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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.

Party Report Card

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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.

Holden Announcement a Potentially Devastating Result for Adelaide's Northern Communities

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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. 

Thinking beyond the Budget ‘announceables’

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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