Submissions

Submissions

Submissions

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.

UnitingCare Australia thanks the Department of Social Services (the Department) for the opportunity to comment on the second tranche of Exposure Drafts of the Principles necessary to implement the reformed aged care legislation. These comments, in the same manner as those we made regarding the first tranche of the Draft Principles released, reflect UnitingCare’s expertise as a service provider rather than commenting on any legal or technical aspect of the drafts.

Thank you for inviting UnitingCare Australia to make a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No.1) Bill 2014. We have taken a close interest in the Government’s pre-election commitment to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the resulting ACNC Repeal Bill.

Energy is an essential service and with increased costs has become a financial burden on growing numbers of households and consumers in Australia. Uniting Care is concerned for these people and advocates strongly for appropriate energy regulation. Anecdotal evidence from our work with communities nationally, indicates utility costs are one of the top three issues facing households.

Uniting Care Australia’s energy vision is that by 2030 energy in Australia will be plentiful, renewable and affordable for all citizens.

As you are likely aware, UnitingCare agencies manage 12 per cent of all residential aged care places in Australia and are a major provider of community-based services used by older people.

As a major service provider, UnitingCare Australia advocated for and welcomes the ongoing aged care reform process, and actively participates in the consultation opportunities offered by the Australian Government.

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.

This document contains our response to specific questions raised in the White Paper “Issues Paper”. It follows the format of the issues paper submission template so that individual sections can be easily accessed.

The UnitingCare network is one of the largest providers of community services in Australia, providing services and supports to more than 2 million Australians each year, employing 35,000 staff and 24,000 volunteers. We provide services to older Australians, children, young people and families, indigenous Australians, people with disabilities, the poor and disadvantaged and people from culturally diverse backgrounds in urban, rural and remote communities.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee’s Inquiry into the role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee’s Inquiry into the role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes.

UnitingCare Australia believes all people have the right to access a decent standard of living, including access to adequate, sustainable and affordable energy.

Energy is an essential service and with increased costs has become a financial burden on growing numbers of households and consumers in Australia. The UnitingCare network advocates strongly for appropriate energy regulation. Anecdotal evidence from our work with communities nationally indicates costs of utilities are one of the top three issues facing households.

UnitingCare Australia’s energy vision is that by 2030 energy in Australia will be plentiful, renewable and affordable for all citizens.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013.

UnitingCara Australia encourages the Inquiry to particularly consider the impact of the Bill on Australia’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people.