Media Releases

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Australian Government’s decision to accept an additional 12,000 Syrian refugees and to provide humanitarian support to the estimated 240,000 Syrians seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

UnitingCare Australia has commissioned research to find out the impacts of solar PV on network costs for households.

The density of rooftop PV per household in Australia is now the highest globally, and continued growth in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors seems likely. As a result, demand for traditional grid supplied electricity is likely to decline. This leads to important policy questions, particularly about the winners and losers from the growth of Solar PV and the vexed questions of who pays for “sunk” network costs as distributed generation continues to rise.

UnitingCare Australia says the highly anticipated Families Package is bitter-sweet for Australian families.

“While greater investment in childcare is very welcome, elements of this particular package are badly targeted, and also risk limiting families’ choices in the long-term,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

This year's Budget seeks to repair some of the political damage from last year.

"Worthwhile measures include investing in vulnerable children, continued commitment to the NDIS, tightening means testing for the age pension, and the groundwork for further aged care reform," said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

When next week’s Federal Budget is delivered, UnitingCare Australia will be looking for programs and policies that invest in people, to advance Australia’s resilience and productivity.

“UnitingCare Australia welcomes competition if it improves quality and leads to increased choice, control and diversity for people using community services,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, in response to the final report of the Competition Policy Review.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Government’s review of taxation in Australia and recognises the opportunity it provides to strengthen public accounts while asking fundamental questions about our priorities as a nation.

“Today’s release of the Intergenerational Report (IGR) provides an opportunity for us to think about the policy decisions we face. It should focus us on ensuring all Australians can participate and contribute,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

“The forecasts in the report don’t tell us the future, but they do give us a sense of the significant demographic shifts that are likely to occur. The IGR provides an opportunity for us to make plans now, to ensure we have a reliable safety net and can provide opportunities for people in the future.”

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the ALP’s announcement today of policy to ensure that companies operating in multiple countries pay appropriate tax in Australia.

“It is well known that some large companies invest significant effort in minimising the tax they pay, including through the use of tax havens. This is unfair to the majority of Australians, who miss out on government funded services because of these arrangements”, said National Director of UnitingCare Australia, Lin Hatfield Dodds.

UnitingCare Australia is encouraged by this morning’s news regarding the yet to be released final report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform. “Australia needs a simpler, fairer and more adequate welfare system. If news reports this morning are accurate, the McClure recommendations may offer a way forward to achieve that,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

“We particularly welcome attention being given to the adequacy of payments people receive.”