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New Closing the Gap Agreement a historic step forward, but must be backed up with action and funding

  The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) and UnitingCare Australia have welcomed the new Closing the Gap Agreement announced today, but have urged governments at all levels to back up their stated commitments with comprehensive... July 30, 2020

Open letter to the Prime Minister: COVID-19 National Response Plan for People Sleeping Rough

Dear Prime Minister,   We write to you regarding the urgent situation concerning homeless people sleeping rough and COVID-19.   Australia has led the world in its crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This included an extraordinary achievement... July 22, 2020

Concerns remain over adequate social safety net

UnitingCare Australia warns that whilst the extension of critical support measures provides relief for some, the failure to provide a permanent and significant increase in income support will place many individuals and families at risk of entrenched poverty.   “The... July 21, 2020

UnitingCare Australia welcomes new Board Chair

Mr Geoff Batkin, AM, has been appointed the new Chair of the UnitingCare Australia Board. The Assembly Standing Committee, national council of the Uniting Church in Australia, unanimously approved the appointment at their meeting via Zoom yesterday.   National... July 20, 2020

Aged care leaders unite in call for Australians to say #ThanksforCaring

Our nation’s representative aged care organisations are calling on all Australians to acknowledge and thank our vital aged care workers on Aged Care Employee Day (ACED) on Friday 7 August.   Aged & Community Services Australia, the Aged Care... July 20, 2020

Families, children at risk of poverty and deepening disadvantage

As we mark the National Day of Action, UnitingCare Australia stands together with hundreds of organisations calling on the Morrison Government to permanently raise the rate of JobSeeker to support families, individuals and children at risk of deepening... July 14, 2020

It’s time to create a new normal

With less than 90 days until the September economic cliff,  UnitingCare Australia warns that people in vulnerable circumstances are once again at significant risk. Appearing before the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 this morning, National Director,... July 1, 2020

50 plus organisations propose a smart housing installation boom to make a real difference

UnitingCare Australia joined over 50 social, property, business, environment, local councils and research groups have banded together to call on Federal and State Governments to stimulate the economy with an energy efficient and solar, low-income housing... June 19, 2020

UnitingCare Australia renews call to end elder abuse

Today marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an important time to renew our commitment to end elder abuse. Today and every day we must stand against ageism and inequality in our society, especially in the wake of COVID-19.   This year we particularly... June 15, 2020

UnitingCare Australia warns of looming social crisis if Australia’s social safety net is wound back

UnitingCare Australia has urged the Federal Government to maintain a strong social security system, warning of the detrimental social and economic consequences of dropping the JobSeeker Payment back to pre-COVID level at the same time as other temporary... May 6, 2020