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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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Federal Government must renew investment in remote housing

5 July 2018

It is now July 2018.  The National Partnership on Remote Housing is officially over.  This is not good enough. The National COSS (Council of Social Service) Network and National Shelter are calling for action from Federal and State Governments to renew their partnership to fund essential housing in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. […]

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$18 Increase to State Minimum Wage Inadequate

13 June 2018

The Western Australian Council of Social Service expressed its concern the $18 per week increase to the State Minimum Wage announced today by the WA Industrial Relations Commission is inadequate. The new rate of $726.90 per week or $19.12 per hour falls far short of the $50 per week increase called for by WACOSS and […]

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Peak Consumer Bodies Call For Immediate Action On The Pay Day Loan Legislation

31 May 2018

The Western Australian Council of Social Service, Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA) Inc and the Financial Counsellors Association of WA are calling on the Federal Government to urgently pass legislation to protect vulnerable consumers from the lending practices of pay day lenders.

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Council supports increase for people struggling to make ends meet

24 May 2018

The Western Australian Council of Social Service supports the City of Fremantle in their decision to back an increase to the Newstart allowance, which hasn’t experienced a real increase in more than 24 years. The decision, made by the council tonight, is formal recognition that people cannot survive on the inadequate rate of Newstart and […]

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