Media Releases

APY Lands Rights Act amended without negotiation!

Today, the SA Parliament passed the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, which allows the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation to dismiss the community-elected APY Executive Board for any reason he deems fit. Existing provisions under the original APY Land Rights Act provided for procedural arrangements and conditions under which the APY […]

Minister Malinauskas to visit Aboriginal Community Connect Service

The Minister for Corrections, Peter Malinauskas, will be visiting the Uniting Communities Aboriginal Community Connect service at 196 Prospect Rd Prospect on 22 May at 9am.  The visit will focus on Aboriginal Community Connect current experience and gaps in services within Aboriginal communities. “We will be highlighting the importance of consistency in service support for […]

Lifeline celebrates milestone during Volunteer Week

10,000 Crisis Supporters volunteer over past five years With more than 10,000 Telephone Crisis Supporters giving their time over the past five years, Lifeline is celebrating this National Volunteer Week by acknowledging the exceptional work of its volunteers – past and present – based in communities across Australia. National Volunteer Week (8-14 May) is an […]

Federal Government jumps the gun in extending cashless debit card

In the absence of a final evaluation report on the trial of the Cashless Debit Card in Ceduna in South Australia and Kununnurra in Western Australia, the Federal Government has declared the trial a ‘success’ and has agreed to extend the implementation of the Cashless Card in Ceduna, South Australia and East Kimberley, Western Australia, […]

National domestic violence workshops support women at risk this International Women’s Day

Lifeline Adelaide will mark International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March) by taking part in the coordinated national delivery of domestic and family violence response training (DV-alert) to health, allied health and other frontline community workers across Australia. Alarmingly, one in three women who are subjected to domestic and family violence is likely to attempt suicide. […]

Work set to start on $80 million ‘UCity’ CBD project with appointment of national construction leader Built.

Leading South Australian charity, Uniting Communities, is about to see its $80 million CBD development project get underway with the official appointment of national construction leader Built and work set to start later this month. The redevelopment of the community services provider’s Franklin Street headquarters is set to create 180 jobs during construction and more […]

No Homelessness Cuts

Uniting Communities is deeply disturbed by media reports today suggesting that the Prime Minister has announced that the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) will end on 30th June this year. The NAHA currently delivers $1.3 billion p.a. funding to public housing and homelessness programs, equivalent to $6.8 billion over the next 5-year budget period. As […]

Enforce the protections provided for in the Aboriginal Heritage Act

The remains of an Aboriginal child were exhumed by police without obtaining agreement from the Traditional Owners of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands or reporting the discovery to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, as required under the South Australia Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 and/or Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2016. The removal […]

Anangu Lands Paper Tracker welcomes green light on community dialysis

Recognising that for more than 15 years APY Lands communities and support organisations have been campaigning to have access to community-based renal dialysis on the APY Lands, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities is very excited to hear that SA Health is now supporting the establishment of a permanent dialysis facility in […]

Storm the Pokies

Uniting Communities is strongly supporting the call made jointly today, (Bastille Day) by Andrew Wilkie, Nick Xenophon and Rev Tim Costello for the new Australian Parliament to commit to practical and sensible gambling reform. They are committing to work for: “A ban on sports betting advertising during G-rated time periods. Both MPs will move resolutions […]