As we move into 2018, ACTCOSS' policy work takes shape. We are looking forward to continuing to be part of developing work to raise understanding of the need for adequacy of income support payments at the Federal level. We'll also be continuing to speak out on behalf of Canberran on low incomes who experience issues with Centrelink including in compliance regimes.
Cost of living
At the local level, ACTCOSS regularly tracks changes in the cost of living in the ACT, particularly for people in low income households. Recent Cost of Living reports have included a focus on transport (2016) and telecommunications (2017). The 2018 report will focus on food security. Preliminary analysis already indicates that low income households in the ACT spend a significantly higher proportion of their disposable income on food than other households.
Future of Education
ACTCOSS has engaged with the Future of Education conversation in the ACT and following consultation with members provided two submissions to the Education Directorate in December 2017. The first submission focuses on the value of community partnerships in supporting schools to work with students experiencing disadvantage. The second explores the value of a comprehensive strategy to improve education equity in the ACT. These submissions will be uploaded shortly. ACTCOSS will continue to work with members to provide further input to the Future of Education conversation early this year.
Justice Reform Group reconvened
ACTCOSS reconvened the Justice Reform Group in December 2017. The Justice Reform Group is a cross sector group of community managed agencies in community services and legal services who aim to promote justice reinvestment and effective support and reintegration for people involved in the criminal justice system. The group aims to engage with ACT Government directorates in 2018 around a range of justice reform initiatives.
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