A fortnightly newsletter from Acting National Director Martin J. Cowling
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Uniting a new community service agency in Victoria and Tasmania
Target UnitingCare Christmas Appeal
Housing and homelessness
Productivity Commission inquiry
Indeas Gen - sharing ideas for a fairer future
NDIS in Townsville
UnitingCare Australia's response on family assitance legislation
CEO UnitingCare West
UnitingCare Australia said the independence of Australia's not for profit sector will strengthen as the Federal Government moved to ban gag clauses in Commonwealth contracts with the sector.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said some of Australia’s lowest paid workers can now look forward to equitable wages for the essential work they do.
UnitingCare Australia is celebrating today as the Federal Government strengthens its commitment to a genuine partnership with the not for profit sector through legislation to be introduced when Parliament sits again in March.
UnitingCare Australia said the independence of Australia's not-for-profit community sector has been strengthened with the passage of historic legislation last night that removes gag clauses from Commonwealth contracts with the sector.
Speaking shortly after the Not-For-Profit Sector Freedom to Advocate Bill 2013 passed through the Federal Parliament last night, National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds congratulated the Parliament for supporting the historic legislation.
UnitingCare Australia has called on the Parliament to pass the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Bill.
Speaking today, UnitingCare Australia National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the Not-for-profit sector’s capacity to work effectively with Government is constrained by the current Financial Management and Accountability Act.
UnitingCare Australia is deeply disappointed that the Government and Opposition have joined to wind back much-needed gambling reforms, National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said.
“The poker machine industry takes money out of the pockets of those who can least afford it and from those who are least able to control it,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.
UnitingCare Australia today expressed concern about the abolition of the Dementia and Severe Behaviour Supplement.
“The Dementia and Severe Behaviour Supplement was introduced to meet the additional costs of caring for people with severe needs. While that cost has proved to be much larger than expected, that is reflective of the significant level of need we are facing. It is vital that we find ways to meet the needs of some of our frailest Australians,” said UnitingCare National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds.
UnitingCare Australia has hailed today’s successful passage of the Living Longer Living Better package of aged care reform bills through Parliament as an historic moment for older Australians.
Speaking immediately after the bills were passed, UnitingCare Australia National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds, gave credit to all parliamentarians who recognised that Australia’s aged care system was broken and resolved to reform it.
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.