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Huge SA income boost of $288M if Newstart raised, says Deloitte

17 September 2018

Report shows raising Newstart & Youth Allowance will boost jobs, state taxes

South Australia’s total disposable income would increase by $288 million if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week.  This is according to a report by Deloitte Access Economics, released today by The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), with support from SACOSS and the state and and territory councils of social service.

 

Budget delivers on election promises but risks our long-term future

4 September 2018
The Marshall Government's first State Budget contains swings and roundabouts, says the SA Council of Social Service.
 
"We appreciate that the Budget provides funding for election promises, including modest increases to some important programs for disadvantaged South Australians, " says SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley, "but at the same time we are concerned about cuts to a number of services."
 

Poverty rate twice as high in regional SA

13 August 2018

SACOSS is today releasing a substantial piece of research into poverty in SA.  This includes the calculation of a brand new and more accurate poverty line specific to SA. This is the first time SA-specific data has been used in this way.

Cost of living pressures bite hardest on unemployed: Report asks Steven Marshall to call for increase to Newstart

6 August 2018
SACOSS’s latest Cost of Living Report released today focuses on the struggle of South Australians living on the Newstart and other basic income support payments, and calls on SA Premier Steven Marshall to add the state government’s voice to the chorus of calls to increase these inadequate social security payments.
 
The SACOSS report, which includes examples of household budgets of five people trying to live on Newstart, finds that: 

Latest internet use data shows SA still lagging- 15% of South Australians don’t use the internet

4 June 2018

A Fact Sheet released by the South Australian Council of Social Service shows that 15% of South Australians don’t use the internet, 17.5% of South Australian households don’t have internet access at home, and South Australia lags behind the Australian average in most categories of internet use. The Fact Sheet is based on the latest ABS data on household internet use.

Key findings:

South Australians asked the $65 billion question

24 April 2018

As South Australian federal politicians find themselves in the vortex of the political battle over the proposed company tax cuts, a public forum hosted by The Australia Institute in Adelaide asks ‘How would you spend $65 billion?’.

Dr Janine Dixon from the Centre of Policy Studies at Victoria University and SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley, will join Australia Institute Executive Director Ben Oquist at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Adelaide from 6.30pm-7.30pm tonight.

The panel will also discuss the impact of the tax cut on the South Australian economy.

SACOSS report card welcomes parties’ policies on digital poverty

13 March 2018

But uncertainty remains over cuts to services

Report Card Summary

Save Charities from Funding Cuts

6 March 2018

Eleven key peak bodies in the non-government health and community services came together today to issue a last minute plea to the major parties to be saved from funding cuts and so called “efficiency dividends” which look likely to follow the state election. The peak bodies joining this call with SACOSS are: the Aboriginal Health Council of SA, Child & Family Focus SA, Community Centres SA, the Mental Health Coalition of SA, Multicultural Communities Council of SA, SA Network of Drug & Alcohol Services, Shelter SA, Volunteering SA & NT, Community Housing Council of...

Hospitals squeezing out other healthcare

1 March 2018

A SACOSS analysis today reveals a dramatic fall in funding to non-hospital health services in South Australia. 

Using the most recent figures on total health funding by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, SACOSS has looked at the breakdown of hospital vs non-hospital health spending. 

According to these AIHW figures (2017), two-thirds of all SA government health expenditure goes on hospitals. Our analysis shows that non-hospital health expenditure (which includes community and public health, dental services and research) has fallen from 40% of all SA...

Consumers could be winners in energy election

22 February 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service has welcomed the latest round of energy policy announcements today, and says that consumers could end up being the real winners in a state election focused on energy. 

Nick Xenophon today launched the SA Best Energy Policy  - which includes a community-owned electricity retailer as well as a move to review the energy concession - while the Labor Party announced interest-free loans for household solar energy.