2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission

In 2020, UnitingCare Australia urges the Federal Government to adopt a more equitable and sustainable Budget strategy: a strategy that tackles economic inequality, secures the revenue to guarantee essential services for our ageing population, repairs the social safety net, and supports justice and self-determination for our First Peoples.

Aged Care: Workforce Issues

This submission should be read in conjunction with UnitingCare Australia’s submission to the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce on the development of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy. Caring for older people should not be a burden. We must place a new lens over processes, systems and attitudes. Care must add to the quality of someone’s […]

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 […]