We take this opportunity to provide feedback to the Committee on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (No. 2) Bill 2015, specifically regarding the measure to continue the Income Management programme and provision of the BasicsCard for an additional two years.
UnitingCare Australia believes that the Senate should oppose these measures. There is no substantive evidence to demonstrate that compulsory income management has resulted in any measurable reduction in social harm through its implementation to date. The lack of data that directly measures the impact of income management separately from other policy interventions, has prevented evaluation of compulsory income management as a stand- alone strategy.
We take this opportunity to provide feedback to the Committee on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015. The feedback that follows relates to specific provisions of the Bill and details UnitingCare Australia’s response in relation to these.
Welfare payment eligibility should not be tightened for people seeking work
Taxation is an important mechanism which enables governments to collect sufficient revenue to fund critical infrastructure and provide the necessary services and supports so that everyone in Australia can have access to a reasonable standard of living. It also enables individuals and organisations to contribute to the well-being and stability of our society.
We take this opportunity to provide feedback to the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) regarding the development of the Third Action Plan for the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children. The feedback that follows is related to the discussion questions posed in the Driving Change: Engaging the Community Discussion Paper.
This letter briefly follows up on an issue identified during the consultations by the Department of Social Services on the draft Commonwealth Home Support Programme documents. UnitingCare Australia made a submission to the Department during those consultations (submitted to the Department on 15 April 2015), and contributed to the National Aged Care Alliance submission to the same process. We thank the Department for the opportunity to provide that input.
Feedback to the Commonwealth Department of Social Services on the draft Commonwealth Home Support Programme documents
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Department of Social Services (the Department) on the draft Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) National Fees Policy Consultation Paper and the CHSP Programme Manual 2015.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide our comments to the Committee’s Inquiry into the Impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth community service tendering processes by the Department of Social Services.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee’s Inquiry into the adequacy of existing care arrangements for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia.
In energy policy discussions, Uniting Care Australia’s main objective is to ensure that energy prices experienced by consumers are fair and reasonable and that any regulatory proposals ease cost pressures on lower income and disadvantaged people. UnitingCare Australia sees this as central to the National Energy Objective.