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   ISSN (Print) 1326-7124
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  • Australian Community Sector Survey 2014
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      The Australian Community Sector Survey (ACSS) was conducted at a time when changes to social policy were expected to significantly impact the lives of people experiencing poverty in Australia. The release of the Federal Budget 2014-15 included a range of proposed changes to social security payments and social welfare and health services and supports. Prior to the Budget, the Government initiated a National Commission of Audit to recommend ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government expenditure in the face of ongoing fiscal challenges; and had instigated a review of the welfare system.

      PubDate: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:28:42 GMT
  • Payment adequacy: a view from those relying on social security payments
    • Abstract: Phillips, JacquelineAustralian Council of Social Service.
      Research released by ACOSS late last year showed that 2.5 million people in Australia are living below the internationally accepted income poverty line. This figure includes 603,000 children. One of the key factors driving poverty in Australia is the inadequacy of income support payments, particularly for people who are young, unemployed, have a disability or are raising children alone. Specifically, the ACOSS Poverty Report found that the people most likely to be living in poverty are those who are unemployed (61.2%), or in a household that relies on social security as its main source of income (40.1%) and particularly on the Newstart Allowance (55.1%) or Youth Allowance (50.6%). This is largely explained by the fact that many social security payments fall below the poverty line, even with Rent Assistance and other supplementary payments added to household income.

      PubDate: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:28:42 GMT
  • ACOSS annual report 2014: Goals and highlights
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      The reduction of poverty and inequality remains a core focus for ACOSS, as we work to increase the participation of all people in our society through the reduction of poverty and inequality. Whilst ACOSS policy is designed to promote the common good, our core responsibility is to improve the living standards of people living in poverty, those who are currently missing out on the benefits of an overall increase in wealth in Australia.

      PubDate: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:28:42 GMT
  • ACOSS annual report 2012 - 2013
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      ACOSS' existence is premised on being able to positively impact on public policy in ways which enhance the wellbeing of those affected by poverty or who experience disadvantage. All that we do should be guided by this outcome and our vision for a fair, inclusive and sustainable Australia.

      PubDate: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:28:42 GMT
  • Balancing the budget: Submission to the Commission of Audit, November 2013
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      ACOSS welcomes this Commission of Audit. As the peak body for the community sector, and the national voice against poverty and inequality in Australia, we strongly support a courageous yet carefully considered audit of what government is trying to achieve, and whether its roles and responsibilities are being fulfilled effectively and efficiently. The Audit is of major significance to the Australian community which holds significant expectations of government. However, the Audit is particularly important to the 2.3 million people - including almost 600,000 children - who are currently living in poverty and the over 700,000 people who are unemployed.

      PubDate: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:28:42 GMT
  • Energy efficiency & people on low incomes: Improving affordability
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      In response to sharp rises in energy prices in recent years, many Australian households have reduced their energy consumption by investing in energy efficient appliances, home upgrades, and installing rooftop solar panels (AEMO 2012). However, persistent barriers have prevented people on low incomes from investing in energy efficiency as a way of reducing costs. These barriers include lack of access to capital for high value energy efficiency upgrades, and the inability of tenants to improve the energy efficiency of rental properties. For people on low incomes, these barriers are evident in the lower incidence of insulation in low income housing and tenanted properties, and higher rates of ownership of inefficient appliances that are cheap to buy but expensive to run.

      PubDate: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:28:42 GMT
  • Submission to the annual wage review 2014
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      ACOSS has a long standing interest in minimum wages. We have made submissions on minimum wage fixation to industrial tribunals since the mid 1990s. ACOSS is an interested party with expertise in poverty, employment policy and income support policy, rather than an advocate for union or employer positions. We have not advocated specific wage increases in the past, and do not do so in this submission.

      PubDate: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:15:15 GMT
  • Back to basics: Simplifying Australia's family payments system to tackle
           child poverty
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      Child poverty is a measure of a country's fairness and an indication of how well the next generation will fare. But today one in six children (575,000) are living in poverty, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The recent annual report of the longitudinal study of households (HILDA) showed that child poverty in lone parent families has increased by 15% since 2001.

      PubDate: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:17:27 GMT
  • Three foundations for a secure retirement: Submission to the Government's
           retirement incomes review
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      In this submission, ACOSS sets out a range of recommendations for tax and related reform that specifically relate to the retirement income system, which is the focus of this stage of submissions to the Tax Discussion Process. In addition, ACOSS sets out proposals regarding health and aged care services, and housing systems, both key foundations to ensuring that everyone to live with dignity in later life.

      PubDate: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:21:46 GMT
  • Re-think, re-engage, re-design: Response to the Federal Government Tax
           Discussion Paper 2015
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      This submission proposes a pathway for securing broad consensus on tax reform in Australia. It identifies seven key challenges which require reform of the tax system. ACOSS proposes a set of high level goals for tax reform and a framework to achieve them. The submission scopes out potential packages for reform to achieve common goals, whilst avoiding detailed proposals at this stage. This is best way to begin an open and inclusive conversation about tax, rather than starting from a set of preferred solutions and working backwards to 'justify' them. The submission aims to build on important work already done, including the Henry Review, and ACOSS' more recent collaboration across sectors, including the business community. .

      PubDate: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:21:08 GMT
  • Fuel on the fire: Negative gearing, capital gains tax & housing
    • Abstract: Davidson, Peter; Evans, RoAustralian Council of Social Service.
      A vital goal for tax reform is to improve the affordability of housing. Australia has among the most expensive housing in the world. From 2002-12, average prices rose by 92% for houses and 40% for flats while average rents rose by 76% for houses and 92% for flats - well above the CPI.

      PubDate: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:20:55 GMT
  • Tax: Are we paying our fair share? The effects of the current tax mix on
           contributions to the tax system
    • Abstract: Davidson, Peter; Goldie, Cassandra; Evans, RoAustralian Council of Social Service.
      This Tax Talks Paper No 1, is the first in the ACOSS series addressing some of the key questions about the direction that tax reform should take. There are several important principles that should drive reform, one of which is the principle of equity or 'fairness'. Fairness or 'equity' should be a key measure against which any tax system is assessed. The Australian public has a keen sense of fairness, as demonstrated by the strong rejection of the recent Federal Budget, which failed the fairness test in a number of important respects. This paper focusses on fairness of our current personal income and consumption tax systems, which are two parts of the system which impact on the broadest segment of the Australian community. If we are to get consensus on reform, it is important that we have a sound understanding of how the tax system operates now.

      PubDate: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:20:38 GMT
  • ACOSS Reconciliation Action Plan: 2013 to 2016
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has a national leadership role in developing and providing socially, economically and environmentally responsible public policy and action to achieve a fair, inclusive and sustainable Australia. Critical to achieve this vision is the need to act in ways to advance reconciliation and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. ACOSS' commitment to reconciliation has been demonstrated over many years through mutually respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and people, joint campaigns and problem solving on complex issues, and a deep respect within ACOSS for the unique contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Australia and recognition of past and current injustices and disadvantage. ACOSS can advocate for and promote reconciliation within our membership, the health and community services sector, and the broader community by formally demonstrating reconciliation in our attitudes, structures, policies and peak body activities. We have the desire and capacity to turn good intentions into action.

      PubDate: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:20:31 GMT
  • Australian community sector survey 2013: National report
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      The Australian Community Sector Survey 2013 (ACSS) presents the findings from the ACOSS annual survey of community services across Australia. The ACSS is the only annual national survey collecting data about the non-government, not-for-profit community services and welfare sector. This sector is a major provider of the social services that most people in the community will rely on at some point in their lives, but which are particularly important to people experiencing poverty, inequality and social disadvantage. The survey was conducted between March and June 2013 and covers the period from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. A total of 532 organisations responded to the survey, reporting on service provision, demand for services and unmet need, client demographics, and operational, policy and regulatory issues and challenges facing the community services sector.

      PubDate: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:28:11 GMT
  • Federal budget 2013-14: Initial analysis
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      This initial ACOSS briefing on the 2012-13 Federal Budget outlines key measures announced in the Budget in areas of interest to ACOSS members, to assist members in their work. This briefing does not offer extensive comment on the merit or otherwise of these measures.

      PubDate: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:26:39 GMT
  • Partnerships for participation: Submission to Minister for Employment
           Participation on reform of employment services
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      Entrenched unemployment is growing and of great concern: at January 2013 more than 500,000 people, or 64 per cent of all Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients, had been unemployed for more than a year. At August 2012, the average duration for people receiving Newstart was two years, or 104 weeks. At the same time, 34 per cent of all those receiving support from JSA providers had been unemployed for more than two years. The system is complex, over-engineered and under-resourced. Most people who are disadvantaged in the labour market do not receive the individual help they need. There is still too much focus on short term employment outcomes and too little on long term intensive work with people and employers to ensure that jobs are sustained. Much of the system is designed for the benefit of Government as 'consumer' of the services, not people looking for paid work or employers.

      PubDate: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:25:16 GMT
  • Submission on minimum wages 2013
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      ACOSS takes a long term view of minimum wage fixation and the needs of people on low pay. We are concerned that the federal minimum wage (or its equivalent) has barely kept pace with inflation, and fallen sharply in comparison with median fulltime wage levels, over the last two decades. From 1996 to 2011 the federal minimum wage fell from around 60.6% to 53.6% of median fulltime earnings. This left minimum wage earners and their families at risk of falling below generally accepted minimum living standards, as community living standards and expectations rose.

      PubDate: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:09:12 GMT
  • 2013-14 budget priority statement: Recommendations for the 2013-14 federal
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      In this submission, ACOSS outlines policy recommendations for consideration by the Federal Government in its 2013-14 Budget. The submission aims to take the opportunity presented by the temporary deferral of the Government's Budget surplus target to put us on a more sustainable, fairer and inclusive footing on which to build as global economic conditions improve. In particular, it aims to address the most glaring unmet social needs while strengthening the fiscal base and building the role of the community sector as a key part of a resilient economy and inclusive society.

      PubDate: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:06:11 GMT
  • Submission to Consultation Paper on the development of governance
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      ACOSS has long supported the establishment of a national regulator for charities and not-for-profit organisations, and we have maintained detailed involvement in this reform leading up to the establishment of the Australian Charities and NFP Commission. Our position has been informed by national consultation with our members that found that ours was a sector that was overly but ineffectively regulated, and that member organisations were spending unreasonable amounts of time and resources meeting duplicated, and often unnecessary, regulatory reporting requirements. Through an extensive process of policy development within the sector and with government, ACOSS has sought to ensure governance standards that support the value and effectiveness of charitable and not-for-profit community services. The Standards outlined in the present Consultation Paper reflect much of this work.

      PubDate: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:52:16 GMT
  • Extreme weather, climate change and the community sector: ACOSS submission
           to the Senate Inquiry into recent trends in and preparedness for extreme
           weather events
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is the peak body of the community services and welfare sector and the national voice for people affected by poverty and inequality. Our interest in extreme weather preparedness and climate change adaptation is primarily the result of our interest in matters affecting people on low-incomes and experiencing disadvantage and inequality in Australia. Our work in this area flows from clear evidence from research that people facing poverty and inequality will be affected first and worst by the impacts of climate change, including increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events such as heat waves, drought, bushfires and floods. They have the least capacity to cope, to adapt and to recover.

      PubDate: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:03:17 GMT
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