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… 

Submissions to the Inquiry into Water Pricing

Inquiry into Water Pricing in SA Submission 1 – February 2019  Topic: A Cautious Conclusion – Response Uniting Communities welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this Inquiry. We are a major provider of community services in South Australia, including a number of services to assist people dealing with poverty and income disadvantage that means that paying… 

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… 

The Social Security Commission Bill 2018

Many of Uniting Communities’ clients are people for whom maintaining their wellbeing and a decent standard of living is a daily challenge as they are reliant on receiving social security payments, which are too low and do not enable them to live a decent life. Our organisation supports this Bill and its objectives of ensuring… 

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… 

Briefing paper on the impact of the Community Development Program on APY

This briefing paper provides an overview of the Community Development Program (CDP), with a particular focus on the impact of the CDP in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) communities in the north west of South Australia.  The Paper then provides commentary on the proposed reforms to the CDP – announced on 8 May 2018 by the Minister for…