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General

Submission to the Residential Tenancies Act Review

16 December 2022

South Australians are currently experiencing a rental affordability crisis. Against this background, SACOSS welcomed the opportunity to engage with the review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1995, but we were disappointed the review Discussion Paper fails to adequately address this crisis. Our submission is largely focused on affordability issues.

Download: Submission to the Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1995

Submission to the Department for Child Protection’s Review of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017

15 November 2022

SACOSS welcomed the opportunity to engage with the Department for Child Protection’s review of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (the Act) and its Discussion Paper – Building the South Australian Child Protection System for the Future, and to contribute towards rethinking how we can collectively ensure that children and families can live their best lives.

Submission to the Legislative Council’s Select Committee inquiry into Health Services in SA

4 November 2022

The health system is a critical sector that people rely on to live healthy lives – for health care, disease prevention, and health promotion.

SACOSS believes that it is vital to the wellbeing of all South Australians – and especially those who are experiencing poverty or disadvantage – that the health system is accessible, of high quality, and responsive to their needs.

Robust public involvement opportunities that are inclusive of people with lived experience of exclusion or disadvantage are necessary to achieve this.

Response to the Review of the Health Care Act 2008

31 August 2021

The South Australian Council of Social Service and our health consortium partners welcomed the opportunity to provide commentary and contribute to the independent review of the Health Care Act 2008 (HCA).

Privatisation of Public Services

15 July 2021

The SACOSS submission to the Legislative Council Select Committee Inquiry into Privatisation of Public Services in South Australia focuses on the impact of privatisation on income and wealth inequality. It argues that inequality will be increased where service outsourcing is based on lower labour costs outside of government, or where the rate of return to capital from privatised services is greater than the rate of economic growth, or where the pattern of consumption of a privatised good or service is more regressive than the state tax base.

Response to Review of the SA Associations Incorporation Act

23 June 2021

The Associations Incorporation Act is the governing legislation for many community organisations in South Australia. While a review of the Act was long overdue, the SACOSS response to proposed draft amendments to the Act argues that there was a need for greater consultation or co-design in the review, and that contrary to the stated intention, some of the proposed amendments would increase red-tape or threaten the autonomy of the sector.

Submission on the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process Interim Report

30 April 2021

The South Australian Council of Social Service Inc. (SACOSS) welcomes the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart with gratefulness and we are committed to work with First Nations, all Federal and State politicians, local and city authorities, religious, ethnic and business leaders, along with like-minded civil society organisations and our fellow citizens, in moving together towards a better future.

Changes to JobSeeker Rates

2 March 2021

The SACOSS submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs' Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Bill 2021.

Coronavirus Supplement Extension

20 November 2020

The SACOSS submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs' Inquiry into the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020. The SACOSS submission supports the ACOSS national submission and presents South Australian data on the inadequacy of the base level of income support payments, and the good impacts of the Coronavirus Supplement.

Equal Opportunity (Religious Bodies) Amendment Bill 2020

20 November 2020

SACOSS has provided a submission on a draft Bill entitled the Equal Opportunity (Religious Bodies) Amendment Bill 2020. If enacted, it would make a number of amendments to the religious bodies exemptions currently contained in section 50 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA). SACOSS's submission  looks at the role the federal government's Religious Freedom Bills, moving to a discrimination by application' model, extending the list of services, and ensuring stakeholders and the community generally are all aware of EO protections.