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Independence in the Not-for-Profit Sector

30 June 2015

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

31 March 2015

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.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme: Towards a Paradigm Shift for Disability Services?

10 December 2014

The National Disability Insurance Scheme: Towards a Paradigm Shift for Disability Services?

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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