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

Overhaul of energy concessions needed as three million households struggle to pay their energy bills

Wednesday, 21 December 2022

A report released today by social service organisations found that while around three million households receive some form of ongoing financial assistance for their energy bills, the poor design and implementation of the assistance means too many people still can’t afford the energy they need.

Report calls for age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 14

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

Attorneys-General release secret report calling for age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 14 without exception

After more than a two-year delay, all Australia’s Attorney-Generals have finally released a long-awaited report from its Working Group tasked with advising on the age of criminal responsibility.

The report, from the Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group, makes clear that without exception, the minimum age of criminal responsibility across Australia should be raised to 14 years from the current 10 years of age.

Human rights concerns - children in detention

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

NEWS UPDATE: SACOSS is very disturbed by the fact that the United Nations’ Sub-Committee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has had to cut short its visit to Australia because it was blocked while carrying out its mandate under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), that Australia has signed up to.