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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.

SACOSS does not accept poverty, inequity or injustice. We will be a powerful and representative voice that leads and supports our community to take actions that achieve our vision of justice, opportunity and shared wealth for all South Australians. We will hold to account governments, business and communities for actions that disadvantage vulnerable people.

Latest News

20,000 more households to get help with energy: SACOSS applauds government’s decision to extend audit scheme

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

SACOSS has welcomed the State Government’s announcement today to expand the Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme, which should see approximately 20,000 extra households eligible for free home energy audits. 

“Before the election SACOSS had called for an expansion of the REES to help 'the working poor’ so we applaud this decision,” says Jo De Silva, SACOSS Senior Policy Adviser in Energy.

The need to be online is blowing a hole in budgets of the poor: Better infrastructure and income support needed

Monday, 15 October 2018

This week is both Anti-Poverty Week and Get Online Week in Australia, so it’s a good time to ask how anyone can get by spending just $12 a week on telecommunications. 

There’s no doubt telecommunications are essential in an age where government services, businesses, employment and education are all online, and much of our contact with friends and family rely on social media and digital communications. Recent SACOSS research shows that the average SA household spends $46 on telecommunications each week, equivalent to 3.2% of their disposable income. That was more than was spent by the average household on energy.

However, for a single person looking for work and reliant on the Newstart allowance, 3.2% of income amounts to just $12 per week. That may get a bottom-end mobile phone plan with very little call value and almost no data, or a home connection but no mobile. Yet the government’s “digital first” strategy insists job-seekers go online to deal with Centrelink and access payments. And employers and job agencies require them to have a phone to be contacted. 


Monday, 19 November 2018 - 3:30pm

SACOSS invites all members and supporters to join our staff, Board and Policy Council for our 2018 Annual General Meeting. Come along to hear what we have achieved over the last year and what is planned for next year.

3.30pm Guest Speaker—The Hon Michelle Lensink, Minister for Human Services

4.00pm AGM

5.00pm Drinks & nibbles

Please RSVP here

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