Justice, Opportunity and Shared Wealth for all South Australians

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SACOSS is the South Australian Council of Social Service, the peak body for the non-government health and community services sector in South Australia.

We envision a future of justice, opportunity and shared wealth for all South Australians. To actualise this vision, we speak out on issues that affect our community, our State, our Nation and our world. We lead and support our community to take action. We hold governments, business and communities to account when their actions disadvantage vulnerable people.

We believe that developing a fair and just community is possible. We believe that a thriving community sector will help to address poverty and disadvantage. And we will continue to speak with, alongside and for all South Australians - no matter who you are, where you live or what your current circumstances are.

Latest News

Joint media release: civil society groups condemn passage of anti-democratic protest law

Wednesday, 31 May 2023

Civil society groups have responded to the passage through the upper house of the South Australian Government’s anti-protest bill. The Bill passed the upper house with a minor amendment after a Tuesday night sitting that ran into the early morning, and it’s expected to pass the lower house today.

Joint media release on proposed new anti-protest laws: undo 22 minutes of bad lawmaking

Monday, 29 May 2023

It took only 22 minutes for anti-protest legislation to pass one of the two houses needed for it to become law - and now a number of SA's leading civil society groups are calling for the SA Government to spend another 22 minutes or even less this week to send the bill to committee for proper review.

SACOSS responds to proposed new anti-protest laws

Friday, 19 May 2023

SACOSS is concerned both by the potential unintended consequences of changes to legislation around South Australians' rights to peaceful protest, and the speed with which these changes are being made.
South Australia's record of progress arising from the work of the labour, environmental, and civil society movements is an enviable one. And peaceful protest has often been vital in helping achieve this progress.

SACOSS Human Rights Legislation Policy 2023

Tuesday, 28 March 2023

SACOSS is calling for the introduction of a Human Rights Act for South Australia because every person – no matter their race, abilities, political beliefs, gender identification, sexuality, religion, age or cultural background or other characteristic – should be treated equitably.  To acknowledge this is to acknowledge that we all have human rights. And that these are universal, meaning they are for everyone, everywhere, all of the time.