Publication Format: Submission

Submission on a COVID-19 Royal Commission

Anglicare Australia believes a Royal Commission would provide a crucial opportunity to learn from the handling of the pandemic at every level of Government and apply those findings to the ongoing management of COVID-19 and any future pandemics. This submission makes suggestions on the terms of reference for a Royal Commission, which have been developed by drawing on our insights from working with those most vulnerable to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, and experience operating essential services such as aged care, childcare, disability services, and emergency relief.

Submission to the Not-for-Profit Sector Development Blueprint Issues Paper

It is important that community services continue to have adequate secure funding streams to carry out their work. Community organisations need certainty in funding to provide critical support services, yet this has been an ongoing struggle for many in the Anglicare Australia Network and similar organisations across the country. Government contracting procedures, across state, territory and local governments have made funding streams complex and interacting with them time consuming. Further, we should not and cannot rely on private, philanthropic investment to provide the support that must be the domain of government.

Submission to the National Housing and Homelessness Plan

In this submission Anglicare Australia points to our Network’s key insights and analysis and draws together current intelligence from network members working with people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. We make recommendations to make renting more secure and more affordable.

We are hopeful that the National Housing and Homelessness Plan can serve as a foundational document in combating, and ultimately ending, the housing crisis in the years to come. By coordinating federal, state and territory, and local governments action, Australia can move towards a more integrated housing eco-system that ensures every Australian can find an affordable home where they want to live.

Submission on the foundations of the new Aged Care Act

Anglicare Australia strongly supports the development of a rights-based Act. We welcome the inclusion of rights to exercise choice and receive dignity of risk, fair, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment. Some of our recommendations include:

expanding the second proposed right, from equitable access to aged care assessment to include equitable access to aged care services

ensuring ongoing commitment to education and skills development around rights-based practice

clarifying the homelessness threshold criteria to ensure access to aged care services for people aged 50-64 with histories of chronic homelessness

ensuring that there is a well-resourced Commission and a strong regulatory framework that achieves a balance between protecting the rights, safety and wellbeing of those accessing services, while also encouraging provider innovation and culture change where necessary.

Submission to the Pricing Framework for Residential Aged Care Services 2024-25

Fair and sustainable pricing is one of the enablers of a system that can deliver high quality of care. In our submission to the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority’s (IHACPA) Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Residential Aged Care Services 2024-25 we recognise that getting the classification and assessment processes right is so important to making sure people receive the level and mix of high-quality care they need, in a timely way, and that no-one is being excluded from the system. We draw IHACPA’s attention to areas where further work and consideration is needed, including around allied health and lifestyle and pastoral care; respite and palliative care; the development of the indexation formula and adjustments for regional service delivery.

Submission to the Aged Care Financial Sustainability Taskforce

In this submission we recommend the Taskforce consider building a sustainable and fair funding base for aged care, including by changes to the overly generous tax treatment of superannuation, and to how housing wealth is assessed in means testing of aged care services. The funding system should be simpler and easier to understand, for older Australians and the community in general, and it should operate in a way that enables and encourages providers to invest in high quality and innovative models of service delivery.

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the worsening rental crisis in Australia

Once, renting was seen as a temporary housing solution – a stopgap between leaving home and buying your first property. It is now clear that more and more Australians will rent for life. Yet renting in Australia has never been less affordable. It is time for our legal and regulatory framework to adapt to that change, enshrining protections for renters and limiting unfair rent increases that have driven unaffordability. The Federal Government must also reclaim its role in supplying housing. Solving this crisis will require sustained and long-term commitment to improving Australia’s housing market. Our hope is that this inquiry will provide the Government with a blueprint for a better Australia.

Submission to the National Health and Climate Strategy

Climate change is impacting people’s health, quality of life, livelihoods and ability to make ends meet financially. These stark realities underscore the importance of the proposed Strategy, which presents an opportunity to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change while improving health and wellbeing outcomes for all Australians. This submission supports the Strategy’s committment to health in all policies, and calls for additional focus on equity and intergenerational justice.

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Strengthening the Safety Net Bill

For years, Anglicare Australia has called for working age payments to be raised above the poverty line. Although the measures in the Bill fall short of that call, we supported the Bill as an immediate means of helping Australians struggling to make ends meet. In this submission we called on the Committee to recommend passing the Bill, but to also recognise that the work of tackling poverty, making sure everyone has a safe and secure place to live and strengthening the safety net is far from done.