UnitingCare Australia today congratulated Susan Pascoe AM following her nomination for the inaugural position of Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission.
UnitingCare Australia said the independence of Australia's not for profit sector will strengthen as the Federal Government moved to ban gag clauses in Commonwealth contracts with the sector.
UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment today to reduce unnecessary and redundant paperwork for the not for profit sector.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said some of Australia’s lowest paid workers can now look forward to equitable wages for the essential work they do.
UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the passage of legislation in the Federal Parliament today that will establish the historic Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
This submission provides our assessment of the Exposure draft of the Charities Bill 2013 and associated Bills, building on the comments we made in our December 2011 submission to the consultation on ‘A Definition of Charity’.
We believe that the Exposure draft of the Charities Bill 2013 and associated Bills, while sound in structure and purpose, needs to be amended so as to provide greater clarity and certainty in the following key areas: the disqualifying purpose; application of the presumption of public benefit; and the treatment of “infrastructure” entities which support charities in fulfilling their purpose and mission.
UnitingCare Australia believes that the charitable community services sector is an important partner for government and other sectors in the delivery of services and support to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society. Many policy and legislative decisions, although not specifically targeted at our sector, impact on the Commonwealth’s relationship with us.
UnitingCare Australia is celebrating today as the Federal Government strengthens its commitment to a genuine partnership with the not for profit sector through legislation to be introduced when Parliament sits again in March.
UnitingCare Australia said the independence of Australia's not-for-profit community sector has been strengthened with the passage of historic legislation last night that removes gag clauses from Commonwealth contracts with the sector.
Speaking shortly after the Not-For-Profit Sector Freedom to Advocate Bill 2013 passed through the Federal Parliament last night, National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds congratulated the Parliament for supporting the historic legislation.
A community services sector that is seamless for people in need and their families. This includes aged care, disability services, allied health, and housing services that are accessible and aff ordable to all Australians.
This means adequate and targeted funding, a professional and fl exible workforce, and quality services available where they are needed. This is achieved through comprehensive planning and cooperative delivery that is focused on quality, not just cost.
Most Australians will, at some stage, need to engage with the community services sector. If not as a client, then as the parent or child of a client. Care services will increasingly be focused on enabling people to stay in their homes; clients need to be consulted to ensure services meet their needs.
Achieving a sustainable future for the care industry will depend on development of an innovative and responsive industry. Raising the profile of the sector as a potential employer is both one of the greatest challenges and an opportunity.
Conditions and career pathways must reflect the importance of care to community wellbeing.