Sector warns of continuing risk of 2020 aged care emergency

The aged care sector warns that, with today’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) flagging no additional direct investment for residential and home care, the risk of aged care emergencies looms large in 2020. The Government had already announced $537 million in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission, with an additional $87 million announced […]

Aged care sector in national plea to Federal Government for care certainty

On the eve of the Federal Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), aged care residents, seniors on home care package wait lists, their families, carers and providers are speaking out in a national plea for immediate action and transitional funding support during the Aged Care Royal Commission. Provider representatives acknowledge the neglect identified in […]

Peak bodies unite in pre-Christmas warning to avoid New Year aged care emergency

Australia’s largest aged care provider representatives have united in a pre-Christmas appeal to the Federal Government, to avoid an aged care emergency in 2020. Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), Anglicare Australia, Baptist Care Australia, Catholic Health Australia, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), The Aged Care Guild and UnitingCare Australia have joined together to urge […]

10,000 new home care packages won’t fix the waitlist

UnitingCare Australia joins the many voices that yesterday acknowledged the Government’s $537M injection of funds into aged care – but – the Government must listen to the consistent concerns that are being expressed by consumers and their advocates, providers, unions, the Royal Commission and many others within our community. The messages are clear: Fix the […]

Cashless Debit Card is demeaning and disempowering and should not be expanded

UnitingCare Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) have reiterated their calls for the cashless debit card trial to be scrapped, following the release of the Senate Committee Report on the proposed expansion of the trial. “The cashless debit card is ineffective, expensive and discriminatory,” said Rev. Garry Dronfield, President of the […]

Cool Response to Voice Proposal

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia and the President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress have expressed reservations about the Federal Government’s plans for what it calls an Indigenous voice to government. Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt says the “voice to government” will ensure that First Peoples are heard at […]

Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report – fundamental reform and redesign needed now

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety handed down this afternoon. UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Claerwen Little, said today, “We wish to acknowledge the enormous effort and dedication of the late Commissioner Tracey and Commissioner Briggs in producing this Report. We also thank the older Australians, […]

Submission to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019

Introduction UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019 (the Bill). The cashless debit card (CDC) compulsorily quarantines a portion of a person’s social security benefits, placing 80 per cent of their income support onto a card that cannot be […]

Submission to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 [provisions]

Introduction and overview The right to collectively organise to secure a decent standard of living is both a moral good and basic human right. Trade unions play a vital role in a healthy democracy, giving voice to workers in policy debates, contributing to struggles against social and economic injustice, and supporting workers to exercise their […]

‘Moral’ justification for drug testing a two-edged sword

UnitingCare Australia today expresses its disappointment in the Senate Committee’s recommendation to pass the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019. This is despite the universal opposition of professionals with experience in the field of addiction treatment. In its submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry UnitingCare Australia stated that ‘moral concerns’ may be used […]