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Community sector struggling to meet demand

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 20th January 2020 -  Australia’s peak welfare body is calling for a $2 billion injection for community services Just 5 per cent of community sector staff believe they can completely meet service demand,

Fears welfare card holders could be left high and dry in bushfires

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 13th January 2020 -  Welfare groups are calling for the cashless welfare card to be suspended during the bushfires  The frequent power outages across bushfire affected areas have seen residents rushing

ACOSS fears $550M community services funding cut will hurt vulnerable people

Luke Michael, Monday, 16th December 2019 -  Community groups are urging the government to protect equal pay funding for the caring sector Some of Australia’s most vulnerable people are facing “devastating” cuts to services

Low-income Aussies can’t afford to invest in energy efficiency

Luke Michael, Friday, 22nd November 2019 -  Charities say low-income renters need help paying their energy bills A coalition of community groups is urging the nation’s energy ministers to help low-income renters invest in

A sad and sorry history of Newstart

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th November 2019 -  Much has been made of the fact federal government unemployment benefits haven’t increased in real terms since 1994. But why has the freeze gone on so long? We look back at the history

Mental health system failing vulnerable Aussies

Luke Michael, Friday, 1st November 2019 -  The Productivity Commission estimates mental illness and suicide is costing Australia up to $180 billion a year  Up to one million Australians are not getting the help they need for

How is the community sector faring in 2019? Have your say

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 30th October 2019 -  National survey aims to provide a snapshot of the sector Community organisations are being called on to take part in a national survey about how the sector is faring in 2019, and what

Social services minister slammed for ‘out-of-touch’ welfare comments

Luke Michael, Friday, 4th October 2019 -  Community groups are demanding Social Services Minister Anne Ruston apologise and retract comments she made suggesting that raising Newstart would give drug dealers and pub owners

170,000 Aussie homes left with less than $35 a day after paying rent

Luke Michael, Monday, 30th September 2019 -  The number of low-income households struggling to pay their rent has doubled in the past two decades, new research shows. The Productivity Commission’s latest report found that

Harnessing community for effective action

Contributor, Tuesday, 10th September 2019 -  The upcoming ACOSS Conference will act as a key platform for the sector to hear directly from relevant political leaders and to pose pressing questions, writes Jacqueline Phillips,

Government urged to reject expansion of cashless welfare card

Luke Michael, Monday, 9th September 2019 -  Parliament is being urged to reject any push to expand the cashless welfare card, following reports the prime minister is eyeing a national roll out of the program. Scott Morrison

Poverty in Australia is increasing as wages stagnate

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th July 2019 -  Australia’s poverty rate is on the rise, new data shows, with community groups saying this is a result of the government’s failure to properly index Newstart. The latest Household,
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