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This is a budget that has a hole in its heart

The government has correctly identified a set of serious challenges: a slowing economy, rising unemployment, falling spending power, a housing crisis and a climate crisis. This is a budget that has diagnosed the right problems but has failed to deliver the solutions we need.

Read media release | Read ACOSS Briefing: Impact of major Budget cost-of-living measures on different households

Women leaders call for JobSeeker boost to promote women’s safety

More than 200 women leaders including from business, unions, philanthropy, academia and the community sector have written to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese urging him to provide economic security for women leaving violence by raising the rate of Jobseeker and Youth Allowance.

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Efficiency, electrification, and solar could save low-income households up to $6000

A new analysis commissioned by ACOSS reveals people on low-incomes could save up to $6,000 annually on their home energy bills with thermal efficiency upgrades, electrification and rooftop solar.

Government must act on No. 1 recommendation from expert Committee and lift JobSeeker

The Federal Government must heed its Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee’s top recommendation and substantially lift Jobseeker and Youth Allowance in the upcoming budget.

Community sector, unions urge employment services overhaul

An alliance of community sector organisations and trade unions has written to Employment Minister Tony Burke warning the employment services system is broken and inflicting serious harm. 

New data shows wealth gap widening

New research by ACOSS and UNSW Sydney reveals the widening wealth gap between people with the most and least, even as income inequality slows.

The latest report from the Poverty and Inequality Partnership, Inequality in Australia 2024: Who is affected and how? shows the average household wealth of Australia’s highest 10% growing much faster than the lowest 60%.

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