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Paying to Work

15 September 2020

Paying to Work: Employment Issues in SACOSS’ Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households Report, points to the frequent use of personal telecommunications services and devices for work purposes – and subsequently to cost and fairness issues arising from that usage. These issues are particularly important given that, by definition, the workers concerned are living below the  poverty line.

Connectivity Costs II: Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households

11 August 2020

The Connectivity Costs II: Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households report follows our 2016 Connectivity Costs report which looked at telecommunications affordability for those primarily reliant on Centrelink incomes. This new report focuses on telecommunications affordability for those households living below the poverty line but whose main source of income is wages.

Connectivity Costs II: Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households

11 August 2020

Connectivity Costs II:  Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households

poor households can be defined as those living below the poverty line (50% of median equivalised household disposable income) whose main source of household income is wages and salaries. Previous SACOSS research using the 2015-16 ABS Household Expenditure Survey (HES) found that there were 249,818 waged poor households in Australia equating to 23.8% of households in poverty and accounting for 685,744 people.

No Option: Public Opinion and the Prospects of Tax Reform in South Australia

17 June 2017

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.

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Reality Check: Public Perceptions of South Australian Government Expenditure and Waste

20 May 2017

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.

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Unfinished Business: Two Years On From South Australia's Tax Review

8 April 2017

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

3 November 2016

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

17 June 2016

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

14 June 2016

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

15 March 2016

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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