In providing disability employment services, UnitingCare agencies connect the social justice concerns of the Uniting Church with the role and function of providing social services in partnership with communities and with governments to ensure all people have the means and opportunities to live a decent life which we define as being able to access appropriate food, clothing and healthcare; safe and secure housing; meaningful work, education, rest and enjoyment; and the opportunity to participate in and contribute to communities.
A fortnightly newsletter from Acting National Director Martin J. Cowling
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Government announces changes to aged care funding arrangements
Treasurer agrees to move on affordable housing
Productivity Commission Inquiry on Competition Policy continues
Try, Test and Learn Fund up and running
'Lead the change' - the 2016 NDS meeting
UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Committee’s Inquiry into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016 (Youth Jobs PaTH Bill).
A new report released today by the Major Church Providers of social services in Australia shows some people living on the dole are living in such poverty, that their chances of getting a job are seriously limited.
Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia said today that the report from the Senate Committee Inquiry into the adequacy of the allowance payment system for jobseekers misses the mark.
UnitingCare Australia released a report today showing Australians who are experiencing financial hardship are not able to make ends meet because welfare payments are too low.
The report found that the majority of people seeking emergency relief and financial counselling from UnitingCare agencies across Australia were recipients of Newstart Allowance, and were unable to afford food and energy bills.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that next week’s Federal Budget should focus on investing in people and productivity to ensure the future prosperity of the nation.
“The Budget offers an opportunity to invest in our nation’s most valuable resource – its people,” said Ms Hatfield Dodds.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds has called for tomorrow's Federal Budget to begin a national discussion about ageing in Australia.
“Australia has an ageing population. Treasury projects that over the next 40 years, the proportion of the population over 65 years of age will almost double to around 25 per cent,” said Ms Hatfield Dodds.
UnitingCare Australia appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Social Security Amendment (Supporting More Australians into Work) Bill 2013.
This submission is premised on the view that all Australians have the right to live a decent life, which UnitingCare Australia defines as: being able to access appropriate food, clothing and healthcare; safe and secure housing; meaningful work, education, rest and enjoyment; and the opportunity to participate in and contribute to communities.