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 homeless.
“COAG’s down payments towards homelessness, social and remote Indigenous housing are both vital and welcome," said UnitingCare Australia's National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds.
“This package represents a commitment by the Australian Government to provide long-term relief for many Australians facing homelessness and social isolation,” she said.
UnitingCare Australia particularly welcomes COAG’s reform package to the health and aged care systems to cut red tape and clarify accountabilities between governments.
“Cutting red tape will free resources previously allocated to administration costs to be directed to service delivery,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds.
Major Church Providers called for reform to aged care service funding, regulation and reporting at last week’s Parliamentary Summit.
“UnitingCare Australia looks forward to working closely with Government as specific proposals are developed to improve the performance of service systems in 2009,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds.
“We commend COAG’s funding commitments and will work with Government in ensuring that funding and delivery frameworks are streamlined and strengthened to ensure that Australian families and communities doing it tough are able to access the supports and services they need,” she said.