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Government plans for Community Housing hopeful but raise ongoing questions

10 Mar 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

The Coalition government has announced that it will consider creating a new affordable housing body to assist renters and those on lower incomes in accessing community housing. Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers appreciates the Government’s commitment to doing more work on a range of issues to improve housing affordability. She said today that collaboration between all levels of Government, as well as the private and community sectors is crucial to creating a workable system.

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Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the non-payment of the Superannuation Guarantee

20 Feb 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

Anglicare Australia welcomed the opportunity to respond to this inquiry into the non-payment of the Superannuation Guarantee. From our work across a diversity of services, including employment services, disability services, emergency relief and housing, we know that the income issues some people face at retirement reflect their working lives, battles with health, various caring responsibilities, and experience of deep and persistent disadvantage prior to retirement. Given the nature of the care and services Anglicare members provide, and the human insights we gain from it, this submission will focus in particular on the effect of the non-payment of the superannuation guarantee on low income workers and their retirement incomes. To read our submission, click here

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Common Sense for the Common Good – Stop the Trade off in Essential Services

16 Feb 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

Anglicare Australia joined with ACOSS and a range of community organisations this week to oppose the Government’s Omnibus Bill that would see vulnerable people losing income benefits in order to pay for other essential services including childcare and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS.) “Anglicare Australia serves around one in 25 vulnerable Australians, many of whom rely on income support such as Carers’ Payments, Parenting Payments, Disability Support Payments and Family Tax Benefits. Some are looking for help from the NDIS. Some need better access to childcare” Anglicare Australia’s Executive Director Kasy Chambers said today.

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Don’t step away from NAHA – housing matters | Media Release | 15 February, 2017 ​

15 Feb 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

Anglicare Australia supports ACOSS and National Shelter in their call today for the Australian government to continue with the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and to plan for more social housing, not less. Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers noted that in recent days, the Government has pointed to a shrinking supply of public housing. "If the government were to slash its NAHA investment, as has been suggested it might, we wouldn’t see more social housing, we’d see less. That is not acceptable. “Everyone in Australia knows that there is a severe housing crisis and it is hardest on those who have the least access.

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The Best Results | Anglicare Australia's Submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Human Services

14 Feb 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

Anglicare Australia has made the following submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Human Services. Anglicare Australia contested some of the broad parameters of this inquiry from the start. It appears to be established on the presumption that competition is by its nature a driver of efficiency; that efficiency is an inherently good thing in human services; that the innovation that comes with competition between businesses is of benefit to service users; and that it is appropriate to equate individual consumer choice with agency and wellbeing. These are not presumptions we accept. To read our full submission, click here

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Anglicare Australia Makes a Pre-Budget Submission

23 Jan 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

Anglicare Australia has made a submission to the Treasurer in regard to Australian Government’s Budget for 2017-2018. It is based on the insight and expertise of Anglicare Australia’s member organisations, and addresses the interests and experience of the people with whom they work. The submissiona argues that in economic and cultural terms Australia is not an island and that rapidly developing technology and global communications are changing the shape of business, employment and community. Growth in income and wealth is skewed towards those who are already higher income earners. The impact of climate change is giving rise to health and social sustainability challenges, as well as environmental damage, and the new industries it is driving are both creating opportunities and generating further disruption and job losses around the globe.

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Where is Compassion and Concern for Dignity in the Centrelink Debt Collection Debacle?

19 Jan 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers today published an opinion piece on the ABC Religion and Ethics website on the Centrelink Automated Debt Collection. Using the lens of the Bible and the Gospel values informing the work of social service organisations like Anglicare, Ms Chambers said that "while we might not always use explicit language about our faith traditions in efforts to be inclusive of all, the recent Centrelink Automated Debt Collection debacle has strongly reminded us of some of the biblical stories underpinning our advocacy." To read this article, click here

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Problems could be solved by talking to people: Anglicare Australia responds to Centrelink Automated Debt Collection

18 Jan 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

MEDIA RELEASE, 18 JANUARY, 2017 ​ ​Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers has supported calls by ACOSS, the National Welfare Rights Network and others to suspend the Centrelink automated debt recovery process, and for government to sit down with the people most affected to put a more respectful process in place.

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Redesigning Dementia Supports | Anglicare Australia Submission

16 Jan 2017 by Anglicare Australia | Media Releases

SUBMISSION Anglicare Australia in conjunction with Benetas has written the following paper as a submission on Redesigning Dementia Consumer Supports, the 2016 Ministerial Dementia Forum Discussion Paper. It represents the views expressed from members of Anglicare Australia, compiled on the network’s behalf by Melbourne based aged care provider and Anglicare Australia member, Benetas.

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Rights for Renters Often Ignored, Vulnerability Increasing

13 Jan 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

Anglicare Australia’s Executive Director Kasy Chambers spoke to the New Daily about rights for renters yesterday. According to the piece by Jackson Stiles, a rental rights and tenancy advocates are demanding that better protections for renters, currently under consideration in Victoria, be rolled out nationwide. After almost two years of submissions, the Victorian government has released an options paper that summarises the best, evidence-based reforms raised so far – some of which would push Victoria well ahead of other states. Kasy Chambers argued that the “long queue” for affordable housing, coupled with the fact that landlords in all states and territories can terminate leases early without cause, makes renters “afraid” to challenge rent hikes and ask for repairs or modifications. “We find that people in rental situations are very much the poor cousin in that relationship,” Ms Chambers told The New Daily. “It’s a really important area long ignored by policy makers.” To read the article, click here ​

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