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… 

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… 

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… 

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…