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 ESCoSA on Framework & Approach for SA Water Regulatory Proposal

The Uniting Communities financial counselling team regularly sees clients who are spending two thirds of their income on rent plus utilities, so most of their income is spent on level one of Maslow’s needs hierarchy, meeting the most basic needs of shelter. During 2017, Uniting Communities received funding through the Consumer Advocacy Research Fund (CARF)… 

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,… 

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… 

State Submission| The Way forward LGBTIQ report

The Way Forward provides an overview of the considerable work the South Australian Government has undertaken in recent years to further support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community and create inclusive strategies and approaches within Government agencies. Uniting Communities thanks the State Government for their continued focus on the needs of… 

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…