Rental Affordability Snapshot: Media Wrap-Up
As Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers said in this month’s editorial, the findings in this year’s Rental Affordability Snapshot show that renters are on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic – and we had strong media interest in this year’s findings.
The Snapshot launch was covered by SBS News, Win News, Nine News, Seven News, and Ten News, and ABC News. The Snapshot was extensively featured in Fairfax with a nationally syndicated story in Fairfax newspapers and an article in the Australian Financial Review.
The Snapshot was covered by the Guardian with a focus on income support recipients, as well as a separate opinion piece by Greg Jericho which featured regional data. The Snapshot was also covered by youth outlets such as Triple J’s Hack and Junkee.
The results were featured in News Ltd outlets with articles in its major newspapers, such as The West Australian, The Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, and News.Com.Au. Other News Ltd papers also covered the regional results across the country.
Highlights from our regional coverage include detailed localised coverage in The Canberra Times, The Hobart Mercury, The Illawarra Mercury, The Courier, The Bendigo Advertiser, The Newcastle Herald, and many others. The national results were also featured in a syndicated piece by the Australian Associated Press, appearing in local newspapers across the country. In addition there were countless local commercial television and radio interviews across Australia.
As always, specialist and community sector outlets covered the report such as Pro Bono News, Talking Disability, and various outlets aimed at older Australians.
Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s media release, and click here to visit the Rental Affordability Snapshot website.
Rental Affordability Snapshot: Resources
Anglicare Australia has produced infographics to highlight some of the key findings of the Rental Affordability Snapshot. These graphics are available to download and re-post, or to share from Anglicare Australia social media accounts.
Anyone hoping for a detailed understanding of the tax breaks and concessions should also read Greg Jericho’s piece in The Guardian, which uses graphs and interactive local data.
The report has also been turned into an interactive website, available at https://anglicare-ras.com/. Each of the regional snapshots is available to download online.
We encourage members to use the Snapshot, the website, and these resources in their advocacy on housing.
Click here to download the full report from the Anglicare Australia website.
Senate report shows we must raise the rate of Jobseeker for good
Anglicare Australia has renewed its call to raise the rate of Jobseeker (formerly Newstart) and related payments for good. The calls come as a key senate committee has found the old rates were too low.
“The political process has been failing people out of work for years. Countless reports have shown the need to raise the rate of these payments. This one is just the latest.
“The Government has raised the rate in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but only for six months. That’s not good enough.
“Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot, released just this morning, found that even with the payments doubled almost 99% of rental listings are not affordable for someone on Jobseeker. If the payments are halved in six months, 0% will be affordable,” said Anglicare Australia’s Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
Click here to read the full media release.
Open letter calls for more support for aged sector
Anglicare Australia and other aged care peak bodies have come together to call for more funding to face the coronavirus pandemic.
Our joint open letter, which ran in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday, said that the rate of $2 per resident per day is not enough to keep older Australians safe.
"The ability of many services to meet the needs of those they care for was already constrained due to major and prolonged financial pressures, long before the pandemic," the letter says.
"The rising costs of keeping residents safe from coronavirus is pushing us closer to breaking point."
In addition to the open letter running in the Sydney Morning Herald, the story was covered by Fairfax newspapers, ABC News, The Today Show, SBS, and The Guardian.
Click here to download the open letter.
Anglicare Australia helps secure JobKeeper changes
Last week Anglicare Australia and UnitingCare Australia jointly welcomed changes to the government’s historic JobKeeper scheme. The changes will open up the JobKeeper scheme to more charities.
“This announcement is good news for thousands of charities across Australia – and for their staff,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“These changes mean that we can keep more of those staff on, play our part in restarting the economy, and keep serving our communities.”
These comments were covered in The Canberra Times, Seven News, Ten News, and Pro Bono News.
Weeks earlier, Anglicare Australia had warned that the government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy could leave thousands of charity workers behind.
“Charities are run differently from businesses. Our budgets are not just about simple profits and losses. Grants that are used to carry out one aspect of our work can’t be used to fund another aspect of our work.
“That means that if we’re seeing major losses in our childcare services or from our op shops, we can’t prop them up with funding from other grants. These losses mean that some charities will have to stand down a huge number of workers – but still won’t be eligible for the JobKeeper payment.”
These comments were covered in SBS News, Nine News, The Canberra Times, and Pro Bono News.
Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s release calling for changes to the JobKeeper payment, and click here to read the release welcoming them.
Anglicare Australia co-hosts webinar with aged care minister and CMO
The last few weeks have been a huge challenge for everyone, and the aged care sector has been right at the forefront of that challenge. While it has been difficult and hasn’t always been perfect, the numbers show that Australia’s aged care sector has done a much better job than many other jurisdictions around the world.
However, recent comments made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy created confusion and concern about visitation restrictions, and made a difficult situation even more challenging for the aged care sector, its staff, and residents.
Earlier this month Anglicare Australia joined aged care peak bodies to invite Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck and Professor Brendan Murphy to speak with aged care providers and how to manage these issues. They agreed to do so and webinar was held on 24 April.
Although it was a frank and sometimes difficult discussion, this was critical as it was the first opportunity the sector was given to speak directly with the CMO.
If you missed the webinar, email [email protected] to find out more about the issues discussed.
Renters still waiting for relief
Anglicare Australia says that the Code of Conduct on leases announced by National Cabinet has left out residential renters, focusing instead on businesses and commercial tenants.
“Renters are on the frontline of this downturn. Many are losing their incomes, and some are scared of being forced out of their homes,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“The moratorium on evictions was a good start, but it’s also left many people confused. Renters can’t be evicted because of financial stress, but in most of Australia they can still be evicted for no reason at all. We’re already seeing stories from the frontline of people being evicted with nowhere to go.
“In some parts of the country, tenants are even being evicted from public housing – in the midst of a health crisis. Governments should be leading private landlords by example, instead of making a mockery of the eviction moratorium.
“The Code of Conduct was a lost opportunity to provide fairness and clarity to renters once and for all.”
Click here to read the full media release.
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