Aspect April 2016

Aspect Newsletter

From the Executive Director

Negative gearing debate is not over

Kasy Chambers ED4In case you missed the 7th Rental Affordability Snapshot, here's a few of the headlines. We analysed a record 75,410 private rentals that were advertised over the weekend of 2-3 April and assessed them for affordability for 14 different household types, ranging from a single person on Youth Allowance to a couple both on the minimum wage with two children. As always we factored in all government benefits and tax concessions the household would be due to receive, such as Commonwealth Rental Assistance and Family Tax Benefits.

The findings were, as in previous years, stark. There was not one place out of the 75,410 that was affordable for a single person living on Youth Allowance. The numbers were similarly bleak for a single person on Newstart – nine places across the whole country were affordable.

In addition to the nationally aggregated numbers and the individual regional reports, we have for the last few years aggregated the regional and metropolitan data. When we started it was thought that regional prices would be more affordable. However, any easement is slight. For example, a single person living on the aged pension and seeking a private rental in a regional area would find less than 4% of the available properties affordable. This situation gets worse when you realise that for a single person, we consider for the purposes of the Snapshot, that a room in a share house is suitable. Hardly what many of us would want when we retire. The single person on the minimum wage is little better off - just over 5% of available properties would be affordable.

All the data makes sobering reading and the upshot of it is that if you are on government benefits, if you are on the minimum wage, if you are single, the private rental market is going to be a very difficult place for you to live.

The issues of education, employment, health and housing are almost a four part chicken and egg syndrome; which comes first? Where should government's start in order to maximise the wellbeing of their citizens? Which will guarantee or underpin the others?

While housing doesn't guarantee employment, it is very hard to hold down a job without somewhere to live. And good housing may not preclude poor health outcomes, but it is hard to maintain good physical and mental health without secure and appropriate housing. Housing is what we constantly hear stands between our client's current situation and a decent life. Housing is the bedrock of family life. It does seem that while there are various policy entry points to the circle of wellbeing if housing isn't in place, the others will struggle. Housing is the foundation of these building blocks. So how can we be at a point where housing is out of reach for people on government benefits and low wages?

In a wonderful article for The Guardian based on the Snapshot, Greg Jericho points out the rise in rental costs have far outstripped inflation and therefore wages and pensions; benefits are not even linked to inflation, leaving people on those even further behind. Public housing stock is falling and the overall population is growing. In fact, the Housing Supply Commission estimates there is a housing shortfall of 500,000 dwellings.

This is our 7th year of the national Snapshot and it has been interesting to observe the changes in the national conversation. Seven years ago our recommendations about negative gearing were never the source of questions in media interviews. Gradually over the years there has grown a greater openness when we describe negative gearing and capital gains tax as welfare benefits to the rich that should have conditions attached.

Housing is a complex issue requiring continued and coordinated input from each level of government, market and the not for profit sector. However in this federal election year, with the fading opportunity of tax reform, the commonwealth tax levers of negative gearing and capital gains tax look like a very good place to both reclaim some income and better target housing activity.

The combined effects of negative gearing where losses are socialised - paid for by the whole community via tax concessions - and capital gains tax, where the tax obligation of the gain can be halved thus privatising the gain, has created a perverse expectation of wealth development through real estate. And yet these policies do not seem to have increased suitable affordable housing for the tax payers who are subsidising them. In Anglicare Australia’s submission to the Henry Review into Tax Reform, we stated that income should be taxed at the same rate however it be earned. Whether via a wage or property sales. The 50% discount in capital gains tax goes directly against this very simple and egalitarian principle.

Each year in the numerous media interviews that follow the Rental Affordability Snapshot, I'm asked, "what's new, what's different this year?"

What is different this election year is that each of the major parties has at least discussed negative gearing, even if (in the case of the Coalition) to then reject changes. It is no longer the sacred cow of housing policy and we should keep talking about it whatever the outcome of this election. The vocal vested interests talking against changes are sounding shriller and more self-interested. The tide is turning and it is time that this cow is put out to pasture.

National Office News

2016 Rental Affordability Snapshot

As Anglicare Australia Executive Director, Kasy Chambers said in her editorial, the findings in this year’s Rental Affordability Snapshot were stark. Which meant the media coverage of the finding were not! Some of this media coverage is below.

Kasy was interviewed on Radio National’s Life Matters program on the morning of the Snapshot release, and continued to be interviewed throughout the day by ABC News, Pro Bono Australia, WIN TV News, The Canberra Times, and ABC Radio Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Tamworth.

Greg Jericho from The Guardian once again produced a thoughtful article which really cut to the chase and highlighted so brilliantly using graphs, the extent of the problem.

The release of the Snapshot was also supported by other peak organisations, including COTA, ACT Shelter and Mental Health Australia, and Katy Gallagher (Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness),

Media coverage across Australia was strong, particularly in regional and rural areas where Anglicare member CEOs were kept busy with media interviews on the day and those following. According to our Meltwater media report, to date there are 441 Snapshot stories across Australia.

Welcome to Zoe – new Policy & Research Officer

Zoe CoombeAnglicare Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Zoë Coombe to the position of Policy and Research Officer.

Working closely with the National Policy & Research Director, Zoë will be responsible for Anglicare Australia’s research and resource collection, policy and research development support and Special Interest Network support.

Zoë has strong research skills, familiarity with the political and policy processes of the federal parliament, and a commitment to support social justice. Her academic training is in the arts, with a focus on anthropology, sociology and history. She values evidence based decision-making, supported through strong analysis and impactful communication.

Before joining Anglicare Australia, Zoë was an analyst for a political information service at the Press Gallery, Parliament House, and a researcher for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Federal Budget 2016-17

The date hasn’t actually been announced but you could be forgiven for assuming it has – it is almost certain that in the first couple of weeks of May the Prime Minister will announce that a federal election will be held on 2 July.

Anglicare Australia’s priorities for this election are fourfold: secure work; adequate income; housing; and tax reform.

Secure work
The government’s first priority in this election is job creation and growth, according to Treasurer Scott Morrison in a speech to the Australian Christian lobby on the Anzac day weekend.

Anglicare Australia also sees that employment is the best route out of poverty and that participation in the workforce and the community in general pays wonderful dividends in all sorts of health and wellbeing indicators. However, we also believe that many modern workforce trends, such as short term contracts, sub contracting rather than employing, casualisation, etc, do not offer the benefits of work as readily.

Adequate income
The 2016 Rental Affordability Snapshot clearly shows us once again that government benefits are not adequate if you are looking for accommodation in the private rental market. It is equally disappointing that even those on a minimum wage struggle. Retirement incomes are increasingly inequitable and uneven. As a workforce attachment model, it is inevitable that our superannuation system amplifies and magnifies difference experiences whilst in the workforce.

Housing continuously comes up as the number one item when we survey our members as to the thing of most concern to their clients.

The make up of the housing market and its reliance on the private rental sector is highlighted by our Snapshot, but public, social, rental housing and house ownership all have areas where policies could be better targeted to drive secure and affordable housing.

Taxation reform

We do need to keep full tax reform on the government agenda. Taxation is the architecture of all our other priorities. We have said before that it is a vital part of civilized society; the vested interests that talk against it are the opposite.

This election will be fought on many fronts and Anglicare Australia is completely non-partisan. We expect to work with all parties to help them understand the impacts of policies on all Australians and therefore influence those policies.

Our priorities are in full public view and brought together recently in our pre-Budget submission.

The federal Budget will be delivered by the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, on Tuesday 3 May, with the Budget speech scheduled for 7.30pm.

Executive Director, Kasy Chambers and National Policy & Research Director, Sarah Jewell will attend the Budget lock-up briefing from 3.00pm, and Deputy Director, Roland Manderson will attend the Department of Health briefing.

The Anglicare Australia team will analyse the Budget that night and provide its Budget Fast Facts to the Anglicare network for the following morning.

Anglicare signs joint ACOSS pre-Budget statement

Anglicare Australia was one of more than 30 Australian community organisations that signed a joint statement, calling on the federal government to avoid the “mistakes of the last two budgets” and prioritise reducing poverty and inequality.

Anglicare Australia submission

Submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Consultation Paper: Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Out-of-Home Care.

Anglicare Australia will publish this submission as soon as it appears on the Royal Commission’s website.

Farewell to National Media & Communications Manager

SkyeAfter nearly three and a half years with Anglicare Australia, National Media & Communications Manager, Skye Owen, is leaving to head up the national communications team at Carers Australia.
Skye has been instrumental in maintaining Anglicare Australia’s strong public profile and branding. She has played a substantial role in increasing our output to media, and developing good working relationships with journalists.

In her time with us, Skye has refreshed our logo and the Anglicare Australia website, and established the new extranet site for Anglicare’s special interest networks, and developed The Review into a valuable and admired annual publication.

Skye is known to many of you as the driver behind our Aspect newsletter which pops into your inboxes every month. She has also played a huge role in coordinating and supporting national projects through her leadership in the National Media and Communications Network, as well as the publication and promotion of the Rental Affordability Snapshot and the State of the Family reports.

We will miss Skye's enthusiasm and capacity for the volume of work and wish her well. Of course she's not going far, she'll still be visible around the national advocacy field.

A note from Skye:

Working with the team at Anglicare Australia over the last three and a bit years has been a most rewarding experience. Establishing a new position in an organisation is always a challenge, but the hurdles have been smooth sailing with the support of my fabulous colleagues, my media & communications peers in the Anglicare network, and an approachable and erudite National Council.

I'm constantly amazed at the amount of work produced by seven people, which includes our volunteer conference organiser. Whenever I reveal to external stakeholders how many people actually work in Anglicare Australia, they are flabbergasted.

I have enjoyed the variety of projects and challenges in this job and have learnt so much more about the sector. It has been a pleasure working with everyone with which I have come into contact. And I'm pleased to say some friendships have been made and no doubt will continue. Thanks! :-)

Anglicare supports Family Matters initiative

Anglicare Australia, Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT, Anglicare Victoria and AnglicareSA were four of the 73 organisations represented at the Family Matters: kids safe in culture, not in care strategic forum held in Canberra in February.

Family Matters is a national initiative working in partnership with the non-government sector (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and mainstream non-government agencies). It uses community engagement, systemic change, and communication strategies to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in Out of Home Care (OOHC).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are removed from their homes into OOHC at a rate 10 times that for non-Indigenous children. This rate continues to increase despite multiple child protection inquiries and reforms.

The forum was held to engage partners in the Family Matters initiative, agree to high level strategic directions, increase the initiative’s presence across Australia by establishing Working Groups in each state and territory, and secure commitment to the initiative from a broad range of stakeholders. Anglicare Australia and its members will be one of their partners.

Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot has featured in the April issue (pg42-43) of the Anglican Schools Australia magazine. While magazine editorial deadlines meant we were not able to include the 2016 Snapshot statistics, the article was a timely reminder of the Snapshot results released that month.

Other Anglicare member organisations featured in the magazine are Anglicare Victoria (pg46-49) and its work with Victorian Anglican schools, and Anglicare WA (pg50-51) and its Schools Ambassadors’ program.

If your organisation works with local Anglican schools, ASA News would like to hear about it. Contact the magazine editor, Wendy Hillman at [email protected]

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Anglicare Network News

National Families Week

National Families Week logo
National Families Week
is from Sunday 15 May to Saturday 21 May 2016. The national week is an initiative of Families Australia, of which Anglicare Australia is a member.

The theme for National Families Week 2016 is Stronger Families, Stronger Communities, highlighting the important role families play as the central building blocks of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.

To find out more, go to the new National Families Week website for information on:
•    ideas for events
•    information on National Families Week and previous celebrations
•    Calendar of Events
•    FAQs
•    colouring in sheets
•    logos.

ARV and Anglicare Sydney to merge

A decision to merge Anglicare Sydney and ARV (Anglican Retirement Villages) was made at a special meeting of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney in April.

The newly merged organisation now becomes one of the largest aged care providers in Greater Sydney and the Illawarra Region.

Combining the organisations will extend their ability to offer high quality social, welfare and aged care services. Although Anglicare is already well known in the community the combined new organisation will strengthen its advocacy agenda on behalf of the people it serves.

The merged organisation will formally begin operation on 1 July 2016. The new name for the organisation is still to be determined.

Couch Surfing Races in the NT

Anglicare NT partnered with the City of Darwin and other community organisations and local schools to organise this year’s Couch Surfing Races, held on Youth Homelessness Matters Day.

Fourteen couches raced down the Parliament House car park, in front of over 500 spectators. There were also stalls hosted by over 21 services.

The Couch Surfing event is held to raise public awareness about youth homelessness and celebrate the resilience of young people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Australia.

Each year, around 4,000 young people aged between 12 and 24 years are homeless in the Northern Territory, with the majority living in overcrowded accommodation or couch surfing.

Couch Surfing race

The Couch Surfing Races in full flight.

Aged care roadmap challenges must be addressed

The aged care roadmap provides a clear direction for the future, but to successfully implement the recommendations we must first effectively respond to key issues such as technology and workforce readiness, argues Sandra Hills, CEO Benetas and Anglicare National Council member.

Opinion Piece in Australian Ageing Agenda

Corowa Court turns 50

Benetas celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of its 13 residential aged care homes, Benetas Corowa Court in Mornington. This year will also see the official opening of its renovation and expansion from 60 to 120 beds in July.

Benetas - Corowa Court 2016

Architect's impression of the new Corowa Court.

EPIC Assist achieves a first

Anglicare Australia member, EPIC Assist has become the first organisation in Australia to achieve Disability Confident Recruiter Status through the Australian Network on Disability (AND).

AND is a not for profit organisation taking a leadership role in the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business. AND works with supporters such as McDonalds, IBM and Westpac, to improve internal systems and procedures to ensure they are inclusive of people with disability. Members of the AND network share an understanding of the multitude of benefits employing people with disability can bring to their organisations.

EPIC Assist CEO, Bill Gamack said, “Achieving Disability Confident Recruiter (DCR) status is a great milestone and another example of EPIC’s ongoing commitment to work with the community to change the lives of people with disability and help them realise what’s possible.”

AnglicareSA urges: Go without coffee

Coffee Break

Could you start the day without your morning coffee?

From 16 to 20 May, AnglicareSA is encouraging the community to do exactly that – go without coffee for one week in support of South Australia’s homeless.

The Anglicare Coffee Break is a new fundraising initiative where members of the public register to go without coffee for the ‘working week’ and raise much needed funds to help the homeless.

Money raised will go directly to AnglicareSA’s homelessness service, which supports about 2,400 clients every year who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. These clients include families with young children, the elderly, grandparents and even people who have lost employment due to the struggling economy.

The Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia

A world-first Australian study has shown that preventing young people from becoming homeless by strengthening and integrating school and youth services at a community level could save an estimated $626 million per year across the youth justice and health services systems alone. Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT is a funding partner of the report.

The Costs of Youth Homelessness in Australia shows that the cost to society, just from increased interactions with the health and criminal justice systems for young homeless people, exceeds the total annual cost of all homelessness services across Australia for people of all ages.

$100,000 to for homeless

Anglicare member, in Mount Gambier, was the recipient of $100,000 following the fundraising extravaganza, the Support Homeless Persons luncheon.

More than 40 people packed the venue to listen to speakers and bidding in the auction. The event was organised by business leaders, including, to raise funds in the fight again homelessness. CEO, Rob Foggo said, “This is tangible evidence that our community truly cares about its most vulnerable members.” He said his organisation had already seen 300 people access the homelessness service in the first six months of this financial year, and assured the community that the funds raised at the luncheon would provide the greatest outcomes for individuals and families.

The event was well covered in the local newspaper, The Border Watch.

accare cheque presentation

Luncheon organising committee chair, Barry Stafford (right) hands over a cheque to’s Angela Wheeler and Trish Spark.

BSL research on child care services

Anglicare member, Brotherhood of St Laurence, has released research on Child Care Services, Socio-economic Inequalities, and Academic Performance.

The study aimed to determine if child-care services (CCS) at a population level could reduce social inequalities in academic performance until early adolescence. It found child care services (any type) can reduce the social inequalities in academic performance up to early adolescence, while early participation in centre-based CCS could eliminate this inequality. CCS use, especially early participation in centre-based CCS, should be strongly encouraged for children growing up in a low-SES family.

Royal Commission to close private sessions

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is closing registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016. Private sessions allow survivors of child sexual abuse in an institution to share their story directly with a Commissioner in a private setting.

The strong demand from survivors to share their story has resulted in a queue of people waiting to meet with a Commissioner. The rate at which people come to the Commission seeking a private session shows no present sign of diminishing. It has averaged 37 per week over the past 12 months.

The closing date applies only to new applications for a private session. People who have already been accepted for a private session or who apply before 30 September will have an opportunity to meet with a Commissioner. The Royal Commission will still accept written accounts after 30 September.

National Awards Profile

Highly Commended - EXCELLENCE - Anglicare Victoria

Welcome to the next in our series of profiles on the winners and highly commended of the Anglicare Australia 2014 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence. These profiles are also be featured in the 2016 Anglicare Australia Review.

The EXCELLENCE category is for a particular service or project or for the overall service provided by an agency.

Transformers of the educational kind

The cleverly-named Transforming Educational Achievement for Children in Home-based and Residential care – or TEACHaR program – is an education initiative that works to improve the learning outcomes of children and young people in Out of Home Care (OOHC).

Children and young people living in OOHC habitually experience poorer educational outcomes and vocational opportunities than those in the wider community.

This is often due to their early experiences of ongoing disadvantage, trauma, neglect and instability. Limited exposure to early learning opportunities at home or diminished educational support from parents is also a cause.

TEACHaR is evidence-informed and delivered by highly experienced specialist teachers to directly work with children and young people in a variety of classroom or care settings. These teachers have a range of classroom, welfare and senior level schooling experience, together with a range of complementary higher qualifications.

Teachers provide direct support within classrooms and care settings; via one-on-one tuition, group work and flexible, informal learning. They work in partnership with schools, carers, case managers, residential workers, school-based student wellbeing officers and government workers.

The TEACHaR program also provides access to educational and health assessments, complementary services, extra-curricular activities and learning resources.

And the results are rewarding. Students begin to develop positive feelings and attitudes towards learning. School attendance is strengthened and literacy, numeracy and academic skills are lifted. Increasingly students are able to achieve results that are more consistent with their potential and ability.

Award judges saw very real outcomes for young people in this program and were impressed with the view that education is not just the responsibility of schools.

I receive a lot of queries about young people, from carers and case managers experiencing difficulties enrolling and/or engaging young people in school or young people who are fully disengaged and refusing to attend school. TEACHaR’s response is supportive to all, including the school, and can advocate for a young person in a language that schools understand and feel supported. Young people in OOHC have numerous reasons why they won’t attend school and the TEACHaR team listen and build plans that will enable small steps to engagement or strengthen their attendance and inclusion. Also, the TEACHaR program can move across different OOHC agencies and placement types, which is the flexibility required.
Maureen McQuaid
Health & Education Assessment Coordinator
Department of Health & Human Services

TEACHaR team

The TEACHaR team in Anglicare Victoria.

Research and Resources

Community Sector Banking grants

Not for profit banking specialist, Community Sector Banking, has doubled the size of its Social Investment Grants program for projects to reduce homelessness.

Not for Profits delivering projects or programs to reduce homelessness are eligible to apply for grants across three categories, including a special category available for organisations interested in crowdfunding.

Applications for the Social Investment Grants open on 2 May and close 30 May.

Writing and Creative Arts for Social Change

This two-day hands-on workshop – The Literary Advocate and Agitator - in June is designed for all human service practitioners and activists who want to explore creative approaches to addressing disadvantage, discrimination and inequality.

The facilitators are Dr Jennifer Lehmann and Russell Deal OAM, both social work educators and practitioners with over 80 years’ experience between them. As passionate advocates for their field, they believe it is imperative that all human service practitioners continue to creatively confront issues of injustice, in whatever roles they are employed.

Where: The Garden Room, Buda Homestead, Hunter Street, Castlemaine
When: 9:00am-4:00pm, 27 & 28 June, 2016
Cost: $395.00 inc GST

For further details and to book: [email protected] or 03 5470 5876.

Aged Care Roadmap released

A strategic roadmap that sets out the future direction for aged care reform was publically released in April.

Developed by the Aged Care Sector Committee, a government-appointed body of providers, consumers and professional groups, the Aged Care Roadmap was commissioned in April 2015 to discuss “what is needed to achieve a sustainable, consumer driven and market based system.”

If the recommendations are implemented, Australia would see the biggest reforms so far in transitioning aged care into a market-based, consumer-driven system.

Anglicare Australia Council member and Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills has written an Opinion Piece about the roadmap, which can be found under the Anglicare Network News category of this newsletter.

New resource for CALD professionals talking suicide

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health launched a new resource that provides information for health professionals to guide safe and appropriate discussions about suicide with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

The resource – Supporting CALD communities to talk about suicide – forms part of an online suite of resources designed to support safe and effective conversations about suicide.

This suite of resources, called Conversations Matter, is the first of its kind internationally and has been developed with the support of academics, service providers, people with lived experience and community members in NSW and across Australia.

Multicultural Women's Conference

The inaugural national Multicultural Women’s Conference 2016 – Influencing Change: Vision and Impact - will be held at the Parkroyal Parramatta, Sydney from 3-4 November 2016.

This national event is an outcome of a partnership between Settlement Services International and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, which will provide a holistic perspective towards shaping a shared vision and driving change for multicultural women.

HESTA Community Sector Awards open

Anglicare Australia partner, HESTA's 2016 Community Sector Awards, in partnership with ACOSS, are open for nomination.

With a total prize pool of $30,000, the awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of this sector.

Nominations close on Friday 19 August 2016. Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 18 October, and winners will be announced at the ACOSS Conference awards dinner in Sydney on 17 November 2016.

Hesta SuperFund

Key Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander data released

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released findings from a major survey about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Run every six years, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey covers a broad range of social subject matter and is designed to provide a greater insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' participation in society, along with any barriers they face.

This latest survey highlights key improvements in the areas of education, health and housing. In contrast with the strong improvements in these areas, there has been little change in incarceration rates, with around one in seven people reporting they have been arrested in the last five years. Also of concern was the proportion of people who had reported experiences of racial discrimination.

ABC election survey

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has fired the starting gun on the 2016 federal election, and across the country politicians are crafting strategies designed to win your vote.

The ABC has an Election Survey on its website. It wants to know what issues should decide the outcome. What do you care about, what is important to you, what do the politicians need to hear in this year's election?

Your answers will be used to help inform the ABC's election coverage, allowing it to make sure the issues that are important to you get the attention they deserve.

Policy, consultations and grants

PM's Community Business Partnership

PMCBP annual reportThe Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership released its annual report in April. . The Partnership works to unite business and community leaders in its core mission to advise government on strategies to promote philanthropic giving, volunteering and investment in Australia.

Key accomplishments for 2015 include extensive engagement with people from community, government and business sectors, and commissioning of five significant reports. These reports will provide important evidence on trends, innovation and best practice in the volunteering and philanthropic sectors to inform future policy.

Breaking the cycle of violence against women

A national campaign designed to help break the cycle of violence against women and their children began this month.

Stop it at the start targets the disrespectful attitudes and behaviours adults might dismiss or ignore in young people – often without realising it. The campaign will help ‘influencers’ – such as parents, family members, teachers, coaches, community leaders, employers and other role models – become more aware of what they say and do.

Research shows that too often, adults believe that disrespectful or aggressive behaviour by young males towards young females is something that should be understood rather than judged and discouraged. Adults often unwittingly excuse objectively unacceptable behaviour with notions such as ‘boys will be boys’. It is also clear that too often adults blame the victim by asking what a victim may have done to invite what should simply be recognised as unacceptable, disrespectful behaviour.

Anglicare Events

Anglicare Events

Brotherhood of St Laurence Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar
Date: Thursday 5 May from 12.00 noon to 1.00pm
Venue: Brotherhood, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker's Room
RSVP: For seating purposes, [email protected]

Perils of place: Identifying hotspots of health inequalities.
Dr Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at the Melbourne-based think tank, Grattan Institute. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals, to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Associate Kate Griffiths is a scientist and analyst, with experience in strategy consulting and public policy development. Prior to joining Grattan, Kate worked for The Boston Consulting Group with clients in the health and energy sectors, and in science and research policy for the Australian Government (Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research & Tertiary Education).  Kate holds a Masters in Science from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the Australian National University.

Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care and Parish Partnerships Network Forum

Date: 18-20 May 2016
Venue: Ballina, NSW
Contact: [email protected]

Anglicare Australia National Conference
Date: 4-7 September 2016
Venue: Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory

Sector Events

Sector Events

Collaboration for Impact Conference
Date: 4-5 May 2016
Venue: Rydges Hotel, Melbourne

Innovative Business Models for Not For Profits
Date: 11-13 May 2016
Venue: Radisson Blu, Sydney

Financial Counselling Australia Conference
Date: 16-18 May 2016
Venue: Hilton Hotel Adelaide

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services - Services for Older People Conference
Date: 12-13 May 2016
Venue: Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand

National Dental Foundation’s National Day of Action
Date: 9-15 May 2016

National Volunteer Week
Date: 9-15 May 2016

National Families Week
Date: 15-21 May 2016

Realising the Potential of CDC in Australia: Citizenship, Community, Creativity
Date: 17 May 2016
Venue: University House at the Woodward, Melbourne

Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference
Date: 18-20 May 2016
Venue: Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD

Child Aware Approaches Conference
Date: 23-24 May 2016
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Communities in Control Conference
Date: 30-31 May 2016
Venue: Moonee Ponds, Melbourne

International Dementia Conference
Date: 16-17 June 2016
Venue: Hilton Sydney

International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference
Date: 21-23 June 2016
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

AIFS 2016 Conference
Date: 6-8 July 2016
Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Active Ageing Conference
Date: 4 August 2016
Venue: Swissôtel, Sydney

Anglicare Australia National Conference
Date: 4-7 September 2016
Venue: Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory

Date: 8 September 2016

2016 Global Indigenous Women’s Conference
Date: 12-14 September 2016
Venue: Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel, Glenelg

2016 Global Indigenous Men’s Conference
Date: 12-14 September 2016
Venue: Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel, Glenelg

LASA National Congress
Date: 9-12 October 2016
Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

Anti-Poverty Week
Date: 16-22 October 2016

Inaugural National Multicultural Women’s Conference 2016
Date: 3-4 November 2016
Venue: Parkroyal Parramatta, Sydney

ACOSS National Conference 2016
Date: 18-19 November 2016
Venue: Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh (Sydney)

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