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Apology a positive step forward says UCA

The Uniting Church in Australia has today welcomed the Federal Government’s formal apology to the Forgotten Australians. President of the Uniting Church, Rev. Alistair Macrae, said that the church had also acknowledged and apologised for its role in... November 16, 2009

'Because children and families matter': analysis of government reforms released

UnitingCare Australia and the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, have released an analysis of the Government’s recent policy reforms for children, young people and families. The report, Because Children and Families Matter,... November 18, 2009

UnitingCare Australia Opposes Involuntary Income Management

Uniting Care Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds has called today for the Australian Government to focus on delivering effective support for disadvantaged and vulnerable families. “Minister Macklin’s announcement today that involuntary... November 25, 2009

UnitingCare Australia looks forward to broad consideration of the social and economic impacts of an ageing population

“UnitingCare Australia is encouraged that the needs of older Australians are a key priority for the Australian Government,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia. “UnitingCare looks forward to the release of the Third... February 1, 2010

UnitingCare Australia announces new acting National Director

Mr Peter Bicknell, Chair of UnitingCare Australia, announced today that Lin Hatfield Dodds has stepped aside as the National Director of UnitingCare Australia. “Ms Hatfield Dodds has been preselected as a candidate for the Australian Greens for an ACT... February 16, 2010

Services get better value for money and produce better outcomes than involuntary income management

UnitingCare Australia will present evidence tomorrow at the Senate Inquiry into the draft legislation that will enable compulsory income management of several social security payments. UnitingCare Australia will ask if spending around $4,400 per year... February 25, 2010

Major parties ignore evidence in decision to extend compulsory income management

UnitingCare Australia reacted with disappointment to the announcement today that the Opposition will vote with the Government to pass legislation that will enable extension of compulsory income management. “This decision was made despite the evidence... March 16, 2010

Compact can't be a hollow promise

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Susan Helyar, welcomed the Compact between the Australian Government and NGOs launched today at Parliament House in Canberra. “The principles in the Compact should deliver strong and meaningful relationships... March 17, 2010

Investment in aged care must include healthy older Australians

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Susan Helyar, has welcomed the Government’s commitment to inject significant funding into aged care as part of its health care reform package, but she said more funding must be directed to healthy, ageing... April 12, 2010

Aged care on the sick list

The Campaign for Care of Older Australians (CCOA) has written to State and Territory leaders to urge their support for aged care to be treated as a priority during next week’s COAG meeting. “Aged care is on the sick list and won’t get better until... April 14, 2010