UnitingCare Australia

UnitingCare Australia

As the Senate Inquiry hearing begins on Friday 4 March into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015, consensus has emerged among a range of organisations in the early childhood education and services sector on key amendments required to deliver on the dual purpose of improving children’s development and increasing workforce participation.

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.

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the ALP’s leadership on the issue of inequality with the release this week of the report Growing Together - Labor’s agenda for tackling inequality.

National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says the report is challenging and constructive and lays a strong platform for future policy discussion and development.

UnitingCare Australia is calling for next week’s Federal Budget to deliver a fairer tax system and increase investment in people and services needed to grow productivity and build a decent future for all.

“Enabling every person, regardless of age, ability, or employment status to make a full contribution to society is the key to our national prosperity,” National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said.

The 2016 Budget paints a selective picture of living within our means, with cuts to health, aged care and disability payments outweighing new spending in these areas by at least $1 billion over four years, UnitingCare Australia Associate National Director Martin J Cowling said.

The largest providers of homelessness services across Australia today joined forces to call on all political parties to make reducing homelessness a national priority. In a joint letter to the four party leaders, the major charities Anglicare, Mission Australia, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, UnitingCare Australia and Wesley Mission demanded a commitment to halving homelessness by 2025.