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. There are more than 9,000 Western Australians without a place to call home on any given night, with homelessness services reporting an alarming increase in people […]
CostofLiving Report Since 2007, WACOSS has produced an annual CostofLiving 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 […]
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 […]
The annual CostofLiving report models the income and expenditure of three household types, and provides analysis of relative changes in livingcosts and likely impacts on current and future levels of deprivation and need.
Single parent families relying on casual work and the single parent payment will be facing a tough Christmas, according to the CostofLiving 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.