UnitingCare Australia today welcomes the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

UnitingCare Australia works to support the most vulnerable people living in Australia. This is the time to hear the lived experience of those with a disability and to explore the changes that are needed to promote best practice and transform society.

National Director, Claerwen Little, said: “We are called to consider the fact that people with disability have for too long confronted violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

“This long-awaited Royal Commission is an opportunity for us to work together to create a society that is inclusive, respectful of difference and for everyone to have the life they aspire to.”

We are committed to working with the Royal Commission throughout the process openly and transparently to realise the fundamental rights of people living with disabilities.




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Friday, 21 July 2017 11:12

Connecting 20 July 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from Natioanal Director Claerwen Little.

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UnitingCare Australia provides feedback on draft NDIS Code of Conduct

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Single Uniting identity for Victoria and Tasmania

OECD report on early childhood education and care has implications for Australia

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Disability Employment Services paper released


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A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

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Research and evaluation

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UnitingCare network at forefront of community and business partnerships

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Breaking the fast

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Monday, 29 May 2017 16:11

Connecting 25 May 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

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  • Following up the Federal Budget
  • National Office working on draft strategic plan for UnitingCare Australia
  • 40 Days of Prayer
  • Visit by Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer

Aged care update

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  • Submissions
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Social Policy Network update

CYPF Network update

Women and Employment Demonstration Project

Frontier Services

Rob Floyd new Associate General Secretary

ReGen on proposed drug testing of welfare recipients

Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan condemsn inflamatory comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton about asylum seekers

National Reconciliation Week

New App assists with home modificaitons for those with a disability and those who are ageing

Recent submissions and media releases


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The Invitation to Treat [ITT] for Disability Employment Network [DEN] Capped program providers is welcomed and supported by UnitingCare Australia as the best way to minimise disruption for participants and employers receiving services from high performing providers who deliver long-term support in the workplace. The ITT will ensure the sustainability of employment for those job seekers already placed into work by high performing providers; and ensure that other job seekers who are currently being supported by high performing providers to secure employment are able to have a continuity of service.

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Overall, the major changes in the labour market during the past five years have been positive for workers with disabilities. These changes can be attributed to the dual phenomenon of ageing in the population, and continuing economic growth, both of which increase labour demand. The Australian context is characterised by low inflation, consecutive years of economic growth averaging 4% per annum, successive surpluses in both Federal and State budgets, low official unemployment at 4.5% and anecdotal reports of emerging shortages of both skilled and unskilled workers in most industries (Waghorn et al., 2007).

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Wednesday, 01 October 2008 09:45

Submission - Disability Employment Review

The various reviews into employment services and related areas shows that for disadvantaged job seekers, in particular people with disabilities who have high support needs, the current system has not delivered improved  employment outcomes.

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UnitingCare has a unique value proposition as a major actor in the employment services market in Australia. It is particularly well placed to meet the challenge of assisting highly disadvantaged unemployed people with disabilities to make the transition into the workforce and to sustain good employment outcomes.

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In providing disability employment services, UnitingCare agencies connect the social justice concerns of the Uniting Church with the role and function of providing social services in partnership with communities and with governments to ensure all people have the means and opportunities to live a decent life which we define as being able to access appropriate food, clothing and healthcare; safe and secure housing; meaningful work, education, rest and enjoyment; and the opportunity to participate in and contribute to communities.

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