Submissions

Submissions

Submissions

This submission provides commentary on the taxation issues that are critical to the sustainability of community services and those that UnitingCare Australia believes are vital to the health of our nation and the people we serve.

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.

Stewardship of our environment is a fundamental responsibility of societies both in the short- term and for the benefit of future generations. UnitingCare Australia’s principal interest in energy regulation arises because energy is an essential service with rising costs that are putting significant financial pressure on growing numbers of households.

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.

Thank you for meeting UnitingCare representatives to discuss the Competition Policy Review Draft Report. We appreciate the opportunity to provide the panel with our feedback on some of the critical elements of the report, in particular around the various challenges in developing and promoting consumer choice and competition in human services.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning. We commend the Commission on the consultative approach taken during this process, and appreciate the time of the Commission in attending forums and hearings, and in accepting comment on a wide range of areas.