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Australia’s community sector and COVID-19, working to make ends meet, and access to NILS

Contributor, Wednesday, 23rd September 2020 -  All the latest news from the Councils of Social Service of Australia.

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Australia’s community sector and COVID-19: Supporting communities through the crisis, was recently

COVID-19 leaves community sector ‘approaching crisis point’

Luke Michael, Friday, 18th September 2020 -  Workers in the community sector have reported feeling “exhausted and burned out” Community sector leaders warn that organisations will not be able to cope with surging COVID-fueled

Close to 150,000 jobs at risk due to welfare cuts

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 15th September 2020 -  Community groups say welfare recipients are facing a deeply uncertain future  The looming cuts to the Coronavirus Supplement will cost the economy billions of dollars and could result

JobSeeker recipients fear push back under poverty line

Maggie Coggan, Friday, 11th September 2020 -  “I was starting to feel hopeful about retraining and finding work but now I’m just stressed thinking I won’t be able to climb out of poverty,” one survey respondent says.   Most people

ACT poverty, #HereForSA, and the case for a permanent, adequate JobSeeker rate

Contributor, Wednesday, 9th September 2020 -  All the latest news from the Councils of Social Service of Australia.

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ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie made the case for a permanent, adequate JobSeeker rate at the National Press

Up to 12,000 community sector jobs at risk due to funding uncertainty

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 9th September 2020 -  The federal government says it is in “active discussions” with the sector about the funding deal      The Australian Council of Social Service is alarmed by new research showing

‘Now is not the time to cut the coronavirus supplement’

Conny Lenneberg, Friday, 4th September 2020 -  The $550 coronavirus supplement has transformed lives. As a sector, we must now work harder than ever to ensure the October budget includes enough funding to maintain it for the duration

ACOSS report uncovers rampant inequality in Australia pre-COVID

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 2nd September 2020 -  Charities say the data highlights the need to improve the nation’s welfare safety net The top 20 per cent of Australian households have 90 times the wealth of the bottom 20 per

The coronavirus supplement, 100 Families WA, and the value of the not-for profit sector

Contributor, Monday, 31st August 2020 -  A fortnightly roundup of the latest news from the Councils of Social Service of Australia.

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More than 80 per cent of community service workers surveyed about the coronavirus

Equal pay for community sector staff hangs in the balance

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 26th August 2020 -  The community services sector could lose upwards of $500 million if funding is not renewed  Community sector leaders fear a “massive dislocation” in community services as a federal

Senate committee says JobSeeker Payment must be raised

Luke Michael, Friday, 1st May 2020 -  But the Coalition has rejected calls for a welfare boost  The federal government needs to increase the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance and Parenting Payment to ensure welfare

‘You can’t pay half a bill’: Temporary welfare boost not enough for low-income renters

Luke Michael, Thursday, 30th April 2020 -  Rental Affordability Snapshot reveals a chronic shortage of affordable rentals Less than 2 per cent of Australian rentals are affordable for people on the JobSeeker Payment, even
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