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Foodbank funding reinstatement welcomed, but we can do more to prevent food insecurity

13 November 2018

The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) welcomes the reinstatement of the funding to Foodbank Australia, which is an essential provider in the food relief system across the country. In 2018, more than 4 million Australians experienced food insecurity at least once in the preceding 12 months. Of those people, one in four go […]

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Children and families need better support, ahead of Anti-Poverty Week

15 October 2018

The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) is calling on the State Government to commit to an early intervention Child Poverty and Wellbeing Strategy, this Anti-Poverty Week. “WACOSS is calling for the State Government to develop a whole-of-government strategy to ensure quality universal early child education and care services are accessible for all families, […]

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Commitment of funds to gambling assistance essential, ahead of privatisation of TAB

10 October 2018

The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) and the Financial Counsellors’ Association of Western Australia, are calling for the State Government to commit to funding the reduction of gambling harm as part of any sale of the TAB and the introduction of a wagering tax. “The harms from gambling can have a devastating toll […]

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WA income boosted by $377 million if Newstart and Youth Allowance raised

17 September 2018

Western Australia will benefit by $377 million if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week. Deloitte Access Economics has today released a report commissioned by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), with the support of the network of state and territory Councils of Social Service, showing that […]

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Community Resource Centres Saved

10 August 2018

The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) and Linkwest welcomes the announcement today that funding for the Community Resource Centres (CRCs) will continue at the full $13 million per year. CRCs are not-for-profit organisations that are independently owned and operated by their local communities, which provide access to a range of services and activities […]

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Inequality growing on every level

7 August 2018

WACOSS is renewing calls for the Government to Raise the Rate, following the release of two recent reports that highlight the impact of a growing inequality between high and low income families. A report released by the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre (BCEC), Falling Through the Net: The Digital Divide in Western Australia[1], has highlighted the […]

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