Uniting Communities Stepping Out of Paper Tracker

Uniting Communities has made the decision after 13 years of commitment to step out of its direct advocacy work on behalf of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) communities. The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities was set up in 2007 to track government commitments, policies and programs impacting Anangu communities in the APY… 

COVID increases loneliness in SA by 8%

Young people (18-25) and early 50’s the loneliest people in South Australia People in their 30’s and 60’s are the most connected Uniting Communities has released a report today on loneliness amongst South Australians.  Citizens were surveyed both before the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions (mid-March) and during peak isolation (end of April) about loneliness, isolation… 

Uniting Communities supports Senate Inquiry call for increase to JobSeeker

Uniting Communities welcomes the report of the Senate Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart (now called JobSeeker). Uniting Communities’ CEO, Simon Schrapel AM, highlights that ‘Having made a submission to the Inquiry and presented to the Senate Committee at its hearing in South Australia, our organisation is heartened by the recommendations included in the Senate… 

A submission on SA Power Networks proposed additional bushfire expenditure in the 2020-2025 Revenue

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is in the final stages of determining SA Power Networks 2020-25 Regulated Revenue with a final determination due on April 30. SA Power Networks has made further submissions seeking to add a new step change to its opex allowance and also add a new contingent project. These proposals have been… 

Our response to climate change

Uniting Communities accepts the scientific basis of human induced climate change.  We believe that individuals, companies, not for profit organisations and governments, must all take responsibility in addressing climate change and reducing emissions.  From 2010 Uniting Communities began planning and implementing sustainable practices to reduce our own carbon emissions.  Through our extensive range of social services Uniting Communities… 

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 ESCoSA on SA Water Regulatory Proposal, 2020-24

Uniting Communities’ main focus in considering the costs of services is impacts on private sector renters, the poorest people in our communities. We conducted an online survey of renters, regarding water and sewerage costs. This is a submission to ESCoSA (Essential Service Commission of SA) regarding the findings and recommendations. Read full submission here. 

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…