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Housing to be an important feature of federal budget

10 Apr 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

Media Release, 10 April, 2016 In a speech to AHURI today (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute), the Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has declared that housing will be a priority for the Federal Budget. The Treasurer told AHURI that the housing market was part of a continuum “ranging from homeowners, to renters, to social and affordable housing, and regrettably homelessness.”

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New Issues Paper launched on Accounting Standards for the Not-For-Profit Sector

30 Mar 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

MEDIA RELEASE, 29 March, 2017 Anglicare Australia, together with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) today launched a new issues paper on not-for profit sector reporting and accountability. The paper, entitled: Issues Paper: Better Financial Reporting for Australian NFPs focuses on financial reporting for the Australian Not-for-profit and Charitable Sector. Anglicare Australia commissioned the paper from Dr David Gilchrist of Baxter-Lawley.

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Opinion Piece | How to Re-Design a Faulty System

28 Mar 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

In the following Opinion Piece published on Online Opinion, Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers asks where the evidence is that the Government is working to create an income support system that connects with the lives of the citizens it serves? To read the Opinion Piece, click here

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650,000 young Australians out of work or not getting enough hours: new report

28 Mar 2017 by Beth Doherty | Media Releases

Young Australians are under pressure as they grapple with the dual threat of rising underemployment as well as stubbornly high unemployment, a report released yesterday by the Brotherhood of St Laurence finds. Australia's youth underemployment rate, where people have some work but want more hours, has surged to 18 per cent- the highest it's been in 40 years. That rate is even higher than the youth unemployment rate for 15-24 year-olds in the labour force of 13.5 per cent, which has been persistently high since the 2008 global financial crisis. Today, almost a third of Australia's youth labour force are unemployed or underemployed, according to the new data analysis by the national welfare group the Brotherhood of Laurence as part of its youth employment campaign. In total, more than 650,000 young people were unemployed or underemployed in February 2017, according to the "Generation stalled: young, underemployed and living precariously in Australia" report. To read the report, click here To see other resources, visit BSL's website

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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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