Better solutions than mandated drug treatment

Uniting Communities has sent a submission to the legislative council outlining our concerns about the SA government’s proposed legislation for mandated treatment for children and young people who are dependent on drugs (click here for our submission). Uniting Communities has been providing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services for many years and so we see… 

Controlled Substance Use

Uniting Communities has concerns about the above Bill currently before the Parliament which attempts to mandate treatment from non-compliant drug addicted young people. Dependence on alcohol and other drugs is a chronic relapsing health condition. While Uniting Communities’ welcomes the government’s good intentions to deal with a difficult problem of concern to a small but significant group… 

Opposing Expansion of Cashless Debit Card

Evidence and reports from communities indicate that the implementation of the Cashless Debit Card has not achieved the results which are being claimed by the Federal Government.  Instead of punishing people on income support by placing them on the Card the Government should be directing its attention to increasing public housing stock and ensuring the… 

Closing the Gap Refresh

Uniting Communities supports self-determination for Aboriginal peoples by supporting communities to take the lead, and calls for the adequate resourcing of these activities. Self-determination is key to closing the gap. In our view, the Closing the Gap Strategy is premised on a deficit model and we would encourage a more strengths-based and positive narrative around… 

Getting it Right Early

Getting it Right Early: South Australian Government’s Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy for Child Abuse and Neglect 2018 We are pleased to provide a response to the draft of the Getting it Right Early: South Australian Government’s Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy for Child Abuse and Neglect 2018 (hereafter referred to as the draft strategy). We… 

Submission to Victorian Severe Substance Dependency Treatment Act

UC recognises that involuntary detention and treatment encroaches on human rights such as the right to liberty and security of person and the right not to be subjected to medical treatment without full, free and informed consent. However, in our experience there are occasions when an individual needs to be detained for treatment in order… 

State Submission| The Way forward LGBTIQ report

The Way Forward provides an overview of the considerable work the South Australian Government has undertaken in recent years to further support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community and create inclusive strategies and approaches within Government agencies. Uniting Communities thanks the State Government for their continued focus on the needs of… 

Sinking Incomes: Water and Tenancy in South Australia

100,000 people in South Australia cannot afford to pay their water bills.  This report analyses the state of the water industry and the particular impacts current legislation and practices have on tenants.  We provide thirty-three recommendations on how water services could be improved for our most vulnerable citizens. Sinking Incomes

Submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017

The focus of this submission is on the legislative provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 which would enable the removal of section 124PF of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999. This section currently limits the number of Cashless Debit Card trial locations to three, the inclusion of no more…