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The Federal Budget must deliver cost of living relief for those who need it most and tackle our biggest challenges for a more inclusive future

The Budget must urgently address the cost of living crisis by raising JobSeeker to at least $76 a day while improving the energy efficiency of low-income homes and investing in social housing, according to a wide-ranging Federal Budget submission from the Australian Council of Social Service.

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Response to Australian Energy Regulator draft electricity default market offer

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) today released its draft determination for the electricity default market offer (DMO) for NSW, SA and QLD, which proposes increases between 19.8%-22.2% depending on network area people live in. 

“In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, today’s announcement of another increase to electricity prices by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is a blow to people across Australia, most of all those on low-incomes, who experienced average 20% rises last year. 

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New President an historic moment for ACOSS

ACOSS is pleased to announce Hang Vo as our incoming President.

CEO of ACOSS, Dr Cassandra Goldie said this is an historic yet overdue moment in ACOSS’s 66-year history, which importantly reflects the diversity of experience within Australian society.

“Hang brings to the Presidency an incredible depth of leadership and management experience – both lived and professional – and the staff and I couldn’t be more pleased to be working with Hang”.

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An extra $1.77 a day won’t stop people on JobSeeker from going hungry, says ACOSS

The Australian Council of Social Service is calling for a real increase to income support payments, because routine indexation in line CPI does little to address the inadequacy of income support.

On 20 March, income support payments including JobSeeker will be increased by 3.7 per cent in line with CPI changes from June to December last year, as part of routine indexation of payments. 

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Long overdue overhaul of punitive ParentsNext welcomed but change must come quickly

ACOSS welcomes the well-considered recommendations of the Workforce Australia Committee’s report to replace the harmful ParentsNext program with a new service called ‘Your Future Planning’.

The Committee has set out a new vision for the important l support that support that enables parents to enter the workforce when their children reach school age.

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