Submissions

Submissions

Submissions

UnitingCare Australia welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback to the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) on issues regarding access to care for supported residents. We note that one thing that is not clear in the discussion paper is a description of what the policy problem is that the review is designed to address. As we note below, the absence of an objective, and the lack of data about demand in the sector, together have made it difficult in places to comment in any detail.

We take this opportunity to provide feedback to the Committee on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Pensions) Bill 2015.

This bill contains several measures that UnitingCare Australia supports, consistent with our position that budget expenditure should be targeted to those most vulnerable.

We take this opportunity to provide feedback to the Committee on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (No. 2) Bill 2015, specifically regarding the measure to continue the Income Management programme and provision of the BasicsCard for an additional two years.

UnitingCare Australia believes that the Senate should oppose these measures. There is no substantive evidence to demonstrate that compulsory income management has resulted in any measurable reduction in social harm through its implementation to date. The lack of data that directly measures the impact of income management separately from other policy interventions, has prevented evaluation of compulsory income management as a stand- alone strategy.

We take this opportunity to provide feedback to the Committee on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015. The feedback that follows relates to specific provisions of the Bill and details UnitingCare Australia’s response in relation to these.

Welfare payment eligibility should not be tightened for people seeking work

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.