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Bigger boost needed to the low-paid’s wages

June 14, 2019

The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) is concerned that the decision today by the WA Industrial Relations Commission does not do enough to improve the pay of those on the lowest wages, and does little to address wage stagnation, increase consumer confidence, or boost our flat domestic economy.

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Equitable Support

April 25, 2017

Cost of Living Report  Since 2007, WACOSS has produced an annual Cost of Living Report. Using consistent models and expert analysis, the report provides a snapshot of the emerging issues facing the Western Australian community. The report works to debunk myths surrounding people living on low wages by providing evidence based on data, rather than […]

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Homelessness Services at breaking point – the time to act is now

March 20, 2019

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Western Australia (WA) is set to soar unless additional, long-term State Government funding is secured, the community services sector has today warned.

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Commitment on Financial Counselling welcomed by peak bodies

February 25, 2019

The Financial Counsellors’ Association of WA (FCAWA) and The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) welcome the announcement by the Federal Opposition leader to impose a levy on banks of $640m over four years, with half of this used to double the number of financial counsellors. The Financial Services Royal Commission report identified the […]

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Single parents face a tough Christmas – Cost of Living in WA Report

December 20, 2018

Single parent families relying on casual work and the single parent payment will be facing a tough Christmas, according to the Cost of Living in WA 2018 launched today by the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS). “With very little to spare after meeting their basic living expenses, many single parents are at serious risk if […]

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

November 13, 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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$18 Increase to State Minimum Wage Inadequate

June 13, 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

May 31, 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

May 24, 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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