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Sydney needs higher affordable housing targets

Posted Dec 8, 2016

Article from Conversation 24th Nov 2016 - Economic and social wellbeing depends on affordable, stable housing, but you won't find it in the nation's biggest city. This week the Greater Sydney Commission released city-wide draft plans with mandated targe ...more

ACOSS - Poverty in Australia Report 2016

Posted Oct 19, 2016

ACOSS - Poverty in Australia Report 2016

New report - Child poverty on the rise:- 730,000 children in poverty or 7.4% of all children in Australia are living in poverty, an increase of 2 percentage points over the past 10 years. ...more

Government Super changes must deliver for 3.4 million people on low incomes

Posted Aug 22, 2016

Government Super changes must deliver for 3.4 million people on low incomes

On August 17th ACOSS released a new proposal, building on the Government’s superannuation reforms, to deliver better retirement incomes for 3.4 million people on low and modest incomes while strengthening federal revenue. ...more

Housing and Homelessness

Posted Jun 27, 2016

Adam Farrar is a Senior Policy Officer with Shelter NSW, the State’s peak advocate for housing justice. ...more

What does a re-imagined Australia look like?

Posted Jun 15, 2016

The Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW (CLRI) has produced two very timely papers in the lead-up to the election: Vision and Values Strategy Paper: What does a re-imagined Australia look like? The 2016-17 Budget failed to equitably allocate resources and wealth to all Australians. The Federal Government has focused ...more

Don’t sign up to a shocking deal, ACOSS urges nation’s leaders

Posted Jan 5, 2016

Please see this ACOSS Media Release during December ...more

Councils of Social Service call for development of national plan to tackle poverty and inequality in Australia

Posted Oct 12, 2015

Councils of Social Service call for development of national plan to tackle poverty and inequality in Australia

At the start of Anti-Poverty Week, ACOSS and all eight State and Territory Councils of Social Service, are calling for the development of a national plan to tackle growing poverty and inequality in Australia, including setting targets to ensure the income ...more

NATSEM analysis shows federal budget to hit the poor hardest, while rich benefit

Posted May 25, 2015

Families with children on the lowest incomes will bear the brunt of the federal government's budget cuts, while high income families will actually see their disposable incomes increase slightly over the next four years.  New analysis from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling has shown how the government's budget consolidation - for ...more

ACOSS on Budget 2015: Better direction but lower income earners still doing the heavy lifting

Posted May 17, 2015

ACOSS on Budget 2015: Better direction but lower income earners still doing the heavy lifting

Read ACOSS analysis of the main budget measures.. ...more

ACOSS proposes alternative evidence-based and equitable savings to health services

Posted Jan 18, 2015

ACOSS proposes alternative evidence-based and equitable savings to health services

  Friday January 16, 2015 The Australian Council of Social Service called on the Federal Government to heed the growing community concern about affordable, accessible universal health care; and to focus on evidence-based solutions to pull back wasteful spending in the health Budget.   “We know that our health system faces increasing costs with ...more