Concerns over proposal to drug-test welfare recipients

Uniting Communities is concerned about the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017, which is about to be put forward to the Senate.     1.   Uniting Communities Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission on the important issue of the proposed changes to Australia’s welfare payment… 

Uniting Communities challenges CDP

A Senate Inquiry is being held into the Federal Government’s Community Development Program (CDP), which is the work-for-the-dole scheme that operates in remote communities across Australia. People in remote communities who receive income support benefits and are able to work, are required to work 25 hours per week in order to receive their benefits. A… 

Submission regarding better management of the social welfare system

On 8 February 2017, the Senate referred the issue of the ‘auto-debt recovery’ of Centrelink payments to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and a report. The focus of the Inquiry is on the impact of Government automated debt collection processes on the aged, families with young children, students, people with disability, jobseekers and others… 

Submission in response to the draft South Australia Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2016

Uniting Communities welcomes the opportunity to provide comment to the Department of State Development, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, on the draft South Australia Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2016, as released in October 2016. This submission complements earlier commentary provided by the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker on the amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, which can be found on… 

LGBTIQ legislative reform in South Australia

The new 2016 Australian Workplace Equality Index found 45 per cent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex Australians hide their sexuality or gender identity at work because they fear it may damage their career. The other 55 per cent were out in the workplace. Uniting Communities supports the proposed legislative reforms, introduced in the… 

SACC Review Panel: Review of the small amount credit contract laws interim report

We welcome the opportunity to provide comment on the Review of the small amount credit contract laws inquiry’s interim report, published in December 2015. Overall, Uniting Communities regards the observations and options outline in the interim report as positive. It is particularly pleasing to see that important issues such as the adequacy of responsible lending…