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.
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Privatisation of Public Services
Response to Review of the SA Associations Incorporation Act
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Submission opposing the Adelaide City Council proposal to create a permanent 24/7 Dry Area in all Adelaide Park Lands.