Too many Australians suffer from the impacts of inadequate income, homelessness and trauma brought about by abuse, family violence, and drug addictions. Giving voice to these issues and developing evidence-based solutions to them is critical to breaking the cycle of entrenched disadvantage. That is what drives CSSA to be the national voice for poor and vulnerable people and our service provider partners who support them.
About our Advocacy
We are constantly seeking new ways to resolve the underlying causes of inequality and disadvantage in our society.
Our advocacy is about promoting innovative solutions that address difficult social and economic issues affecting Australians today. We do so knowing that there is no single cause or solution to poverty and disadvantage.
While we are willing to partner with government in the pursuit of good policy, we will call out policies which adversely affect the poor and vulnerable and those who serve them.
Our Areas of Focus
Government payments such as JobSeeker, Pensions and Family Tax Benefits are inadequate and we need a new and independent way to determine what is needed for people reliant on welfare payments to live with dignity.
Families are facing challenges finding services for their loved ones in areas of disability support, counselling, addiction services, family violence and housing because access is limited, complicated and often under-resourced. Addressing this is critical for the wellbeing of our society.
A home provides stability, privacy and security that is essential to fully participate in society. Addressing homelessness requires a strategic response, prioritising the provision of permanent and stable housing complimented by wrap around services to address complex needs through services like drug and alcohol counselling or mental health treatment.
A job guarantee is, in effect, a commitment by government to full employment. A Job Guarantee Program works by creating full-time and part-time jobs that are of “community benefit” through community organisations, not-for-profit social enterprises and charities.