10th National Apology Day anniversary a chance to reflect and continue healing

Leading South Australian not-for-profit Uniting Communities will lead the annual Apology Day event in Adelaide tomorrow, the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous people. Honouring the Stolen Generations, this year’s event will begin with a peaceful walk from Tarntanyangga/Victoria Square to Veale Gardens. Committee Chairperson and Uniting Communities’ staff member, Tangi Ngateina,… 

Stop punitive cashless card in its tracks!

WE NEED TO STOP PUNITIVE CASHLESS CARD IN ITS TRACKS, NOT EXTEND THE AGONY!  Uniting Communities welcomes the position taken by Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) to block the Coalition Government’s intention to expand the Cashless Debit Card trial on a national basis. While the Greens have opposed the Card from… 

South Australian disability sector calls on the Commonwealth to improve NDIS rollout

Uniting Communities was proud to join forces with the State Government and a number of disability service providers to call on the Federal Government to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS in South Australia. Uniting Communities Chief Executive, Simon Schrapel, says, “Uniting Communities wants to work collaboratively with the NDIA and the South Australian… 

Simon Schrapel: Saving at-risk families must be a major priority at the election

Published in The Advertiser, January 7 2018 Over the next nine weeks leading into South Australia’s much-hyped state election much will be said and promised about the future priorities for our state. There will rightly be commitments about economic development and job creation, about the cost and reliability of our power supply and on issues… 

Changing Places to provide more independence for people with disability

Uniting Communities was proud to be part of an announcement on the Changing Places initiative with Minister for Disabilities, Katrine Hildyard, this morning. Changing Places are best-practice disability toilets that include a hoist and other customised features so people with disability have a dignified and purpose built facility to use when they are out. The… 

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…