This submission provides recommendations on the role that the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, can play in reducing the shortfall of social and affordable housing and improving our response to homelessness.
In this submission, Anglicare Australia lays out a plan to help women and children affected by family violence, and the community organisations who support them. Despite significant investment in tackling family violence at a federal and state level in recent years, rates of family violence remain alarmingly high. Anglicare Australia recommends setting clear targets, committing to adequate funding, and taking stronger actions to avoid past mistakes.
This submission provides recommendations aimed at improving the experiences and outcomes for people with disability in finding and maintaining meaningful employment. These include removing mutual obligations, making participation voluntary, broadening eligibility, and addressing thin markets.
Anglicare Australia has laid out a plan to get Australia through the Omicron outbreak, and plan for new Covid variants. Submitted to the Select Committee on Covid-19 the plan calls for free, universal Rapid Antigen Tests for all Australians; a COVID support package for the community sector; a national approach to keep essential workers in frontline service sectors at work safely; and urgent help to keep older Australians safe in aged care.
In this submission, Anglicare Australia lays out a pandemic plan to help people on the lowest incomes, and the community organisations who support them. The 2022-23 Federal Budget will play a critical role as Australia enters the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and learns to live with the virus. The Government will be required to play a much greater role than it has anticipated, and its leadership will be essential as we enter the next phase.
Aligning regulation will help keep people safe, while also making it easier for service providers and workers to deliver care and support to older people and people with disability. Regulation must be fit-for-purpose, balanced against the need to foster innovation and collaboration, and not overly duplicative or burdensome for the workforce.
The discontinuation of the Aged Care Approvals Round progresses several key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, including promoting choice and control for older Australians, and encouraging innovation and high-quality service provision among providers. But the needs of vulnerable people are unlikely to be addressed through a reliance on market forces and mechanisms alone. The role of Government must be clearly articulated, and measures suggested in the Discussion Paper to ensure access for low-income and vulnerable older people should be further developed.
Although some people with disability have choice and control regarding their home and living situation, many do not. This submission makes recommendations to help improve the home and living options available to NDIS participants. Anglicare Australia recommends that the NDIA play a greater role in intervening to create long-term growth and more opportunities for people with disability to live an ordinary life in a home environment that they choose.
This submission calls for a National Climate Change Resilience Strategy that includes equity as a guiding principle and climate change adaptation measures that reduce social inequities and disadvantage. The community sector should be recognised as a priority sector and partner in climate change adaptation and resilience.
Electricity and gas are essential services that are vital to keeping people healthy and connected. For many households, bills are the only way they interact with the energy retailers. Anglicare Australia recommends bills include best offer information, use standardised layouts and language to make them easier to explain and compare, provide information about hardship assistance and include information about energy savings, efficiencies and patterns of use.