Media Releases

UnitingCare Australia strongly supports calls by Senator Nick Xenophon and Independent Andrew Wilkie for tougher action to address problem gambling Acting National Director Marin J Cowling said today.

Aged care residents in Australia will be hit hard by Federal Government funding cuts which threaten vulnerable and sick older people, Chair of the UnitingCare Australia Aged Care Network Steve Teulan said today.

The Chair of our Social Policy Network and CEO of UnitingCare West, Sue Ash AO, was interviewed on the issue of homelessness and the census on ABC Radio National on 10 August 2016.

During Homelessness Week 2016, UnitingCare Australia calls on the Turnbull Government to show leadership on homelessness and housing affordability for low-income households. 

UnitingCare Australia today welcomed the call by the Australian Labor Party for the Government to publicly release its modelling on the impact of the funding cuts to aged care.

UnitingCare Australia has congratulated the Turnbull Government on its election victory and calls on the Prime Minister to lead renewed efforts to address key issues affecting the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians.

The UnitingCare Australia Aged Care Network today released independent modelling that demonstrates the full extent of the impact of the aged care budget cuts on sick and frail older people in residential aged care.

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.

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.

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.