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We’re at crisis point. Government needs to shut down predatory lenders.

As a member of the Stop the Debt Trap Alliance, UnitingCare Australia has joined more than 30 organisations who have urged the Government to immediately shut down predatory payday lenders during the COVID-19 crisis. The Stop the Debt Trap Alliance comprises... April 16, 2020

Aged care rescue support package

What we need right now to stay open and keep older people safe The aged care sector is united in proposing a package of urgent measures to keep the 1.3million people in its care and its 360,000 workers safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Many... April 10, 2020

Family violence during COVID-19: the perfect storm brewing behind closed doors

With demand for family and domestic violence services rising dramatically as a result of the coronavirus crisis, UnitingCare Australia is calling for an urgent increase in support for emergency accommodation and domestic violence services.   As people... April 9, 2020

Charities under threat: job, services at risk

UnitingCare Australia acknowledges the Government’s announcement to revise eligibility requirements for charities and not-for-profits applying for the JobKeeper Payment, but more needs to be done. Without important changes, thousands of jobs and critical... April 6, 2020

UnitingCare Australia welcomes coronavirus relief package for Australia's most vulnerable

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Government’s announcement this morning to invest an additional $1.1B to support Australia’s most vulnerable, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures provide much needed investment into mental health, Medicare,... March 29, 2020

Community sector organisations call on Government to act on communications affordability issues

A coalition of nearly 30 community sector organisations and advocates has urged the Federal Government to address the affordability of communications services and equipment to support Australians in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.   In a letter... March 27, 2020

Extend COVID-19 supplementary payments and Medicare to all people in Australia in need

UnitingCare Australia has backed calls for the Federal Government to extend the coronavirus supplementary payment to all people in Australia in need, including people seeking asylum and those on temporary visas.   UnitingCare Australia welcomed the... March 26, 2020

A little relief will go a long way for thousands struggling due to COVID-19

As a member of the Stop the Debt Trap Alliance, UnitingCare Australia has joined more than 30 organisations who have urged companies providing essential services to take additional steps to support financially vulnerable clients during the COVID-19 crisis.... March 16, 2020

UnitingCare Australia responds to economic stimulus package and aged care boost

UnitingCare Australia is today encouraged by the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis, but has called for further details and investment in measures that provide targeted and longer-term support to those most in need.   Whilst immediate... March 12, 2020

The cashless debit card is demeaning, discriminatory and has failed to deliver any measurable benefits

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) and UnitingCare Australia have urged Parliament to scrap the bill to expand and extend the cashless debit card.   “This bill disproportionately targets First Peoples and undermines... March 2, 2020