National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2019 (No. 2)

This joint submission urges Parliament to pass reforms which would improve protections for people who use payday loans and consumer leases. Current laws are ineffective, enabling predatory lenders to charge excessive feeds and entrench people in a cycle... February 21, 2020

2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission

In 2020, UnitingCare Australia urges the Federal Government to adopt a more equitable and sustainable Budget strategy: a strategy that tackles economic inequality, secures the revenue to guarantee essential services for our ageing population, repairs... February 21, 2020

Aged Care Program Redesign: Services for the Future

UnitingCare Australia has provided our ‘future vision’ document Ageing to our Full Potential1 to the Royal Commission. Ageing to our Full Potential represents the collective thinking of the organisations of the Uniting Church in Australia that are... February 7, 2020

Religious Freedoms Bills (Second Exposure Drafts)

The Uniting Church in Australia commends efforts to strengthen legislative protections to prevent discrimination against people on the ground of their religion at the federal level. However, in seeking to achieve this, we believe the redrafted Religious... January 31, 2020

Aged Care: Workforce Issues

This submission should be read in conjunction with UnitingCare Australia’s submission to the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce on the development of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy. Caring for older people should not be a burden. We must place... December 20, 2019

Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019 (the Bill).   The cashless debit card (CDC) compulsorily quarantines... October 30, 2019

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 [provisions]

The right to collectively organise to secure a decent standard of living is both a moral good and basic human right. Trade unions play a vital role in a healthy democracy, giving voice to workers in policy debates, contributing to struggles against social... October 21, 2019

Religious Discrimination - Uniting Church in Australia

  This submission represents the views of the Uniting Church of Australia and its Agencies, and argues that the draft exposure bills lean too heavily in favour of religious freedom over other rights. While the right to freedom of religion is important,... October 3, 2019

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019

UnitingCare Australia is pleased to have the opportunity of commenting on provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019.   UnitingCare Australia is the national office representing the community services of... October 1, 2019

2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission

UnitingCare Australia is pleased to provide this submission to inform development of the 2019-20 Federal Budget.   Australia has experienced 27 years of continuous economic growth. However, the benefits of growth have flowed disproportionately to... February 1, 2019