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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.

Access standard for housing: National Construction Code

18 November 2020

In October 2017, the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) agreed to develop a national regulatory impact statement (RIS) for accessible housing. The RIS was to examine the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines (silver and gold levels) as options for creating a minimum access standard in the National Construction Code (NCC). The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) released the Consultation RIS for public consultation from 6 July to 31 August 2020. SACOSS wrote to the Minister for Human Services to follow up on this important area.

National Construction Code: Consultation RIS

27 August 2020

SACOSS made a submission regarding the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement: Proposal to include minimum accessibility standards for housing in the National Construction Code. We noted that the Australian Network for Universal Housing Design (ANUHD) also made a thorough and considered submission on this matter, which SACOSS supports, endorsing its analysis and recommendations.

Health Care Governance Amendment Bill 2020

20 July 2020

SACOSS and endorsing partners have made a Joint Statement regarding the Health Care (Governance) Amendment Bill 2020, currently under discussion and due for debate in SA Parliament in the week commencing Mon 20 July. The Statement has been endorsed by SACOSS and the following organisations:

Adelaide Park Lands Dry Area - Feb 2020

23 February 2020

Submission opposing the Adelaide City Council proposal to create a permanent 24/7 Dry Area in all Adelaide Park Lands.

Download Submission on proposed Adelaide Park Lands Dry Area

Senate Inquiry into Regional Inequality

18 November 2019

The SACOSS Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics' inquiry into regional inequality focuses on regional poverty, the digital divide and the importance of local community organisations. The submissions makes 7 recommendations, including raising the rate of Newstart, subsiding NBN costs for households on income support, and ensuring government health and community service procurement operations properly recognise the social capital of local non-government organisations.

Draft Land Tax (Miscellaneous) Amendments Bill 2019

1 October 2019

The SACOSS submission supports the proposed changes to land tax aggregation to minimise tax avoidance and make the system fairer, but we do not support the extent of the tax cuts which are also part of the Bill. SACOSS is proposing different tax scales and to use the extra revenue to invest in public and community housing to help reverse the decline in these much needed resources.

Senate Inquiry on Adequacy of Newstart and other matters

17 September 2019

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart and other matters. The SACOSS submission is short and focuses on raising the rate of Newstart. It basically supports the ACOSS submission, highlights the SA Legislative Council Committee on Poverty which recommended that Newstart be increased, and notes the last SACOSS Cost of Living Report which shows that Newstart has not kept pace with cost of living for the last 3 years.