media releases

Possible stimulus package cut backs must not target social housing

Major Church Providers of social services in Australia today urged the Federal Government to ensure its stimulus funding continues to support vulnerable Australians, especially through its promised investment in social housing. The group made the comments... October 20, 2009

UnitingCare Australia welcomes Productivity Commission report as “a blueprint to make social services sustainable”

Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, today welcomed yesterday’s draft Productivity Commission report on the Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector. “This is a blueprint to make social services sustainable”, said... October 15, 2009

UnitingCare Australia Backs Call for National Disability Insurance Scheme

Dr Rhonda Galbally AO, Chair of the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council for Australia, has called on the Australian Government to work with State and Territory Governments to establish a no fault Disability Insurance Scheme. Ms Lin Hatfield... October 8, 2009

UnitingCare Australia welcomes intention to apologise to Forgotten Australians

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, that a formal apology to Forgotten Australians will be issued by the end of this year. UnitingCare... August 31, 2009

Government Doesn’t Recognise Aged Care Funding Crisis

The Australian Government, through the Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot, has demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding of the challenges facing Australia as a result of long term neglect of capital financing of residential aged care. Uniting... June 26, 2009

Pension increases - why do some miss out?

UnitingCare Australia is calling on the Australian Government to extend the proposed increase in pensions to all who need income support. UnitingCare Australia will put the case today at the public hearing of the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee’s... June 19, 2009

Yet more evidence to support calls to reform aged care

Last night’s Four Corners report on aged care has highlighted once again the need for the Minister and her Department to direct their attention to enabling a high quality of care for older people. UnitingCare National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said,... June 2, 2009

Difficult times to continue for Australia’s most vulnerable

Last night the Treasurer brought down a difficult budget for difficult times. The budget delivered on jobs creation, major infrastructure investment, and a welcome increase in payment rates for some pensioners. The historic commitment to paid parenting... May 13, 2009

UnitingCare Australia welcomes Senate report on aged care

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed yesterday’s report of the Senate Inquiry into Residential and Community Aged Care in Australia. The Inquiry, conducted by the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration, has called for sweeping... April 30, 2009

Major church providers say employment services process needs overhaul

Major Church Providers of social services in Australia have called for an independent review of the process for allocating employment services contracts, following the release today of the Jobs Services Australia contracts. “Today’s decision challenges... April 2, 2009