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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

South Australians asked the $65 billion question

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

As South Australian federal politicians find themselves in the vortex of the political battle over the proposed company tax cuts, a public forum hosted by The Australia Institute in Adelaide asks ‘How would you spend $65 billion?’.

Dr Janine Dixon from the Centre of Policy Studies at Victoria University and SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley, will join Australia Institute Executive Director Ben Oquist at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Adelaide from 6.30pm-7.30pm tonight.

The panel will also discuss the impact of the tax cut on the South Australian economy.

Let’s welcome and support rough sleepers instead of always wanting to move them ‘somewhere else’

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

By Ross Womersley, CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service

People who are homeless and sleeping rough have always gravitated to our inner cities and regional centres, often because that’s where services are that can help them. For safety some people will choose to sleep on well-lit footpaths and where there is a lot of foot traffic while others will seek the anonymity of a park or hide in a nook or cranny. Some will have swags and others may piece together strangely elaborate bedding arrangements. Not surprisingly after a day or two most of these people can start to look grubby and dishevelled. Some people will exhibit signs of poor mental health, may in fact be very sick, or be struggling with alcohol and drug dependency, which like some of the psychotropics used to treat mental health issues, can have major impacts on their behaviour.  In the absence of other forms of income, some of these people may beg to try to get by from day to day.  

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