In 2018 SACOSS made a major submission to the South Australian Legislative Council Select Committee on Poverty. The submission sets out SACOSS' understanding of key issues around poverty, noting the different definitions and presenting data on poverty showing 60,000 South Australian households or 131,000 South Australian people living in poverty (8% of the population) including 22,000 children.
While all SACOSS' work is directed towards the elimination and alleviation of poverty, in 2021 SACOSS specifically reviewed a range of state government services and has identified a range of programs and policies that contain poverty premiums, poverty traps or barriers to access to service. The resulting Anti-Poverty package is not the total of everything that needs to be done, and does not present big new policies. However, it does propose a series of small changes to address problems with existing government programs and policies.
Download SACOSS' 2021 Anti-Poverty Package