Family Matters National Week of Action

Today marks the beginning of a national week of action for Family Matters, a campaign to address the growing over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in child protection and care. Aboriginal children are currently being removed from their families at almost ten times the rate of non-Aboriginal children across Australia.… 

Federal Budget 2018: Welcome news for those needing home-care support

Following the Coalition Government’s past cuts to the aged-care budget of more than $2bn as a result of adjustments to the residential care funding formula, the announcement of a $1.6 billion aged-care and retirees package is welcome news. “While we welcome these additional packages, this number falls well short of those needed and does little… 

2018 Budget doesn't go far enough for First Nations

The 2018-19 Budget has included announcements that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Whilst some measures are set to deliver an increase to services and are seen as a positive step forward, one would have expected more attention to be paid to addressing the persistent and growing gaps in disadvantage.  Media release ATSI Budget 2018

Closing the Gap Refresh

Uniting Communities supports self-determination for Aboriginal peoples by supporting communities to take the lead, and calls for the adequate resourcing of these activities. Self-determination is key to closing the gap. In our view, the Closing the Gap Strategy is premised on a deficit model and we would encourage a more strengths-based and positive narrative around… 

Getting it Right Early

Getting it Right Early: South Australian Government’s Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy for Child Abuse and Neglect 2018 We are pleased to provide a response to the draft of the Getting it Right Early: South Australian Government’s Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy for Child Abuse and Neglect 2018 (hereafter referred to as the draft strategy). We… 

New approach to resolve SA’s child protection crisis

Major social service organisations have called on the Parliament to show leadership on South Australia’s growing child protection crisis. AnglicareSA and Uniting Communities have today challenged the incoming government to tackle the economic and community costs of our broken child protection system. Child protection advocate Belinda Valentine, grandmother of Chloe Valentine, said that families must… 

Submission to Victorian Severe Substance Dependency Treatment Act

UC recognises that involuntary detention and treatment encroaches on human rights such as the right to liberty and security of person and the right not to be subjected to medical treatment without full, free and informed consent. However, in our experience there are occasions when an individual needs to be detained for treatment in order… 

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,…