Major church providers are ready to act on today’s stimulus package

Major church providers of social services are ready to act on measures announced in the stimulus package which has just been passed by the Senate. Those people who are least responsible for the global financial crisis ought not bear the brunt of the downturn. The measures contained in this package to address social housing, community …

Major church providers say stimulus housing initiative worthwhile

Major church providers of social services in Australia have welcomed the Government’s plans to establish 20,000 new dwellings to bolster Australia’s social housing stock detailed at a briefing session at Parliament House in Canberra today. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Treasurer Wayne Swan, Minister for Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin, and Minister …

Major church providers welcome meeting with Deputy Prime Minister

Major church providers have expressed optimism ahead of a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Sydney today where they will discuss measures to help limit the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on vulnerable Australians and the social services they rely on. The meeting will consider the recommendations from the major church providers …

UnitingCare Australia welcomes government focus on opportunity for people with a disability

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s proposal of a more flexible model for disability employment services that will cater to people’s individual needs. The new model will see a reduction of red tape, stronger training incentives and uncapped services. “The uncapping of services is critical and a demand-driven approach will enable us to meet the …

UnitingCare Australia welcomes COAG’s commitment to the reform of the delivery of community services

UnitingCare Australia welcomes Saturday’s COAG announcements signalling a strong commitment to improving the lives of Australians who are diasdvantaged and vulnerable. UnitingCare Australia is pleased to see additional funding through the new National Affordable Housing agreement, helping to address the extreme housing stress experienced by low income renters and priority given to people who are …

Major church providers call for crisis response now

Major church providers have called for a crisis and recovery fund from the Australian Government to ensure people who are doing it tough due to the impact of the global financial crisis are not further disadvantaged. A Taskforce of eminent Australians would oversee that spend. Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, the Salvation Army and …

UnitingCare Australia welcomes Pension Review but says entire system needs re-examining

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Pension Review Background Paper released yesterday, but says more needs to be done to protect the rights of those who are marginalised and vulnerable. The paper details the economic and social context of the pension system and other entitlements for Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment recipients. At present, …

UnitingCare Australia congratulates the Government on DSP initiative

UnitingCare Australia warmly welcomes the Federal Government’s decision today to protect the incomes of Disability Support Pensioners (DSP) who actively seek employment. From 1 September 2008 those on DSP can have their employment assistance needs assessed without fear of losing income in the process, effectively segregating the evaluation of pension eligibility from the evaluation of …