UnitingCare Australia supports calls for transformation of aged care system

Older Australians should have the chance to age to their full potential and be afforded the right support when and where they need it.   Responding to the proposed recommendations from the Royal Commission’s Counsel Assisting, UnitingCare Australia National Director, Ms Claerwen Little echoed widespread calls for change.   “The time for change is now. […]

A budget of hope – but not for all

UnitingCare Australia commends the Government’s commitment to creating jobs and the unprecedented recovery efforts in tonight’s budget. Yet, despite record spending and investment, millions of Australians are still at risk of deepening disadvantage.   “We are disappointed that the Government has not taken this moment to raise the base rate of JobSeeker and provide confidence […]

UnitingCare Australia renews calls for solution to homelessness

As the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus crisis continue to be felt across communities, it is more important than ever that individuals and families have a home.   Marking National Homelessness Week, UnitingCare Australia is renewing calls for a national housing and homelessness plan, including a substantial investment in social housing.   “During […]

Joint statement: National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

  As communities across Australia mark National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day, the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), UnitingCare Australia and UCA Redress Ltd have affirmed their commitment to progressing truth telling to shape a better future for the First Peoples children and young people of today.   “Our children are our future, […]

New Closing the Gap Agreement a historic step forward, but must be backed up with action and funding

  The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) and UnitingCare Australia have welcomed the new Closing the Gap Agreement announced today, but have urged governments at all levels to back up their stated commitments with comprehensive action, including dedicated funding and policy reforms that reflect the priorities identified by First Peoples.   “The new […]

Open letter to the Prime Minister: COVID-19 National Response Plan for People Sleeping Rough

Dear Prime Minister,   We write to you regarding the urgent situation concerning homeless people sleeping rough and COVID-19.   Australia has led the world in its crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This included an extraordinary achievement in temporarily sheltering an estimated more than 7,000 homeless people who were either sleeping rough or at […]