Media Releases

Speaking after the release of the The Deep and Persistent Disadvantage in Australia Productivity Commission's study, National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said “a combination of inadequate financial support and access to services is forcing vulnerable people into deeper poverty, entrenching their disadvantage, and making it increasingly difficult for them to get ahead.”

Disadvantage is dynamic. Most people who become disadvantaged are able to move out of it relatively quickly, but a small group remain disadvantaged for extended periods of time. 

UnitingCare Australia released a report today showing Australians who are experiencing financial hardship are not able to make ends meet because welfare payments are too low.

The report found that the majority of people seeking emergency relief and financial counselling from UnitingCare agencies across Australia were recipients of Newstart Allowance, and were unable to afford food and energy bills.

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 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 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’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the Coalition’s decision to cut the Income Support Bonus, should it form government after the Federal election in September, will deliver a significant blow to low income Australians including people on Newstart, Youth Allowance and Parenting payments.

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds has welcomed modest measures in tonight’s budget that begin to redistribute existing revenue and scale back wasteful tax concessions, paving the way to fund important reforms.

Australia spends more on subsidies to the booming mining industry than it would cost to increase the Newstart Allowance by $50 per week, a new analysis by The Australia Institute reveals.

The Uniting Church community will have a stronger voice on the things that matter following the launch of a new website today that encourages citizens to get active on important social issues. 

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the passage of the Government’s historic National Disability Insurance Scheme through the Parliament this week and calls on the states and territories to fund their share of the scheme.