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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

Budget fails on Newstart, housing affordability and community services

4 May 2016

SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley has welcomed last night’s Budget Statement from ACOSS and noted that while there were several welcome initiatives (eg addressing superannuation tax breaks for the rich, getting global companies to pay their fair share of tax and changing work for the dole), he felt the most concerning thing was the absence of any discussion and intervention on three main fronts. 

SA consumers assured of electricity savings but consumers face hurdles mounting legal challenge on electricity decision

2 May 2016

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) is disappointed with today’s decision by the Australian Competition Tribunal which prevents SACOSS from continuing its legal challenge of the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) decision about SA Power Networks revenue - but consumers can be reassured they will still be saving money.

Tax havens in Australia? You bet!

11 April 2016

The South Australian Council of Social Service is today calling for sweeping changes to the taxation of online gambling to remove the abuse of tax havens in Australian betting.
Sports betting is Australia’s fastest growing form of gambling, and it is taxed by the jurisdiction where a betting company is licensed, not where the bet is actually placed or where the sports event is being held. Gambling corporations are therefore free to ‘jurisdiction shop’ to get licensed, with the result that the Northern Territory and Norfolk Island are operating as virtual gambling tax havens.

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