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… 

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… 

Continuing to work towards zero carbon at U City

Carbon Neutral Ambassador, Uniting Communities, opened the doors to its brand new U City building to the public on 6 August, marking the launch of a unique mixed-use community in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. In 2018, the U City development was recognised as South Australia’s ‘greenest’ building design to date by the Green… 

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… 

Campaigning for Every Child

Uniting Communities is proud to be a campaign partner in the Every Child campaign, a national movement launching on Tuesday 27 August. Every child and young person in Australia can and should thrive. But this is only possible when Australian families get the support they need to navigate tough times. The Every Child campaign is…