Publication Format: Submission

Submission on the Remake of the ACNC Regulations

Anglicare Australia provided comment on the expsoure draft of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Regulations 2022. In the submission we supported the full implementation of the ACNC Legislation Review 2018, and recommended Governance Standard 3 is removed from the remade regulations. Registered entities already have to comply with all applicable laws. Governance Standard 3 is unnecessary, undermines the Charities Act, and provides the Commissioner too much discretion over subjective actions.

Submission on Repeal of the Cashless Debit Card

In this submission Anglicare Australia commended the Government for introducing legislation to abolish the Cashless Debit Card, which has harmed those who have been forced onto it without providing any benefit. However, while we support the abolition of the Cashless Debit Card, we are concerned that the repeal of this bill does not apply to the income management program introduced during the Northern Territory Intervention, where three-quarters of people on the Basics Card are First Nations.

Submission on the Transition to Independent Living Allowance

This submission makes recommendations about changes to the Leaving Care Plan and TILA
application process that will improve access to financial support for care leavers. It also recommends
increasing social security payments to support young people leaving informal care who cannot access
the TILA, or who are waiting to have their claim for a TILA assessed.

Submission on Indirect Employment in Aged care

This submission provides input to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Aged Care Employment. The inquiry is exaamining employment models in aged care, and the effects that policies and procedures to preference the direct employment of aged care workers would have on the sector. Our submission reports that services naturally prefer the direct employment of personal carers and nurses where they can. The best way to reduce the reliance on agency and labour hire staff is to improve wages and conditions for aged care workers, attracting more workers into the sector.

National Housing and Homelessness Agreement Inquiry

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.

Submission to the Draft National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children

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.

Submission to the New Disability Employment Service Model

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.

Submission to the Select Committee on Covid-19

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.