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Making a difference

The Impact Fund is Tackling Inequality

Australian Council of Social Service 2019 Grantee Partner

Raise the Rate supporters gather in Lismore. Credit: Tony Davis.

In 2019, the Impact Fund raised $150,000 for the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) to expand the Raise the Rate campaign.

ACOSS is now continuing to campaign for an increase to the base rate of Newstart and other allowances by at least $75 per week. In addition, ACOSS is working to ensure that allowances are indexed to wages so that these payments do not fall behind community living standards in the future. The campaign has been successful in pushing for change since its initial funding in November 2018 and is employing four strategies to Raise the Rate: changing the story; mobilising high-profile and diverse influencers; building a grassroots and online campaign; and building parliamentary support.

Our focus areas

Tackling Inequality is one of our five key focus areas, guiding the way we give at Australian Communities Foundation.

Progress on Tackling Inequality

Human Rights Law Centre

Promoting Women’s Reproductive Freedom Across Australia
$90,000 (2018 – 2019)
  • Victoria and Tasmania’s safe access zone laws successfully defended to ensure women can access abortion clinics free from harassment and abuse
  • Abortion removed from the NSW Crimes Act after 119 years – the result of advocacy led in part by the Human Rights Law Centre
Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the HRLC (right) joins protestors at a safe access zone rally. Human Rights Law Centre.

Alliance for Gambling Reform

Campaign for Pokies Divestment
$60,000 (2017 – 2020)
  • Commitments from eight Australian Football League clubs to depart the pokies industry, with Melbourne Football Club, Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs already departing
  • Announcements from Coles and Woolworths in 2019 that they are both divesting from pokies
The Alliance for Gambling Reform’s Tim Costello campaigns for pokies divestment at an AFL match. Alliance for Gambling Reform.

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