Submissions

Submissions

Submissions

In energy policy discussions, Uniting Care Australia’s main objective is to ensure that energy prices by end consumers are fair and reasonable and that any regulatory proposals ease cost pressures on lower income and disadvantaged people. UnitingCare Australia emphasises that it sees this objective as central to the National Energy Objective.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes this opportunity to provide a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee’s (the Committee) Inquiry into the Extent of Income Inequality in Australia (the Inquiry). We consider that the Inquiry is timely given the concurrent Reference Group on Welfare Reform’s Review of Australia’s Welfare System (the McClure Review) and debate in the Senate about 2014–15 Federal Budget social security measures. UnitingCare Australia welcomes discussion and debate about how to best facilitate the participation of all Australians, including financially disadvantaged Australians, in our society.

We believe that all people have inherent value, and have the ability to contribute to Australia.

Participation and engagement requires access to income, healthcare, education, essential services, and housing. We believe that, as a society, we all have a responsibility – individually, in business, via our government, and through our communities – to enable access to the resources people need to live their lives with dignity and respect.

We believe that all people have inherent value, and have the ability to contribute to Australia.

Participation and engagement requires access to income, healthcare, education, essential services, and housing. We believe that, as a society, we all have a responsibility – individually, in business, via our government, and through our communities – to enable access to the resources people need to live their lives with dignity and respect.

Our Christian mission calls us to promote the dignity of all people. A key cohort of people who access our services is made up of individuals and families living within limited means, including many who are eligible for an Australian Government pension, allowance and/or tax benefit. We have a strong interest in the pursuit of a fair and adequate welfare system that enables people to live decent lives.

UnitingCare is closely following developments in social security and welfare policy, including budget measures announced on 13 May 2014 and contained in the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 and Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014 (the Bills). We are grateful for the opportunity to submit to the Inquiry into these Bills.

As you are aware, UnitingCare agencies provide a significant proportion of community- based services accessed by older people and welcome the ongoing aged care reform process and related consultation opportunities offered by the Australian Government.

As you are aware, UnitingCare agencies provide a significant proportion of community- based services accessed by older people and welcome the ongoing aged care reform process and related consultation opportunities offered by the Australian Government.

UnitingCare Australia thanks the Department of Social Services (the Department) for the opportunity to comment on the second tranche of Exposure Drafts of the Principles necessary to implement the reformed aged care legislation. These comments, in the same manner as those we made regarding the first tranche of the Draft Principles released, reflect UnitingCare’s expertise as a service provider rather than commenting on any legal or technical aspect of the drafts.

Thank you for inviting UnitingCare Australia to make a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No.1) Bill 2014. We have taken a close interest in the Government’s pre-election commitment to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the resulting ACNC Repeal Bill.

Energy is an essential service and with increased costs has become a financial burden on growing numbers of households and consumers in Australia. Uniting Care is concerned for these people and advocates strongly for appropriate energy regulation. Anecdotal evidence from our work with communities nationally, indicates utility costs are one of the top three issues facing households.

Uniting Care Australia’s energy vision is that by 2030 energy in Australia will be plentiful, renewable and affordable for all citizens.

As you are likely aware, UnitingCare agencies manage 12 per cent of all residential aged care places in Australia and are a major provider of community-based services used by older people.

As a major service provider, UnitingCare Australia advocated for and welcomes the ongoing aged care reform process, and actively participates in the consultation opportunities offered by the Australian Government.