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 – ACOSS in South Australia

Following polling showing unprecedented support for an increase to Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments, the campaign to Raise the Rate is ramping up by making South Australia its next destination from 12 – 13 June 2018. Read more

Call for Senate to reject punitive Social Services Bill

An alliance of peak bodies and welfare groups has called on Labor, Green and crossbench Senators to reject a Government move to force new migrants to wait longer before they can access various social security payments. Read more

Over two thirds of people back an increase to Newstart: Essential Poll

Polling released today shows 68% of people back an increase to Newstart, which has not been increased in real terms in 24 years. ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie calls on the Government to listen to what the community is telling us and raise the rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments so that everyone’s basic needs are met, and we can all live with dignity and respect. Read more

Submission on proposed income tax cuts

Social spending is currently falling short of need for both essential services and the alleviation of poverty. This submission gives six main reasons why proposed personal tax cuts should be opposed in their entirety. Read more

Budget Analysis 2018

Visit our Budget webpage, including analysis, commentary, media appearances and video. Click here 

Submission to Drug Testing Trial Bill 2018

ACOSS has recommended that the Community Affairs Committee oppose this Bill, as it represents an extraordinary departure from the provision of a safety net for people in need. Read more 

ACOSS briefing: company tax cuts

We cannot afford more company or personal tax cuts while the budget remains in deficit. The proposed company tax cuts are too costly for little or no gain. Read more

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.

The tax cut war and why everyone must pay for essential services, including wealthy shareholders

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

The drug testing bill must be opposed

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. 

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. Read more

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