This report follows our 2016 Connectivity Costs report which looked at telecommunications affordability for those primarily reliant on Centrelink incomes. This report focuses on telecommunications affordability for those households living below the poverty line but whose main source of income is wages. While many of the issues are the same, there are some specific challenges arising from waged poverty and also from specific employment-related issues.
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Connectivity Costs II: Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households
No Option: Public Opinion and the Prospects of Tax Reform in South Australia
This report is the third and final in the series based on the survey of 1,000 South Australians looking at attitudes to state taxes. This focuses on knowledge and attitudes to state taxes, and the barriers to tax reform.
Reality Check: Public Perceptions of South Australian Government Expenditure and Waste
This report is the second volume analysing the results of the survey of 1,000 South Australians about their attitudes to taxes and government expenditure. This volume focuses on expenditure and challenges the public desire for more spending and the perceptions of waste in government expenditure.
Unfinished Business: Two Years On From South Australia's Tax Review
It is two years since the SA State Government launched its review of state taxes. SACOSS believes that further reform is needed. This report analyses the results of a survey of 1,000 South Australians about various state tax reform proposals, including inheritance taxes and changes to gambling taxes to promote harm minimisation measures.
Connectivity Costs: Telecommunications Affordability for Low Income Australians
Major study conducted jointly with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network based on a survey of over 500 low income households and a series of focus groups. The study looks at the (in)adequacy of the Centrelink Telephone Allowance (CTA) and the gaps in the market's provision of appropriate telecommunication services.
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Analogue Entitlements in a Digital Age
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) commissioned the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) to conduct a joint research project on the affordability of telecommunications for low income consumers.
Download the Data Briefing Report Analogue Entitlements in a Digital Age
Losing the Jackpot: South Australia's Gambling Taxes
SACOSS’ report into gambling taxes in SA highlights growing pressures on the state budget from declining gambling tax revenues – but it is not necessarily good news for gamblers or the community. The SACOSS report notes that gambling taxes are the fifth biggest source of state taxes ($388m in 2014-15), but estimates that in real terms gambling tax revenue is now $111 a year less than it was a decade ago.
SACOSS Mid-Term Report Card on the State Labor Government
SACOSS has produced a Mid-Term Report Card on the State Labor Government’s performance. The Mid-Term Report Card assesses the performance of the Government against two benchmarks:
- How well it is delivering on the election commitments it made in response to the SACOSS Policy Platform ahead of the 2014 election, and
- How well it is addressing the SACOSS Policy Platform for improving the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians.
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Independence in the Not-for-Profit Sector
Independence in the Not-for-Profit Sector is a joint ACTCOSS and SACOSS report. It sets out the findings of a research project investigating the meaning of independence in the community not-for-profit (NFP) sector. While frequently independence is a central concept in debate on the NFP sector, the meaning of independence is taken for granted.
Justice or an Unjust System? Aboriginal over-representation in South Australia’s juvenile justice system
Twenty-times more likely to be imprisoned than the non-Aboriginal population and making up 46% of the young people in SA's detention centres, this report highlights the problem of over-representation of Aboriginal young people in this state's juvenile justice system. The report recommends a new approach to engage Aboriginal people at all levels in the justice system, with a formally negotiated Indigenous Justice Agreement as a first step.