Senate Committee finds we must permanently increase income support
30 April 2020
The Australian Council of Social Service welcomes the report of the Senate Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart.
The Committee recommends that that the JobSeeker (formerly Newstart), Youth Allowance and Parenting Payments be increased once the Coronavirus Supplement is phased...
Yet another federal government MP calls for Newstart increase
27 February 2020
Federal Government MP Pat Conaghan has come out in support of an increase to Newstart, citing concerns over child poverty, in a move warmly welcomed by the Australian and New South Wales Councils of Social Service.
Mr Conaghan, a Nationals...
Survey Of 892 young people on Youth Allowance and Newstart reveals shocking rates of deprivation
24 February 2020
The National Union of Students, YOUNG Campaigns, and the Australian Council of Social Service have today launched a joint report exposing the alarming rates of deprivation among young people currently receiving Youth Allowance and Newstart.
The report is the result...
Government’s cashless-debit scheme with big banks is a shameless attempt to distract from need for Newstart increase
23 February 2020
The Australian Council of Social Service has criticised the Government’s announcement today that it is working with the big four banks on a scheme to expand the cashless debit card nationwide, despite opposition to the card in the Senate.
NSW Deputy Premier and Nationals Leader urges Morrison Government to reconsider Newstart position
22 February 2020
The Deputy Premier of NSW, John Barilaro, has urged his federal colleagues to reconsider their position on Newstart at the launch of an NCOSS event today that addressed economic disadvantage across the state, including in the regions.
The Australian Council...