Anglicare Australia launches landmark client outcomes survey
Anglicare Australia has released a landmark survey of Anglicare Australia clients. The client outcomes survey has been led by Sue King of Anglicare Sydney, and has been the culmination of a year-long project.
Released as part of the National Day of Action on JobSeeker, the survey of over 2,000 clients was conducted across Australia before rates of JobSeeker were increased. It found that:
- 2 out of 3 people (58 percent) who came to us for help were out of work
- 1 in 2 people (46 percent) needed help to get basic essentials, such as food or medicine
- 1 in 3 people (33 percent) needed help to manage a low income, such as dealing with a sudden large bill
- 1 in 2 people (44 percent) have been coming to our services for a year or more
- 40 percent of those who came to us for help were supporting children.
The survey was covered by SBS World News, Win News, Seven News, and Ten News, and ABC News.
It was featured in News Ltd newspapers with a piece in The Australian, and a nationally syndicated article from the Australian Associated Press. Fairfax covered the story with a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald that was nationally syndicated, and The Canberra Times ran a piece that was nationally syndicated in Australian Community Newspapers.
Online, the results were covered by The Guardian, who ran a data-focused piece featuring interactive data tables drawn from the survey results, and on News.Com.Au.
To find out more about the survey results, click here to read the executive summary. Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s media release.
JobSeeker announcement takes away peoples’ hope
Anglicare Australia has said that changes to JobSeeker, announced last week, will push people into poverty when they should be planning for their future.
“Changes to JobSeeker will push Australians into poverty just as they need to be getting on their feet,” said Anglicare Australia Acting Executive Director Imogen Ebsworth.
“Some 1.6 million people are locked out of work. Many have lost their jobs and their livelihoods. Thousands were locked out of work and living in poverty long before that.
“If the Government phases-in these cuts, it will plunge hundreds of thousands of these Australians – and their children – into poverty as the world heads into a deep recession.”
Click here to read Anglicare Australia's media release.
New survey to study the experiences of Centrelink clients
Anglicare Australia is researching Australia's safety net to learn how it's working for the people who need it. As part of that work, we've launched a survey to better understand people's experiences of the system.
The survey is open to anyone who is getting income payments from Centrelink. The results will help us understand people's experiences with the safety net, and allow us to call for changes to make these experiences better. The survey will take about ten minutes.
The survey is online at www.anglicare.asn.au/jobseeker-survey. The survey can also be completed over the phone by calling 02 6230 1775 and asking for Maiy.
Please share the survey with any of your contacts, clients, and networks who might be able to help.
To learn about the survey and the project, contact [email protected].
Time to Raise the Age – and take action on child imprisonment
Anglicare Australia has joined the Raise the Age, a national campaign of legal, health, service providers, and Aboriginal-led organisations to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. After signing on, Anglicare Australia called for action on child imprisonment.
“Anglicare Australia works with children and families across the country. We know that they do best when they are supported, nurtured and loved,” said Anglicare Australia Acting Executive Director Imogen Ebsworth.
“But across Australia, children as young as ten can be arrested, charged, and locked away. This is becoming a crisis across the country, with close to 600 locked up in any given year.
“Two in three are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and many have been let down by the system at every level. Australia’s Attorneys-General had a chance to take action when they met. Instead they’ve thrown up more delays.
“The Attorneys-General will meet again in August. They must use this opportunity to change the laws, so that children younger than 14 are not sent to prison.
“Children belong in classrooms and playgrounds – not in handcuffs or prison cells. We can’t miss another opportunity to make this change.”
Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s media release. Click here to read more about the Raise the Age campaign.
Social housing projects needed to end homelessness
Anglicare Australia has made a submission to the Inquiry into homelessness in Australia. It explores major trends in housing and homelessness, especially in light of pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, looks at how Anglicare Australia Network members are tackling homelessness through their programs, and offers recommendations for change.
The focus of our submission is on social housing. Ending our affordable housing shortfall would be the most powerful way to tackle the homelessness crisis and boost regional economies. With the economy reeling from the recent bushfires and people struggling to pay rent in the wake of the Coronavirus, our submission calls for investment in projects that are shovel-ready.
There is no time to waste. Social housing projects can get off the ground much more quickly than road or rail infrastructure – and it brings greater long-term benefits.
Click here to read Anglicare Australia's submission.