A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little
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UnitingCare Australia welcomes $10m in funding for new employment program
Aged Care Network meeting
Uniting Church at the Royal Commission: Pastoral Statement from Stuart McMillan
Housing and homelessness
UnitingCare Australia submission on social impact investing
Submission made on the Omnibus Savings and Childcare Reform Bill
Register now for UnitingCare Disability Forum 2017
Tender and grant opportunities
Uniting Church asks Federal Government to leave 18C unchanged
Recent submissions and media releases
A fortnightly newsletter from Acting National Director Martin J. Cowling
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Christmas Appeal gets Christmas trees in shopping centres
Leaders Forum 2017
Uniting Church launches videos telling its story
Aged care campaign update
Advocacy update on the Jobs for Families Childcare Package
Promoting Early Childhood Education with fudge
FreshStart wins second Global Award
Providing a cultural bridge to aged care services in South Australia
UnitingCare Australia's feedback to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee on the Senate Inquiry into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016, and the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016.
UnitingCare Australia looks forward to tomorrow’s release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, hoping it will pave a way forward for an increase in the proportion of disadvantaged and vulnerable children receiving early childhood education.
“We know that going to a quality preschool or early learning centre makes a huge difference in the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Yet these children are also the most likely to miss out on that early learning during crucial years in their life,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
UnitingCare Australia is pleased to see priority going to where need is greatest in the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Early Childhood Care and Learning.
“Introducing a simple funding system in which subsidies are means-tested and based on the cost of providing a service rather than chasing fees charged is a positive direction for the system to head”, said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.
UnitingCare Australia commends the Government’s commitment to the development of a Child Care and Early Childhood Learning system that enhances outcomes for children and families, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to any process that informs such decisions. We have a significant presence in the Child Care and Early Childhood Learning sector and considerable experience providing quality services for children across Australia.
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.
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.
The Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook has adjusted spending in essential human services, particularly aged care.
“UnitingCare Australia supports the reduction of childcare subsidies for high income families. Our focus is to ensure that vulnerable and low income parents are provided with adequate support and access to quality childcare; as the results of regular access to early learning and education are well documented.” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
As the Senate Inquiry hearing begins on Friday 4 March into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015, consensus has emerged among a range of organisations in the early childhood education and services sector on key amendments required to deliver on the dual purpose of improving children’s development and increasing workforce participation.