In late 2018, the Social Development Committee (SDC) of the South Australian Parliament resolved to inquire into and report on the provision of services for people with mental illness under the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and SACOSS was invited to present.
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Mental Health Services and the NDIS: Presentation to the Social Development Committee of SA Parliament
Registering Social Workers in SA: Presentation to a Joint Committee of the SA Parliament
The Social Workers Registration Bill 2018 was introduced to the SA Parliament on the 5th of September 2018. If enacted the legislation will make provision for the registration of social workers in South Australia and would establish a Social Work Registration Board.
SA Productivity Commission Inquiry on Government Procurement
SACOSS's submission to this inquiry notes the achievements of the SANFRAG process in reforming government procurement of NFP services, and the importance of the adoption of the agreed contract templates. It also canvasses a range of further improvements in both contract terms and procurement processes, as well as the need for some form of independent NFP support and advocacy function to promote and enforce agreed changes.
Legislative Council Select Committee on Poverty in South Australia
This is a major submission from SACOSS to the Legislative Council Select Committee. The submission notes the different definitions of poverty and the need for a South Australian poverty line, and then presents new data on poverty in South Australia. 60,000 South Australian households or 131,000 South Australian people live in poverty (8% of the population) including 22,000 children.
IGA Community Consultation on Online Gambling in South Australia
A submission to the Independent Gambling Authority community consultation on online gambling - again pointing out the lack of resources for policy advocacy in our sector and the asymmetry with the vast resources the gambling industry can mobilise for their advocacy.
Response to Productivity Commission Draft Report on Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation
Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation (the sharing of the GST receipts) is vital to ensure that all state governments are able to provide the same level of services to citizens - regardless of what state they live in. SACOSS supports this objective, and rejects the proposals in the Productivity Commission to move away from this goal and aim for a narrower redistribution of funds which would see states like South Australia struggle to provide the same level of services.
Response to Future Directions of the Financial Wellbeing and Capability Activity Discussion Paper
The Financial Wellbeing and Capability Activity Program provides funds for emergency relief and financial counselling services. In its submission on the proposed redesigns for the program SACOSS argued for the recognition that the program was a partnership with the community sector; that there was significant collaboration between providers and other community services agencies; and for the need for the retention of open and flexible eligibility criteria and service provision by funded services.
Linking Services for Mental Health and Wellbeing: Submission to the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022
The SACOSS submission to the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan is a report of conversations from a sector briefing held in conjunction with the SA Mental Health Coalition and the SA Mental Health Commission. Participants explored their vision for an integrated mental health system, what steps and support would be required to achieve the vision and the support that would be required to maintain the vision. Their vision included an integrated multidisciplinary approach, zero stigma, mental wellbeing as everyone’s business and a system of pathways into a continuum of support.
Submission: Robo-Debt Inquiry
Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into the “Design, Scope, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Contracts Awarded and Implementation Associated with the Better Management of the Social Welfare System Initiative” (otherwise known as Robo-Debt Inquiry).
SACOSS has joined with ACOSS and others across Australia in calling for Robo-Debt to be scrapped immediately. SACOSS has argued that the program has unrecoverable design and operational flaws and is causing enormous distress to thousands of low-income and vulnerable people.
Submission: Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2016
Submission to the Attorney-General's Department on the draft of the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2016 arguing for a greater focus on prevention and early intervention.