Media Releases

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 […]

Uniting Communities’ Adelaide CBD redevelopment approved

‘Uniting in the City’ set to further invigorate Adelaide’s market precinct The redevelopment of the headquarters of leading South Australian community service provider, Uniting Communities in Adelaide’s CBD, has been approved by the Development Assessment Commission of South Australia (DAC). The $80 million ‘Uniting in the City’ project creates a 20-storey, multi-use building bringing together […]

Fears for implications of aged-care funding cuts

Leading non-profit organisation, Uniting Communities, has expressed major concerns regarding funding cuts outlined for residential aged care by the Federal Government. Some $1.2 billion in cuts to aged care funding have been announced by the Government in the 2016-17 budget through the aged care funding instrument (ACFI). These cuts are targeted at the most frail […]

A Fair Energy Future for SA

Electricity shouldn’t be a luxury item, but for a growing subset of South Australians the cost of using power is already out of reach. You only have to look at the numbers: last year 10,179 households in our state were disconnected from electricity for inability to pay. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone happy […]