Thank you to the Committee for providing the opportunity to comment on this Bill.
As noted in UnitingCare Australia’s written submission, we’ve previously indicated support for reform of Social Services legislation when it is informed by a thorough analysis of the needs of individuals and families who access the welfare system. It’s paramount that the impacts of any reform are thoroughly and transparently assessed prior to changes being implemented that may result in adverse impacts on the most vulnerable members of our community.
This year's Budget seeks to repair some of the political damage from last year.
"Worthwhile measures include investing in vulnerable children, continued commitment to the NDIS, tightening means testing for the age pension, and the groundwork for further aged care reform," said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
The Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook has adjusted spending in essential human services, particularly aged care.
“UnitingCare Australia supports the reduction of childcare subsidies for high income families. Our focus is to ensure that vulnerable and low income parents are provided with adequate support and access to quality childcare; as the results of regular access to early learning and education are well documented.” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.