UnitingCare Australia appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Social Security Amendment (Supporting More Australians into Work) Bill 2013.
This submission is premised on the view that all Australians have the right to live a decent life, which UnitingCare Australia defines 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.
Services in the UnitingCare network support and respond to the needs of people and communities in 1300 locations across Australia. We do this through the work of 35,000 staff and 24,000 volunteers. In responding to the terms of reference to this Inquiry, UnitingCare Australia has drawn on the experience of services providing emergency relief, financial counselling, employment and housing support. These services work in all states and territories in metropolitan, regional and remote locations.