The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) will use its submission to the state government tax review this week to put forward three ideas for reform that go beyond the options suggested in the government’s discussion paper.
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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.
The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS), in collaboration with the Energy Retailers Association of Australia (ERAA) has today released its Better Practice Guideline, which details how energy retailers can best support customers experiencing energy hardship.
The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) welcomes today’s release of the SA government discussion paper on state taxes, but is concerned that the debate will be dominated by self-interest and big business.
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).
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.
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.
South Australian energy consumers are concerned and stressed about increasing electricity prices, with significant proportions even opting to leave their homes for cooler destinations during heatwaves rather than face bigger bills.
Disposable incomes in South Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland will fall by twice as much as those of WA, Victoria, and NSW following federal budget cuts.
SACOSS has been promoting its policy platform to all parties contesting the election and our aim is to get broad cross-party support for all the policies and initiatives we are proposing. Just days before the election, we publish our report card on the responses of the parliamentary parties to the initiatives we proposed.
The South Australian Council of Social Service reveals that new cost of living data shows a clear need for increases in state government concessions for low income households, particularly for the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) and the South Australian Transport Subsidy Scheme (SATTS).
A group of South Australia’s major charitable organisations will unite today to call for a commitment from all political parties in the state election to provide a relief package for the lowest income households facing cost of living pressures.
The South Australian Council of Social Service is alarmed at Holden's closure announcement and calls on the federal government to immediately set-aside the $500 million it no longer needs to give to Holden for support to businesses in the Holden supply chain, and for future job creation.
SACOSS is today calling on energy retailers to immediately reduce the increasing rate of power cut offs.
SACOSS has today launched a campaign in the lead up to the state election, highlighting the threat posed by declining government revenue and calling on all parties to commit to restoring revenue to pre-GFC levels.
The South Australian Council of Social Service has today welcomed the release of a new study of energy poverty in Australia.
SACOSS’ latest Cost of Living Update released today shows that over 100,000 South Australian households, including over 31,000 low income renters, are experiencing housing stress in their weekly budget.
The South Australian Council of Social Service has released its annual Anti-Poverty Week statement as the end of Anti-Poverty Week in Australia approaches. The statement identifies the problematic impacts of the rising cost of living on unemployed and vulnerable South Australians.
by Ross Womersley,
CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service
Before we go attacking or defending tomorrow's State Budget, I wonder if we could think more deeply about the broader context.
Inevitably, the Budget debate (like all Budget debates) will be characterised by announcements of new initiatives which may or may not be good, but which hide the real day to day expenditure of government. There will be claims of “the biggest taxing Budget ever” (which applies to almost every government simply because of inflation and growth), and there will be the self-interest of groups who (genuinely but sometimes unhelpfully) believe that what is good for their sector/industry is good for the state as a whole.
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