Response to the experience of First Nations people with disability in Australia issues paper

  The Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) welcome the opportunity to provide a response to the Royal Commission’s Issues Paper on The experience of First Nations People with Disability in Australia.   The UAICC or Congress, as it is otherwise known, comprises Aboriginal and Islander Christians from […]

Capital Financing for Aged Care

Note For the purposes of responding to the Royal Commission’s paper on capital financing arrangements for residential aged care, we have taken a broader approach and provided comments on capital financing more generally. UnitingCare Australia considers it is important to look at capital financing as it applies in a system in which service distinctions are […]

Response to the Rights and Attitudes Issues Paper

  The Uniting Church in Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide a brief response to the Royal Commission’s Issues Paper on Rights and attitudes.   Recommendations The Uniting Church makes the following recommendations to increase awareness of the rights of people with disability and encourage positive attitudes about people with disability: Co-design educational programs on […]

Aged Care Royal Commission summary submission, incorporating second response to investigation of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on aged care services and response to Financing Aged Care (consultation paper 2)

Contents Executive summary Our recommendations Introduction Principles of economic equity and implications for the aged care system The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and implications for services for elders The transition that needs to start now Elements of the aged care system in urgent need of attention 1. Absence of leadership around a dialogue respecting […]

Response to the Emergency Planning and Response Issues Paper

  The Uniting Church in Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide a response to the Royal Commission’s Issues Paper on Emergency planning and response.   The Uniting Church thanks those across the life of the Church who provided information for this response, including Susan Stork-Finlay, Rev. Dr. Stephen Robinson (National Disaster Recovery Officer, Assembly of […]

Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

Overview The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far reaching, affecting all corners of society. We commend the Australian Government for decisive interventions that have helped to stabilise infection rates, prevent health systems being overwhelmed, and save lives. We also acknowledge that a range of bold measures have helped to buffer the economic effects […]

Aged Care Royal Commission – Investigation of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on aged care services

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the invitation from the Royal Commission to make submissions to enable an investigation of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on aged care services. Residential aged care services have served the country well in terms of preparing for the pandemic, and managing at a local level. The difficulty in containment of the […]

Aged Care Royal Commission: Future Program Redesign and Workforce – response to submissions of counsel assisting 

This submission to the Aged Care Royal Commission provides UnitingCare Australia’s perspectives on future aged care services programs. It focuses first on context and intersecting issues in order to highlight what we see as some of the challenges of model design that must be considered as the Royal Commission continues its work. It also responds […]

National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2019 (No. 2)

This joint submission urges Parliament to pass reforms which would improve protections for people who use payday loans and consumer leases. Current laws are ineffective, enabling predatory lenders to charge excessive feeds and entrench people in a cycle of debt and disadvantage. The Stop the Debt Trap Alliance is a coalition of consumer advocacy organisations […]

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.