Submissions

Submissions

Submissions

We believe that all people have inherent value, and have the ability to contribute to Australia.

Participation and engagement requires access to income, healthcare, education, essential services, and housing. We believe that, as a society, we all have a responsibility – individually, in business, via our government, and through our communities – to enable access to the resources people need to live their lives with dignity and respect.

We believe that all people have inherent value, and have the ability to contribute to Australia.

Participation and engagement requires access to income, healthcare, education, essential services, and housing. We believe that, as a society, we all have a responsibility – individually, in business, via our government, and through our communities – to enable access to the resources people need to live their lives with dignity and respect.

Our Christian mission calls us to promote the dignity of all people. A key cohort of people who access our services is made up of individuals and families living within limited means, including many who are eligible for an Australian Government pension, allowance and/or tax benefit. We have a strong interest in the pursuit of a fair and adequate welfare system that enables people to live decent lives.

UnitingCare is closely following developments in social security and welfare policy, including budget measures announced on 13 May 2014 and contained in the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 and Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014 (the Bills). We are grateful for the opportunity to submit to the Inquiry into these Bills.

As you are aware, UnitingCare agencies provide a significant proportion of community- based services accessed by older people and welcome the ongoing aged care reform process and related consultation opportunities offered by the Australian Government.

As you are aware, UnitingCare agencies provide a significant proportion of community- based services accessed by older people and welcome the ongoing aged care reform process and related consultation opportunities offered by the Australian Government.

UnitingCare Australia thanks the Department of Social Services (the Department) for the opportunity to comment on the second tranche of Exposure Drafts of the Principles necessary to implement the reformed aged care legislation. These comments, in the same manner as those we made regarding the first tranche of the Draft Principles released, reflect UnitingCare’s expertise as a service provider rather than commenting on any legal or technical aspect of the drafts.

Thank you for inviting UnitingCare Australia to make a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No.1) Bill 2014. We have taken a close interest in the Government’s pre-election commitment to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the resulting ACNC Repeal Bill.

Energy is an essential service and with increased costs has become a financial burden on growing numbers of households and consumers in Australia. Uniting Care is concerned for these people and advocates strongly for appropriate energy regulation. Anecdotal evidence from our work with communities nationally, indicates utility costs are one of the top three issues facing households.

Uniting Care Australia’s energy vision is that by 2030 energy in Australia will be plentiful, renewable and affordable for all citizens.

As you are likely aware, UnitingCare agencies manage 12 per cent of all residential aged care places in Australia and are a major provider of community-based services used by older people.

As a major service provider, UnitingCare Australia advocated for and welcomes the ongoing aged care reform process, and actively participates in the consultation opportunities offered by the Australian Government.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.

UnitingCare Australia commends the Government’s commitment to the development of a Child Care and Early Childhood Learning system that enhances outcomes for children and families, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to any process that informs such decisions. We have a significant presence in the Child Care and Early Childhood Learning sector and considerable experience providing quality services for children across Australia.

This document contains our response to specific questions raised in the White Paper “Issues Paper”. It follows the format of the issues paper submission template so that individual sections can be easily accessed.

The UnitingCare network is one of the largest providers of community services in Australia, providing services and supports to more than 2 million Australians each year, employing 35,000 staff and 24,000 volunteers. We provide services to older Australians, children, young people and families, indigenous Australians, people with disabilities, the poor and disadvantaged and people from culturally diverse backgrounds in urban, rural and remote communities.