UnitingCare Australia warns of looming social crisis if Australia’s social safety net is wound back

UnitingCare Australia has urged the Federal Government to maintain a strong social security system, warning of the detrimental social and economic consequences of dropping the JobSeeker Payment back to pre-COVID level at the same time as other temporary support measures are withdrawn. “A strong social security safety net is an integral part of achieving a […]

OPEN LETTER – Nobody Left Behind: Ensuring people seeking asylum, refugees and other vulnerable groups are included in COVID-19 responses

The Hon Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister of Australia Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600   Dear Prime Minister, Nobody Left Behind: Ensuring people seeking asylum, refugees and other vulnerable groups are included in COVID-19 responses We, the 186 organisations listed below, write to you to urgently address the gaps in the current COVID-19 responses and […]

Enhanced visitation protections are for public health and safety

Almost 1,000 aged care providers and their representatives have endorsed strong requests for support put to the Aged Care Minister and the Chief Medical Officer during a national webinar. Everyone agrees that public safety is the most important thing during this national health crisis. Aged care providers have made extremely difficult decisions for enhanced resident […]

UnitingCare Australia and Anglicare Australia welcome JobKeeper Changes

Anglicare Australia and UnitingCare Australia have jointly welcomed changes to the government’s historic JobKeeper scheme. The changes, announced this afternoon, will open up the JobKeeper scheme to more charities. “This announcement is good news for thousands of charities across Australia – and for their staff,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers. “Charities run differently […]

We’re at crisis point. Government needs to shut down predatory lenders.

As a member of the Stop the Debt Trap Alliance, UnitingCare Australia has joined more than 30 organisations who have urged the Government to immediately shut down predatory payday lenders during the COVID-19 crisis. The Stop the Debt Trap Alliance comprises financial experts, community advocates and service providers who are calling for the Government to implement […]

Family violence during COVID-19: the perfect storm brewing behind closed doors

With demand for family and domestic violence services rising dramatically as a result of the coronavirus crisis, UnitingCare Australia is calling for an urgent increase in support for emergency accommodation and domestic violence services. As people isolate to prevent the spread of the virus, many victims and survivors of domestic abuse are left inside their […]

Charities under threat: job, services at risk

UnitingCare Australia acknowledges the Government’s announcement to revise eligibility requirements for charities and not-for-profits applying for the JobKeeper Payment, but more needs to be done. Without important changes, thousands of jobs and critical community services are at risk. The Morrison Government has said that charities who suffer a 15% decrease in turnover will now be […]