media releases

Funding a gold standard NDIS – a budget priority

UnitingCare Australia is pleased that funding of the NDIS is receiving attention in the lead up to this year’s Federal Budget and the Treasurer’s announcement today that there is adequate funding for the Scheme going forward. However, we reiterate... April 26, 2018

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

UnitingCare Australia congratulates the Turnbull Government and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt for creating the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission. This is a step in the right direction for a country that needs to strengthen the provisions around caring... April 18, 2018

Government must act on funding reforms to ease home care pressure

The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers, Aged & Community Services Australia, is calling on the government to consider reforms to tackle the increasing number of older Australians waiting to access appropriate home care. Echoing sentiments... February 26, 2018

UnitingCare Australia supports today's announcement to tackle elder abuse

UnitingCare Australia congratulates the Federal, State and Territory Governments for committing to work together to tackle this serious problem of elder abuse in our community. Elder abuse is a serious issue facing too many vulnerable people and has ongoing... February 20, 2018

Closing the Gap on Child Removal

National Director of UnitingCare Australia, Claerwen Little, said today that action to reverse the growing gap in child removal rates between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australian children was needed immediately. ‘We acknowledge... February 12, 2018

UnitingCare Australia calls on Senate to halt harmful Cashless Debit Card experiment

National Director of UnitingCare Australia Claerwen Little says: ‘’When we see that the trial of a new drug is making patients sicker, we call a halt. The Cashless Debit Card is causing harm – it must be stopped and the $18.9 million a year misspent... February 8, 2018

The Sexual abuse of any child is intolerable in a civilised society

Today the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be handed to the Governor General. It has been a harrowing journey for all the brave survivors with more than 15,000 people contacting the Royal Commission... December 15, 2017

Drug testing removed from Welfare Reform Bill

UnitingCare Australia joins other organisations, doctors, health professionals and addiction medicine specialists in endorsing the removal of the drug testing provisions in the Welfare Omnibus Bill before the Senate in the Australian Parliament today. UnitingCare... December 6, 2017

Church Community Service Providers Condemn Welfare Reform Bill

UnitingCare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and Anglicare Australia have joined together to condemn the Federal Government’s Welfare Reform Bill saying a majority of the measures contained within the Bill will further punish and demonises... November 14, 2017

Target UnitingCare Australia Christmas Appeal 2017

Target and UnitingCare Australia are aiming to raise $1.5 million this Christmas to improve the lives of thousands of Australians through their annual Christmas Appeal. Through the generosity of Australians, organisers hope to raise $1.5 million to support... November 6, 2017