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Outcomes not promises the key to Closing the Gap

Leaders of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), the Uniting Church and UnitingCare Australia have described as a lamentable failure today’s revelation that Australia will not meet most of its Closing the Gap targets, while... February 12, 2020

Sector warns of continuing risk of 2020 aged care emergency

  The aged care sector warns that, with today’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) flagging no additional direct investment for residential and home care, the risk of aged care emergencies looms large in 2020.   The Government had... December 16, 2019

Aged care sector in national plea to Federal Government for care certainty

  On the eve of the Federal Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), aged care residents, seniors on home care package wait lists, their families, carers and providers are speaking out in a national plea for immediate action... December 15, 2019

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... 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... 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... 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