calling on COAG Energy Ministers to ensure people get the full benefit from the National Energy Guarantee by not giving special treatment to big corporations and by ensuring the target setting process supports rapid emissions reduction in the electricity sector to address the current effects of climate change. Read more

116,000 people and counting: Let’s create affordable housing, not more homelessness

During Homelessness Week, ACOSS joins the Everybody’s Home campaign calling on government to develop, as a matter of urgency, a national housing strategy and plan to end homelessness by 2030. Read more

Inequality in Australia 2018

Read our report on Inequality in Australia 2018, launched in partnership with UNSW Sydney on Tuesday July 31, 2018. 

Read the supplementary report on income inequality here. 

For a quick look at the headlines, check out the factsheet

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Mandatory cashless debit must cease following damning report 

ACOSS calls on the Federal Government to cease mandatory cashless debit card trials, including withdrawing its bill to expand cashless debit to parts of Queensland, following a damning report about the trials’ evaluation by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO). Read more

ACCC calls for overdue reforms to protect low-income households from energy poverty

ACOSS welcomes ACCC’s recognition that sky rocketing power prices and a dysfunctional energy market has left millions of low income households in energy poverty and contributed to an increase in inequality. Read more

ACOSS commends outgoing Shadow Social Services Minister Jenny Macklin

ACOSS would like to acknowledge retiring Labor MP Jenny Macklin for her long service to the Federal Parliament and the Social Services portfolio. Read more

Australian government admits lack of gender analysis on impact of policy measures including tax and social security cuts

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has questioned recent government attempts which threaten free speech in Australia and its poor track record on women’s rights. Read more

ACOSS warns, if tax cuts are passed for short term gain, people will lose access to essential services in the long term

ACOSS has warned Australian Senators that if they pass the government’s proposed six year $140 billion dollar income tax package while the Budget remains weak, the Senators will be sacrificing funding for essential universal services every person in Australia relies upon, including health, education and social security. Read more

This is the time for cautious, responsible budgeting, not a reckless tax cut auction

On the day the senate committee holds its only hearing to discuss the governments personal income tax legislation, ACOSS is raising serious concerns about both the tax cuts themselves and the way the parliament is dealing with them. Read more

It’s a good news story! The Local Government National Assembly votes in support of an increase to Newstart

Delegates from local councils across Australia supported a motion at their national conference yesterday (19 June) for the federal government to increase the rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments as a matter of urgency. Read more

We implore the government to stop the cuts to people seeking asylum

Leaders from ten national NGOs, along with a delegation of people seeking asylum and community members, gathered at Parliament House 18 June 2018 to implore the Australian Government to stop cuts that will lead to a humanitarian crisis in our communities. Read more

Raise the Rate

Australia’s social safety net should allow people to afford to put a roof over their head and food on the table. The current rate of Newstart and related allowances does not cover the cost of basic essentials. It’s time to Raise the Rate. 
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While the battle over tax cuts begins, we are losing the war on poverty

In responding to the Opposition Treasurer’s reply speech to the Federal Budget 2018 yesterday, ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said, “While the Opposition has adopted important policies to close tax concessions and strengthen revenue, it has now put these gains at risk by joining the Government in a dangerous personal income tax cut war.” Read more

Community sector presser

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

Taking the ‘human’ out of human services

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

Keep working on the National Energy Guarantee

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

Voters want governments to make energy efficiency a top priority

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

We’ll all pay for company tax cuts

Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS says “Any economic gains from cutting company taxes are decades away, while the cost of the cuts will be felt immediately, from $1.8 billion in 2019 rising to $14 billion in 2026. Read more

ACOSS submission on the National Energy Guarantee

This submission makes eighteen recommendations to the Energy Security Board, including calling for an independent review to address energy affordability. Read more

Charity Leaders appeal to Senate

“We believe that a company tax cut is a mistake while almost 3 million people live in poverty. It is unconscionable to pursue company tax cuts while refusing to raise the rate of Newstart and other allowances.” Read more

Cuts to support system leave people seeking asylum in destitution

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