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

Statement on marriage equality postal survey results

With our long-time commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, Uniting Communities welcomes today’s announcement that the majority of Australians support marriage equality. We are proud to have been among the many organisations around the country who pledged their support in 2016 for a change to the Marriage Act 2004 to allow same-sex couples to marry.… 

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… 

SA home-grown innovation set to scale

Family by Family, designed by families for families, is set to scale! With support from the South Australian Government, from the 1st October 2017 Family by Family will transition operations in South Australia to Uniting Communities, a long-term supporter and investor in Family by Family along with the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development (DECD). This… 

U City Developers Respond to Community Concerns on Combustible Facades

Safety and complete confidence clear priorities for new mixed use 20 storey CBD building The developers of a 20 storey building in Adelaide’s CBD say they have listened to public concern and have redesigned the exterior façade of the U City development on Franklin Street to completely exclude the use of approved exterior cladding panels,… 

National Suicide Stigma Report Card: Mixed results in understanding suicide

A national survey undertaken for World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) has revealed mixed results when it comes to suicide stigma in Australia. Lifeline Adelaide Service Manager, Danielle Hanisch, says that there is still much to be done to support better understanding of suicide – particularly in light of the news of 13-year-old Adelaide schoolgirl, Libby… 

People's Policy on Children's Wellbeing

We are part of a coalition of non-government and philanthropic organisations determined to focus the attention of our politicians and communities on reducing the number of children entering the child protection system. There are approximately 3,500 children under the age of 10 in SA that have been taken away from their families and are now… 

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… 

APY Lands Rights Act amended without negotiation!

Today, the SA Parliament passed the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, which allows the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation to dismiss the community-elected APY Executive Board for any reason he deems fit. Existing provisions under the original APY Land Rights Act provided for procedural arrangements and conditions under which the APY… 

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…