Valuing our similarities and differences in leadership from within Uniting Social services organisations

This paper was prepared by Peter McDonald for the Leadership Symposium held at Uniting College on 18-20th February.  It is an anthology of stories which show the similarities and differences of approaches to leadership by UCA members in the social service sector. Click here to download the paper “At first I thought why bother but… 

Submission to Senate inquiry on Cashless Card Transition Bill

Uniting Communities welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs regarding the inquiry into the Social Security (administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019. In summary, the Bill proposes that people who are currently subject to income management in the Northern Territory and the… 

Religious discrimination bill not required

Uniting Communities believes that the draft religious discrimination bill does not assist us in reducing unfair discrimination in SA. So we don’t support the bill in its current form. If the bill goes ahead we have described the changes which we believe would improve the current bill. We don’t believe there is any need for… 

Myth busting Newstart

Uniting Communities has prepared a summary document that busts some of the myths associated with the Newstart Allowance. We focus on myths such as: Most people on Newstart are only on it for a short time; most people on Newstart are young; there are enough jobs for people on Newstart to move into. Click here… 

Drugs are a health matter

  Given Uniting Communities’ long track record of providing alcohol and other drugs (AOD) treatment and support services, our AOD staff have developed a treatment framework and a detailed understanding and expertise about what is and is not effective when it comes to working with people with substance use issues. The Uniting Communities Service Manager… 

Submission on impact of the failed compliance program at Centrelink

One of the detrimental design features of the Program is the inclusion of an automatic procedure that is triggered in the event of a non-response from a welfare recipient. If a Centrelink recipient fails to respond to DHS in person or online, or if they do not provide sufficient supporting documentation or information, the system… 

Submission calling on a raise to Newstart

From our work with clients Uniting Communities offers case studies and research evidence to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs supporting a raise in Newstart Allowance.  In addition to outlining the key benefits of raising the rate we recommend a mechanism for determining social security payments, including the rate of Newstart Allowance. Full Submission… 

Submission to Senate inquiry on Robodebt and NDIA

Uniting Communities submission to a Senate committee regarding “The impact of changes to service delivery models on the administration and running of Government programs”.  We described our concerns regarding Centrelink’s Robodebt compliance and outsourced debt collection program. We also indicate our support for the ongoing outsourcing of functions in the Human Services portfolio at the…