Councils of Social Service (COSS) across Australia have today joined forces to call on the Federal Government to urgently reverse the damaging cuts to community services so that they can continue to support the country’s most vulnerable.
The Federal Government has identified up to $1 billion in “savings measures” from community services that include:
- $270 million over four years to Department of Social Services;
- foreshadowed cut of $197 million to Department of Health;
- $500 million in cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services;
- additional cuts to legal services including Legal Aid and community legal services.
“Community organisations have been working in a state of uncertainty for months as these cuts have been made and foreshadowed,” the COSS CEO’s said today.