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Taxes and the SA Election

5 March 2014

In the lead up to the SA state election SACOSS has published a major report that critiques the idea that South Australia is a high tax state and outlines the extent of the state revenue decline over the last 5 years.  Economic growth and reducing 'waste' won't be enough to restore revenue to fund vital services, and the report provides a summary of the parliamentary parties' positions on state taxes and a fair and sustainable revenue base.


Social Impact Bonds: New Financing for the NFP Sector?

22 October 2013

A report providing overview of the SIB concept, outlining its development in Australia to date. It offers some discussion of the potential benefits and potential risks associated with SIBs as drawn from a review of available literature.

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South Australian Consumer Credit Legal Services: A Scoping Study

31 January 2013

A major research project scoping the demand for consumer credit legal services in South Australia, existing services and service gaps, and making recommendations for future service delivery.

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Unsupported Debt: The Crisis in Financial Counselling in SA

3 January 2012

Produced in conjunction with Anglicare, UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide and The Salvation Army, this report highlighted lack of resources in the sector, long waiting lists and the extent of unmet need for financial counselling in South Australia.

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Unique Peaks: Peak Organisations in the SA Health and Community Service Sector

14 June 2011

Research reporting defining peak organisations, their key roles and contributions, and how they operate in South Australia. The report includes recommendations for future operation and funding.

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At the Crossroads: Financial Counselling in SA

11 May 2011

Written in the wake of substantial cuts to financial counselling services in the September 2010 state budget, this report highlights the importance of the service, levels of demand and unmet need.

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The Family and Community Development Program

11 April 2011

Written in the light of announced cuts to this flagship prevention and early intervention program, this report outlined the history, structure and purpose of the Family and Community Development program. This provided background to the first stage of a sector-driven consultation which underpinned a long campaign to restore and improve this important program.

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SA Strategic Plan Analysis

10 September 2010

An analysis of the government's SASP Audit Commission report on the progress toward the state strategic plan, focussing on the targets and indicators relevant to the alleviation of poverty in South Australia.

Download South Australia's Strategic Plan Analysis: What Progress on Poverty

Alternative Employment Models in the SA Community Sector

24 June 2010

The report examines challenges for building a sustainable workforce in the community services, focusing particularly on how the government model of service contracting drives unsustainable employment models in the sector.

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Training and Skills Development

21 June 2010

Report exploring approaches to workforce training and development for the South Australian community services sector. The report makes recommendations for government and for community sector organisations.

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