Media Statement on the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021

The Uniting Church in Australia is concerned that the revised Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 introduced to Parliament this week does not achieve the balance needed to protect the rights of all people.   The third and final draft of the bill was introduced to Parliament by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday morning.   The …

UnitingCare Australia National Director appointed to the new National Aged Care Advisory Council

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the announcement today that National Director, Ms Claerwen Little, has been appointed to the newly created National Aged Care Advisory Council.   The Advisory Council, which is part of the Australian Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, has been tasked with the role of providing advice …

UnitingCare Australia Consortium selected to deliver new program to help people escape family violence

The UnitingCare Australia Consortium has been selected to deliver a pilot program providing financial assistance and wrap-around support to assist people escaping family violence.    The Escaping Violence Payment is funded by the Morrison Government as part of its $1.1 billion commitment in the 2021-22 Federal Budget to help end violence against women and children.    UnitingCare Australia National Director, Claerwen Little, said the payment was a vital …

Opening Statement, Community Affairs Legislation Committee, Social Services Legislation Amendment (Consistent Waiting Periods for New Migrants) Bill 2021

UnitingCare Australia National Director made the following opening statement at the Community Affairs Legislation Committee on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Consistent Waiting Periods for New Migrants) Bill 2021 [Provisions], PUBLIC HEARING   Thank you for the opportunity to appear before the Committee today.   I’d like to acknowledge the sovereign First Peoples of the …

Prevention, intervention, and financial security key to women’s safety outcomes

The inaugural National Summit on Women’s Safety has shone a light on Australia’s urgent issue of the safety of women and their children.   The UnitingCare network is a large employer with a national footprint and over 80% of service delivery staff are women. More than half of the people accessing services are women.   Speaking on the virtual sidelines of …

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

On 4 August communities across Australia will mark National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day – a day to celebrate First Nations children and their right to grow up strong in culture and spirit. The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), UnitingCare Australia and Uniting Church in Australia Assembly have joined this celebration …