UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft Terms of Reference for the Financial System Inquiry. Our submission recommends the adoption of a whole-of-system approach that sees Not-for-profit (NFP) social services providers as core participants and seeks to ensure Australia’s financial system specifically meets the needs of people on low or unreliable incomes.

Thank you for your invitation to make a submission to the work of the National Commission of Audit.

A review of the scope, efficiency and functions of the Commonwealth government is timely. Australia is a relatively prosperous nation and, despite the structural shift in the fiscal position, the Commonwealth government can afford to fund the things that matter. UnitingCare Australia is committed to being an active participant in the Commission of Audit process to assist in determining priorities.

UnitingCare Australia’s energy vision is that in coming decades energy in Australia will be sustainable, adequate and affordable for all.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, the Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates and Other Amendments) Bill 2013, the Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill, the Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, the True-up Shortfall Levy (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, and the Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the public consideration process and to comment on the exposure draft of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill and explanatory memorandum.

UnitingCare Australia therefore supports moves to address the fairness and efficiency of the Australian taxation system in relation to the outcomes that we seek: a fair and just society in which no one is left behind and where children get a positive start in life as part of a generous society that respects the dignity of all people at all stages of life.


Uniting Care Australia again commend the AER for their commitment to consumer engagement as demonstrated particularly through the Better Regulation Program. We also recognise the outstanding contribution that staff have made in assisting to unpack a number of quite complex issues. Certainly there is a mixture of art and science that is required to deal with the issues associated with expenditure incentive regulation.

This brief submission responds to the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) draft guideline regarding “Shared Assets”.

UnitingCare Australia has been pleased to be involved in the Better Regulation program, of which this guideline is part.

Energy is an essential service and with increased costs has become a financial burden on growing numbers of households and consumers in Australia. UnitingCare is concerned for these people and advocates strongly for appropriate energy regulation.

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

UnitingCare Australia supports the improvement of the collection of financial data from aged care providers if it is carried out in an open, fair, transparent and accountable manner by governments.

The data collection should not impose significant additional administrative burdens on providers and should seek to streamline data collection where possible. As a first principle data already available to the Commonwealth should be utilised before imposing further red tape on providers.

A comprehensive cost of care study is supported but consideration should be given to constructing this in a way that minimises the workload for providers and provides timely and accurate information (such as through a 3 month sample).

Data collection must be consistent with the requirements of other bodies (the ACNC, ASIC, Accounting Standards and the Aged Care Legislation). Necessary changes are supported provided that they ultimately benefit consumer and the viability of services that support older people.

UnitingCare Australia appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Social Security Amendment (Supporting More Australians into Work) Bill 2013.

This submission is premised on the view that all Australians have the right to live a decent life, which UnitingCare Australia defines as: being able to access appropriate food, clothing and healthcare; safe and secure housing; meaningful work, education, rest and enjoyment; and the opportunity to participate in and contribute to communities.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Dementia and Veterans’ Supplements in Aged Care Consultation Paper of April 2013. We welcome the recognition of the additional care needs of people with dementia and mental health issues receiving support from residential and home care services. The following comments and questions of clarification are provided on the Consultation Paper.