ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Cost of Living, Financial Hardship and Poverty

Publication date: 
September 2020

ACTCOSS 2020 ACT Election issue brief: Poverty, Inequality and the Cost of Living

For a just and fair Canberra, the next ACT Government must:

  • Take action on the fundamentals of social and economic justice, including:
    • Publicly call for a permanent and adequate increase (above the poverty line) to JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and related Commonwealth payments
    • Incorporate all economic, social, and cultural rights in the Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT)
    • Conduct a detailed analysis to better understanding the need for community services in the ACT
    • Adequately fund our community services – they play a vital role in preventing, reducing, and alleviating the impacts of poverty and disadvantage in the ACT
    • Ensure that revenue is collected in a way that is progressive, equitable, efficient, and sufficient to fund quality services and infrastructure.
  • Take action on targeted financial assistance, including:
    • Review the ACT Targeted Assistance Strategy to ensure concessions and rebates are targeted to need
    • Recognise the contribution of older Canberrans to our community through a range of targeted supports and assistance points across the city
    • Extend financial and other support for all young people transitioning from care
    • Increase funding to financial counselling services.
  • Take action on key cost of living pressures, including housing, health, transport and energy
  • Take action to ensure equal access to justice
  • Implement the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance’s program for reducing gambling harm.

Read the full issue brief below for more details, or read other issue briefs on our ACT Election page.