Thursday, 09 March 2017 14:53

Connecting 23 February 2017

A fortnighly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little

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  • Omnibus Bill
  • Aged Care Network
  • Social Policy Network
  • Consulting with broader network

More about the Omnibus Bill

UnitingCare Australia supports the Redfern Statement

Aged Care Network

UnitingCare Australia makes submission to Productivity Commission

Uniting Church President on 40th annivesary

Dementia and You - care, protection and reducing risk


Published in Connecting newsletter

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Productivity Commission on the Issues Paper related to Reform to Human Services released in December 2017.

This builds on the previous two submissions provided by UnitingCare Australia in response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry on introducing contestability and user choice to human services.

Published in Submissions
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:53

Connecting 17 (15 December 2016)

A fortnightly newsletter from Acting National Director Martin J. Cowling

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  • Christmas Appeal on track to raise over $1 million
  • Farewell
  • A message from Peter Bicknell
  • Next issue

Government announces changes to aged care funding arrangements

Treasurer agrees to move on affordable housing

  • National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) extended
  • Persistence pays off for homeless in Wyndham

Productivity Commission Inquiry on Competition Policy continues

Try, Test and Learn Fund up and running

'Lead the change' - the 2016 NDS meeting


Published in Connecting newsletter

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Productivity Commission’s Preliminary Findings Report covering the topic of Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform.

Published in Submissions
Thursday, 06 October 2016 10:12

Connecting 12 (6 October 2016)

A fortnightly newsletter from Acting National Director Martin J. Cowling

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Uniting a new community service agency in Victoria and Tasmania

Anti-Poverty Week

Target UnitingCare Christmas Appeal

Housing and homelessness

  • National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH)
  • Housing Forum

Aged care

  • Future of aged care workforce Senate inquiry
  • Minister Wyatt visits
  • Farewell Steve Teulan

Productivity Commission inquiry

Indeas Gen - sharing ideas for a fairer future

NDIS in Townsville

UnitingCare Australia's response on family assitance legislation

CEO UnitingCare West


Published in Connecting newsletter

UnitingCare Australia has long believed that reforms increasing user choice are positive as stated in our submission to the Competition Policy Review Panel in December 20141. There is demand from consumers their families and our providers for more flexibility and a greater degree of user direction. We continue to support reforms enabling the market to increase supply to better meet demand. These reforms should include increased transparency around cost of delivery and freedom to recover costs according to capacity of consumers to pay.

Published in Submissions

Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, today welcomed yesterday’s draft Productivity Commission report on the Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector.

Published in Media Releases

Uniting Care Australia has welcomed the Draft Report on the Inquiry into Gambling released today by the Productivity Commission. This Inquiry follows up on the seminal research on gambling by the Commission in 1999. It provides a review of the gambling industry, sets out the community impacts, and provides clear advice on how to significantly reduce the pain of gambling being felt by individuals, families and communities.

UnitingCare Australia made a submission to this inquiry, on behalf of the Uniting Care network of services that work with problem gamblers. These services include gambling support services and support for individuals and families dealing with the impacts of problem gambling via Financial Counselling, Emergency Relief, Family, Relationship and Housing Support services.

UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said, “Once again the Commission has produced a well researched and thorough investigation of this critical social issue that affects a large number of people in the community. The Commission has found that about 15% of Australian adults gamble regularly and that about 30% of these people are either problem gamblers or at ‘moderate risk’ of problem gambling.”

“The Productivity Commission has addressed the priority issues that were raised by UnitingCare Australia in its submission, and which were noted by many other community advocates. Of particular importance are:
• Strengthening services for problem gamblers, self-help tools, pre-commitment and exclusion systems;
• Strengthening gaming machine standards and making these consistent across jurisdictions;
• Introducing a shutdown period for gaming machines in all hotels and clubs that starts earlier and is of longer duration; and
• Placing greater emphasis on education and harm reduction campaigns that highlight potential future losses, make the community aware of behaviours indicative of problem gambling and encourage earlier help seeking.”

“We are asking the Commission to focus more in its final report on emerging forms of gambling activities that are high risk for problem gambling, particularly on-line gambling and sports betting.”

Ms Hatfield Dodds noted, “The Commission has suggested that even a 10% sustained reduction in gambling harm could provide a gain to society of nearly half a billion dollars annually, and several billion in the longer term, let alone the benefits for individuals and families impacted by problem gambling.”

Contact: Michael Brown 0418 916 936


UnitingCare Australia is the national agency for UnitingCare, a network service providers in over 1300 communities across Australia dedicated to providing assistance to individuals, families and communities. The UnitingCare network is one of the largest providers of community services in Australia.

Published in Media Releases

Uniting Care Australia has welcomed the release today of the Productivity Commission’s groundbreaking draft report into aged care.

Published in Media Releases
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