The South Australian state government provides concessions (discounts and subsidies) for people living on very low incomes and struggling with affordability of essential services. However, this SACOSS report examines a range of state government concessions and a confusing patchwork in need of serious reform. There are inconsistencies in eligibility across the system, and some concessions create poverty premiums or have barriers to accessing support. The report makes 3 overarching recommendations for system reform, and a number of proposals for changes to specific concessions.
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The State of Concessions in South Australia
Responding to COVID-19: Supporting Vulnerable Populations
The avoidance of medical catastrophe from COVID-19 in South Australia to date has meant that the principle story the COVID-19 pandemic and its health impact on South Australia has been much more one of social and economic impacts than a medically-focused story. However, social and economic impacts have significant consequences for health and wellbeing, prevention and access to health services and information.
Raise The Rate for Good
Raise the Rate for Good
Calling your Member of Parliament - as an organisation
Step 1. Plan what you want to say
Politicians need to hear from local services about the effect of the government’s decision to double income support payments, and how this was the right thing to do.
Make sure to mention:
Budget spend positive, but lacked targeted investment
Recovery spending welcome, but missed investing in most impacted
Paying to Work
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
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.
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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