UnitingCare Australia today warned the possibility of a ‘perfect storm’ emerging in aged care, as older Australians face the prospect of being unable to access the supports they need. This is due to a deepening crisis of providers lacking the financial resources to meet the demands of quality service provision.
UnitingCare Australia and Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) have welcomed a $2 million boost in funding to support the implementation of regional and remote elements of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy, including the Remote Accord.
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.
Budget 2019: UnitingCare Australia believes that a real surplus is what’s left after budgeting for the essentials.
UnitingCare Australia – 2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission
UnitingCare Australia is pleased to provide this submission to inform development of the 2019-20 Federal Budget.
Australia has experienced 27 years of continuous economic growth. However, the benefits of growth have flowed disproportionately to higher income earners and to the wealthy. Wages below the median have stagnated. Underemployment and insecure, low quality jobs are on the increase. Unacceptable rates of poverty and child social exclusion persist. Housing affordability is at an all-time low and home ownership, the jewel in the crown of Australia’s social policy egalitarian accomplishments, is falling.
Ambitious social reforms have been under resourced: Closing the Gap targets have not been achieved, and a mechanism to provide badly needed Indigenous advice to Parliament has been summarily dismissed. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which gave so much hope for people living with a disability, has assisted many but disappointed others. Subsidies for early childhood care, education and aged care have attracted a growing number of for-profit providers, but marketisation has failed to improve the supply of accessible, high quality services for the most disadvantaged. Inequality and the inequities in health and education outcomes that arise from it has increased, as a result of policies that reduce tax and transfer progressivity and therefore government revenue.
Australia became a signatory to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 but has yet to express this commitment in a whole of government approach to inclusive, sustainable growth. UnitingCare Australia urges the Government to adopt a policy framework and Budget initiatives that would promote inclusive, sustainable growth and enable Australia to achieve its SDG targets by 2030.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes today’s announcement of an injection of $662 million into residential, home and community aged care.
Today marks the official start of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. UnitingCare Australia welcomes the focus on creating a system of aged care for older Australians that provides quality, compassionate care and a safe environment.
UnitingCare welcomes announcements in MYEFO that recognise the urgent need for services to support older people in the Australian community.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to submit to the Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into Credit and financial services targeted at Australians at risk of financial hardship.
The UnitingCare network consists of a number of member organisations providing a range of social services to Australia’s most vulnerable, with 10 of those organisations involved in the provision of Financial Counselling Services across all Australian States and Territories. Our Financial Counselling services possess significant expertise and experience in the causes, consequences alleviation of financial stress and has an extensive history engaging with financially vulnerable cohorts target by payday lenders and consumer lease providers.