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Budget fails on Newstart, housing affordability and community services

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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.

SACOSS rates the government on mid-term performance

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

SACOSS has today published a report card on the Weatherill government’s progress in addressing poverty, inequity and injustice.

In doing so SACOSS has sought to acknowledge good performance and where promises have been fulfilled, and at the same time highlight areas where more work is needed on issues that impact on vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians.

“The government has implemented or is in the process of implementing most of what they promised at the 2014 election,” says CEO of SACOSS Ross Womersley.

The SA jobs crisis: it’s much more than the Holden shutdown

Monday, 7 March 2016

SACOSS is today launching its State Budget Submission 2016-17 which contains recommendations where the state government could and should do more to tackle the state’s jobs crisis.

SACOSS is today launching its State Budget Submission 2016-17 which contains recommendations where the state government could and should do more to tackle the state’s jobs crisis.

SACOSS urges further savings for water consumers

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) cautiously welcomes the decision by ESCOSA to deliver savings for SA Water consumers in its Draft Decision but urges the Commission to go further.

“The Regulator’s Draft Decision is a welcome step in the right direction. Under this Decision, consumers can look forward to lower water bills which will be a huge relief from the high prices South Australian consumers currently pay”, said Ross Womersley, SACOSS Executive Director.

Community Sector calls on South Australian MPs to commit to clear bottom lines in tax reform debate

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Following the release today of a new national report outlining the negative impacts of potential GST changes on vulnerable and disadvantaged households, SACOSS has analysed the South Australian impacts and written to Premier Weatherill and leading South Australian Federal MPs in all political parties asking that they not agree to any tax deal or any increase in GST unless:

  • there is a broad tax reform package;
  • the unfair income tax issues such as superannuation concessions, capital gains tax breaks and negative gearing are addressed;
  • the overall effect of the changes is progressive before compensation is considered; and
  • the reforms tie in with federation reforms which guarantee service delivery.

205,000 households across South Australia to benefit from new concession

Thursday, 14 May 2015

SACOSS today welcomes the state government’s confirmation that it will cover the cost of the Council Rate Concession no longer funded by the federal government. The concession will increase from $190 to $200 per year with payments made directly to pensioner households.  In addition pensioners and low income renters will benefit with a new $100 per year payment to help offset very real cost of living pressures.


SACOSS calls for Indigenous Justice Agreement in response to increasing rates of over-representation of Aboriginal young people in SA juvenile justice system

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) has today launched a report calling for greater self-determination and the negotiation of an Indigenous Justice Agreement as a response to increasing rates of over-representation of Aboriginal young people in South Australia’s juvenile justice system.

New report highlights value of community sector: SACOSS calls for rethink of ACNC abolition

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

SACOSS has today used the Adelaide presentation of major research into the charities sector to call on the Federal government and Family First Senator Bob Day to reconsider the plan to abolish the national charities regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC).

Poverty in SA: Case Studies Highlight Prevalence and Programs that Help

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The South Australian Council of Social Service today released its annual Anti-Poverty Week Statement. This year’s statement profiles poverty in four different South Australian communities, highlighting the presence, prevalence, and diversity of poverty as it exists in different parts of the state.
The Statement explores data from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Burnside, Mount Gambier and Playford Local Government Areas – profiling education, employment, ethnicity, income and other economic resources in each area.

Latest figures show health prices are key cost of living pressure – and Federal Budget will make things worse

Thursday, 31 July 2014

SACOSS has today released its June Quarter Cost of Living Update, highlighting rising health prices as a key cost of living pressure.

Health expenditure is a significant and increasingly important part of average household expenditure, and health price increases were a major contributor to CPI rises in the last quarter.

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