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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

Losing the Jackpot: $111m blow to state budget from declining gambling revenue

16 June 2016

A new report released today by the South Australian Council of Social Services highlights growing pressures on the state budget from declining gambling tax revenues – but it is not necessarily good news for gamblers or the community.

The SACOSS report notes that gambling taxes are the fifth biggest source of state taxes ($388m in 2014-15), but estimates that in real terms gambling tax revenue is now $111 a year less than it was a decade ago.

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.

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