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ACTCOSS Response to the 2017-18 ACT Budget

The overall assessment of the 2017-18 ACT Budget by ACTCOSS is that while it checks off a number of election promises, the investments made do not meet the community’s expectations about the priority that should be given to those who deal with sustained long term cost of living pressures, face difficult circumstances and do not enjoy the benefits of Canberra’s prosperity and liveability. 

ACT 2017-18 Budget Snapshot

This snapshot outlines and briefly analyses the ACT 2017-18 Budget's impacts on people experiencing disadvantage and households on low incomes, and the community sector.

ACT Cost of Living Report, 2017

In this report ACTCOSS tracks changes in the cost of living, particularly for low income households in the Australian Capital Territory.

Submission: Inquiry into a new convention centre for Canberra

This submission suggests that priority for infrastructure projects of this kind should be determined according to the relative impact of investment on creation of secure jobs that pay a living wage. We have also emphasised that, as there would be heavy take up and usage of the centre by national agencies and the Commonwealth Government, these should be carefully considered in weighing up how much, if any, investment comes from the ACT Government as opposed to the Australian Government. In addition, we have emphasised the need for any new centre to be environmentally and socially sustainable including disability access.

Choice and control: Strengthening human rights, power and inclusion for people with disability

ACTCOSS’ paper argues we need to assess and progress choice and control within a human rights framework, in addition to implementing a marketised framework for disability service provision.

Submission: Inquiry into the employment of people with disabilities

In this submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services, we highlight poor general and public sector employment rates for people with disability; specific vulnerabilities experienced by people in the context of broader economic shifts to insecure, casual and precarious employment; urge the government to adopt a sustained consistent strategy which includes hard targets and identified positions with clear lines of accountability; highlight the need for well resourced and evidence based work to change employer practices in the private, public and community sector; call for greater use of leverage through purchasing as well as solid industry pre-employment programs; and the need for policy to recognise and value both social and economic participation.

Report: 25th Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Commemorative Forum

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB) and ACTCOSS report outlines community concerns and solutions in relation to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT justice system. The report is from a forum that was held commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and was attended by 90 representatives across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, ACT Government, and the community sector, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations.

Submission: Productivity Commission Study on National Disability Insurance Scheme Costs

ACTCOSS’ submission to the Productivity Commission highlights the impact of planning processes on outcomes and related long term costs of the NDIS; reasons for difficulties in implementing plans; the impact of communication failures on administration, evaluation and costs of NDIS; the impact of ILC implementation on the provision of vital community infrastructure and long term financial sustainability of the NDIS; and the intersections and gaps between the NDIS and mainstream services.

Submission: Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

In this short submission to the Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, ACTCOSS stresses the need to ensure that any changes in arrangements improve compliance by people collecting for charities and strengthen consumer protections around charitable collectors.

Submission: ICRC Draft Report 1 of 2017 - Standing offer prices for the supply of electricity to small customers from 1 July 2017

The ACT Energy Policy Consortium is very concerned that consumers are facing yet another electricity price rise well above inflation. The Consortium notes the risks this creates for vulnerable consumers on fixed incomes. 

Briefing: Summary of key community sector priorities for ACT Government Budget and election commitment implementation

In this briefing document, ACTCOSS has identified a group of commitments that we believe the ACT Government should prioritise because they most closely align to the priorities identified in the Community Shared Statement and the ACTCOSS ACT Budget Priorities 2017-18. It outlines why the commitments were chosen, and provides some additional analysis and commentary on Budget impacts.

Submission: Delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 to build inclusive and accessible communities

Our submission focussed on the issues of poor access faced by people with a range of disabilities and the need for appropriate investments, legal protections and infrastructure responses to create and inclusive and accessible Canberra. The submission also focussed on the need for a more robust compliance, accountability and reporting framework across the Strategy as a whole as well as the need for the Strategy to develop links with other human rights and intersectional frameworks.

Submission: Status of the on-demand transport market

ACTCOSS has made a submission on the status of the on-demand transport market in response to the ACT Government announcing the staged release of up to 50 taxi licences. The ACTCOSS submission focusses on the need to strengthen the supply of accessible vehicles within the on-demand transport market; the need to respond to affordability issues and understand the impact that ride sharing apps might have on the market; and support for integration while recognising the important and distinct role community transport has in the on demand transport market.

Update, Issue 79, Autumn 2017: Social inclusion & diversifying the economy

The Autumn 2017 journal offers insights, reflections and proposals that could support achievement of an inclusive diversification of the ACT economy.

Submission: Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative

In this submission to the inquiry into the Automated Debt Recovery Program, we point out the impacts on local people and services, call for the program to be abandoned and ask for an apology to Centrelink customers who have been impacted.

Submission: Future Security of the National Electricity Market

The ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium welcomes the broad based direction of the review, and recommends any change to policy relating to the future security of the National Electricity Market needs to recognise social, environmental and economic factors that enhance equity, inclusion, and improve outcomes across all sectors.

Submission: ACTCOSS Budget Priorities 2017-18

The ACTCOSS Budget submission provides guidance for ACT Government's 2017-18 Budget to ensure that it focuses on people experiencing disadvantage and households on low incomes, and the community sector. Our submission incorporates the Community Shared Statement and seeks to ensure that ACT Government's election commitments encompass the vision of the Shared Statement in its budget considerations.

Gulanga Good Practice Guides

These guides provide information on topics that aim to assist organisations implement and embed good practice when working and engaging with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly within the ACT and region. Each guide provides a general overview, which we hope will generate change and discussion within a workplace.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Men's Resource Booklet: Canberra Region

This booklet aims to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men and their families, and the agencies supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men in the Canberra region, by raising awareness of available services in the area. It also includes topics such as researching your family, what you need when you are looking for work, where to go for afterhours health care, where to access computers and free wi-fi, and more.

Update, Issue 78, Summer 2016-17: Creating fit for purpose organisations & healthy, sustainable workforces

The Summer 2016-17 journal explores how we can create fit for purpose organisations and healthy, sustainable workforces.