Submissions

Anglicare Australia regularly makes formal submissions to public inquiries, drawing on the work of its member organisations and advocating for their clients.

Submission on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care

27 Sep 2018 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has provided input into the Terms of Reference for the proposed Royal Commission into aged care. Our submission calls for a close examination of the needs and expectations of older Australians, their families and the community with regards to aged care. We also call for an exploration of ways to improve quality, staffing, and wellbeing across the sector.

Submission on the Persistence and Impact of Intergenerational Poverty and Trauma

12 Sep 2018 by Anglicare Australia

This is a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the persistence and impact of intergenerational poverty and trauma. However, our feedback was that the inquiry incorrectly frames a symptom as a cause, and is therefore an unhelpful beginning. Anglicare Australia recommended that the topic be recast as “The persistence and impact of intergenerational poverty and trauma”. We also call on the committee to consider the recommendations from our previous research, including our research papers on living on low incomes, Going without, and the inequitable rise in the cost of living under current government policy, Living Standard Trends in Australia.

Submission to the National Disability Agreement Review

24 Aug 2018 by Anglicare Australia

In this submission, Anglicare Australia argues that the National Disability Agreement must give an assurance of support to those for whom mainstream services are not appropriate or not accessible, whether due to ineligibility for the NDIS, residence in a rural or remote area, the nature of their disability or level of care requirements, or other vulnerability. It is the fundamental responsibility of government to ensure the availability of appropriate support services for every Australian who needs them, with particular consideration for those who are most vulnerable.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Future Employment Services

8 Aug 2018 by Anglicare Australia

In this submission, Anglicare Australia refutes greater marketisation of employment services as the most appropriate model, and expresses serious concerns regarding a system which allows the abuse of power by private providers. We support consideration of further regulation of the industry and establishment of a clear complaints system and advocacy by an independent third party. These changes are needed to ensure a fair employment services system which effectively meet the needs of all Australians, especially those experiencing significant barriers to getting and keeping a job.

Anglicare Australia Submission on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century

6 Aug 2018 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia’s submission to the Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century focuses on the role that charities have played in improving policy development in Australia, and makes recommendations on how to remove obstacles to fundraise for this work. Our hope is that the Select Committee will recognise the need to offer tangible incentives to donate to organisations with a charitable purpose, including advocacy.

Anglicare Australia Submission to the APS Review

31 Jul 2018 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has a strong appreciation of the value and importance of the APS. This submission offers critical reflections because we have seen the the positive outcomes that are achieved when the APS is able to act at its best. However, we have also observed the severe harm to people in our community as a consequence of poor understanding, evaluation, and response to risk by the APS.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Cashless Debit Card Expansion

20 Jul 2018 by Anglicare Australia

In this submission, Anglicare Australia recommends that the Senate reject the Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion Bill in its entirety. Our input is based on the compulsory nature of this trial, the absence of evidence, the failure to conduct comprehensive consultation, and the lack of community support for the trial. Given these factors and the cost of further trialling, it is time for the Senate to end this expensive failed experiment and halt the expansion of the Cashless Debit Card in Australia.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Protecting Your Superannuation Package Bill

5 Jul 2018 by Anglicare Australia

This submission commends the Government for its proposed changes to the Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2018. The proposed measures will help unite people with their superannuation and prevent any low-balance accounts from being eroded; something of great assistance to people on low incomes and with work histories that have seen them earn small amounts over their working life. This is particularly important to women who have taken years out of the workforce to care for children and those who have worked part time for several years to fit in with caring duties.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

1 Jun 2018 by Anglicare Australia

In this submission Anglicare Australia acknowledged the significant and valuable contributions of previous panels and committees in advancing constitutional recognition, and the detailed recommendations of these inquiries and urged the committee to privilege the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, seeking meaningful reform and the assurance of consultation, greater self-determination and progress towards agreement-making.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the National Redress Bill

25 May 2018 by Anglicare Australia

This submission stressed that the proposed assessment guidelines and matrix for monetary payments must be made publicly available as a matter of urgency prior to the passage of the Bills. Without the public release of this assessment matrix and guidelines, it would be impossible to determine whether the Scheme will deliver transparency, consistency and fairness for survivors.