UnitingCare Australia

UnitingCare Australia

Community service agencies of the Uniting Church make up one of the largest aged care provider networks in the country, with some 200 residential aged care facilities operating around 15,000 aged care beds. It also delivers care and support for thousands of older people who live in their own homes. In total, Uniting Church agencies are responsible for about 10% of community –based and residential services nationally.

Friday, 21 July 2017 11:12

Connecting 20 July 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from Natioanal Director Claerwen Little.

To read the issue go here.

Bronwyn Pike new Chair of UnitingCare Australia National Committee

Somerville Community Services

Early childhood education survey

Response to Treasury Discussion Paper on Tax Deductible Gift Reforms

Submission to Productivity Commission Report

Minister Ken Wyatt praises Blue Care facility in Cairns

Greens release video about cashless welfare card

New National Director for UnitingWorld

Uniting Church stands against Islamophobia

Services encouraged to nominate for National Disability Awards

Recent submissions and media releases



UnitingCare Australia agrees with the points made in the Report around stewardship arrangements including greater coordination, more transparency and smoother transitions. However, we believe there is a need to more clearly emphasise the real need for greater coordination between both Commonwealth and state governments before any changes are made to increase competition in human services.

Concerning changes to DGR tax arrangements, it is our view that reform should respect the diversity of our sector whilst simultaneously eliminating unnecessary administrative, reporting, acquittal and compliance processes and associated costs. We welcome many of the proposals outlined in the Discussion Paper aimed at streamlining the governance of DGRs and eliminating complexity of the DGR application process.

‘It’s all about the people,’ said Kerry Boswell, describing her work at the Northern Territory’s Palmerston Community Centre, a part of Somerville Community Services.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 10:10

Connecting 6 July 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

To read the issue go here.

UnitingCare Australia marks 40th annivesary

40th anniversary recognised in Parliament

Parliament House vigil for children living in poverty

Keeping in touch

UnitingCare Australia provides feedback on draft NDIS Code of Conduct

UnitingCare Australia looking for Senior Policy Analyst

Single Uniting identity for Victoria and Tasmania

OECD report on early childhood education and care has implications for Australia

Affordable, accessible and appropriate housing for older Australians

Resthaven sponsors research into benefits of respite care

Disability Employment Services paper released


2016 Census data release important for community service

Recent submissions and media releases


Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:28

Connecting 22 June 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

To read the issue go here.


  • 40th anniversary celebrations

Farewell and thank you Peter Bicknell

National Approach to combat elder abuse

Aged Care Network leading and innovating

  • Vaughan Harding wins award
  • Uniting AgeWell, Victoria part of multi-million dollar research project
  • Blue Care on track to open state-of-the-art rehab centre
  • Uniting Caroona Jarman uses specially designed mannequin to train students

Aged Care Diversity Framework Submission

Disability Working Group Update

Anti-Poverty Week

Recent sumbissions and media releases



Thursday 22 June marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia.

The nation’s largest provider of aged care services has supported the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) call for a national approach to combatting elder abuse in its Elder Abuse - A National Legal Response report, released yesterday.

Thursday, 08 June 2017 09:36

Connecting 8 June 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

To read the issue go here.


  • proposed trial of random drug testing for Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients
  • visit from Uniting in NSW.ACT's Advocate for Aboriginal People Ray McMinn
  • UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross moving on

Letter to PM on proposed Royal Commission into violence against people with a disability

Research and evaluation

Aged care update

  • first meetings of aged care workgroups
  • My Aged Care website launched

UnitingCare network at forefront of community and business partnerships

Wesley Mission Queensland hosts Shadow Minister for Ageing

Breaking the fast

Queensland synod marks 40th anniversary

Recent submissions and media releases