Submission regarding better management of the social welfare system

On 8 February 2017, the Senate referred the issue of the ‘auto-debt recovery’ of Centrelink payments to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and a report. The focus of the Inquiry is on the impact of Government automated debt collection processes on the aged, families with young children, students, people with disability, jobseekers and others… 

Federal Government jumps the gun in extending cashless debit card

In the absence of a final evaluation report on the trial of the Cashless Debit Card in Ceduna in South Australia and Kununnurra in Western Australia, the Federal Government has declared the trial a ‘success’ and has agreed to extend the implementation of the Cashless Card in Ceduna, South Australia and East Kimberley, Western Australia,… 

National domestic violence workshops support women at risk this International Women's Day

Lifeline Adelaide will mark International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March) by taking part in the coordinated national delivery of domestic and family violence response training (DV-alert) to health, allied health and other frontline community workers across Australia. Alarmingly, one in three women who are subjected to domestic and family violence is likely to attempt suicide.… 

Work set to start on $80 million ‘UCity’ CBD project with appointment of national construction leader Built.

Leading South Australian charity, Uniting Communities, is about to see its $80 million CBD development project get underway with the official appointment of national construction leader Built and work set to start later this month. The redevelopment of the community services provider’s Franklin Street headquarters is set to create 180 jobs during construction and more… 

Submission in response to the draft South Australia Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2016

Uniting Communities welcomes the opportunity to provide comment to the Department of State Development, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, on the draft South Australia Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2016, as released in October 2016. This submission complements earlier commentary provided by the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker on the amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, which can be found on… 

No Homelessness Cuts

Uniting Communities is deeply disturbed by media reports today suggesting that the Prime Minister has announced that the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) will end on 30th June this year. The NAHA currently delivers $1.3 billion p.a. funding to public housing and homelessness programs, equivalent to $6.8 billion over the next 5-year budget period. As… 

Enforce the protections provided for in the Aboriginal Heritage Act

The remains of an Aboriginal child were exhumed by police without obtaining agreement from the Traditional Owners of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands or reporting the discovery to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, as required under the South Australia Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 and/or Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2016. The removal… 

LGBTIQ legislative reform in South Australia

The new 2016 Australian Workplace Equality Index found 45 per cent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex Australians hide their sexuality or gender identity at work because they fear it may damage their career. The other 55 per cent were out in the workplace. Uniting Communities supports the proposed legislative reforms, introduced in the… 

Completing the child protection jigsaw

Abridged version published in InDaily, 6 September 2016. Over the past two years South Australia has experienced arguably its most extensive and far reaching examination of how it responds to the protection of children and young people through the auspice of the Nyland Royal Commission. It has produced an exhaustive report on the failings and… 

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services

Uniting Communities has made a contribution to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services through our peak UnitingCare Australia. ++++ http://www.unitingcare.org.au/media-publications/submissions/submission-to-the-productivity-commission-inquiry-into-introducing-competition-and-informed-user-choice-into-human-services Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services UnitingCare Australia has long believed that reforms increasing user choice are positive…