Human rights in motion, insecure contracts, and calls to boost the age

All the news from the Councils of Social Service of Australia.


New research carried out by UNSW Sydney’s Social Policy Research Center for ACOSS and the COSS network bundles the experience of a number of service providers in the community sector and top organizations. It shows that most community organizations that provide government funded services struggle with severely inadequate funding and uncertain contracts. This leads to a lack of job security for their employees and insecurity in the provision of services for people in need.

The report supported by Bendigo Bank – Appreciating the Australian Community Sector: Better Contracting for Capacity, Sustainability and Impact – makes recommendations to improve the capacity of community organizations to do their vital work. Read more here.

Last week, ACOSS and the COSS network jointly called on Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years. The COSS network met with ACT Attorney General Shane Rattenbury MLA to commend the ACT government for making a commitment to raise the age of criminal liability to 14 in the current parliamentary and intergovernmental agreement.


Don’t miss your opportunity to hear directly from NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet MP about the impact of NSW Budget 21-22 – and the sector’s reaction. The event will be hosted by SBS News Senior Journalist and Presenter Catalina Flórez, and we will also hear from Minister for Family, Community and Disability Services Alister Henskens SC MP and Opposition Representative Penny Sharpe, as well as different perspectives and views from across our community Branch. Registration takes less than two weeks. More information can be found here.


As a coalition member of Social Reinvestment WA, WACOSS supported the introduction of the Raise the Age WA campaign last week calling on the WA state government to raise the criminal liability age from 10 to 14 years. The launch coincided with the national COSS network, which jointly called for national action by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to increase the age.


SACOSS, along with a number of key groups, has made a strong joint statement on the need for the state government to take action to ensure that all South Australians have access to safe, affordable and safe water. Your appeal comes as the state government continues work on its draft water security statement for South Australia – the first major nationwide water security strategy in over a decade. The joint submission can be found here.


With the end of June rapidly approaching, it’s a timely reminder to households that power interruptions will resume as another tranche of COVID-19 protection is removed. While retailers can once again issue and enforce non-payment shutdown notices, they also offer a range of support options for customers who need help with their energy bills. Find out more about how you can get in touch with your dealer and take advantage of free advice and advice.


QCOSS is hosting the upcoming Webinar on Human Rights in Action on Thursday July 1st. Community leaders will discuss the current investigation into serious defamation and hate crimes. This thought-provoking discussion explains why better protection is needed and what you and your organization can do to support the campaign. Information on the request, including a guide on how to submit a submission, is now available at the website of the Queensland Parliament.


ACTCOSS welcomed the publication by the ACT Bureau of the Inspector of Correctional Services (OICS) of the review of the Bimberi Youth Justice Center (Bimberi) Healthy Center. The review showed that most of the young people housed in Bimberi felt physically and emotionally safe and that the OICS observed respectful interaction between young inmates and staff. The review also recognized the positive work done by Bimberi staff and highlighted the strength of the centre’s individual responses to young people. Find out more here.


Extreme heat is already killing more Australians than any other form of natural disaster, and it is the people who are already disadvantaged who are hardest hit. Climate change will only make this worse in the future. VCOSS ‘new flagship report, Feeling the Heat, takes a detailed look at how extreme heat makes Victorians sick and affects their wellbeing – and what we should do about it. Click here to learn more.


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This article was contributed by ACOSS Community Hub.

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