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One sided obligations will make it tougher to find work

Monday July 28, 2014 - ACOSS today described the Federal Government's proposed changes to job search requirements as one-sided and harsh, with Government investing too little to make a difference and jobseekers expected to undertake activities that will not help them get a job.

"Australia's employment services system is premised on the notion of mutual obligation.The current policy proposals fail to meet the Government's obligations," said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.

Read Full Statement here.


Budget Advocacy Resources

ACOSS has recently launched a new budget advocacy webpage. This page was developed with the assistance of VCOSS to give individuals and organisations more information on the measures included in this year's Federal Budget; and to give them some ideas on how to make their voice heard as these measures make their way through the parliamentary process.

You can find all these resources and more by visiting the webpage here.


Payment gap is at heart of the problem with our welfare system

It’s a relief to respond to a government-commissioned report on social security that starts with facts and analysis of real problems rather than anecdotes and stereotypes. The Welfare Review’s interim report busts a few myths. The proportion of people of working age relying on income support has fallen sharply from 25 per cent in 1997 to 17 per cent last year, while the proportion receiving disability support pension has been steady over the past decade.

Opinion piece by Cassandra Goldie, published in the Australian Financial Review. Read the full article here.


Reduce poverty, complexity, and employment exclusion

In responding to the Interim Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform, ACOSS has stated that reforms should ensure that no disadvantaged group is worse off, that payments are targeted to need and that the system supports employment participation. Click here to read the full release


ACOSS, BCA, ACTU proposal: partnerships for jobseekers

The Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Business Council of Australia have  jointly proposed improvements to employment services to deliver better job outcomes for people disadvantaged in the labour market.

To read the full media release click here. To read the proposal click here.


Unemployment plan as unworkable as it is unfair

June 26, 2014 - The federal budget proposal to remove income support from young people for six months of every year of unemployment is such a breathtaking departure from 70 years of social security policy that the Australian Council of Social Service and many others were puzzled about its purpose, and where it came from.

Opinion piece by ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie, published in The Australian. Read full article here.


ACOSS Conference presentations and resources now available online

Hundreds of delegates joined ACOSS in Brisbane in June for the 2014 National Conference and the opportunity to discuss potential local solutions to the global challenge of growing inequality.

The theme of this year's conference was Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond.

Speeches, presentations and media broadcasts are now available to view on our conference website here.


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