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Shadow Minister Nat Cook talks about changing the game

UPDATE: Following our second 'Couch Series' event, Human Services Shadow Minister Nat Cook provided SACOSS with an overview of some key policy areas and priorities from Labor, particularly in reference to some of the areas flagged by SACOSS, as we approach the March 19 state election. Although she was unfortunately not able to join us for a discussion with Ross Womersley and Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink as planned, you can find a wrap-up of her post-event video address here.

SACOSS welcomes policy commitments at forum with Peter Malinauskas

MEDIA RELEASE: SACOSS today held its “On the Couch” forum with Labor leader Peter Malinauskas and welcomed a number of his policy comments and commitments. The forum was held in the SACOSS offices and largely viewed online by leaders and staff from the social and community services sector right across the state.

SACOSS policy prescriptions for SA election 2022

MEDIA RELEASE: Public housing, digital inclusion & fixing water supply in regional and remote communities headline SACOSS’ “Cover the Basics” state election policy platform. SACOSS is today releasing its ‘Cover the Basics’ policy platform document, which outlines a series of policy prescriptions for SA political parties in the lead-up to the next SA state election and beyond it. The community service sector peak body’s list of calls reflects key areas of longstanding SACOSS advocacy, with some concrete measures for parties to commit to.

When you can't keep the weather out

OPINION PIECE: Been hot lately? Too many renters across SA are stuck in substandard housing that's too hot in summer and too cold in winter - and saddled with too-high energy bills as a result. SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley issues a  strong call in The Advertiser for minimum  energy efficiency standards and mandatory disclosure for rental properties in SA - and a commitment to both from the two major parties.

We need action on rental affordability.

Stable and secure housing is the primary platform for connection to economic and social community life, providing a base that enables people to overcome challenges and live a decent life. That's one of the key reasons SACOSS is advocating strongly in this space – particularly in relation to rental affordability. We are calling for a number of measures and, in particular, a significant investment in social housing.

Digital inclusion: regional SA lags behind Adelaide & national regions

MEDIA RELEASE: SACOSS today released summary data on digital inclusion by regional area for South Australia, based on the recently-released 2021 Australian Digital Inclusion. The data shows that South Australia lags behind the national average for digital inclusion, and regional South Australia more so.

Poverty in SA in the spotlight for Anti-Poverty Week

MEDIA RELEASE: This week is Anti-Poverty Week – held each year to help raise important conversations about poverty in our state and beyond it, and what we can do better. Just last week, the renter survey report released by the Anti-Poverty Network of South Australia showed that, of the survey respondents, 1 in 4 people said they had less than $14 a day ($100 a week) left after paying their rent. Alarmingly, 77% said the cost of rent often impacted their ability to pay their bills on time, or eat well, that they sometimes had to skip meals, or avoided fresh food.

Digital inclusion improves, but SA still lags

MEDIA RELEASE: New data from the 2021 Australian Digital Inclusion Index shows SA again has the second worst score of all states and territories, although our score improved from 63.0 to 69.0 in the last year to be just 2.1 points behind the national average (by comparison with the 4.5 point gap last year). SACOSS is advocating for more acton from teh State Government to make SA more digitally inclusive.