UnitingCare Australia

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Royal Commission an opportunity for Australia

Today marks the official start of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Attending today’s directions hearing, UnitingCare Australia welcomes the focus on creating a system of aged care for older Australians that provides quality, compassionate care and a safe environment. It is pleasing that the Commission is providing opportunities to gather opinions of people already in care including those outside the main cities.

Friday, 21 December 2018 15:58

Investment in Aged Care Makes Sense

Investment in aged care makes sense

UnitingCare welcomes the announcements in the MYEFO which recognise the urgent need for services to support older people in the Australian community.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to submit to the Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into Credit and financial services targeted at Australians at risk of financial hardship.

The UnitingCare network consists of a number of member organisations providing a range of social services to Australia’s most vulnerable, with 10 of those organisations involved in the provision of Financial Counselling Services across all Australian States and Territories. Our Financial Counselling services possess significant expertise and experience in the causes, consequences alleviation of financial stress and has an extensive history engaging with financially vulnerable cohorts target by payday lenders and consumer lease providers. 

Friday, 09 November 2018 10:07

2018 Leaders Forum

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Welcome to the 2018 Leaders Forum. Please use the buttons below to access the digital documents and join the Zeeting discussion.

 

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:04

Being Left Out Hurts our Kids

Poverty, social exclusion and disadvantage are complex and persistent. Child social exclusion means lost opportunity, disengagement and the risk of leading lives of unfulfilled potential.

Today, at the start of Anti-Poverty Week, UnitingCare Australia in partnership with The University of Canberra’s, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, launches a Report which captures the multi-dimensional nature of disadvantage in Australia and its impact. 

 

 Being Left Out Hurts our Kids

Poverty, social exclusion and disadvantage are complex and persistent. Child social exclusion means lost opportunity, disengagement and the risk of leading lives of unfulfilled potential.

Today, at the start of Anti-Poverty Week, UnitingCare Australia in partnership with The University of Canberra’s, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, launches a Report which captures the multi-dimensional nature of disadvantage in Australia and its impact.

The report “Poverty, Social Exclusion and Disadvantage in Australia, analyses the 2016 Census and other data using the Child Social Exclusion Index, giving us a unique perspective through the eyes of the child.

 

 

You can find the report by clicking here. (28MB Download)

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:14

UnitingCare Employment Project

UnitingCare Australia has been working in partnership with the Australian Government and UnitingCare service providers across Australia to implement a national values-based employment model since 2015.

The model aims to select, train, mentor and support people into employment in community service roles with UnitingCare organisations. The program is specifically targeted at people who have been long-term unemployed, and seeks to provide them with an employment pathway in the growing community services sector.

The model is implemented with an emphasis on attracting job seekers with personal values and attributes that align with UnitingCare organisations to enable delivery of quality services. Jobseekers accepted into tranches of the program are equipped with the requisite training and skilling, through on-the-job and formal training (toward completion of full qualifications) to undertake employment in a community services environment.

Click here to read more about the Employment Program.

Click here to view the Employment Program model.

 

UnitingCare Australia has co-developed a resource with the Commonwealth Department of Jobs and Small Business on Making Values-Based Recruitment Work for Your Organisation. Click here to download the resource.  

   

UnitingCare Australia worked in partnership to deliver an Employment Project with UnitingCare West, creating pathways to meaningful work for jobseekers. Watch the video below:

 

 

UnitingCare Australia delivered another innovative employment project in partnership with Wesley Mission Queensland using a values-based recruitment approach to employ jobseekers into meaningful roles. Watch the video below:

 

 

 

UnitingCare Australia today welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into aged care.
National Director Claerwen Little stated that the services of the Uniting Church in Australia supports action to ensure the safety of older people in our community, and all people in residential aged care settings.

UnitingCare welcomes new strategy to support the aged care workforce

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the fourteen Strategic Actions announced today by Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt, as part of A Matter of Care: The Aged Care Workforce Strategy.

The actions, which form part of the broader Strategy, aim to support investment in workforce planning, creation of job pathways and career progression, support for leadership across the industry at all levels and strategies to attract and retain skilled workers into the sector.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to submit to the Department of Jobs and Small Business as part of its consultation process on the Next Generation of Employment Services.
We support the need for design and implementation of a user-centric system that recognises the diverse experiences of jobseekers. We acknowledge and support the findings of the Department-commissioned research undertaken with jobseekers, which identified that many complex life issues can impact on jobseekers’ motivations and their ability to participate in work. We agree that the systems and support structures that jobseekers engage with presently are often highly complex and can impose administrative and emotional burdens, in turn, impacting their ability to secure sustainable, meaningful work. The future employment services system that supports people into jobs must therefore make provision for these issues and be designed with a client-outcome focus at its heart.