Publication Format: Submission

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.

Submission on the draft National Care and Support Economy Strategy

In this submission, Anglicare Australia welcomed the timely consideration of a long-term vision for Australia’s care and support system. The submission takes as its starting point for the provision of care a commitment to providing the essential support, and the opportunity to flourish, for all members of our society. But while we welcome many of the goals and objectives proposed in the Draft Strategy, we question the presumptions of market efficiency and productivity that underlie it.

Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Review of Philanthropy

Anglicare Australia believes that philanthropy provides an important source of additional funding for community service organisations. However, any reforms to encourage philanthropic giving or changes to the tax treatment of donations should be designed to complement stable funding for essential services, not replace it. We also encourage the Government to:

(1) simplify and extend the availability of Deductible Gift Recipient status to all charities registered with the ACNC,

(2) improve access to concessions for charities, including Fringe Benefits Tax Exemptions.

Submission to the Early Years Engagement Unit on The Early Years Strategy

All children should be able to grow and thrive in a safe and supportive environment. Yet, one in six children across Australia live in poverty, with long-term detrimental impacts on their education, health, wellbeing and future. But child poverty isn’t inevitable, it is a policy choice. This submission calls for an immediate increase to social security payments to lift children and their families out of poverty, investment in social and affordable housing to address the crisis in affordable housing that is driving many people into poverty, and the removal of the activity test for childcare subsidy.

Submission on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice Referendum

In this submission, Anglicare Australia strongly supports the proposed Bill for a referendum to establish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. In solidarity with First Nations Peoples, communities and organisations, we will be advocating in support of a successful Yes vote at the referendum to establish a Voice enshrined in the Constitution to empower First Nations peoples.

Submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee on the Housing Legislative Package

The package of legislation, including bills to establish the Housing Australia Future Fund and the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council, represents a start to addressing housing affordability. Yet the measures proposed do not match the scale of the housing crisis. In this submission, Anglicare Australia argues there is much that can still be done to strengthen the legislative package, and help end the undersupply of affordable housing.

Submission to the Select Committee on Workforce Australia Employment Services

In this submission, we summarise our recent report Obligation without Opportunity, calling on the Australian Government to overhaul employment services, which are failing to place Australians in need into work. Mutual obligation has failed to make an impact on employment, and for many people, it acts as a barrier to finding secure work. We also recommend making employment services voluntary and ending dependence on for-profit providers.

Submission on Legislating the Objective of Super

Anglicare Australia supports the proposed objective of superannuation in the consultation paper. The proposed definition recognises that superannuation is about providing income for a dignified retirement, not about wealth generation, or accumulation of a nest egg to pass on after death. The inclusion of the concepts of equity and sustainability are in line with Anglicare Australia’s values and advocacy. But there is work to be done to ensure the superannuation system meets this worthy objective, including reforming superannuation taxation concessions and supporting people who do not own their home in retirement.

Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Cost of living

Australians have faced a tough and tumultuous few years. Many were expecting the economic pain of
the pandemic to fade relatively quickly as the economy snapped back. But a cost of living crisis has
prolonged the pain for many Australian households.