Media Releases

The largest providers of homelessness services across Australia today joined forces to call on all political parties to make reducing homelessness a national priority. In a joint letter to the four party leaders, the major charities Anglicare, Mission Australia, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, UnitingCare Australia and Wesley Mission demanded a commitment to halving homelessness by 2025.

The 2016 Budget paints a selective picture of living within our means, with cuts to health, aged care and disability payments outweighing new spending in these areas by at least $1 billion over four years, UnitingCare Australia Associate National Director Martin J Cowling said.

UnitingCare Australia is calling for next week’s Federal Budget to deliver a fairer tax system and increase investment in people and services needed to grow productivity and build a decent future for all.

“Enabling every person, regardless of age, ability, or employment status to make a full contribution to society is the key to our national prosperity,” National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said.

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the ALP’s leadership on the issue of inequality with the release this week of the report Growing Together - Labor’s agenda for tackling inequality.

National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says the report is challenging and constructive and lays a strong platform for future policy discussion and development.

As the Senate Inquiry hearing begins on Friday 4 March into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015, consensus has emerged among a range of organisations in the early childhood education and services sector on key amendments required to deliver on the dual purpose of improving children’s development and increasing workforce participation.

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed today’s announcement by the Australian Government that the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) will be retained.

National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says the ACNC plays a vital role in supporting the work of the not-for-profit sector.

SPORT and online gambling are now so intrinsically linked that the integrity of sports is under extreme pressure and the human toll is rising.

“Confirmation from the office of Social Services Minister, Christian Porter that a Federal Government response to a national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse is imminent, is welcome news to UnitingCare Australia.” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of Uniting Care Australia.

The Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook has adjusted spending in essential human services, particularly aged care.

“UnitingCare Australia supports the reduction of childcare subsidies for high income families. Our focus is to ensure that vulnerable and low income parents are provided with adequate support and access to quality childcare; as the results of regular access to early learning and education are well documented.” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

“There are many Christmas Appeals, as sadly there are many Australians in need. UnitingCare in conjunction with Target believe we have the easiest and most cost effective Christmas Appeal, something many Australians can contribute to,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

This year Australians are being asked to simply give a dollar. At every checkout of every Target store are $1 gift tag baubles. Our goal this year is to raise $1 million to provide simple humanity to Australian families in real need.