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  • Lisa Elliott

Australian Council of Social Services

Updated: Oct 22, 2019

Contact Name: Charmaine Crowe, Senior Advisor (Social Security)


Address: Level 3 219-241, Cleveland St, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2016

Phone Number: 0431432620

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Overview of Organisation The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is a national voice in support of people affected by poverty, disadvantage and inequality and the peak body for the community services and civil society sector. Our vision is for a fair, inclusive and sustainable Australia where all individuals and communities have the opportunities and resources they need to participate fully in social and economic life.

Describe the project that requires funding: The Raise the Rate campaign is a national campaign to increase the single rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by a minimum of $75 per week. At just $40 a day, these income support payments do not cover basic living costs for people who receive them - people who are looking for paid work, studying, caring for children or have an illness or disability that prevents them from working full time.

The Raise the Rate campaign goal is to get the Federal Government to lift the base rate of Newstart and other allowances by at least $75 per week, and index allowances to wages so that these payments do not fall so far behind community living standards in the future. Please see the attached funding pitch document for further details.

Please describe any collaboration you have had with other organisations in relation to this project: Many organisations have signed up to the Raise the Rate campaign, showing their support for the campaign goal (full list here: Organisations that support the campaign goal include (but not limited to) the Country Women's Association, Australian Medical Association, Group of Eight, Grattan Institute, and the National Rural Health Alliance.

The campaign has been able to provide funding to grassroots organisations to facilitate their Raise the Rate campaigns, which has been critical in mobilising grassroots support and action. These organisations are the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children, the Australian Unemployed Workers Union, Anti-Poverty Network SA, Young, and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition. ACOSS is a member-based organisation and its membership supports the Raise the Rate campaign. We also note that there are now 36 local councils across Australia that have passed motions supporting an increase to Newstart. The ACT Government, NT Government, WA Government and Qld Government have all publicly expressed their support for an increase to Newstart.

Funds requested from Pool of Dreams sub-fund: $60,000

Other sources of funding ACOSS has been grateful for the excellent philanthropic support received for the RTR Campaign. The campaign received its first funding in November 2018. The following have provided funds to the first three phases of the campaign: The Myer Foundation, The Snow Foundation, Fay Fuller Foundation, The Broadley Trust, Reichstein Foundation, The Wyatt Trust, The RE Ross Trust, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, and the Mutual Trust.

For Phase Four, the following have committed funds: The Wyatt Trust, The Broadley Trust, and the Australian Communities Foundation.

When would this project be expected to start? Phase four of the Campaign will commence 1 January 2020.

When would you anticipate this project will be completed? Phase Four will be completed in June 2020. Should we be unsuccessful by then in getting a $75pw increase to Newstart and related allowances, Phase Five will commence, with an end date of June 2021.

Please click here to view the campaign form.