UnitingCare Australia and ACSA welcome funding for remote workforce to address disadvantage and keep families closer together
UnitingCare Australia and Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) have welcomed a $2 million boost in funding to support the implementation of regional and remote elements of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy, including the Remote Accord.
The two groups, who will be responsible for implementing the expanded programs, say the welcome boost will ultimately support the aims of addressing disadvantage and allowing older people to age where they have lived their lives.
UnitingCare Australia today welcomes the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
UnitingCare Australia works to support the most vulnerable people living in Australia. This is the time to hear the lived experience of those with a disability and to explore the changes that are needed to promote best practice and transform society.
National Director, Claerwen Little, said: “We are called to consider the fact that people with disability have for too long confronted violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
“This long-awaited Royal Commission is an opportunity for us to work together to create a society that is inclusive, respectful of difference and for everyone to have the life they aspire to.”
We are committed to working with the Royal Commission throughout the process openly and transparently to realise the fundamental rights of people living with disabilities.
It’s not a surplus unless you’ve covered the essentials
UnitingCare Australia believes that a real surplus is what’s left after budgeting for the essentials.
A ‘surplus’ gained at the cost of allowing children to live in poverty, people with disabilities to go without the basic support they need, older Australians to die waiting for home care packages, and homelessness to reach record levels, does not measure up.
All around the world we can see that social cohesion and trust in democratic processes depend on sharing the benefits of growth and promoting a culture of respect.
Inequality in Australia is now at a level that threatens our future health and prosperity.
UnitingCare Australia – 2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission
UnitingCare Australia is pleased to provide this submission to inform development of the 2019-20 Federal Budget.
Australia has experienced 27 years of continuous economic growth. However, the benefits of growth have flowed disproportionately to higher income earners and to the wealthy. Wages below the median have stagnated. Underemployment and insecure, low quality jobs are on the increase. Unacceptable rates of poverty and child social exclusion persist. Housing affordability is at an all-time low and home ownership, the jewel in the crown of Australia’s social policy egalitarian accomplishments, is falling.
Ambitious social reforms have been under resourced: Closing the Gap targets have not been achieved, and a mechanism to provide badly needed Indigenous advice to Parliament has been summarily dismissed. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which gave so much hope for people living with a disability, has assisted many but disappointed others. Subsidies for early childhood care, education and aged care have attracted a growing number of for-profit providers, but marketisation has failed to improve the supply of accessible, high quality services for the most disadvantaged. Inequality and the inequities in health and education outcomes that arise from it has increased, as a result of policies that reduce tax and transfer progressivity and therefore government revenue.
Australia became a signatory to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 but has yet to express this commitment in a whole of government approach to inclusive, sustainable growth. UnitingCare Australia urges the Government to adopt a policy framework and Budget initiatives that would promote inclusive, sustainable growth and enable Australia to achieve its SDG targets by 2030.
Government funds provide some relief for the aged care sector
UnitingCare Australia welcomes today’s announcement of an injection of $662 million into residential, home and community aged care. We congratulate the Government for continuing to act on pressing issues in this important community service sector, directing funding at some of the key areas of need.
As a result of today’s announcement 10,000 older Australians will now be relieved that they are able to access services for which they have already been assessed – some as long as 18 months ago. However, the government must continue its efforts in this direction, as more than 100,000 still remain on waitlists for home care packages that meet their care needs.
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.
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.
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.