media releases

Peak bodies unite in pre-Christmas warning to avoid New Year aged care emergency

Australia’s largest aged care provider representatives have united in a pre-Christmas appeal to the Federal Government, to avoid an aged care emergency in 2020. Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), Anglicare Australia, Baptist Care Australia,... December 5, 2019

10,000 new home care packages won’t fix the waitlist

UnitingCare Australia joins the many voices that yesterday acknowledged the Government’s $537M injection of funds into aged care – but – the Government must listen to the consistent concerns that are being expressed by consumers and their advocates,... November 26, 2019

Cashless Debit Card is demeaning and disempowering and should not be expanded

UnitingCare Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) have reiterated their calls for the cashless debit card trial to be scrapped, following the release of the Senate Committee Report on the proposed expansion of the... November 7, 2019

Cool Response to Voice Proposal

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia and the President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress have expressed reservations about the Federal Government’s plans for what it calls an Indigenous voice to government. Federal... November 7, 2019

Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report - fundamental reform and redesign needed now

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety handed down this afternoon. UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Claerwen Little, said today, “We wish to acknowledge the enormous effort... October 31, 2019

‘Moral’ justification for drug testing a two-edged sword

UnitingCare Australia today expresses its disappointment in the Senate Committee’s recommendation to pass the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019. This is despite the universal opposition of professionals with experience... October 11, 2019

Substance abuse is a health problem, not a welfare problem

UnitingCare Australia urges the Government once again to abandon the flawed Drug Testing Bill before Parliament today. Those unfortunate enough to be battling addiction need support services and counselling, not humiliation and welfare quarantining. There... September 11, 2019

Report highlights urgent need to invest in our children

UnitingCare Australia is today launching its research report, Review of Best Practice in Residential Out of Home Care. The review was prepared to provide information and guidance on best practice in the provision of residential out of home care for those... September 6, 2019

Australia is Failing its Elderly – We Need Action Now

This article was published in The Australian opinion section on 6/8/19 You don’t need to be a regular visitor to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to know that our system is at breaking point. The stories of abuse and neglect... August 21, 2019

Australia needs a solution to homelessness

UnitingCare Australia is calling on our Federal and State Governments to urgently develop and commit to a National Housing Strategy to address the growing crisis of homelessness in Australia. This week is National Homelessness Week. There are more than... August 7, 2019