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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A stronger economy for the haves, but little hope for the have nots

UnitingCare Australia tonight welcomes the government’s commitment to older Australians and their care. The extra 14,000 home-care packages go some way to relieving the pain for those 105,000 people still waiting for support. The many other measures in More Choices for a Longer Life package such as the rural and remote initiatives, indigenous funding, investment in mental health services, and the $50 million Quality Care Fund are all positive and reflect the growing ageing demographic in the community.

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A healthy budget means everyone should benefit

On Tuesday the Turnbull Government will release its 2018-19 Budget. With an expected windfall in revenue this is the time to direct spending to the people most in need.

Inequality is growing in Australia with over 3 million people living below the poverty line.  UnitingCare Australia calls on the Federal Government to use the Budget funds to invest in programs and services that support individuals and families that are struggling. 

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Funding a gold standard NDIS – a budget priority
UnitingCare Australia is pleased that funding of the NDIS is receiving attention in the lead up to this year’s Federal Budget and the Treasurer’s announcement today that there is adequate funding for the Scheme going forward.
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Thursday, 06 July 2017 10:10

Connecting 6 July 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

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UnitingCare Australia marks 40th annivesary

40th anniversary recognised in Parliament

Parliament House vigil for children living in poverty

Keeping in touch

UnitingCare Australia provides feedback on draft NDIS Code of Conduct

UnitingCare Australia looking for Senior Policy Analyst

Single Uniting identity for Victoria and Tasmania

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

Affordable, accessible and appropriate housing for older Australians

Resthaven sponsors research into benefits of respite care

Disability Employment Services paper released


2016 Census data release important for community service

Recent submissions and media releases


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UnitingCare Australia would like to commend the Department of Human services for undertaking an independent
review of Centrepay system, and for seeking comment from the community in this process.

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 14:37

Connecting 9 February 2017

A fortnighly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little

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  • Welcome
  • Brief biography of Claerwen Little, and her early piorities as National Director

25th Christmas Appeal best yet!

Australia Day Honours for two of our finest

UnitingCare Australia makes pre-Budget submission

Petition for funding and national strategy dealing with homelessness

UnitingCare ReGen speaks out on Melbourne homelessness

2017 marks Uniting Church's 40th anniversary

Elenie Poulos leaves UnitingJustice

Leaders with a disability showing the way on NDIS in Queensland

Uniting Church Disaster Recovery Program

Aged Care Network meeting in March

Disability Forum announced for March

Report on Government Services available online


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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:28

Connecting 15 (17 November 2016)

A fortnightly newsletter from Acting National Director Martin J. Cowling

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  • National Committee meeting
  • Wayside Chapel book
  • ... and farewell from me

Christmas Appeal well on way to target

Consumers, equity and choice first for aged care funding principles

ALP Community Sector Partnership Initiative

Submission to PaTH inquiry

Congratulations on Victoria's response to homlessness

Disability Service Principles formally adopted

Refugees deserve our compassion not a life sentence

We support Government Redress scheme

Launch of the Family Matters Report

Stop press! New dates for Leaders Forum

National Disability Awards

CENTSable website survey


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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


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