Submissions

Submissions

Submissions

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee’s Inquiry into the adequacy of existing care arrangements for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia.

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

Thank you for meeting UnitingCare representatives to discuss the Competition Policy Review Draft Report. We appreciate the opportunity to provide the panel with our feedback on some of the critical elements of the report, in particular around the various challenges in developing and promoting consumer choice and competition in human services.

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.

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.