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… 

Submission to UN on compulsory income management

Uniting Communities welcomes the opportunity to provide comment to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, as a contribution towards the thematic report to the UN General Assembly on digital technology, social protection and human rights. Uniting Communities is a founding member of the Accountable Income Management Network (AIMN), which focuses… 

Response to the Inquiry into ParentsNext

Uniting Communities has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs – Community Affairs Referencing Committee regarding the government’s ParentsNext program. This submission provides responses to a number of the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference, with an emphasis on the disadvantaging effects that the ParentsNext program has on children and their parents, with… 

Stop tinkering with unilateral reforms to CDP!

On Wednesday 23 January 2019, a media release from the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, outlined changes to the Community Development Program (CDP) which he states will be implemented from March this year. The bulk of these changes had been included in the Social Secutiry Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2018 which…