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Submission: Robo-Debt Inquiry

5 April 2017

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

25 January 2017

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.

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Submission: Productivity Commission Draft Report on Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation

19 January 2017

The submission argues that the Productivity Commission's Draft Report underestimates the importance of affordability issues and that these can't simply be shunted off to the tax-welfare system separate from the Universal Service Obligation. The submission draws on the data from SACOSS recent report on telecommunications affordability, Connectivity Costs

Joint COSS Submission: ACNC 2017 Annual Information Statement

6 October 2016

A joint submission with the Councils of Social Service in each state and territory, and ACOSS, to the charities regulator in response to their discussion paper on the content of the 2017 Annual Information Statement.

Download the Submission on the ACNC 2017 Annual Information Statement

Joint COSS response to the Australian Infrastructure Audit

28 August 2015

The Councils of Social Service around Australia have jointly submitted to the Australian Infrastructure Audit. 

Download Joint COSS response to the Australian Infrastructure Audit

Submission: State Tax Review 2015

10 April 2015

Submission by SACOSS in response to the state government's Discussion Paper on South Australia's tax system. In this submission SACOSS puts forward a number of proposals designed to promote behavioural change, as well as proposals to raise revenue more fairly.

Download SACOSS Submission to State Tax Review 2015

Submission to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission

30 January 2015

Submission to the State Government Royal Commission on Child Protection. Despite narrow Terms of Reference of the Commission, this submission argues for a broad view that supports families to thrive and seeks to diminish the wider societal drivers of abuse and neglect.

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Submission: Transforming Health Discussion Paper Feedback

21 November 2014

Submission on proposed changes to the South Australian health system by The South Australian Council of Social Service, Public Health Association of Australia SA Branch, Australian Health Promotion Association SA Branch, Southgate Institute for Health Society & Equity and Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc.

Download Transforming Health Discussion Paper Feedback - Consortium Submission

Submission: Competition Policy Review

17 November 2014

Joint submission from the national COSS network on the Competition Policy Review pleading for the review to take account of social as well as economic considerations, and making a number of recommendations around funding arrangements for social service provision.

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Submission: Natural Disaster Funding

26 October 2014

Joint submission from the national COSS network to the Productivity Commission Draft Report into Natural Disaster Funding. The submission highlights the particular impacts of natural disasters on already vulnerable and disadvantaged people and makes recommendations for how planning and relief efforts can take this into account.

Download Joint COSS Submission on Natural Disaster Relief

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