UnitingCare looks forward to working with the Australian Government to deliver a robust aged care workforce strategy that will underpin a sustainable future for the aged care industry. Key areas that must be addressed include:
1. training and skills development, to support entry and transition to the aged care sector, as well as new skills to meet the needs of an innovative and responsive industry;
2. raising the profile of the sector as a potential employer, and ensuring that conditions and career pathways reflect the importance of aged care to community wellbeing; and
3. research and development in the sector, to ensure quality and efficiency outcomes and to capture the potential of aged care, as a growing service industry, to contribute socially and economically.
UnitingCare Australia has called on the Parliament to pass the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Bill.
Speaking today, UnitingCare Australia National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the Not-for-profit sector’s capacity to work effectively with Government is constrained by the current Financial Management and Accountability Act.
Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the development of Hub Innovation Trials in South Australia and is delighted that UnitingCare network members will be participating.
The Trials are offering selected agencies more flexibility and less compliance with regulation, so they can focus more on what matters most—the people they exist to support. Two UnitingCare network members, Resthaven and Helping Hand Aged Care, are among the providers participating in the trial because of their consistent strong performance.
Thank you for your invitation to make a submission to the work of the National Commission of Audit.
A review of the scope, efficiency and functions of the Commonwealth government is timely. Australia is a relatively prosperous nation and, despite the structural shift in the fiscal position, the Commonwealth government can afford to fund the things that matter. UnitingCare Australia is committed to being an active participant in the Commission of Audit process to assist in determining priorities.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft Terms of Reference for the Financial System Inquiry. Our submission recommends the adoption of a whole-of-system approach that sees Not-for-profit (NFP) social services providers as core participants and seeks to ensure Australia’s financial system specifically meets the needs of people on low or unreliable incomes.
Thank you for inviting UnitingCare Australia to make a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No.1) Bill 2014. We have taken a close interest in the Government’s pre-election commitment to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the resulting ACNC Repeal Bill.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Government’s review of taxation in Australia and recognises the opportunity it provides to strengthen public accounts while asking fundamental questions about our priorities as a nation.
“UnitingCare Australia welcomes competition if it improves quality and leads to increased choice, control and diversity for people using community services,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, in response to the final report of the Competition Policy Review.
“UnitingCare Australia has welcomed Government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission report today.” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
Professor Alan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, noted that gains from mental health reforms dwarf those that could be realised in many other economic reform areas.
UnitingCare Australia has welcomed today’s announcement by the Australian Government that the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) will be retained.
National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says the ACNC plays a vital role in supporting the work of the not-for-profit sector.